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Post# 454568   7/8/2022 at 10:48 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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So, the other day, I went to pick up my Birthday Gift. It was an older Maytag Self Propelled Windtunnel. I got a new belt for it since the old one was about to tear. The suction on it was really strong when I turned it on. It was also quiet despite what a a lot of collectors say..

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Post# 454571 , Reply# 1   7/8/2022 at 11:50 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
They ARE great

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Despite others, yes.

Post# 454572 , Reply# 2   7/8/2022 at 12:10 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I have a blue anniversary self-propelled, and a black non-self rebelled. They are strong cleaners.

Post# 454574 , Reply# 3   7/8/2022 at 12:37 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        
Just tried it.

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The self propelled works perfectly on it! The suction was so strong, it sorta stuck to the carpet. But it cleans great and is very good!

Post# 454577 , Reply# 4   7/8/2022 at 13:36 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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The Maytag made versions had less whiny high pitched motors than the TTI ones, so it probably is quieter.

Post# 454589 , Reply# 5   7/8/2022 at 19:08 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Like all Maytag Windtunnels, it has powerful suction. I may try getting a turbo tool for it so I can use it one the stairs. I pretty much have 4 Hoovers which was a goal of mine since I considered getting it..

Post# 454597 , Reply# 6   7/8/2022 at 23:16 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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I love mine, they're not perfect but I really do enjoy them. So fun to use:)

Post# 454600 , Reply# 7   7/9/2022 at 00:37 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Lol, we have the exact same model!

Post# 454603 , Reply# 8   7/9/2022 at 05:09 by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        
I own a Hoover wind tunnel S.P.

I own a Hoover wind tunnel self propelled from 2000 and boy that self propelled will drag you I'd say.

Post# 454612 , Reply# 9   7/9/2022 at 16:20 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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I’m guessing yours is a S.P Windtunnel Premium. Mine’s a S.P Windtunnel Ultra.

Post# 454621 , Reply# 10   7/9/2022 at 21:00 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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The Windtunnels have excellent agitation and brushroll design. They can fluff matted down weatherbeaten rugs that sat outside for months like it was brand new.

Post# 454674 , Reply# 11   7/10/2022 at 21:16 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Windtunnel Club,sign me up!


Belated Happy Birthday! Can you tell me the years that Maytag made the Windtunnel

vacuums? Mine is model U5462-900 Deluxe, non self-propelled and glad. Heavy enough

as it is! 2000-ish? Made in USA. Thanks, Billy

Post# 454677 , Reply# 12   7/10/2022 at 23:45 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Maytag made the Windtunnels from 1996-2007 with the Original WIndtunnel Being released around 1996. The First Self Propelled version was during 1998. In 2000, they released the Windtunnel Twin Chamber and a year later Hoover Updated the Self Propelled and Twin Chamber Windtunnels to have a Turbine Tool. The Self Propelled Bagless was released in 2002 along with the WIndutnnel Dual V. 2006 was when they released and revised the V2 into the Savvy and the Windutnnel 2 was released.

Post# 454683 , Reply# 13   7/11/2022 at 01:56 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

Thanks I'll just have to look up the model number in hopes that a clue as to the date of manufacture is mentioned. I believe it's older than the twin chamber I used to have.

Post# 454684 , Reply# 14   7/11/2022 at 02:14 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Does it have a Serial Number? I can read it..

Post# 454746 , Reply# 15   7/12/2022 at 14:31 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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You’re welcome, btw!

Post# 454756 , Reply# 16   7/12/2022 at 20:38 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

Hi Victor, The serial number to my U5462-900 is #110100039904 Made in U.S.A. Thanks for any help on this!

Post# 454779 , Reply# 17   7/13/2022 at 12:21 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Your Windtunnel was made in November of 2001, a month after mine acording to the First Four Digits.

Post# 454784 , Reply# 18   7/13/2022 at 14:10 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Oh cool

Thanks Victor, I got it in '03, the year your parents married! I'm going to check to see if I can install a new roller or repack the bearings soon. Nothing has gone

wrong with this machine ever. Only complaint is the "easy open" dust bin is hard to open, but no worries, still a favorite. Enjoy the summer! Billy

Post# 454785 , Reply# 19   7/13/2022 at 14:17 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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You’re welcome! I’m getting an original Turbo Tool for mine in a few days.

