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Thrift Store Find: My Second Kirby
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Post# 89820   1/23/2010 at 19:55 (3,787 days old) by kirbytradition7 (Denver (Aurora), CO, USA)        

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My Kirby Tradition (which I got 2 weeks ago from VacStars off eBay) now has a sister!

I was browsing through a Salvation Army store on El Camino Real just south of San Francisco and near the airport.

Lo and behold, there sat a well-used Kirby Classic III amongst the vacuums. It had lost its shine long ago and was quite dusty. It still had its red plaid bag. I was not sure if the handle grip was original or not, because it was shaped a bit differently from my Tradition handle grip.

I decided to give it a test. I plugged it into an outlet and turned it on, and it ran. At first, since the nozzle was still up off the floor, it spat out some old dirt. Then I adjusted the nozzle down to the carpet, and it cleaned up the mess I had just made.

I got it for just $20 (it was a 50% sale today on everything).

I got it home and cleaned it out (it was full of old dirt); I emptied out the Sani-Emptor and removed some string wound around the brushroll, more string wound around the motor shaft, and lots of dust on the outside and inside. I even took my Oreck handheld vacuum and cleaned out the Sani-Emptor and the bag!

What a steal!

Post# 89821 , Reply# 1   1/23/2010 at 19:58 (3,787 days old) by gsohoover (Greensboro, NC)        

Wow what a great find.

Post# 89824 , Reply# 2   1/23/2010 at 20:06 (3,787 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        

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I wish I could find a Kirby that cheap!!

Post# 89840 , Reply# 3   1/23/2010 at 21:11 (3,787 days old) by louvac (A)        


Congrats on your find! If the handle is somewhat
"triangular-ish in nature and rather uncomfortable to hold, it is the original handle (or first rendition)for that model. They changed it back shortly thereafter to be like the Classic and the Tradition models.

Post# 89848 , Reply# 4   1/23/2010 at 22:01 (3,787 days old) by kirbytradition7 (Denver (Aurora), CO, USA)        
Classic III Handle

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Thanks for the interesting info on the handle! Yes, the handle is triangular in cross-section.

This makes the vacuum even more of a treat for me, knowing that the handle is a first-generation Classic III handle, therefore making this particular vacuum a first-generation Classic III.

Post# 89969 , Reply# 5   1/24/2010 at 23:59 (3,785 days old) by kirbytradition7 (Denver (Aurora), CO, USA)        
A Portrait of Two Kirby Sisters

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Here is a photo of my Kirby Classic III that I found at Salvation Army yesterday, along with the Tradition I got from eBay (vacstars).

Post# 90067 , Reply# 6   1/26/2010 at 10:41 (3,784 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Serial # for Your Classic III

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What is the serial # on your Classic III? Going by the bag and handle design, it is presumed the serial range would lie anywhere between #A000001 and #C999999.

Thank you,


Post# 90136 , Reply# 7   1/26/2010 at 20:15 (3,784 days old) by kirbytradition7 (Denver (Aurora), CO, USA)        
Serial Number for My Classic III and Tradition

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The serial number on the Classic III is A510679.

The serial number on the Tradition is G396086.

Post# 90151 , Reply# 8   1/26/2010 at 22:20 (3,783 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Thank You...

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The approximate dates of manufacturing are:

Classic III 2-CB: October 1976
Tradition 3-CB: July 1980


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