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Need a Kirby 512 fan
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Post# 453085   5/27/2022 at 19:13 (636 days old) by OliverKlozoff12 (Pittsburgh )        

New to old vacs, be gentle...I found a Kirby 512 in someone's trash a while back. Replaced brush roll, belts and bulb and it runs great. It needs a fan though, some broken blades. The local vac shop gave me a one piece metal one, but it sits flat, my original has a bushing (?) That sticks off the back. I returned it and he gave me a 3 piece plastic fan, but when I tighten it, the bushing broke, maybe I had it installed improperly... I did the best I could figure to install it but when I tighten the belt spindle onto the motor shaft the motor won't turn.

Where do I get the proper part? Do one of yinz have one I can buy for a few bucks?

Post# 453086 , Reply# 1   5/27/2022 at 20:05 (636 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Pic of the broken bushing? I have a one piece metal fan I can sell you that has the bushing, in fact they all should.

Post# 453089 , Reply# 2   5/27/2022 at 21:10 (636 days old) by OliverKlozoff12 (Pittsburgh )        

The original has a piece that projects off rhe back side, the new metal one was flush on the back. The plastic one was also flush, but came with a separate bushing with a flat washer pressed onto it. The wash popped off, perhaps I incorrectly installed it, or it was defective. I can post pics tomorrow

How much do you want for the correct, original fan? Also, I don't have a skid plate on the bottom of the vac, have you one of these? Is it needed?

Post# 453097 , Reply# 3   5/28/2022 at 00:07 (636 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Yeah I have both parts. $15 for both, the fan is obviously used and is slightly bent(no cracks or anything). It came out of I believe a 505, so it will work in that as long as the bearing plate is in correctly and the broken washer is removed.

Post# 453100 , Reply# 4   5/28/2022 at 07:11 (636 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Kirby needs

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Kirby needs is a great rescores for Kirby parts.


Post# 453104 , Reply# 5   5/28/2022 at 09:10 (636 days old) by OliverKlozoff12 (Pittsburgh )        

Here is what I'm working with, and pardon idk the correct nomenclature... the white one sits flat, and the washer was connected to the bushing but popped off when I tightened it into place.

The original has it connected, it protrudes from the back.

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Post# 453106 , Reply# 6   5/28/2022 at 10:23 (636 days old) by OliverKlozoff12 (Pittsburgh )        

Also, how old is this? Do they have any value? Not looking to sell just curious.

If you need/want any other pics let me know!

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Post# 453108 , Reply# 7   5/28/2022 at 11:43 (636 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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I just remembered, I don't have the rug plate. I forgot the earlier Kirbys had a smaller one.
That fan isn't original to that, it is original to a 515 as it has 10 blades instead of 6. The belt pulley on that fan has seen some better days anyway.

$10 for the fan, send me an email at if you want it.

Post# 453110 , Reply# 8   5/28/2022 at 12:27 (636 days old) by repairman (Woodridge, IL)        

If you still want to use the white fan, I have some extra bushings laying around.

Post# 453112 , Reply# 9   5/28/2022 at 13:52 (636 days old) by OliverKlozoff12 (Pittsburgh )        

What fan isn't original, the metal one I have here? It's the one I took off of it.

I'm going to return the white plastic one.

Post# 453114 , Reply# 10   5/28/2022 at 15:12 (635 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Neither fan is original, though your metal one came new on a model made 3 years after yours. The original for the 512 had 6 blades, like the one I have.

Post# 453117 , Reply# 11   5/28/2022 at 16:21 (635 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Kirby 512 value

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The value or worth can depend on a number of things like condition, and original parts. I just sold one for $485.00 with original trim, wheels, fan, and handle grip with a Belden cord. Its ID tag was also in great condition. Having said that auctions can be a bit of a crapshoot. Like any collectable if you had all original parts and bag the value can go higher.


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Post# 453161 , Reply# 12   5/30/2022 at 15:30 (633 days old) by repairman (Woodridge, IL)        

Can I buy that fan from you? I kinda doubt he'll take it back after you broke the bushing.

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