Post# 454813 , Reply# 20   7/14/2022 at 02:14 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
turbo tool

I'm glad you are getting an original to that machine. Years ago I put a turbo tool that went to another less powerful machine, on the hose of a strong canister vac

I don't remember the make. It started screeching as it revved up and started to
vibrate violently and before I could shut the machine off, the turbo tool literally

exploded all over my room. I got hit with pieces of plastic. I've never heard of
that happening to anyone.It looked like I ran the car over it! Who knew?

Post# 454846 , Reply# 21   7/14/2022 at 09:45 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        
Oh, that’s dangerous.

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That actually happened to many people with Dirt Devil Turbo Tools and those eventually got recalled back in 2008.


Post# 454851 , Reply# 22   7/14/2022 at 13:30 by wstonehockertv (North Carolina)        

The Windtunnel actually came out in 1997, NOT 1996!

Post# 454852 , Reply# 23   7/14/2022 at 14:47 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Oh, okay. Thanks for the correction.

Post# 454885 , Reply# 24   7/15/2022 at 09:34 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Exploding turbo tool

Oh wow, I bet my turbo tool was most likely a dirt devil. It was a clear yellow and green model. I wonder if we should post a warning about that recall since there are

more than a few new members here on the younger side,late teens and 20 something, who collect Dirt Devil anything and might not be aware of the recall. I know there's

probably more than a few of the offending turbo tools still out there since a lot of people didn't get the notice or had already moved on to another cleaner. I hope

nobody else gets hurt because the possibility is very real.

Post# 454887 , Reply# 25   7/15/2022 at 10:30 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Think there should be a post about this recall since I agree that there still could be a number of offending Turbine Tools in the hands of some collectors. There was a thread, but that was long ago. Luckily, I don’t have one these and my turbo tools have never exploded. I’m guessing Dirt Devil no longer offers repair kits for them and the solution now is to get a replacement.

Post# 454889 , Reply# 26   7/15/2022 at 10:52 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Wow! I totally forgot about that recall

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A shame.TTI dropped the ball on that one. Sorry this had to happen .



Post# 454890 , Reply# 27   7/15/2022 at 10:55 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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You’re welcome! I’ll make a thread about the recall..

Post# 454896 , Reply# 28   7/15/2022 at 14:20 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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This also happened with the Scorpion Hand Vac.


Post# 454905 , Reply# 29   7/15/2022 at 17:24 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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My Windtunnel in my video was a recalled model that was recalled because the handle switch could fail and catch fire. It's not happened and was never replaced.

Also about Dirt Devil recalls - don't forget the Dirt Devil Kone which was recalled because small debris could get past the filter when the vacuum was tilted at a certain angle, go into the motor, and be thrown out the motor exhaust into your face and eyes.

Post# 454907 , Reply# 30   7/15/2022 at 18:05 by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        
About the Kone...

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Although it looks stylish (designed by Karim Rashid), I've never used one of those myself. However, I have heard reports about it spewing dust out of its exhaust.

In late 2006, Popular Mechanics did an "abusive lab test" where they pitted the Kone against two other then-new handheld vacuums: the Black & Decker Pivot Vac and the Dyson DC16 Root 6. I'll share the video here.

Post# 454909 , Reply# 31   7/15/2022 at 20:29 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        
An update…

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Got the turbine tool! I retr0brighted the top since it was yellowed. After some lube for the tool. It works great!

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Post# 454913 , Reply# 32   7/15/2022 at 23:59 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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When I was living down in the Grand Canyon state a few years ago, one of the vacuums I used down there was this Eureka The Boss 4D Pet Fresh. That thing felt very hot on the fingertip switch like it would almost burn my thumb. I was surprised those never got recalled because I saw other online reviews at the time with consumers having the same issue as I did since I thought something was wrong with the one that I had used. I liked that vacuum overall but that hot fingertip switch was a deal breaker for me.

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Post# 454920 , Reply# 33   7/16/2022 at 05:38 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I still don't know how the switches can get hot like that. Were they just using cheap switches that couldn't handle the current flow and started melting from the current draw?

Post# 454935 , Reply# 34   7/17/2022 at 01:18 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Yeah, it’s definitely likely that they used cheap switches that would overheat due to the current.

Post# 454937 , Reply# 35   7/17/2022 at 06:54 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

Is that the name of a product you use to deal with aged and discolored plastics? If it is, then I've got some shopping to do real soon!

