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Post# 452970   5/24/2022 at 17:47 (557 days old) by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        

I own a shark navigator NV105 26 and not sure what the year is of this machine, could someone help me out.

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Post# 452985 , Reply# 1   5/24/2022 at 23:10 (557 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Shark doesn't date their vacuums. You'd have to open it up and check for a date stamp on the motor or circuit board for approximate, or go by the earliest reviews to appear online. Or the date on the manual.

Based on what I've seen online I'd say this vacuum came out 2016.

Post# 452991 , Reply# 2   5/25/2022 at 06:15 (557 days old) by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        

Ok, thanks for your help good sir.

Post# 452998 , Reply# 3   5/25/2022 at 10:30 (557 days old) by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
Yes unfortunately

It is hard to tell unless Shark puts a date code of manufacture in the serial number which could be possible. You could call or chat with shel customer service to see if they can tell you.

Shark sells so many models and versions of the same model continuously. You can buy a Shark rocket…the first version that came out back around 2013-4 today still. I know because I have one from back then and also still see it at Target today. I’m not quite sure why they keep making the same models when they also keep adding more and changed versions over time but I have also noticed that some of the newer designs aren’t quite as nice as the older ones. I guess they keep changing to keep people buying their product.


Post# 453007 , Reply# 4   5/25/2022 at 16:03 (556 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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The date of manufacture is stamped into the prong of the plug. 0914 would be September of 2014.

Post# 453011 , Reply# 5   5/25/2022 at 19:16 (556 days old) by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        

Thank you

Post# 453047 , Reply# 6   5/26/2022 at 16:13 (555 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Woah, I never seen or even knew about that. Thanks for that tip!

I just checked online and came across news articles that mention the same location for finding manufacture date for recall notices.

I have never come across this information at all before when looking up all the Shark vacs I have and trying to date them from manuals, reviews, etc, how weird.

Post# 453065 , Reply# 7   5/27/2022 at 01:12 (555 days old) by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        

I just picked up a shark yesterday haha, it's from 2017. It was the shark navigator lift away professional NV355 26.

Post# 453069 , Reply# 8   5/27/2022 at 09:09 (555 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Since Shark does not supply many parts, vacuum service men like me have to improvise with things like cord changes. Customers are for the most part happy with their Sharks and pay me to fix them. I've replaced hundreds of Shark cords and always noticed the date stamp in the plug.

Glad I was able to provide a little help.

Post# 453072 , Reply# 9   5/27/2022 at 09:44 (555 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
My housekeeper uses them exclusively…

Except in my house. I won’t allow it. She told me that in her mind they’re “totally disposable” and that she’d rather replace with another Shark than do service on a different brand because she can’t ever afford to be without a machine. She said she learned the hard way from a vac shop that replacing the brush roll is more trouble than it’s worth not only because of supply chain issues, but because there’s so many model variations and not so many interchangeable parts between them.

Post# 453074 , Reply# 10   5/27/2022 at 10:14 (555 days old) by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        
Funny thing is??

Most of these shark vacuum cleaners I grab, are at thrift stores. Most of them are either clogged with hair in the brush roll, or clogged with dirt in the hose. But other than that, I pay $20 for most shark vacuum cleaners at the thrift store. I fix them up a little and they run like brand new. Who would just send a shark vacuum cleaner just for one simple clog somewhere to the thrift store? I mean bro come on, it's a easy fix. Do you guys know what I'm saying, people are to stubborn to not get there lazy butt and fix what ever is wrong with a shark?

Post# 453094 , Reply# 11   5/27/2022 at 22:27 (554 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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The good thing is that China has gotten ahold of Shark's old tool & die stampings and have been replicating everything from belts to brushrolls to circuit boards to entire hoods and handles. I've been seeing several new brishrolls for Navigators being advertised as well as toothed belts.

OldCrankman, I've found vacuums thrown out from clogs and broken belts or just because they were "old".

I have a Bissell Powerfoce awaiting restoration that someone killed from trying to vacuum out their entire dryer line. It's packed solid with dryer lint and there's a big clog in the suction path. They just threw it out.

I then found a Dirt Devil in the trash that has a broken belt. It was only 6 months old at the time I found it, and it looks like it was sitting outside for several months. It's got mud splatter all over it and most of the screws are rusted.

Then at an old lady's house I found an Eureka The Boss Excalibur that was thrown out with a bag packed solid just because it had a frayed cord sheathing (which these had a recall issued for in 1998)

Post# 453116 , Reply# 12   5/28/2022 at 15:28 (554 days old) by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        

Yeah I understand.

Post# 453517 , Reply# 13   6/8/2022 at 11:55 (543 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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I own a vacuum shop. We sell new vacs and repair old ones. You should see the stuff people bring me and just give me. "It's you or the ditch' I've heard on many occasions. A customer GAVE me a Kirby Avalir (second edition - red trim) that his mother with dementia bought before she passed. He was so pissed off when he found it (and what she paid) that he brought it all to me and said "It's yours now". The original disposable bag was still in it. The machine now sits in my hall closet and I use it every once in a while.

Post# 453548 , Reply# 14   6/8/2022 at 17:47 (542 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Wow! Great deal! The red trimmed wheels of the Avalir 1 would be the 100th Anniversary Edition. It came out just shortly before the Avalir 2 was announced.

Post# 453672 , Reply# 15   6/10/2022 at 18:53 (540 days old) by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
People are lazy idiots

Is the reality. Deep down they know it’s likely clogged and if not just figure “something’s gone wrong with it” but would rather throw it away and get a fresh squeaky clean new one than try to figure out if it could be something simple because they can afford to. People have been doing this for ages. 50 years ago when I was a little kid my Dad would always pick up vacuums off the trash and figure out what was wrong and either fix or unclog it and voila we had an additional working vacuum for or the cost of the part or new bags or whatever was the issue. Many people just tire of things too and simply want a new or different one.

Reality is people often use it as an excuse to get a new one for the fun of getting a new one. We got so many Electrolux’s because of bad hoses and the people just threw away the entire machine and got something else.

A switch going bad can often be a source of a problem as well and people would just figure “it’s dead” and not bother with a very inexpensive repair.


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