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Cleaning out Tom Gasko's Vacuum pit
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Post# 3900   11/12/2006 at 22:58 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        

On Sunday.. John Pease and myself went to Tom Gasko's house in Desloge to help him clean out his vacuum storage "pit" in preparation for the St. Louis mini meet. We call it the pit because it is the crawlspace underneath his living room so you have to crawl around on your knees to maneuver around. Tom has more vacuums and vacuum accessories than I have ever seen in my life. The three of us carried everything out of this "pit" and resurfaced the gravel and did a bit of organizing and then brought everything back in. We had a great time cracking jokes and singing songs from the soundtrack of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" while working. Tom made us a great lunch and even baked a cake. John and I even acquired a couple of additons to our collections during the process. It truly was a great time and I know that all of us are looking forward to seeing everyone here in STL for the mini meet. Here are a few pictures from today.

Post# 3901 , Reply# 1   11/12/2006 at 23:00 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        
Before and after pictures.

Here are some before and after pictures and some pictures of Toms vacuums as they were brought into the living room.

Post# 3902 , Reply# 2   11/12/2006 at 23:01 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        
pic 3

some of Tom's vacuums

Post# 3903 , Reply# 3   11/12/2006 at 23:02 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        

more of Tom's vacuums

Post# 3904 , Reply# 4   11/12/2006 at 23:03 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        
Here are

Tom and John in the "pit"

Post# 3905 , Reply# 5   11/12/2006 at 23:04 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        
after pics

After we organized a bit

Post# 3906 , Reply# 6   11/12/2006 at 23:04 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        
after pics

after organizing picture 2

Post# 3907 , Reply# 7   11/12/2006 at 23:05 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        
John Pease

and his new Kenmore Vanguard

Post# 3908 , Reply# 8   11/12/2006 at 23:06 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        
Me and my

Hoover 115

Post# 3909 , Reply# 9   11/12/2006 at 23:07 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        
and last but not least..

My new Filter Queen powernozzle that Tom gave me .. Can't wait to get the machine for it

Post# 3910 , Reply# 10   11/12/2006 at 23:08 (4,334 days old) by luxboy ()        
oh yeah..

Here is one last picture that Tom took of me amongst all of the vacuums..

Post# 3911 , Reply# 11   11/12/2006 at 23:18 (4,334 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Looks like fun.. are those FQ 201 models in the background? I have one with wheels and was told it was FQ's first vac, is that true?

Post# 3913 , Reply# 12   11/13/2006 at 03:55 (4,334 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
I spy...

A V2001 Hoover Triple Vortex- The subject of Dysons UK lawsuit.....


Post# 3917 , Reply# 13   11/13/2006 at 05:17 (4,334 days old) by dualsanitronic ()        

What year was that FQ power nozzle out? I don't remember it,what does the bottom look like?

Post# 3920 , Reply# 14   11/13/2006 at 07:37 (4,334 days old) by parunner58 (Davenport, FL)        

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What year is the Airway that is orange, I never saw that color? I am in the process of aquiring my mom's turquoise 88 MarkII. She bought it in 1970. The motor has already been rebuilt but it needs a few parts and I was wondering if they are still available. It needs the wheel so it can roll horizontally, if possible the turquoise original hose, Vee duster and I would love the Rugmaster. Our vac guy hooked it up with a Eureka powernozzle, but I would like an Airway one to make it authentic. If you have ideas on these parts let me know. My email is


Post# 3929 , Reply# 15   11/13/2006 at 10:53 (4,334 days old) by dysonman ()        
Hey Everyone

The Filter Queen model 200 came out in 1939. Royal was building the "health-mor" upright (which was a Royal Super with a shorter handle and a detatchable cord) so they built the canister for Health-Mor, the model 200. It didn't have wheels till after world war II. During the war, Health-Mor went to Alex Lewyt (who owned a company that built things for other firms) and asked him to build what would become the model 350 Filter Queen (which used the 'brand new for the time' Lamb motor). Alex looked at the blueprints and drawings and said "NO". Of course, he just copied the machine and brought it out after the war as the Lewyt model 40, for which he was promptly sued (and lost) and had to pay Health-Mor a small fortune. Royal agreed to build the model 350 in 1949 for Health-Mor and that was the first model Filter Queen to have 'real' suction, as the model 200 with it's Royal-built 5 amp motor didn't have very good suction but DID filter the air very well and sold like hotcakes.

