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My new FilterQueen!
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Post# 462521   4/23/2023 at 12:47 (367 days old) by armandjc (Boston )        

Just wanted to share my new find! A 1983 Canadian FilterQueen model 700! After a good clean up and some maintenance, itís running like a top! Very nice machine, quiet, powerful, and good looking. Iím not too crazy about this power nozzle, but it is a good cleaner. Very happy with my first FilterQueen, enjoy the photos!

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Post# 462526 , Reply# 1   4/23/2023 at 15:45 (367 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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The vacuum is in great shape. It goes nice with your wood floor brick wall and your convertible.

Post# 462544 , Reply# 2   4/24/2023 at 08:12 (366 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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Congrats on your find seems to be practically new after its spa day .

Post# 462619 , Reply# 3   4/25/2023 at 08:54 (365 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Congrats. I love my Filter Queen as well.

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Post# 462627 , Reply# 4   4/25/2023 at 12:32 (365 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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That's a nice FQ, and it sounds like you're happy with it, so that's great. Glad it's found a good home. But I have to agree about the power nozzle. It's nothing to write home about. I picked up a somewhat newer Filter Queen Majestic a few years ago at a thrift shop for $5, and thought I'd gotten a real bargain until I ended up spending more than ten times more than that to try and put it to rights. When I was done, the performance was beyond lackluster, so I was REALLY done. I stuck it in my barn for about five or six years, mainly as a reminder to think twice about future vacuum purchases. I eventually donated it to my church's rummage sale, and it has not been missed. I guess I've settled in on Kirby and Electrolux as my vacuums of choice, not that I'm actively looking to acquire any more machines these days.

Post# 462629 , Reply# 5   4/25/2023 at 12:44 (365 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Nice find! Hard to find them complete!

Post# 462720 , Reply# 6   4/29/2023 at 09:48 (361 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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human, thats surprising to hear about the lackluster performance you described....for your FQ. It was poor compared to the Electrolux? I ask b/c I've been amazed at what mine has picked up (70th anniversary model) AND I can clean out the filter with compressed air for longer use of that cone. thoughts?

Post# 462737 , Reply# 7   4/29/2023 at 21:33 (361 days old) by armandjc (Boston )        

Itís a fantastic cleaner! Not complaining about its performance at all, iím THOROUGHLY impressed with it! Just not too keen on the ďfeelĒ of the power nozzle, feels very clunky and big but itís good at its job. Overall very pleased with the FQ been using it like crazy past few weeks.

Post# 462768 , Reply# 8   4/30/2023 at 15:40 (360 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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In regards to cleaning performance on a Filter Queen, I agree with Edgar. They start out with lots of airflow & suction power....however, they VERY QUICKLY lose their airflow. Particularly if you are cleaning a environment with lots of sandy, fine dust type dirt. What happens is the fine dusty powdery elements in whatever dirt you're picking up go upwards and cling to the cellulose Filter Cone. It's not uncommon to have to take the motor off and flick the cone to release the dust a couple times before having to empty the bin and change the Filter Cone. Also, the powerhead on these Filter Queens has always been lackluster - the bristles do a poor job grooming the carpet. Especially with the newer models. It's not uncommon for vac shops to sell complete hose/wand/powerhead kits to people who bring in Filter Queens for repair with the powerhead not working.

A Electrolux on the other hand is a much better cleaner. They have cyclonic action in the bag chamber, & the 4 ply bags do a excellent job keeping the dust out of the bag chamber. Can easily match or beat the Filter Queen & any modern vacuum with a HEPA Cloth bag. Yes, they do lose airflow & suction, but unlike the messy experience you have renewing the cleaning performance on a Filter Queen, it's quick & clean with a Electrolux - simply take the bag out, give it a good vigorous shake to loosen dust from the walls of the bag, blow off the small amount of dust on top of the cardboard collar that escapes the bag, and reinstall in the vacuum. Also, the L shaped powerhead on the Electrolux grooms carpet far better, and when you put in the newest brushroll and fix the rear wheels if you don't like the floating height adjustment, you have a powerhead that can match the performance of highly regarded central vac powerheads like Sebo and Wessell Werk EBK360. When you factor in that bags & filters are dirt cheap, & the cleaner performs so well & so easy & inexpensive to maintain, it's no wonder why Electrolux canisters are so popular.

Armandjc - Very nice Filter Queen you found there! Just so you know, that electric hose included with yours is a generic replacement. The hose in Tom, Dysonman1's photo, is the original OEM hose. Also, one way you can improve the grooming action of the powerhead is to put your brushroll in the "worn" position - that makes the bristles stick out farther and improves it's ability to dig down deep into carpet fibres.

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