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Post# 466113   9/12/2023 at 15:50 by Paul (USA)        

The Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company had a comparatively short-term line of tank vacuum cleaners sold from 1941-42 and again from 1945 to 1954. Due to their rarity I thought I would start a thread to combine information I was able to locate from Vacuumland and other sources. Hopefully others will add photos and info.

I'm guessing that the model prefix "W" stood for "Whisk" that was later used by Eureka's handheld vacs from the '60s to the '80s as Eureka had a habit of reusing model names.

The production years correspond to electronic advertisements, so they may not be exact. It may be the W-75s were sold concurrently as the later 600 & 700 "De Luxe", but I was unable to verify it.

1941-42: W-64-A "Sanitaire" with chemically-treated Sanitaire germ trap - unknown colors; cloth bag
1945-46: W-75-A dark green tank & tan endcaps; cloth bag
1946-50: W-75-B red (color mate to D-272); cloth bag
1950-53: 600 2-tone tan (color mate to S-250 & S-250-A)
1950-54: 700 "Airomatic" green (color mate to 800 "Roto-Matic"); throw-away bag

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Photos:

1. 1941 Oct 22 HERALD-JOURNAL - "Sanitaire" model ad
2. Model W-75-A, by kirbyhoover (VL post)
3. Model W-75-B, by huskyvacs (VL post)
4. Model 600, by buffalo-joe (VL post
5. 1951 July 16 TOLEDO BLADE - Model 600 ad
6. Model 700, Worthpoint seller
7. 1952 Jan 27 - SPOKANE DAILY CHRONICLE - Eureka De Luxe Tank Cleaner (Model 700) ad


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Post# 466128 , Reply# 1   9/13/2023 at 05:20 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hi Paul,

Thank you for this! You may want to also research Montgomery Wards tank cleaners made by Eureka during this same time period. I seem to remember that there were several of these.


Post# 466134 , Reply# 2   9/13/2023 at 08:30 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Sanitaire tank

Looks like they were positioning themselves to go after Electro Hygiene, considering the name, styling, ďgerm trapĒÖ.

Post# 466138 , Reply# 3   9/13/2023 at 12:56 by Paul (USA)        

Hi Brian!

Thanks for the tip. I'll do that and let you know if I am able to locate anything.



Post# 466141 , Reply# 4   9/13/2023 at 13:41 by Paul (USA)        

Hey Brian,

Do you happen to have any specific MW model numbers? All that I'm finding in the 1940-1955 database are classified ads.


Post# 466142 , Reply# 5   9/13/2023 at 14:02 by Paul (USA)        
3-Year Contract - Eureka & MW

1945 June 8 - EVENING INDEPENDENT

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Post# 466180 , Reply# 6   9/14/2023 at 18:32 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hi Paul,

I could swear I saw some MW tanks that were Eureka made clones! But canít find any pics on the internet right now. I will keep looking!

EP Brian


Post# 466186 , Reply# 7   9/14/2023 at 20:29 by Canisterman (Mocksville NC)        
I have a bunch of these

In about all the colors the 700 was also sold in tan, I have a Wards that is a square tank, then several versions with the cardboard tube body both Eureka and Wards.


Post# 466187 , Reply# 8   9/14/2023 at 20:30 by Canisterman (Mocksville NC)        
I have a bunch of these

In about all the colors the 700 was also sold in tan, I have a Wards that is a square tank, then several versions with the cardboard tube body both Eureka and Wards.


Post# 466191 , Reply# 9   9/14/2023 at 23:27 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hi - Picture #3 is from my web page of my W75. I also have the Model 600 pictured below.

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Post# 466192 , Reply# 10   9/14/2023 at 23:30 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Model 700 that was for sale about a year ago on Marketplace. Unfortunately someone beat me to it.


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Post# 466193 , Reply# 11   9/14/2023 at 23:34 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Eureka W60 (Old reference pics from the web)

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Post# 466194 , Reply# 12   9/14/2023 at 23:37 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Another version of the 700 (also from the web)


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Post# 466196 , Reply# 13   9/14/2023 at 23:45 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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And, last but not least. A few pictures of Montgomery Ward machines, made by Eureka, that I have come across on the web

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Post# 466200 , Reply# 14   9/15/2023 at 07:03 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Wow! There they are!!! Thanks Doug!!!!!

(So interesting that Eureka went with a light brown colour on that cylinder vacuum. Donít think they used that colour again on a vac until the late 1960ís).


Post# 466214 , Reply# 15   9/15/2023 at 16:14 by Paul (USA)        

I second Brian's initial comment to you, Doug! Thanks!

I wonder, now, if the W-60 was the "Sanitaire". I assumed the W-64 was.

I prefer the styling of the M/W ones.


Post# 466217 , Reply# 16   9/15/2023 at 18:01 by Canisterman (Mocksville NC)        
Talk about a pain!

That square tank is not fun to work on, i tore mine down and packed the bearings,


Post# 466218 , Reply# 17   9/15/2023 at 23:02 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Paul - I also have a picture (below) of one other model that I have no clue what model number it would have been.

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