Post# 454939 , Reply# 36   7/17/2022 at 07:36 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

Went online and ordered a bottle. Any tips? I saw that it can take more than one application to achieve results. Someone wrote that it can sometimes make the plastic more brittle. Depends on the type of plastic and age/condition of said plastic I would guess.

Post# 454940 , Reply# 37   7/17/2022 at 09:18 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        
Sorry for the late response.

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Retr0bright is the name of a process using H2o2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) and a heat source or UV light. You can retr0bright things without a UV light using Sunlight and if you wanna be less wasteful, you can use some Salon Care Volume 30 and some cling wrap.

Since you bought a bottle, what brand did you order? I’d like to look up the brand for tips..

Post# 454952 , Reply# 38   7/17/2022 at 19:04 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Ditto on late response from me

I actually bought the 16oz. bottle of Retrobrite from 19.95 per spray bottle. There were 239 reviews and the majority gave 4/5 star results. There were many

recipe's for making your own batch. I haven't had the time to go through all that was mentioned about using and results. Other brands are available. One key point I took

away so far was you have to keep the solution wet after applying as it stops working once it dries out so there are things you can do to prolong the process.Patience is prudent!

Post# 454959 , Reply# 39   7/18/2022 at 01:25 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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To keep the spray from drying, wrap the plastic in some cling wrap after spraying it..

Post# 454985 , Reply# 40   7/18/2022 at 22:40 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
That's what I'm going to do

One guy said he wanted to submerge his whole plastic part in the stuff. He used about

a gallon and a half of 3%h.peroxide and what ever else he mixed in. I'm going to just

spray,spread if needed and either wrap plastic wrap or use a seal able plastic bag,

depending on what I use it on first. My gray Kenmore canister would be a good thing

to try first. They say you can even do white sneakers! Don't have any but maybe a

white or beige bumper on an upright. It doesn't have to be white either, just some-

thing that has darkened, could be blue or red. What color was your part you worked


Post# 454988 , Reply# 41   7/19/2022 at 00:11 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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The Taupe Inlet on my Hoover Windtunnel Turbo Tool.. Here’s some progress pics which showcase the before and after.

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Post# 455017 , Reply# 42   7/19/2022 at 22:09 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
About collecting

I'm curious if you have any idea how large a collection you would like to have of

vacuum cleaners? I didn't have a pre-set number in mind. I decided to take inventory

because it was getting a bit cramped, and I was at 63!Never paid a cent for any of

them except one new Hoover in the beginning. So I decided to clean house and got it

down to 50. That's my cap now and has been for a few years. If I bring another home I

have to part with one here already. Since I have duplicates of some models that's not

as hard to do , but when doubles or triples are gone, I'm really going to have to

want the new vac to replace an old soldier. It would be different if I lived on

some acreage, but I don't. If I did I'd be up to 200 easily so I'm not moving

anywhere bigger! What are your thoughts on how big a collection you'd like to have?

Post# 455018 , Reply# 43   7/19/2022 at 22:25 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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I have about 20 Vacuums. I may get a Windtunnel Twin Chamber and/or a Fold Away since I found those on Offerup for cheap. I may go for 32 vacuums when I’m older and have my own house..

Post# 455036 , Reply# 44   7/20/2022 at 13:18 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Here's something

I like to keep a file on every vacuum I've owned from the day I acquire it. All
the pertinent info, any background history if available, like if I knew the person who gave it to me. I've clipped ads or downloaded anything pertaining to a specific model I have. Reviews by other owners, testing results from various sources. Then of course any parts lists and also the names of places I can bring a machine to if I can't do a repair etc.

I actually keep all this in hard file in a drop folder in a file cabinet. I've thought
about transferring to a USB drive or such but I'll always keep the original stuff in a file cabinet. Too much work to put owners manuals on a thumb drive so that's out. Any money spent for parts and repairs goes in the file and I also add my comments about the condition of each and any plans for work to be done in the future.

I also have a list of spare parts that I get and to which vacuum they would be for. As your collection grows it really helps to have this info and to keep track of all the parts and where they go. Sorry this went so long, thought it might help.

Post# 455049 , Reply# 45   7/20/2022 at 18:10 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Regarding the Hoover WindTunnel Design

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I find it fascinating that Hoover’s engineers delved into the aerodynamics of the air flow surrounding a spinning brush roll. It makes a lot of sense that the blow-back from the spinning roll could actually work against getting dirt and debris safely into the airflow of the suction. By creating segregated suction channels protected from the blowing created by the brushroll, you have a better chance of grabbing the dirt away from the brushroll chamber. And it indeed seems to work because all the WindTunnel uprights tested by Consumer Reports scored very well in deep carpet cleaning. Even the Hoover Platinum Lightweight upright has a WT brush roll chamber that helps get dirt off the carpet and into the suction airflow.

