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Post# 441524   5/6/2021 at 13:33 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


There is currently on eBay a "Thor" hand vacuum which is the same exact machine as the much-sought-after "Kirby Utility." Does anyone know anything about the Thor?


There are six days left on the auction and it's already up to $316 and change, so it seems collectors have already gotten whipped up into a frenzy over it.

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Post# 441527 , Reply# 1   5/6/2021 at 15:11 by OhioVacuums (Ohio)        
Someone copied someone

I have the Kirby Utility and the Thor is the same in every respect.
I haven't looked at any patents..I didn't even know the Thor existed but
someone copied the other.

Post# 441532 , Reply# 2   5/6/2021 at 15:44 by luxz80 (Bournemouth ,England Then Florida and back to England)        

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I would love to see this rare hand vac and Kyle's Thor upright ending up in the

Vacuum Museum for all to see and enjoy when they visit. Very rare examples of any

make or model need to be there. They should be displayed together as a pair.

Post# 441558 , Reply# 3   5/7/2021 at 09:39 by dysonman1 (the county)        

Scott and Fetzer must have private labeled that machine as a Thor for the Hurley Washing Machine Company. So much private labeling was going on in the 1920's.

I would bet dollars to doughnuts that Miss Pupek snipes it at the last minute. I think it's called Robobidder. Has it bid $1500. at the last minute and gets the item no matter what the high bid is or was.

Post# 441562 , Reply# 4   5/7/2021 at 11:27 by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        

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My goodness! I want that!! Though I already know I won’t be able to afford it.

Post# 441632 , Reply# 5   5/9/2021 at 15:08 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Bidding is up to $575.00, three days remaining...

Post# 441683 , Reply# 6   5/10/2021 at 21:07 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Almost $700 now.

Post# 441705 , Reply# 7   5/11/2021 at 10:01 by dysonman1 (the county)        

My friend Adam has one. It's an OK design as a hand vac (kind of heavy). It was really made with the intention of using it to blow pulverized moth crystals into furniture, as well as vacuuming of cushions and such.

Post# 441749 , Reply# 8   5/12/2021 at 21:45 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Closes in 58 minutes.
Get ready for the crazy bank vault collectors. That handvac is going to go high.

Post# 441799 , Reply# 9   5/14/2021 at 09:08 by dysonman1 (the county)        

Almost a thousand dollars. Crazy money.

Post# 441803 , Reply# 10   5/14/2021 at 11:42 by luxz80 (Bournemouth ,England Then Florida and back to England)        

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I knew it would not go for peanuts. Uber rare vacs never do. Hope whoever got enjoys it.

Post# 441812 , Reply# 11   5/14/2021 at 16:03 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Think collectors caught wind of what the vacuum is. Every high priced vacuum you see a much lower price sold vacuum around the same time. The only problem is I've never seen a Thor vacuum similar to this.
It may be a rarer private branded utility vacuum. It was fun to watch.

Post# 441845 , Reply# 12   5/15/2021 at 18:37 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I just hope the people that buy these "uber rare" vacuums share them with the Internet at least. So many get bought up and then are never seen or heard from again.

Post# 441856 , Reply# 13   5/15/2021 at 23:11 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Pretty sure the buyer is a member. There's not a lot of people outside this site that are the knowledgeable about vacs.

Post# 441865 , Reply# 14   5/16/2021 at 02:59 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Oh okay, good to know

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