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Post# 460241   2/12/2023 at 11:53 by cam2s (Nebraska)        

Just curious how others enjoy their collections. Do you use all your vacuums or do you have a daily drive and just display the others? Space right now is a premium for me, I have to store them in a way that makes them hard to get to other than the front few. I’m trying a new strategy though where I dig one out, use it everyday throughout the week and then replace it at the end of the week and get another one out.

Post# 460242 , Reply# 1   2/12/2023 at 12:22 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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I use all but the oldest or most useless ones.

Post# 460243 , Reply# 2   2/12/2023 at 12:40 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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I try to rotate all my vacuums , i use them all and display them in my big basement i try to use em all in a months time. My daily is all of em honestly i sometime use one more than other or all 4 in one day depends how i feel but i rotate

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Post# 460244 , Reply# 3   2/12/2023 at 12:42 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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I don't use one specifically as a daily drive, but some get used more than others. Its hard to use a 1914 Eureka with wheels the size of quarters in the 3/4" thick carpet upstairs lol

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Post# 460246 , Reply# 4   2/12/2023 at 15:38 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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Space is a premium for me as well. I have a good portion of my collection lining the walls of my bedroom. I have one in the living room along with my 515 Kirby lamp that I can trade off from time to time with other Kirby's in my collection. Most of my Kirby's are packed away. I don't use any of them as daily drivers.

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Post# 460247 , Reply# 5   2/12/2023 at 15:42 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I don't have space to display my vacuums, although a few favorites are lined up in my back hallway, for lack of a better place to put them. I've had to move the majority of my vacuums to my barn to make space for a 'temporary' housemate, who has lived with me for the past ten months. At first, she gave me a bunch of crap about them, suggesting that I get rid of all but one, her preference being an Electrolux upright. The Kirbys, she says, "don't work"—mainly because she doesn't know how to use one, IMO, but I digress.

I don't use any one machine as a 'daily driver," because truth be told, I don't vacuum daily, or even weekly, for that matter. I use whatever machine is either close at hand or would be best suited for a special task. I have admitted to myself that I do indeed have too many vacuums and that I really do need to thin the herd, but where to start thinning? The best I've been able to do for a little more than a year is to avoid buying any additional vacuums. I guess that's progress—not prefection—but progress, nonetheless.

Post# 460255 , Reply# 6   2/13/2023 at 01:21 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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Occasionally I'd need to dust all my vacuums out with a Swiffer and so when I do, I test run some of them for like no more than a minute. Other than that, they're all just for displaying. I only use one vacuum for daily use and that would be my central vac.

Post# 460344 , Reply# 7   2/15/2023 at 20:07 by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        

I mostly display my vintage vacs while my Miele PN canister and Sanitaire upright are my DD's. Occasionally I pull out a vintage vac to use. As with so many vac shops back in the day, my bench vac is a Filter Queen, specifically a beige model 31 because my paternal grandmother had one. They don't make 'em like that anymore.


I don't have a dedicated room for my small collection, but I have space under a 12' section of my model railroad benchwork. Needless to say they aren't uprights!




Post# 461006 , Reply# 8   3/6/2023 at 14:52 by convertible18 (utica, ny)        

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I kind of enjoy my collection, I just wish i had more of the machines on my wanted list or ones that are rare. I kinda use all my vacuums but sometimes i will set out one vacuum and call it a daily driver

Post# 461039 , Reply# 9   3/7/2023 at 15:05 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Very Much

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