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Post# 463287   5/22/2023 at 15:05 (369 days old) by ODAVID123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Does anybody here know where i can find a replacement handle switch for a 1934 model R?

Post# 463291 , Reply# 1   5/22/2023 at 16:31 (369 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Do you have a pic?

Post# 463309 , Reply# 2   5/23/2023 at 19:39 (368 days old) by Centralvacs1928 (Chicagoland)        

I had a 3R once upon a time. As I recall it used a black plastic toggle switch very much like a Hoover 28/913/etc.

This won't be a switch available new, but should be easy enough to find used...even if it means sacrificing an old Hoover handle off a parts machine.

Post# 463310 , Reply# 3   5/23/2023 at 19:40 (368 days old) by Centralvacs1928 (Chicagoland)        

Of course, the R may have used an entirely different switch from the 3R. As Kieran said, a picture would help!


Post# 463335 , Reply# 4   5/24/2023 at 17:54 (367 days old) by Odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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I need the toggle switch or at least a comparable one to install on it

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Post# 463339 , Reply# 5   5/24/2023 at 19:33 (367 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Educated guessing any 2c or earlier toggle switch would be ooem.
Share more pics it's not like there's 2 or three type Rs even mentioned on VL.

Post# 463349 , Reply# 6   5/25/2023 at 01:55 (367 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Weirdly I don't see any screw holes in that grip slot. If there were 2 then I would suggest the standard metal toggle switch used in prewar machines, a really thin one. I have a spare or two of those.

Post# 463726 , Reply# 7   6/9/2023 at 10:04 (352 days old) by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Thatís great how much would you like for the toggle switch ? Can I email you ?

Post# 463728 , Reply# 8   6/9/2023 at 10:53 (352 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Sure, my email is in my profile.

Post# 463760 , Reply# 9   6/10/2023 at 18:06 (350 days old) by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        
Update !!

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I was able to locate a switch and itís running like new !!
Thank you to John and Rahul from Kirby Granda Hills CA for helping me with the repair !
Iíve posted a video on fb and here are some pictures

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Post# 463762 , Reply# 10   6/10/2023 at 19:36 (350 days old) by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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WOW what a great find!! Lady Luck was indeed smiling on you!!!

Post# 463763 , Reply# 11   6/10/2023 at 19:56 (350 days old) by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Thank you 🙏

Post# 463770 , Reply# 12   6/10/2023 at 21:11 (350 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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That is a vacuum I've only seen pics of. Congratulations that's a showcase centerpiece there.

Post# 463772 , Reply# 13   6/10/2023 at 21:52 (350 days old) by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Thank you sir 😀 itís my one of my favourite Kirbys ! I do have the C that came out the same year Iím polishing it so I can post here :)

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