Thread Number: 44957  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
Eureka Model H hand vac
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Post# 466570   10/3/2023 at 15:13 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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I got this very cool Eureka hand vac coming my way. I don't know what year this was made but I thought it would make a great companion for my Eureka model M. It looks to be in good condition, complete and all original.


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Post# 466582 , Reply# 1   10/3/2023 at 21:05 by Paul (USA)        

Nice score, Jim. I'm glad it's in your capable restorative hands; although it appears to be in great shape as is!

According to Hoover300's and my research, the Junior Models H & J were manufactured from 1929 to 1942. One had Deluxe features, but I don't recall the model.

If any VL Eureka contributor ever visits the McLean County History Center where Eureka’s archives are kept, we may be able to learn more specific details such as serial number production years.

Post# 466591 , Reply# 2   10/3/2023 at 23:26 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Very nice! Yours appears to be the sleeve bearing model. The only way to tell the difference without disassembly is the rear bearing cover on the ball bearing model sticks out about 3/4 an inch and is about the diameter of a quarter, where the sleeve bearing has a small dimple no larger than a dime. Going by what I can see, that is a sleeve bearing one. Very smooth runners.

Post# 466600 , Reply# 3   10/4/2023 at 08:49 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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Paul and Hoover300,

Thanks so much for the info and vote of confidence. I look forward to getting it in my shop, and will post pictures as I go. Thanks again!


Post# 466855 , Reply# 4   10/17/2023 at 14:14 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
It's here!

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I got the Eureka Junior hand vac last week, and finally got a chance to get started on it. It looks and runs well. The armature has the numbers 7 39 stamped on it so that tells me it was built in July 1939. The bag looks to be made of the same material as the Eureka model M bag. It has a bristle brush on the nozzle that has worn down over the years, so I might replace the bristles myself.

I have never done it before so that will be a new challenge for me. I'll take pictures as I go when I have time to work on it. This is the 3rd hand vac, and the 4th Eureka to be added to my collection.


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Post# 466860 , Reply# 5   10/17/2023 at 15:25 by Paul (USA)        

Congrats, Jim! It's in pretty good shape for its age, but I'm sure you'll bring back its original luster. Looking forward to seeing it!

Post# 467196 , Reply# 6   10/31/2023 at 08:52 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
another one up for sale

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There is another Eureka model H hand vac up for sale. This one has a higher buy it now price but looks like a good one. I got the winning bid on mine for less than $10.00 there was only one other bid on the one I got. I think these are rare so it's interesting to find another up for sale.



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Post# 467205 , Reply# 7   10/31/2023 at 12:24 by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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I believe that the earlier model did not have a removable brush nozzle.

Post# 467362 , Reply# 8   11/6/2023 at 14:47 by Paul (USA)        
Instruction Pamphlet - Current eBay listing

Do you have this instruction pamphlet, Jim?

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Post# 467363 , Reply# 9   11/6/2023 at 14:55 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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Thanks so much Paul, I bought it. Now all I got to do is find the attachment tools. That shouldn't be too hard LOL!! (:

Side note: There is another one up for sale they are asking even more for this one.



Post# 467381 , Reply# 10   11/7/2023 at 13:36 by Paul (USA)        

Sweet, Jim—you bet! So glad it will be in your hands where it belongs.

Congrats on winning your lower-priced Junior auction—that's always a great feeling!

Post# 467382 , Reply# 11   11/7/2023 at 13:38 by Paul (USA)        

P.S. I'm confident that you'll get those attachments through patience and persistence.

Post# 467470 , Reply# 12   11/12/2023 at 15:30 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
It's coming along

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I finally got a chance to get some work done on little Jr. today. Watched some football, and a little cleaning, wet sanding and polishing. Next, I need to clean and wash the bag.


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Post# 467471 , Reply# 13   11/12/2023 at 15:46 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Early model

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John, your right there was a earlier model without the removable nozzle. There is a advertisement up for sale on eBay right now about it.



Post# 467474 , Reply# 14   11/12/2023 at 17:03 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

Hey Jim, Nice work as usual,no surprise. If you have any questions on re-bristling the nozzle, you might check with bikeray. He's posted pics of some he's done and they're quite nice!

I see the bump out on the back of the motor shell so did yours turn out to be a bearing type model?

Post# 467481 , Reply# 15   11/13/2023 at 09:47 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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Hey Bill,

Thanks for the info. Do you have a thread number or link showing and talking about re-bristling? And, yes, your right this is a bearing type model.


Post# 467515 , Reply# 16   11/14/2023 at 04:53 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

Jim, I'm sorry I don't have a link or a thread number I just remember seeing the photo of a nozzle to an antique vacuum that he owned. I've never gone to wherever the old threads are kept, but if you can tell me how to get there I would gladly try to find that post from bikeray for you. He doesn't list his phone or email on his profile but maybe he'll see this and respond.

Post# 467535 , Reply# 17   11/14/2023 at 19:35 by Paul (USA)        
Rebristling Thread

Check out thread 34264.

Post# 467543 , Reply# 18   11/15/2023 at 08:55 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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Thanks Paul,

Unfortunately, I don't know how to look it up by thread #. When I put it in it only showed this thread. I'll keep looking thanks again.

Side note: I can't find anything about it on you tube ether. All they show is how to replace brush rolls or replacing brush roll strips.


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Post# 467550 , Reply# 19   11/15/2023 at 13:52 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
It's almost done.

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Well, I got it almost done. All I need to do now is re-bristle the brush.


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Post# 467553 , Reply# 20   11/15/2023 at 21:00 by Paul (USA)        


Just enter the number in the VL search engine and hit return.

Post# 467555 , Reply# 21   11/16/2023 at 07:55 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
"All you got to do is"

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Paul, I tried that, and it doesn't work it took me to another thread that just says go to thread #34264. I guess I'll just wing it. Learn by doing.

Thanks again

Post# 467573 , Reply# 22   11/16/2023 at 18:17 by Paul (USA)        


Give this link a click:

Post# 467577 , Reply# 23   11/16/2023 at 19:09 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

Paul's link took me right to #34264 and scrolling down that page are a few reply's from bikeray. Search at e bay for bulk horsehair. Apparently plyobond is a glue used.Hope you get the info you need,Jim. Looks really good!

Post# 467581 , Reply# 24   11/17/2023 at 08:42 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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Thank you, Paul, and thank you, Bill. I will take a look on eBay to see what I can find. Thanks again for your help. I was surprised to see that this subject has never been covered on you tube. I couldn't find anything on re-brisling roller brushes.


Post# 467587 , Reply# 25   11/17/2023 at 10:27 by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        
Bulk horsehair

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After looking at the bulk horsehair on eBay I decided to go with this brush ring from Kirby Needs, It should work well and it cost less than the bulk horsehair I found.


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