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Regina Electrikbroom Powerteam Mystery Model ~1983 Help A VacHead?
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Post# 455570   8/7/2022 at 23:12 by areyoufollowing (Columbus, Ohio)        

VacHeads & Guru Board Members - I Need Advice Please

I'm a mini collector with about 11 that I love. I'm a longterm troll and eventually I knew one day I'd either have to share or need to ask the community something.

On the plus side rest assured I've probably already read a ton of the posts and then gone down my own path digging up more and more.

Right now I'm in a tough spot and I'm looking to at least see if someone would help school me on a "mystery" Regina Electrikbroom in my collection.

I sorry for the long post. Please don't ban me.

So I know in the July 1983 issue of Consumer Reports they gave the Regina's
Elictrikbroom Powerteam HB 6910 ("Power
team 6910") lots of strong kudos that later went on to the big legal battle when Regina planned to use snippets of their report within the Squid version commercial / ad. In that issue they reviewed the Powerteam 6910. (the case law is very interesting)

I think I own a 1983 Model 6710 but have never been able to find any such model mentioned or for sale. So truth be told I've kinda always hoped I have the only one but I'm ready to actually find out what do I own!

Main Points:
Since my unopened box says copyright 1983 I figure it was made in 1983 or after. 6710 may have been before or after the 6910?

NIB Regina Two Motor Electrikbroom Powerteam 1983 Style G3 SHB6710EMN

My Box (It has some storage wear but still looks great) reads:


- Easy To Use Easy To Store
- Two Motors with motorized beater brush
- For Carpets and Bare Floors
- Powerteam
- Color and Bag Pattern May Vary

- Style G3 SHB6710EMN

12 Work Saving Features
- Spring Loaded Top Ring For Ease Of Emptying Bag
- Designer Filter Bag
- Handi-Handle Adds Versatility
- Ultra Power Plus Suction Motor
- Lifts Dirt Fluffs Pile
- Easy Access For Snap'n Vac Attachments
- Restorer
- Slim Silhouette For Under Low Furniture
- Easy Empty Dirt Cup
- High Quality Wear Resistant Structure
- Automatic Carpet Adjustment
- Edge Cleaning Suction Picks Up Debris From Corners

THE REGINA COMPANY
313 REGINA AVENUE, RAHWAY, NEW JERSEY 07085
1983, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

SHB6710 EMN
2 Motors
Style G3

Tops Appliance
Rt. 27 Division
Edison NJ
08818

481050000 22140

Tops Appliance City, a popular destination for Staten Island shoppers, located in Edison N.J. Billing themselves as the single largest retail appliance outlet on the East Coast, they offered Islanders who shopped there a refund on their bridge toll, no purchase necessary.

About the time this Regina Two Motor Electrikbroom Powerteam was purchased Tops Appliances in Edison, NJ offered a coupon for $10 off vacuum cleaners along with their normal $1.50 Bridge Toll Refund - No Purchase Necessary.

The Tops story including their move to Edison etc. is really interesting too and after knowing about it - I really enjoy the Tops Appliance stamp on the box.

So - anyone still reading can you school me or help me figure out what exactly I have?


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Post# 455757 , Reply# 1   8/11/2022 at 23:28 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I'm not sure what you mean by "what I really have"

However I had one in 1988 when I was in Fl. to finish up a travel training class.

I did work well and several of us used it to clean our dorm rooms. I even got a free hair cut for letting the girls doing hair cuts for friends use it to clean up.

It worked well for hard floors or low pile carpet/level loop carpet. No where near the performance level of a full size upright. In spite of all that it did in fact make the obvious debris vanish.

Some models had and optional 6 ft. hose with basic attachments to use that plugged into the back of the power head. Didn't have the hose.

I believe I paid around $70.00 for it at the time.

Sold it just before I left to come home to one of the staff at the school. She couldn't believe I would sell it. I said I didn't need it after the classes ended. As I had purchased a new Kirby Heritage 2 the year before waiting for me at home.

At the time I wished that I still had the rebuilt Kirby 519 I was at one time using to clean at a mall I was working at and at times at my office cleaning job. I would have taken that with me to do the cleaning in the dorm rooms. We had a list of things to take with us that would just about set up a household.

