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Post# 462244   4/12/2023 at 13:02 (430 days old) by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Found another vacuum today at the local thrift store. Iíd seen it sitting there for probably a couple weeks and passed it up as I told myself I didnít need another vacuum! Anyways, it was still there again this afternoon marked down to a smidge under $25. I ran the motor in the store for a moment and all seemed well. No weird noises that I could hear or anything like that. I thought the price seemed fair. Itís a Kirby Sentria model G10D.

Overall, appears to be in decent condition, just dirty. Not a ton of hair on initial inspection except for the brush roller. The internal HEPA bag is about half full but will be replaced. Overall seems nice. Should clean up well. This will be my first Kirby.

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Post# 462247 , Reply# 1   4/12/2023 at 14:19 (430 days old) by juju93 (South Georgia)        

im not surprised its a kirby. I'm so ready for kirby to ditch the sentria/avlir look and ditch the g-series design. For crying out loud its over 33 years old now.

Post# 462248 , Reply# 2   4/12/2023 at 14:21 (430 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Great find! I always pick up any Kirby I see for less than $50. Always. I have pretty much every model now except the pre-war models and the Avalir 2.

Post# 462256 , Reply# 3   4/12/2023 at 18:39 (429 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Nice find...

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That's a great machine to start out your Kirby collection. Everybody should have at least one. That'll look great with a little polishing and it's built like a tank, so with some occasional TLC, it could well outlast you. You got the machine for a fair price. That's about what they go for here, without accessories. One with a complete tool kit goes for about twice that. I bought a Sentria in similar condition with a full tool kit, including the shampoo system, for $50 a couple of years ago.

Post# 462273 , Reply# 4   4/12/2023 at 21:05 (429 days old) by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I havenít shined it up yet, just a general cleaning of the dust and hair from the brush roll. The belt appeared to be fairly new. The genuine Kirby disposable bag only had a tiny amount of dirt in it. Everything seems to work as it should including the direct drive and the stepper carpet height adjuster. Fan also looks to be fine. It really lifts the carpet up! And it is fairly easy to push. All in all, Iím happy with it!

Post# 462286 , Reply# 5   4/13/2023 at 13:29 (429 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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I found one of these last year for about $10. But you might like to hear this given that you're a Lux fan, I just picked up a Regency Series upright from the thrift store recently along with like 40-50 bags for a steal!

Post# 462288 , Reply# 6   4/13/2023 at 13:36 (429 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
THat was a great price for such an

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expensive and relatively new model.

I have a Tradition and Heritage with tools for sale.

 They will go sometime soon.

Don't ask me how I ended up with them.  I has 2 Heritages...gave one away.  She never uses it..too heavy, etc.

  But, she'd take s**t bagged!

Post# 462303 , Reply# 7   4/13/2023 at 21:26 (428 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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Hey, Jason,

Nice find! I just recently got my first Kirby as well. Mine is a G4.
Since I have all hardwood floors, with only a couple of area rugs, I never saw myself owning a Kirby.
But, it came with a mess of extras, and it was free. I couldn't pass it up.
I shined it up the best I could, by hand. I hand washed the outer bag, and replaced the disposable bag with a HEPA version.
It still needs some bits and pieces. But, I can see why people like them. I just wish I had some real carpet to try it out on!
I hope you enjoy yours!

Post# 462304 , Reply# 8   4/13/2023 at 22:32 (428 days old) by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Nice Alex! Yeah I love finding the upright Lux vacs for cheap at thrift shops. Can usually get them for hardly anything!

Hi Barry. Yeah I typically would not consider picking up a Kirby since I only have one room with wall to wall carpet, but they are such well made machines I thought I should have one! I too plan to wash the outer bag and then shine up the metal work a bit.

Post# 462305 , Reply# 9   4/13/2023 at 22:38 (428 days old) by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Youíre right John. They are pretty heavy vacuums in general but they seem to do a great job on carpets!

I only have one bagless vacuum, which is a Kenmore Elite cordless stick vacuum. It is great for bare floors and picking up cat hair with the pet turbo brush. Itís convenient to use for quick pickups but itís not a deep cleaner by any means.

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