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Kirby Comvac 1600 Find
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Post# 442347   5/28/2021 at 22:19 by Bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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So I was cruising around town and found a curious thing in the trash! Along with an Amway Cleartrack was this dirty beast! All it needed was a new belt and the bag swept out, what a monster. The bag pouch included an instruction leaflet and a very stiff spare belt.

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Post# 442348 , Reply# 1   5/28/2021 at 22:51 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Oh wow those are very rare - what a haul! Looks like someone found an old cleaning company's storage or a cleaning company threw them out instead of repairing them.

Post# 442350 , Reply# 2   5/28/2021 at 23:15 by Bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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May have been! They were in a trash heap in front of what looked like a closed down salon. The Amway has a torn up cord, handle release issue and whiny motor bearings but seems ok otherwise.

Post# 442444 , Reply# 3   5/31/2021 at 11:31 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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R. J.,

Very awesome find! This one also has its belt cover intact!

If you need any new belts in the future, ask for part no. 301289G if the brush roll is still the original one with sleeve bearings, or else if it was changed to the updated ball-bearing-equipped version, then ask for part no. 301291G.

It also appears the original cord was replaced at one time, because of all the abuse it had went through at the hair salon.


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Post# 442451 , Reply# 4   5/31/2021 at 14:45 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

If that was used in a salon, I can only imagine how much hair is wrapped around the brush roller and possibly inside the fan housing!

Also, found a hotel vac put out that had a bunch of bed bugs hidden in every place imaginable on that machine! I'm sure you're careful, but they are good at hiding. Nice find!

Post# 442480 , Reply# 5   6/1/2021 at 21:14 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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The color of the metal similar to the hammer tone grey heritage emtor?
I do believe if they put heritage bag setups the comvacs may have survived. This is a beast of a machine.

Post# 442495 , Reply# 6   6/2/2021 at 09:17 by bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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The roller did indeed have a few long haired cats tangled up in it! It looks like it will take the old style oval shaped collar disposable bags, of which I am fresh out of but will be ordering some. I do have a good stock of the flat, non-knurled belts for it as I've heard the knurled belts can be very hard on the older models. It looks like it may not have been ran with a disposable bag for a long time, if not ever. I did shake the bag out and vacuum it thoroughly but it still has a pervasive scent of old hairspray or some overly floral chemlab spray lol. It sound good when it runs, the familiar low hum that makes it seem deceptively tame. I cant wait to give it a good try on my carpets.

Post# 442500 , Reply# 7   6/2/2021 at 11:00 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Oval collar bags...

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I have a small supply of them and no Kirbys that use them. You're welcome to them for the cost of postage. Just let me know.

Post# 442515 , Reply# 8   6/2/2021 at 23:35 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Comvac takes Kirby type 2 bags? That's pretty cool. Chris had a comvac new in box and his were F&G I believe. I wonder if it has a heritage motor or one similar to my super sweep and your super sweet.

Post# 442517 , Reply# 9   6/2/2021 at 23:41 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Chris's COMVAC 1300 uses F&G-style disposable bags, not the Style 2, and the 1300 motor is the same as for the Super Sweep, Janitronic and Sanitronic.

The COMVAC 1600 uses a variation of the Heritage I 1HD's 6 amp motor, with the same armature used as far back as the Classic Omega 1CB, as well as the same white plastic bellhousing.

Spec sheets for both models included here to compare.


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Post# 442519 , Reply# 10   6/3/2021 at 00:04 by Lesinutah (Utah)        
Thanks for the info

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The 1300 is 5 amp 13" brush roll is more effecient by a half a percent to the comvac 1600 6 amp 16 brush roll.

Post# 442526 , Reply# 11   6/3/2021 at 09:38 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
looks like ont monster of a machine!

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How much did/THEY sell for?
Like the Hoover Commercials, it's probably impossible to kill them. But, I'm sure, some folks give it their best shot!

Post# 442527 , Reply# 12   6/3/2021 at 13:09 by bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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I'll take you up on that offer, shoot me an email! THanks!

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