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Rare Vintage Penncrest stick vac
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Post# 465272   8/13/2023 at 15:57 (313 days old) by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        

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I found this in a vac store. I helped my friend clean out some of his shop and I got my hands on this. It’s runs great and looks great. I payed $0.00!!!! Amazing! The only problem is, the model sticker and info is GONE. I need as much information as I can get about this machine!

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Post# 465273 , Reply# 1   8/13/2023 at 16:55 (313 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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Looks   like   an  early  Eureka  stick  vac  to me  . 

Post# 465276 , Reply# 2   8/13/2023 at 21:28 (313 days old) by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        

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It’s basically a Eureka it just sold by jc pennys and they badged it as Penncrest. They are not easy to find now days

Post# 465280 , Reply# 3   8/14/2023 at 06:10 (312 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Nice find! You are going to want to use vintage Eureka Style “D” dust bags in this stick vac. See link below:

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Post# 465281 , Reply# 4   8/14/2023 at 07:17 (312 days old) by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        

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thanks, but I already had bags! I had a baby blue version by Eureka and a had some spare bags.

Post# 465301 , Reply# 5   8/14/2023 at 18:32 (312 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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That’s great to hear convertible18! These bags must be nearly impossible to find!

Post# 465311 , Reply# 6   8/15/2023 at 07:29 (311 days old) by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        
I remember that machine

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I bought that vacuum off of craiglist about seven or eight years ago along with a few other vintage machines. I knew it was the same one as soon as I saw the missing nozzle. I had forgotten that Chris ended up with it. Glad it found a good home.

Post# 465314 , Reply# 7   8/15/2023 at 14:11 (311 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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But PhantomFan, it looks like it has the correct Eureka carpet nozzle. What nozzle should it have?

Post# 469477 , Reply# 8   2/10/2024 at 18:47 by Paul (USA)        

Unfortunately, Penney's typically left out the model IDs in its advertising, but I snipped some Eureka and Penncrest Lightweight advertisements from the Penncrest era that will give you a framework.

Eureka manufactured 3 different Lightweight models during that time: 100 (with a 5-way cleaning nozzle), 120 (the 3-in-1) and the Super 95 (with a swivel nozzle). The 2-speed Model 123 came out later. Yours may match the 100 or 95, or it may be uniquely-featured based on JCP's request as it did at times—I am unaware of all the specs of each model. To me, yours most resembles the Super 95. Going by the all the ads I viewed, it appears that your Lightweight was produced sometime from 1967 to 1971. It would have been an earlier version due to its different color scheme than the one listed in the catalog. You could look for a date dial stamped into the housing (possibly located in the bag chamber), too; not every Eureka cleaner had one, but give it a shot.


1. 1964 Mar 23 MERIDAN JOURNAL - Model 120
2. 1969 Jul 13 TOLEDO BLADE Model-Type 100-S
3. 1970 May 17 TOLEDO BLADE Model Super 95
4. 1971 JCP Fall Winter Catalog - Floor & Surface Care Appliances

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Post# 469492 , Reply# 9   2/11/2024 at 06:53 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thanks for that early 1964 ad for the Lightwight Eureka, Paul! I had no idea that the company first marketed it along with the handvac body to create a three-in-one package! Fascinating!

In the late 1980’s Eureka had some great wheeled SuperBroom stick vacs with very very large dust cups. I wanted one sooooo badly!!!!

Post# 469510 , Reply# 10   2/11/2024 at 18:59 by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        
thank you guys

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that is some very useful info, i appreciate it.

Post# 469555 , Reply# 11   2/13/2024 at 07:12 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Just trying to remember if we ever had a Canadian-made Eureka Lightweight stick-vac here north of the border. All our department stores sold Eaton Viking or Baycrest or Kenmore Electrikbrooms made by Canada’s Regina or Iona factories. But Eureka’s Onward Manufacturing in Kitchener Ontario never produced Canadian versions of the Lightweight stick vac, if my memory serves correctly. Any other Canadians here want to chime in?

By the 1980’s, we did start seeing all the new bagless Eureka SuperBrooms up here, and the cordless Boss Lite. But never saw the Eureka Lightweight here in the 1960s and 1970s.

Post# 469566 , Reply# 12   2/13/2024 at 12:41 by Paul (USA)        

You're welcome for the ads & info, Brian & Declan!

Brian, the 3-in-1 was only made for several years, so either it had a problematic design or had limited appeal to consumers.

Further searching led to finding one more model-type introduced in 1967—102-A with small nozzle wheels; see attached ad. I also included a Penncrest Lightweight model ad and attached it. Penneys in that era sold the Regina and Hoover versions, too—not necessarily at the same time. From what I have seen, the chain carried 2 models of Penncrest/Eureka Lightweight vacuum cleaners—one in 1967 & 1968; and one circa 1971—based on the different nozzles.

Another observation I have made of Penncrest floor & surface care appliances is the model number system. From 1963 to 1967 it was alphanumeric, beginning with an 'A' followed by 3 numerals. Then it changed to a 4-digit system. In fact, some cleaners have both designations on their ratings decals.


1. 1970 Dec 7 LEWISTON DAILY SUN Models 2010-A, 34-A, 102-A
2. 1968 Feb 15 PITTSBURGH PRESS - Penncrest Lightweight model

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Post# 469575 , Reply# 13   2/13/2024 at 16:18 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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I have a head for one of these albeit quite used, if you are interested? Just pay shipping

Post# 469615 , Reply# 14   2/15/2024 at 16:56 by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        
thanks Hoover300

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but, i dont have any cash apps or venmos paypals and stuff, i am only 13 lol. thanks for the offer though.

Post# 469617 , Reply# 15   2/15/2024 at 18:07 by EvolutionClean1 (Nampa, Idaho)        
You're 13?

You should be upgraded to the Junior membership! 😄

Post# 469644 , Reply# 16   2/16/2024 at 05:59 by convertible18 (Utica, New York, USA)        

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yes, its not a joke. im not sure how to part of the junior membership. i have never been familiar with how this site works. I had my friend help me post a thread because i didn't know 🤣

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