The school provided a household shop vac for the students to use. Well you can guess how well that worked. All be it almost indestructible and or easily replaced.

I also had purchased one for a very small branch of bank we cleaned at the time. Worked well for that as well. About 144 Sq. ft. of carpet and about that much hard floor. No real need for a full size vacuum that and there wasn't much room to store it. Fit nicely under the teller line.


Post# 455764 , Reply# 2   8/12/2022 at 09:21 by Vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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I can't really help much, but I used to recommend those Regina Power Team units to folks that moved into our local Senior Living Apartments.

The apartments had a flat commercial grade carpet. Those Regina Power Team units were perfect.

My only complaint was emptying them. It always seemed like the dirt spilled out no matter how careful you were.

I have one in my collection and use it. It is hard to find the right belt for it now.



Post# 455788 , Reply# 3   8/12/2022 at 15:26 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I always found those power nozzle electric brooms to be an ingenious, though simple, design. Kind of like the early ancestors of today’s popular cordless stick vacs. Hoover made one back in the 1970’s, and Kenmore had a Progressive version in the 2000’s that was highly rated by Consumer Reports. Best things about the Hoover and the Kenmore: full size power nozzles and the dirt was collected in disposable bags!

Post# 455870 , Reply# 4   8/15/2022 at 04:45 by areyoufollowing (Columbus, Ohio)        
What Model Is It? The box says Regina SHB6710 - Never Seen

Thanks for the replies. We had two growing up but they're long gone. I'm just a solo newb and for the life me can only guess that its a 6710 from 1983 brought out briefly before infamous 6910 Consumer Reports Hoopla.

Can anyone confirm they made a 6710?

I've decoded the old UPC check digit tool and think the UPC is actually
UPC: 022811020053

Can anyone tell if it came out before the 6910?

Thanks Tons Folks!

That's a snap shot of the July 1983 Light Weight Vacuum Cleaners where they review the 6910.



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Post# 455876 , Reply# 5   8/15/2022 at 11:26 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Post# 455879 , Reply# 6   8/15/2022 at 12:14 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

Yeah right. Good luck with that….

Post# 455884 , Reply# 7   8/15/2022 at 14:45 by Kloveland (Tulsa)        

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That’s typical I guess.. people come on here asking for advice just so they can sell a vacuum for an ungodly amount of money. Those were budget vacuums when they were new. Like today’s Bissells. Yes best of luck with that!!!

Post# 455910 , Reply# 8   8/16/2022 at 00:26 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Used to have one of those dual motor powernozzle Regina vacuums.Think I bought it from K-Mart.At the time was building DynaKit Hi-Fi amp kits.Used the Regina to clean up the wire clippings and such.The vacuum failed in a Strange,unusual way.A wire clipping got caught in the fan and it cut off the plastic nozzle in front of the fan.The powernozzle dropped to the floor!!!I liked this little machine-but with this failure----Dumpstered the thing and went to Star vacuum(wash DC area) and bought a Royal upright-this one did MUCH better with the wire clippings!

Post# 455911 , Reply# 9   8/16/2022 at 00:28 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

For 11K-NO WAY--What is this seller smoking-and if someone buys this for that stupid price-what were they smoking or taking?????

Post# 455958 , Reply# 10   8/18/2022 at 01:13 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Let's see here...........

1. Member since August 7 , 2022.

2. First post is "tell me what I have"

3. Wants to know how much it's worth.

4. Makes 1 post, gets inconclusive answers, then puts the vacuum on eBay for $11,000 and leaves the site.

Gotta love scammers & spammers.

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Seller's Listing Below

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Vintage Collectible Regina Two Motor Electrikbroom Powerteam Stick Vacuum Cleaner 1983 Style G3 SHB 6710 Extra Rare


Condition: New with some vintage storage box wear


There is the only one possibly left.


