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Post# 78769   8/18/2009 at 17:05 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        

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In a thread on the vintage forum, I mentioned that I had got a Turbomaster, here it is ...

Post# 78770 , Reply# 1   8/18/2009 at 17:08 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Rear view

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I was looking out my office window (1st Floor) at the skip (dumpster) that was next door where they were moving out. I noticed a grey cleaner, was it a Panasonic?, maybe a Turbopower. I had a rule that I would not go beyond the 1104 Junior and the last Senior, but it was there, and for free ...

Post# 78772 , Reply# 2   8/18/2009 at 17:10 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
All is revealed

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I was especially pleased when I found it was not a Turbopower but a Turbomaster ..... Like all "big" Hoovers it suffers from "backward lean" but hey, it was free so I am not complaining

Post# 78773 , Reply# 3   8/18/2009 at 17:12 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Tools in place

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Well, strictly tool, as the dust brush and crevice nozzle were missing, but I am still not complaining ....

Post# 78774 , Reply# 4   8/18/2009 at 17:14 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
It needs a touch of Autosol ....

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It just had a wipe over

Post# 78775 , Reply# 5   8/18/2009 at 17:16 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Did I mention it has the original Hoover/Everready plug?

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Well i didn't, sorry the pic is a bit fuzzy

Post# 78776 , Reply# 6   8/18/2009 at 17:17 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Closeup 1

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The selector, to direct the suction to brushroll or to tools

Post# 78777 , Reply# 7   8/18/2009 at 17:20 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Closeup 2

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It has an interesting arrangement where the brushroll belt is physically moved over the drive roller when the handle is lowered. I will do pics of this later, but there is also a control to stop this happening when cleaning hard floors

Post# 78778 , Reply# 8   8/18/2009 at 17:23 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
And finally ...

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Height selector. Oh and can someone tell me how to remove teh lens cap to replace the bulb please?

Post# 78779 , Reply# 9   8/18/2009 at 17:26 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
The other one ....

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Remember my rule about no Turbo powers .... Well this cropped up on ebay recently, close enough to easily collect and at the bargan price of ú1.24 (thats less than $2.00)I could not resist this little beauty

Post# 78780 , Reply# 10   8/18/2009 at 17:28 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
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I was stunned by its condition, the instruction book (bonus!) was dated 1999 and the cleaner is supurb! It was owned by a little old lady, apparently she only used it on a sunday ....

Post# 78782 , Reply# 11   8/18/2009 at 17:30 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Sideways on ...

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I have never had much experience of Turbopowers, but it is light to carry and use, and has great suction

Post# 78783 , Reply# 12   8/18/2009 at 17:31 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        

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The heart of the matter, and it really SOUNDS like a Hoover

Post# 78784 , Reply# 13   8/18/2009 at 17:33 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Its called a Junior

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I am not sure that I would call it a "proper" Junior but thats what the instruction book says ....

Post# 78796 , Reply# 14   8/18/2009 at 19:36 (3,932 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Alistair -

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Why was the Turbomaster in the trash? Was there something wrong with it?

Post# 78830 , Reply# 15   8/19/2009 at 00:39 (3,932 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
No, not at all

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It appears to be working fine, excepting that I think it needs a new headlight. The business next door closed down (it was a branch so staff were transferred elsewhere) and the building was cleared for re-furbishment. It was not the only thing that I got from the skip, but no more cleaners. I hate to see things wasted when clearly they still have useful life in them, not to mention the envoirnmental considerations.

Post# 78831 , Reply# 16   8/19/2009 at 02:20 (3,932 days old) by joe22 ()        

awesome vacs, love the jr.

Post# 78858 , Reply# 17   8/19/2009 at 16:22 (3,931 days old) by ibaisaic ()        

To replace the headlight bulb, you need to remove the whole hood, not just the lens cover.

I think you need to remove the agitator first and undo four or five screws.

The Turbomaster you have is the Electricity Board exclusive version, hence the fitted Hoover branded plug.

