Thread Number: 41865  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
Finally finished my Hoover Model 28
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Post# 442233   5/25/2021 at 23:11 by BetaM64 (Pennsylvania, USA)        

Now that I've graduated, I've had a bit more free time to tinker with things and tackle several projects I've had on hold. One of those is this Hoover 28 that I got from John Carl Auctions a while back!

Here are the "before" pictures. The motor was totally seized up and didn't run, and it's quite dirty. The reason there's no bag on it is because I took the bag it came with off and put it on my 150 (which is the whole reason I got the 28 in the first place).

Stay tuned for some "after" pictures...!

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Post# 442234 , Reply# 1   5/25/2021 at 23:27 by BetaM64 (Pennsylvania, USA)        

And now here are some "after" pictures!

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it came out. There are still some scratches on the hood, and some paint missing on the base, but that's to be expected after 70+ years of existence.

The brush roll only had a few areas that needed rebristled, so I just rebristled those (with white horse hair...the only kind I had at the time).

The bag is from my bag pile that's been waiting for a vacuum, and the cord is from some cheap plastic vacuum that was in a dumpster at my school. No frays, and it works well!

The most challenging part of this was that lower ball bearing; I can't imagine why they thought it was a good idea to have it like that, but I suppose it made it easy for the repairmen to swap them out quickly. Anyway, I cut that open with a grinder so I could get to the bearing, clean it out, repack it, and add some white lithium grease. Now it spins freely just like it should!

One additional comment I have about this vacuum is that the wheels feel incredible. I'm thoroughly impressed with how well they spin, that they have their own metal (brass?) sleeve bearings, and how smooth they are. I haven't worked on near as many vacuums as some of you here, but I think the Hoover 28's wheels are, by far, my favorite so far.

The "final" touch was to install one of my 3D-printed Hoover bag adapters with a hepa F&G bag.

Basically, the entire thing was disassembled and cleaned, and put back together, and now it works great. I gotta admit, I'm really pleased with how this vacuum performs; it has a lot of suction, too! I can see why this is considered a "must have" for Hoover enthusiasts.

The last things this cleaner needs are new front screws, which I may be able to find at my local hardware store, and a bag spring, which I also may find there as well.

Unfortunately, I don't have the space to keep a bunch of vacuums, so I'll be listing this one for sale shortly.

(also, yes I realize I installed the front wheels backwards... I will fix that soon!)

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Post# 442235 , Reply# 2   5/25/2021 at 23:54 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Very nice! Amazingly, the celluloid lens over the light bulb was intact. That's a rare find!


Just for fun, here are a couple pix of my current 28 (I've had a few of them come and go over the years.)


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Post# 442244 , Reply# 3   5/26/2021 at 07:43 by myvacsrock (USA)        
Nice work!

Not flashy or colorful, but easily one of the finest Hoover cleaners ever built.
Great job!

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Post# 442245 , Reply# 4   5/26/2021 at 08:44 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Beautiful machines, guys.

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They are workhorses, built to endure. I have a few myself. Who doesn't?
Yes, the 28 is a 'must-have".

Post# 442292 , Reply# 5   5/27/2021 at 11:49 by BetaM64 (Pennsylvania, USA)        

Thank you, everyone, and awesome machines! I like the original bag's (on both of your machines) look much better than the generic one I have, but I'm just glad I was able to find a brown one to match the color scheme.

I think, overall, I still like the way the 150 feels moving across carpets more than the 28, but it's still a good one!

Post# 442355 , Reply# 6   5/29/2021 at 01:17 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Not gaudy,fancy,or embelished-just does the job and does it WELL!!!

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