UPC: 022811020053

Category: Collectibles & Art > Collectibles > Kitchen & Home Collectibles > Collectible Major Appliances


Category: Home & Garden > Household 8. Cleaning Supplies > Vacuum Cleaners

> Other Collectible Major Appliances


Based on UPC Check Digit Tools and base UPC on box


Easy To Use Easy To Store
Two Motors with motorized beater brush
For Carpets and Bare Floors
Powerteam
Color and Bag Pattern May Vary


Museum Quality Regina ~1983 Electrikbroom Powerteam


Regina Box Advertises 12 Work Saving Features

Spring Loaded Top Ring For Ease Of Emptying Bag
Designer Filter Bag
Handi-Handle Adds Versatility
Ultra Power Plus Suction Motor
Lifts Dirt Fluffs Pile
Easy Access For Snap'n Vac Attachments
Restorer
Slim Silhouette For Under Low Furniture
Easy Empty Dirt Cup
High Quality Wear Resistant Structure
Automatic Carpet Adjustment
Edge Cleaning Suction Picks Up Debris From Corners


THE REGINA COMPANY

313 REGINA AVENUE, RAHWAY, NEW JERSEY 07085

1983, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


SHB6710 EMN

2 Motors

Style G3


Tops Appliance

Rt. 27 Division

Edison NJ

08818


481050000 22140


Tops Appliance City, a popular destination for Staten Island shoppers, located in Edison N.J. Billing themselves as the single largest retail appliance outlet on the East Coast, they offered Islanders who shopped there a refund on their bridge toll, no purchase necessary.


About the time this Regina Two Motor Electrikbroom Powerteam was purchased Tops Appliances in Edison, NJ offered a coupon for $10 off vacuum cleaners along with their normal $1.50 Bridge Toll Refund - No Purchase Necessary.


History of Tops Appliance City, Inc. via referenceforbuainess


Starting with a tiny store in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Leslie S. Turchin developed Tops Appliance City, Inc. into one of the leading retailers of home appliances and consumer electronics in New York and New Jersey, with eight megastores. The company ranked seventh nationwide among consumer electronics chains in 1993, and the following year recorded the highest sales volume per square foot of any publicly held retailer in the United States. The company was unable to maintain such momentum, however, in the fiercely competitive greater New York City metropolitan market and faced some challenges in the mid-1990s.


Private Company, 1970-1991

Turchin started out in the electronics and appliance business at the age of nine, working part-time in his father's store in Linden, New Jersey, a gritty, industrial city south of Elizabeth and Newark. After high school he worked in the family business full-time, but had to leave, he told a reporter, "because my father wouldn't pay me a living wage. He only paid me $125 a week gross, while my rent was $145 a month." Turchin joined Sears, Roebuck and Co. at the age of 23 as an appliance salesman in 1965, and he then joined Kelvinator Inc. as a regional sales representative in 1969.

Armed with a $25,000 grubstake, Turchin, at the age of 27 or 28, went into business himself in 1970 by purchasing Tops TV & Appliance in downtown New Brunswick. This "closet-sized" 1,800-square-foot store, across the street from a closed Sears, was in an area later cleared for urban renewal. "When I started," Turchin related to an interviewer, "it was me, one full-time salesman, one part-time bookkeeper and a part-time driver, and we used to get a driver's helper--a stew bum off the street."

Turchin remained there until 1979, when he more or less traded some New Brunswick real estate for a shopping center in nearby Edison that included a closed W.T. Grant's. He recorded sales of $9 million in the first year and eventually was able to take over the entire Grant building, a 45,000-square-foot structure that, arguably, was the first superstore in the consumer electronics industry.


I typically ship same day or next business day if necessary. Your brand new 1980's Regina Electrikbroom will ship fast and safely packed.


eBay item number:
265831854261
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.


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Post# 455983 , Reply# 11   8/18/2022 at 14:43 by JohnsRegina (Florida)        
Regina Belt Alternative

I need a belt for my Regina PowerTeam. My model # is HB6910C, Style G1. Can any of you advise me on if you know of a readily available, reasonable, replacement belt, possibly from a similar vacuum that will fit mine? I am already aware that I can order from ApplianceFactoryParts, but they wany $10 bucks for shipping a $3 belt, and I might have to wait 20 days to get it, so I am looking for a better solution.

