Thread Number: 44285  /  Tag: 80s/90s Vacuum Cleaners
Hoover Caddy Vac model U5134-900
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Post# 460975   3/5/2023 at 13:32 (416 days old) by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        

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I think this is a caddy vac. I didn't see any other name on it so I will call it a caddy vac for now. I found this at a Garage/Estate sale for $3. The removable tool rack is interesting. I repacked the roller bearings with some Super Lube from Harbor Freight. It was kind of loud even after the bearings got repacked. I didn't know if this is worth selling because I think I can get a pretty penny for this since I stripped it down and washed everything (the motor got a brief wipe down). Though I am thinking about keeping this. I doubt they're rare, it looks like it is a 2002-2003? Let me know what you guys think.

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Post# 460977 , Reply# 1   3/5/2023 at 15:01 (416 days old) by repairman (Woodridge, IL)        

That's a Caddy Vac alright. Check the fan and make sure there's no chipped blades. That unit should have the 20 blade fan which didn't break as much as the 7 blade ones. Otherwise, your motor bearings are dry.

Post# 460982 , Reply# 2   3/5/2023 at 17:02 (416 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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I like these machines, about as powerful as a Kirby but I'd totally take these over a Kirby in my humble opinion. Personally, I'd hang on to it for your collection. It's nice having a piece of Hoover that's long been history. And if you ever did decided to sell it in the future, it could double the value versus selling it now.

Post# 460983 , Reply# 3   3/5/2023 at 17:11 (416 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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For the manufacture date look at the serial number and first 4 digits will be the date. MMYY. I want to say those were built until ~2005. Thatís a 12amp machine so definitely near the end of the Hoover Elite era. Definitely one of the more unique variants, and one of the few that used the ďZĒ bag. A, Y, and Z all use the same collar so whichever you have on hand can be used in a pinch.

Caddy Vacs are cool! My grandparents had one so they hold a special place in my heart. Itís no Convertible, but itís still a fun machine.

Post# 460985 , Reply# 4   3/5/2023 at 18:22 (416 days old) by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        
My motor bearings

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are probably dry. the fan is fine I looked it over and I saw nothing wrong. I think I will keep it for now as a souvenir of about the last of the elites, I am actually a big elite guy but I love convertibles.

Post# 460986 , Reply# 5   3/5/2023 at 19:37 (416 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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These are rare, Hang onto it. I seen one on eBay and it got bid up to $150. I had no idea why it was so special and why people regard them so highly. But I guess it's a good vacuum.

Post# 461000 , Reply# 6   3/6/2023 at 13:01 (415 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Great Caddy Vac

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the removable tool (rack/caddy) made it versatile for those who DIDN'T want the "onboard tools" as a constant.

 I have 2.  The white one is a "must have" if you collect Hoovers.





Post# 461003 , Reply# 7   3/6/2023 at 13:48 (415 days old) by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        
John and huskyvacs

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well, I guess this is a keeper. I am a big Hoover collector so I will hang on to it.

And John, I thought you only collected Convertibles?

Post# 461008 , Reply# 8   3/6/2023 at 15:56 (415 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Oh, no...

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I collect everything pertaining to The Hoover Company.

Post# 461019 , Reply# 9   3/6/2023 at 21:24 (415 days old) by Eureka1998 (New York )        
Definitely go for it!

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This is such a childhood vac for me, and a really good one for most carpeting. My parents had two, a red one and a purple one. The white ones were around alot though! Sears and National Wholesale Liquidators always had them. Recently I went to a Thrift Store and purchased the rare TurboPower 3700 with Micro Lite filtration cover. Such a cool addition and a great vacuum. One of the last good Hoovers.

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Post# 461020 , Reply# 10   3/6/2023 at 21:26 (415 days old) by Eureka1998 (New York )        
I think I made a typo LOL

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By go for it I meant keep it longer. They're gems of Hoovers.

Post# 461026 , Reply# 11   3/7/2023 at 07:53 (414 days old) by Kloveland (Tulsa)        

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I just sold mine on eBay for $36.00. I thought it would go higher. Because I thought the younger collectors would be all over it. I greased both motor bearings in mine.

Post# 463460 , Reply# 12   5/30/2023 at 16:02 (330 days old) by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        
I got one too

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Post# 463732 , Reply# 13   6/9/2023 at 18:16 (320 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        

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I've been trying to downsize my collection and have been on the fence about this caddy vac after reading this thread I changed my mind about donating it 🤣

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Post# 463733 , Reply# 14   6/9/2023 at 20:56 (320 days old) by Eureka1998 (New York )        
One of these.....

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Was just sold on eBay a few days ago NEW IN BOX from 2003. Sometimes I dont know how legit some of those sales are cause I was setting max bids and like not even a second before it ended I was outbid LOL. Caddy Vacs are indeed good Hoovers. I had two the maroon, and the deep purple. Now I own the TurboPower with MicroLite. They're worth it for sure!

Post# 463743 , Reply# 15   6/10/2023 at 00:43 (319 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        
Reply #13

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If you ever do decide to get rid of yours in the future, I'd be interested;)

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