Thread Number: 44516  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Two Filter Queens, One Kirby, And One Franken-Kirby
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Post# 463118   5/13/2023 at 03:53 by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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My collection has grown a little in the past couple days. On Thursday a guy who was working on a roof with my stepdaughter's boyfriend brought over a Kirby Heritage II that someone had set out at the curb. I checked it out and it runs great, but the cord will need replaced due to a short near to where it hooks onto the handle. The cord, probably a new belt, and a good cleaning and polishing are about all it will need. This one has the smaller nozzle, so now I have one of each! Other than the nozzle and serial number, this one is identical to my other Heritage II.
Then today (Friday) I went to an estate sale held for my Granddaughter's other Grandfather who had recently passed away. In a shed I found two Filter Queens, model 31X and 33, and a Franken-Kirby, with a sign above them that said "Vacuums $5.00 each." I couldn't turn them down at that price! The 31X had a Power nozzle, hose, crevice tool, dust brush, and upholstery nozzle with slider. The model 33 only had a dust brush and 2 upholstery nozzles with sliders, and a cordwinder, everything else was missing. The Franken-Kirby had started its life as a D-80, but had a Classic III handle, cord, and wheels, Tradition (blue) belt lifter, and a red "bojack" bag that uses F & G disposables.
Couldn't wait to try them out when I got them home! All three of them will need cleaned up. Both Filter Queens ran excellently, with outstanding suction and extremely quiet! However, the power nozzle doesn't work on the 31X, and looks like I might need to replace the cord on the 33. I do have a hose and a rug nozzle for the 33, but will need wands, crevice tool, and buffer pad. Since the 31X has the power nozzle, I don't know whether or not it would still have the regular wands, rug nozzle, and buffer pad. The Franken-Kirby ran pretty good, except it seemed to have some bearing noise. Haven't taken any pics yet, but when I do I'll be sure to post them.

Post# 463120 , Reply# 1   5/13/2023 at 11:04 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Nice haul...

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Sounds like it's raining vintage vacs in your neck of the woods!

Post# 463126 , Reply# 2   5/13/2023 at 20:51 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Congrats on your new accusations to your collection. I have a heritage 2 13 in line to get a new fan.

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