There also seems to be some benefit to adding a bit of a “shelf space” either in front of or behind the brush roll. Kind of like the physics of a carpet sweeper, these “shelves” provide a protective place for dirt to land after being flicked out of the carpet nap. I think the early Panasonic power nozzles benefitted from these “landing shelves” which helped make them excellent carpet cleaners.

Hope Hoover continues to offer WindTunnel brush roll chambers on their cleaners in the future.

Post# 455052 , Reply# 46   7/20/2022 at 20:44 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

Is that what the extra plastic curved piece of plastic is used for? It comes out easily for cleaning. I thought it had to be something that funneled the air in to a more concentrated flow out of the roller area. Makes since. Glad you mentioned this. It does seem to rattle a little adding to the general noise of the machine. I really like this machine. Nothing has gone wrong with this vacuum in the time I've had it,acquired in 2003.

Post# 455053 , Reply# 47   7/20/2022 at 21:09 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

eurekaprince's profile picture the original WindTunnels, you could remove several of the plastic covers - using a screw driver - to clean out the suction channels. One of the segregated suction channels goes over the brush roll chamber to bring undisturbed suction to the front edge of the chamber. This is actually very very effective because a spinning brush roll often flings dirt forward to the front edge of the cleaner and away from the source of suction. The WT front edge suction channel sucks up the dirt that is flung forward. Imagine running a broom over the surface of a carpet - a lot of dirt gets flung forward - opposite from the direction you are sweeping.

This channel often needs clearing as it can easily clog with dirt. Whenever I used to change the bag on my parents SP WT Ultra, I would also remove the brushroll to clean out all the segregated suction channels.

Post# 455056 , Reply# 48   7/21/2022 at 03:36 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
This cleverness

By the time the Windtunnels came to be, TTI was calling the shots right? Do you know if Hoover or TTI designed WT's originally? Sorry if this is naive, I'm not up on when Hoover no longer had anything to do with Hoover products after TTI took the reins. Thanks for your input, I've learned a lot already.

Post# 455057 , Reply# 49   7/21/2022 at 05:37 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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If I remember correctly, TTI bought Hoover from Maytag in 2007. The WindTunnel uprights debuted ten years before - in 1997. So TTI really had nothing to do with designing the original models.

Post# 455059 , Reply# 50   7/21/2022 at 08:01 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Mr. Dick Pike, (passed yesterday)  helped with Windtunnel.  It was probably the last 'brilliant idea of real Hoover.

Post# 455062 , Reply# 51   7/21/2022 at 09:42 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
RIP Mr. Pike

I like my Windtunnel even more knowing it has a bit of Hoover DNA so to speak.

Post# 455067 , Reply# 52   7/21/2022 at 10:46 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Now I know who helped out with the Windtunnels. Thanks for the info and RIP Mr. Pike.

Post# 455072 , Reply# 53   7/21/2022 at 13:33 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thank you Mr. Pike for your excellent work at Hoover. The WindTunnel design is quite an accomplishment. Rest in peace......

Post# 455078 , Reply# 54   7/21/2022 at 18:38 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Post# 455117 , Reply# 55   7/22/2022 at 21:00 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Thanks for posting this.

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I have a great pic of me with both Dick and Joellen. I brought them Hoover embroidered towels.

Post# 455159 , Reply# 56   7/24/2022 at 13:23 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        
Did they try to put the windtunnel Technology into the

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Turbine tool? I just noticed that there’s designs that resemble the Windtunnel Designs..

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Post# 455185 , Reply# 57   7/24/2022 at 23:42 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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As much as I really like the self propelled Windtunnels, I honestly don't think they are that great all around. A big major design flaw with these is that the idler arm can break if you're not too careful with it. I had to replace mine when I first got my Windtunnel. And unfortunately I'm passing up on this one that my local thrift store has, it's got the same problem which is a shame cause I love the looks of these newer green Mexican versions. I'm not replacing another idler arm ever again.

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Post# 455188 , Reply# 58   7/25/2022 at 01:12 by RoyalFan103 (Washington)        

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Looks nice! I know it wphas an Emerald Green Tubrine tool…

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