Thread Number: 44272  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
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Post# 460850   3/1/2023 at 23:40 by newbie (wisconsin)        

I am looking to find out what size belt fits this vac. I found it while cleaning out my father in laws shop, and it runs. I checked the internet, and all I found was a few posts about it from this site. Any help would be appreciated.

Post# 460851 , Reply# 1   3/2/2023 at 00:03 by repairman (Woodridge, IL)        

Are you referring to the Vectron bagless upright?

That is the unit that would eventually become the Fantom Thunder.

You can either use Hoover 012471AG (Dial A Matic) or Dirt Devil Style 4/5.

If I were you, I wouldn't use it for daily vacuuming. The machine is quite collectible these days and they're not easy to come by.

Post# 460865 , Reply# 2   3/2/2023 at 11:12 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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I've never heard of a Johnson Wax vacuum cleaner. All I'm aware of is their floor polishers which they themselves manufactured. Long after they stopped selling them, a man in Wisconsin who had worked for them until he retired still repaired them and kept spare parts. He died some years ago and with him went whatever remaining stock he had.


The later models, from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s, were beautiful and highly styled machines. The "Gort Helmet" models had a very musical sound. When I was a little boy living in Hampton, Virginia every time I heard our next-door neighbor using theirs up I ran to their front door to watch Hubby running it in the living room.


The heady scent of their Beautiflor wax was unique and heavenly.

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Post# 460871 , Reply# 3   3/2/2023 at 15:45 by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
SC Johnson Vectron...

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Post# 460872 , Reply# 4   3/2/2023 at 16:00 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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Ah. Well, "you learn something new every day!"

Post# 460988 , Reply# 5   3/5/2023 at 20:17 by newbie (wisconsin)        

Belt is on the way, thanks for the info. I live near J.Wax headquarters, and can find no info around here. Maybe they aren't proud of the machine with their name on it?

Post# 460989 , Reply# 6   3/5/2023 at 20:49 by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Probably just don't keep record back that far and nobody remembers it.

I tried getting a manual from Riccar for a vacuum they made in the 1980's and they said they have no support for that model and tried to sell me a new Riccar vacuum instead.

I could only find this about the vacuum;

"In 1989, British-born James Dyson (inventor of dual-cyclone vacuums) and Canada's IONA Appliances (the predecessor of Fantom Technologies) made a licensing deal in which the company would manufacture and sell a line of commercial dual-cyclonic upright vacuums called Vectron, for SC Johnson Wax, on which Dyson held the patent. Two years later, SC Johnson exited the commercial vacuum business and IONA renamed the vacuums to "Fantom". 1993 brought a successful infomercial for the original Fantom vacuum. One year later, the vacuum offered a HEPA filter as an option. In 1995, the vacuum was renamed the Fantom Thunder (AKA Kenmore Destiny)."

Post# 461074 , Reply# 7   3/8/2023 at 15:29 by newbie (wisconsin)        

Belt on, runs great, thanks. While cleaning it up, I noticed the handle releases from the body, but The interior tube is enclosed in the flexible hose. Is this supposed to release from inside the hose? If so, how? And what's the red button below the 93135?

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