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Hammertone Eureka Model K
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Post# 459601   1/19/2023 at 20:53 (519 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Idk if I've ever posted this here so here it is. One of the very last Eureka model Ks. It has a metal handle cap, newer plastic switch, new logo lettering, bolt on head, hammertone silver finish(powder coat?), and a ball bearing motor. Last 2 pics are the serial number parameters, and the serial number.

The early polished K with the gold/black bag had a downgraded brush bar setup and a wood end cap instead of an all wood grip, and external wiring connections with a 1 piece handle fork. It also used the first ball bearing motor in a Eureka, but with round vent holes. I do not have one yet.

Pictured next to the K is my custom painted Eureka model D(eluxe). The last to use a sleeve bearing motor, the last to have the quick release handle fork, and the last to use terminals underneath. It also has a full wood grip, removable head, metal switch, and a fancy brush setup.

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Post# 466115 , Reply# 1   9/12/2023 at 16:05 (283 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Great pic!

This ad refers to the Model K as a commercial-type (Special Sale):

1950 Jan 9 - MINNEAPOLIS STAR - Eureka S-250 & Commercial Model K ad

Was this Eureka's first commercial model? Were there any others prior to the 1960s Model 248-(A/B) "Heavy Duty Super Power" upright?

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Post# 466119 , Reply# 2   9/12/2023 at 18:47 (283 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Eureka K

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Wow your Eureka model K looks much like mine, and yours was made 96,516 units later.


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Post# 466124 , Reply# 3   9/12/2023 at 22:17 (283 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Thats so cool! I wouldn't be surprised if this was their first commercial machine. Whats neat is that the postwar K and the M262 were made during the same period and only discontinued within one month of each other(supposedly.. they may have had surplus to sell until 1950? idk). Pic below

Vacmadman: Given as yours has the old style wire connectors, removable head, wood handle cap, and polished finish I would place yours as being made right before WWII. The bag could possibly be a replacement, it seems they offered them as such for the older models after the war. But could also be original to that idk. You did a wonderful job on it!

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Post# 466136 , Reply# 4   9/13/2023 at 09:22 (282 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
My Eureka's

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Eureka model K, and the model M, I hope to add some more of these Eureka vacs to my collection. Hoover300 thanks so much for all the info and Eureka history.


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Post# 466243 , Reply# 5   9/17/2023 at 10:07 (278 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
powder coat

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Your Eureka is not hammer toned or powder coated it most likely is just aluminum oxidation and just needs to be polished. I thought the same thing about my Kenmore Deluxe. The oxidation was so bad it also looked powder coated but cleaned up with a little work. Pictured is the before and after.


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Post# 466283 , Reply# 6   9/17/2023 at 21:25 (278 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Actually it is painted.. I don't have it on hand but you can see it best in this picture. It is a bit dingy but its hammertone silver. It has flaked off in a couple spots elsewhere on the machine

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Post# 466284 , Reply# 7   9/17/2023 at 21:27 (278 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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I can get a better pic tomorrow.

Post# 466290 , Reply# 8   9/18/2023 at 08:55 (277 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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No need I believe you. When I restored my Kenmore, I used the same words powder coat to describe the look of the vac so I thought it might just be the case with yours.


Post# 466292 , Reply# 9   9/18/2023 at 10:01 (277 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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It does appear that way from a distance, I thought yours was painted as well beforehand. It appears they used paint on this to be cheaper with metal finishing, as you can see on the lip of the nozzle the swirl marks from the mill(third pic)

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Post# 467953 , Reply# 10   12/7/2023 at 21:19 (197 days old) by texbodemer (Mountlake Terrace)        
I just got a Model K

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I just got a Model K, serial number 2564012, which also has a hammertone finish, a black bag, with the old style Eureka logo in gold. I've posted the "before" photos--I plan to get it rewired, and restore the bag (some black thread will do wonders)

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Post# 467958 , Reply# 11   12/8/2023 at 00:12 (196 days old) by texbodemer (Mountlake Terrace)        
I stand corrected

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I just found a large section underneath with  near-mirrored finish--in the same part, with no edge, meaning, either everything else dulled, or they missed a spot...

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