Thanks


Post# 456016 , Reply# 12   8/19/2022 at 23:55 by repairman (Woodridge, IL)        
This just keeps getting better

The guy sent out a 50% discount to all the people who viewed the item. He's really doing us a favor by saving $5500.00

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Post# 456018 , Reply# 13   8/20/2022 at 02:15 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Do 99% off. $110. That's fair.

Post# 456047 , Reply# 14   8/20/2022 at 21:12 by repairman (Woodridge, IL)        

Need I remind everyone when that poorly restored Rexair Model 3 was being sold on eBay for $20,000.00 after being on American Restoration.

Post# 456055 , Reply# 15   8/21/2022 at 04:45 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Is that still up? lol I wonder what happened to that vacuum.

Post# 456682 , Reply# 16   9/11/2022 at 07:24 by areyoufollowing (Columbus, Ohio)        
Crazy Seller Here - Didn't Expect That - But Price Is $7

I'm sorry for the PR listing - I do visit often and I have a small collection. Anyway, the price is $799 and thats what I'm willing to part with it for. It is the only one I've ever found new in the box and it's much rarer than folks are aware of.

peace - love - & vacs



CLICK HERE TO GO TO areyoufollowing's LINK on eBay


Post# 456690 , Reply# 17   9/11/2022 at 13:10 by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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Areyoufollowing, you had better be prepared to hold onto that Regina for a looooooooong time if you expect to get $700 for it. Why would I pay $700 for your vacuum when I can buy a new Sebo or Miele canister with a full size powerhead, with a warranty, for only slightly more than you want for your old, ancient *rare* Regina with no warranty, no parts support and a cleaner that's nowhere near as good?

Better come back down to earth with your expectations :P

Rob


Post# 456697 , Reply# 18   9/12/2022 at 01:53 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I go along with Kirbylux77!A Sebo "Dart" would be a similar upright vacuum.The one of those I had must of been more than 30yrs ago.Was like 125 bucks or something like that from K-Mart.

Post# 456698 , Reply# 19   9/12/2022 at 04:10 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Rare does not equal valuable that's what people have difficulty understanding.

Put it at $79 and it will sell. Anything more than that is tax fraud or money laundering scheme.


Post# 456705 , Reply# 20   9/12/2022 at 13:25 by kloveland (Tulsa)        

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Post# 456706 , Reply# 21   9/12/2022 at 13:26 by kloveland (Tulsa)        

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I honestly don't not think those were that sought after to begin with.

Post# 456715 , Reply# 22   9/12/2022 at 19:23 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
kloveland

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Kenny,

I think it's the original 1973 "Electrikbrush" models that are more sought after than the later incarnations.

~Ben


Post# 456717 , Reply# 23   9/12/2022 at 20:00 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Are you thinking of the “Brush n Beat”?

That was from the early 1970’s.

Post# 456725 , Reply# 24   9/13/2022 at 09:22 by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Hell, if someone wanted the original "electrikbroom" power team, you could buy the 1934 Air-Way Chief dual motor from Charlie Watrous at the Vacuum Cleaner Collectors Convention this coming weekend for a whole lot less. And it really would be rare and valuable.

Post# 457439 , Reply# 25   10/16/2022 at 10:17 by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
Regina Powerteams

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Must have missed this post. I actually have the identical power team as above that I won 12 years ago new in box for 79.00! It is date coded as being from 1985. A tell tale sign you have a mid run 1984 or newer Electrikbroom is the much smaller box they came in. Anything from 1983 and older would have come in a much longer skinnier box. The reasons being the smaller boxed units were not fully assembled and needed the upper handle inserted into place with a wing nut and screw and the bag and collar ring snapped into place. In contrast the older longer boxed units were assembled and of higher quality and all the customer needed do was insert the nozzle or powerhead into the fan housing.
It is indeed rare to still find one of these new in box nearly 40 years later but these were hardly rare back in the day and literally every discount store was selling these for around 59.99 to 69.99 for the power team versions when on sale.

As for belts a good old Dirt Devil style 2 works quite well for me and I have been using those for years on all of my power teams dating from 1977 to 1992 when the last of this style was still being sold before changing over to the newer all plastic body units that Oreck took over during the later 90's.



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