Post# 78863 , Reply# 18   8/19/2009 at 17:07 (3,931 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Hey Al! Great finds - do NOT let anyone talk that TM out of your hands! ;p

Roger, I have to disagree with you; I'm 99.99% sure that if you take the lens cover off, the bulb should pull out of the socket, and a new one will push straight in.

Al, if you can wait, I'll show you how to do the bulb when I see you next week!

Post# 78868 , Reply# 19   8/19/2009 at 17:21 (3,931 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Lighting up

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I was not sure as there appears to be no obvious way to get the lens cover off without forcing it. Perhaps Jack, you might have some details amongst your technical literature, but you have a deal on waiting until next week :)

Post# 78910 , Reply# 20   8/20/2009 at 04:41 (3,931 days old) by ibaisaic ()        


I have owned four Turbomasters and the lens cover does not come off. The bulb is a push pit, like on the Turbopower, but to change the bulb, the whole hood needs to be removed.

I will see if I have an instruction book to show the bulb replacement instructions.

Post# 78911 , Reply# 21   8/20/2009 at 05:13 (3,931 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Alright, I'll rise to the challenge! ;)

How to change a Turbomaster bulb:

1) Grasp lens at both rear-edges.


2) Pivot forward gently.


3) Lift off. You now have unobstructed access to the bulb socket. Please note, this procedure can - and is supposed to - be performed with the machine full assembled, but mine's currently in pieces, and I didn't have time to assemble it for the sake of 3 photos.

NB. Underneath the lens, you'll find the slider which illuminates the different numbers as you change the height setting. Make sure this is lined up with the stalk on the selector when you slot the lens back in.


Hope this clears things up!!

Post# 78912 , Reply# 22   8/20/2009 at 05:43 (3,931 days old) by ibaisaic ()        


Your method works, but it is not the official way to change the bulb according to the instruction book.

My Turbomaster instructions must be at my Mum's house, but I have taken a quick snap of the Turbopower headlight replacement instructions. The method is almost identical, but there are more screws to remove on the Turbomaster.

Alistair can choose which method to use. Your way may be faster, but I certainly wouldn't do it that way and risk damaging the lens cover, which I suspect would be very hard to replace if it were damaged.

TurbopowerPaul will probably have the instruction book, so perhaps he can confirm that the official way to change the bulb involves removing the whole hood.

The first picture shows how to remove the bass plate, exposing the hood screws.

Post# 78913 , Reply# 23   8/20/2009 at 05:45 (3,931 days old) by ibaisaic ()        

The bulb on the Turbomaster is the same push fit design. You do not remove the height right control before lifting the hood as on the Turbopower.

Post# 78914 , Reply# 24   8/20/2009 at 05:50 (3,931 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
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Thanks for all the info guys :)

I have chosen the method I will use, and thats to let Jack do it - whichever way! There are more than enough examples of Jack's handiwork around to convince me that he could do a FAR better job than I could, especially as it appears to be quite a rare version, which I dont want to screw up.

I wondered about the height levels on the lens cap, and now I know. It seems curious that they used a "mechanical" means of achieving this, although I suppose its simple enough. Its reminiscent to me of the bag full light that used to be on the Hoover Starlight, which seemed to be something of a "Heath Robinson" as well,


Post# 78916 , Reply# 25   8/20/2009 at 05:56 (3,931 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Well, I do it my way - much quicker and simpler, and I can't actually see how anyone could damage the lens, unless it got dropped it once it was removed.

The instruction book was written for the general public. We're Hoover-folk ;)

Post# 78917 , Reply# 26   8/20/2009 at 06:00 (3,931 days old) by ibaisaic ()        


The Turbomaster height control looks great when it's illuminated.

It's a shame yours is missing the air freshener cover/slide control. At the top of the bag door on the inside, there should be a black holder to take one of the round air fresheners.

Post# 78918 , Reply# 27   8/20/2009 at 06:02 (3,931 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Al, thanks for your vote of confidence, I'm touched :)

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