Thread Number: 44996  /  Tag: Pre-1950 Vacuum Cleaners
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Post# 466797   10/15/2023 at 14:54 by OhioVacuums (Ohio)        

I saw this on Facebook labeled "pick up only" for $ 10.
The guy was nice enough to ship it to me for $ 15.
I like it but what is it used for ?
The base has holes in it so it appears that it was mounted to a base
perhaps with wheels. I'm going to do that next.
I thought it was industrial (maybe for wood or metal shavings) but the bag was full of dirt. It did not run when I got it so I rebuilt the motor and rewired.
It's not what I really collect but I couldn't pass it up.

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Post# 466800 , Reply# 1   10/15/2023 at 15:10 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Wow!! Looks excellent! That is for sure a GE product, or at least the motor. Maybe the holes were to mount to a table?

Post# 466801 , Reply# 2   10/15/2023 at 15:16 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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impressive  premitive  work   bench  vacuum  i like it alot  thats really  neat   could you  upgrade  to a plastic or vinyl hose   that would for sure suck  more  .(original fitting on a new hose maybe shome how ? 


Post# 466802 , Reply# 3   10/15/2023 at 15:18 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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My guess: used by a garage to clean out car interiors after working on them?????

Just a guess….

Post# 466804 , Reply# 4   10/15/2023 at 16:41 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Looks like a garage workbench vacuum.

Post# 466806 , Reply# 5   10/15/2023 at 17:36 by OhioVacuums (Ohio)        
bench vacuum

I think you guys are correct.....a bench vacuum. It does have good suction. Maybe I'll mount it on my workbench and use it.
Thanks Hoover 300 for the tips on getting the fan were exactly right.

Post# 466808 , Reply# 6   10/15/2023 at 21:07 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Since it had “regular dirt” in it, not wood shavings or sawdust, maybe it actually came from the workbench of a vacuum repair shop? Used to clean out vacuums that came in for repair?

Post# 466809 , Reply# 7   10/16/2023 at 05:28 by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Yes, It is likely a factory made vacuum tool for vacuum repair shops. Like that Hoover bag cleaner thing. It looks like it's all there and original, so it wasn't used daily or it would be in a lot worse shape. You'd put it on a workbench and use it to clean out vacuum bags. Some oldtimer with his own shop likely had it since it was new.

Post# 466813 , Reply# 8   10/16/2023 at 07:44 by OhioVacuums (Ohio)        
wow - that's even better

A vacuum repair shop vacuum....I hope it is.
I can't find anything on it but I'll keep looking

Post# 466825 , Reply# 9   10/16/2023 at 13:45 by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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That's an early woven Kenmore Commander hose, from the turquoise model. Note the distinctive shape of the handle-end and the identical color and pattern of the weaving.

(Photo credit: Tom Gasko)

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Post# 466831 , Reply# 10   10/16/2023 at 15:12 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Maybe an eraser vacuum that was modified into a shop vac with a hose? I've seen a few variants of such a thing(like below)

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Post# 466833 , Reply# 11   10/16/2023 at 15:18 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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It appears Churchill was a hardware store at first but branched out into chemicals later on

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