The Filter Queen power nozzle was imported from Progress in Germany in the late 1960's and was used to "save a sale or make a sale". The machine would have to be brought in to the selling office's repair center for the electrical outlet to be put on the front of the cleaner. The cord ran along the hose and wand, and the tool would attach to the bottom curved Filter Queen wand. It's very rare (like Rainbow's "oreck - built" power nozzle). It would have gone with a model 33.

Yes, Semus, that IS a Triple Vortex machine. I have one of EVERY model dyson ever made, including the Cyclon (#331 of 500)and the ReCyclone, the Zorbster, the MotorHead, etc.

Orange Air-Way was made in 1977. Derreck gets first pick of the RugMaster and original Hose for his Air-Way 88 Mark II, but, if you are very nice to me....

Post# 3945 , Reply# 16   11/13/2006 at 14:06 (4,334 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

Tom, in one of the photos, I couldn't help but notice a Whirlpool CVR-2000/3000 in your collection. Would you have an interest in a sale or trade? If so, you can email me at Thanks.


Post# 3948 , Reply# 17   11/13/2006 at 14:39 (4,334 days old) by dysonman ()        

We can work something out. I saved the Whirlpool because it was the 'first Oreck'. Many of the cleaners in my collection have been saved from the crusher because I know that someone in the club will want it one day.

Post# 3949 , Reply# 18   11/13/2006 at 14:48 (4,334 days old) by dial-a-matic ()        

If anyone else has one, may we work out a sell or trade?

Post# 3959 , Reply# 19   11/13/2006 at 15:57 (4,333 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        


This vacuum would mean a great deal to me, since I work for an Oreck dealership. I do have the original Oreck CVR-4000, but I would really love to have its predecessor. Is there a way I can contact you? Thanks.


Post# 3978 , Reply# 20   11/13/2006 at 22:21 (4,333 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Was that a model 903 Electro-Hygiene I saw among the uprights? That's the model I used to sell, along with the 966 tank. I have a slightly older 903 in my collection that has a white bag with red printing instead of red bag and silver printing. Mine needs a new adjustorite cover and a brushroll, but is otherwise in excellent condition and purrs like a kitten!! Also have a couple straight suction models (80 and 94) and a couple tanks. Love my Hygienes!

Post# 3986 , Reply# 21   11/14/2006 at 01:06 (4,333 days old) by compactc9 ()        
Tom Gasko:

I have never seen or heard of a Oreck built Rainbow power nozzle. What model did this go with, and do you hve one thhat you could take a picture of?

Post# 3989 , Reply# 22   11/14/2006 at 06:49 (4,333 days old) by electrolux-dude (Canyon, TX)        
Would Like an Airway Model 55

Hey, Tom--I noticed in one of your photos you have a couple of Airway 55 models, the "Fire-Hydrant" models, I would like one for my collection, how much would you want for it, plus shipping, to Amarillo, TX? Thanks--

Nathan L. Thomas

Post# 5409 , Reply# 23   12/7/2006 at 19:01 (4,309 days old) by vacuumboy95 ()        

Hey Tom, How much do you want for one of youre Dyson or maybe a trade if youre willing.
Daniel Reeves

Post# 5460 , Reply# 24   12/8/2006 at 22:34 (4,308 days old) by 1926700 ()        
do you have a

electrolux that you could trade for a hoover convertible model 70

Post# 5468 , Reply# 25   12/9/2006 at 07:49 (4,308 days old) by vacuumboy95 ()        

I have one.The modles are XLI,2100(does not work).and I have 2 XlI.I also have a modle XXX but I'm giving that up.

Post# 5470 , Reply# 26   12/9/2006 at 09:12 (4,308 days old) by myvacsrock (Dayton, OH)        

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wow i love those CRVS by whirlpool!!

Post# 5473 , Reply# 27   12/9/2006 at 10:10 (4,308 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        
Whirlpool CVR 2000/3000

Hi Tom,

I was inquiring about your Whirlpool CVR several weeks ago. I would really love to have this machine. Perhaps we could work something out. Is there a way I could contact you? My email address is Thanks

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