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Regina "Electrik Broom" Model: B2516
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Post# 90117   1/26/2010 at 18:59 (3,548 days old) by schwinnapproved ()        

Hey everyone, I picked this little guy up at a resale shop the other day for $7. Looked interesting and I figured if nothing else, it can tackle rugs on the patio.

When I got it, it was very dingy. Cleaned up nice. While I had it apart, I went through and refurbed the motor. Night and day difference now between the appearance and sound of it

I have no clue as to what era its from, but something interesting that I found is the serial number is only 117. Not sure if that would signify this machine being an early one off the line or not.

Seems to be built well for what it is and the motor was rather easy to work on (350 Watts BTW). The metal fan is still pristine and the bag is still in fantastic shape.






Post# 90118 , Reply# 1   1/26/2010 at 18:59 (3,548 days old) by schwinnapproved ()        

Another pic...

Post# 90119 , Reply# 2   1/26/2010 at 19:01 (3,548 days old) by schwinnapproved ()        

Another...

Post# 90121 , Reply# 3   1/26/2010 at 19:11 (3,548 days old) by kirbyotronic ()        
Nice Electrik-Broom

When I was very little I had an older one from the 60's, it was turquoise and it had a metal toggle switch, I loved it. My mom made me put it down and the basement and it was down there for a long time (she wouldn't let me use it), and my dad took it to the dump. I've been looking for one for a while but I've had no luck.

I also had a newer 80's one that I found at a yard sale, it was brown, I hated that one. I remember it being really loud and it had a broken switch.

Alex


Post# 90214 , Reply# 4   1/27/2010 at 23:24 (3,547 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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that baby is purty!!! I love green vacuums

Post# 90216 , Reply# 5   1/27/2010 at 23:52 (3,547 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
The Serial # Baffles Me...

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Because Regina refers to it as either a serial or code number.

Some could say "117" could be the eleventh week of calendar year 1977, or the eleventh day (January 11) of that same year.

~Ben


Post# 90218 , Reply# 6   1/28/2010 at 02:52 (3,547 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        
very nice

very nice.....looks the same as mine but green.

Post# 90236 , Reply# 7   1/28/2010 at 16:03 (3,547 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Those were great little machines...true work horses.

Someday, I want to find one with the powerhead...I loved those machines.

Morgan


Post# 90248 , Reply# 8   1/28/2010 at 22:01 (3,546 days old) by luxg ()        

Thanks for sharing Matthew as Morgan mentioned they were really a big help for the busy homemaker back in their day. I just wonder how many Regina made of them over the years??

Post# 90415 , Reply# 9   1/30/2010 at 22:43 (3,544 days old) by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
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That is actually an early 70's economy one speed model. The serial number holds the key to the date code. Look at backwards and you will have the day/month and year it was made. 117 would signify a 07/01/1971 build date. The tough part is knowing which decade the broom was made. I can tell this is an early 70's for numerous reasons starting with the fact that the bag is skinny as opposed to the more puffed up versions from the 50's and 60's, the upper hand grip which integrates the cord hook(this was introduced in 1970)and the newer style motor housing compared to the 60's versions. Notice also how the bag has a pattern in it but no lettering. A sure fire way to tell a broom from the 60's is the plain puffy bag and front lettering saying"only Regina makes the Electrikbroom accept no substitutes".I have all vintages in my collection ranging from the very first Model 1 from 1945 to the very last of this style dated 1992.
Cheers, Joel


Post# 90416 , Reply# 10   1/30/2010 at 22:45 (3,544 days old) by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
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That is actually an early 70's model economy one speed model. The serial number holds the key to the date code. Look at backwards and you will have the day/month and year it was made. 117 would signify a 07/01/1971 build date. The tough part is knowing which decade the broom was made. I can tell this is an early 70's for numerous reasons starting with the fact that the bag is skinny as opposed to the more puffed up versions from the 50's and 60's, the upper hand grip which integrates the cord hook(this was introduced in 1970)and the newer style motor housing compared to the 60's versions. Notice also how the bag has a pattern in it but no lettering. A sure fire way to tell a broom from the 60's is the plain puffy bag and front lettering saying"only Regina makes the Electrikbroom accept no substitutes".I have all vintages in my collection ranging from the very first Model 1 from 1945 to the very last of this style dated 1992.
Cheers, Joel


Post# 90541 , Reply# 11   2/1/2010 at 19:16 (3,542 days old) by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
Regina broom

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Actually a correction to the above acidental double post. 117 in the serial number donates month and year. 07/1971. The middle number changed with every machine pumped out in millions of differing sequences. I just picked up a harvest gold 3 speed Regina broom with 039 as it's serial number. This one has an all plastic housing and floor nozzle. The hand grip is also white plastic and the motor pulls out as a one piece assembly. This machine therefore was made in 09/1980. The broom I have like yours is date coded 136 which means 06/1971. As of right now it has not been in for the spa treatment and the floor nozzle has been replaced with an economy version. It originally had one just like yours.

Post# 90542 , Reply# 12   2/1/2010 at 19:19 (3,542 days old) by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
And here is another oddity

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A 1970 Singer Power Sweeper Regina broom. I was never aware that Singer bought Reginas and put there name on them. This one is proof. It runs like new and just needs to be cleaned up.

Post# 90591 , Reply# 13   2/2/2010 at 14:46 (3,542 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        
Wow Cool

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I liked the old Regina Electrik Brooms. I wanted a small one when I was young. I told "Santa" 4 years in a row I wanted one but mom said she don't think they made toy ones. I just found out they did make them. I think I seen it here in Kyle's collecton.
Id like to get one or so some day. I like the rust colored one with the power team. I used to stare at the Save-0Rite catalogue and wish I cold get one lol.


Post# 90633 , Reply# 14   2/2/2010 at 21:05 (3,541 days old) by schwinnapproved ()        

Now that I've had a chance to clean with mine, I noticed they were aimed towards shorter people. Unless its just the design of my model. I'm 6'5" and using this thing starts to hurt my back after a while. With the angle of the nozzle I have to keep the handle lower than with other machines. Even though most vacuums are a bit short for my height, I'm still usually able to use them comfortably.

Anybody else notice that with these older stick vacs?


Post# 90637 , Reply# 15   2/2/2010 at 21:14 (3,541 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        
Yup

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Im 5'8" and I notice this with sticks,and some strait suction canisters also,ie: older Hoover floor nozzles.

Post# 90671 , Reply# 16   2/3/2010 at 12:57 (3,541 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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The older Compact TriStar metal rug nozzle is also the same way,,you have to hold the wand at a low angle in order for the brush strip and nozzle to contact the carpet correctly. Im 5'8 also and it renches my back to use it.
One carpet nozzle/elbow that ive always thought had the correct angle for cleaning is the older (not G Series) Kirby floor/carpet nozzle with the flip up or down brush strip.
This nozzle also gets into corners and under low furniture very easily. They are also discontinued by Kirby, as are the plastic wands and elbow so if you have these,,hang onto them!


Post# 90745 , Reply# 17   2/4/2010 at 19:05 (3,539 days old) by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
Regina brooms

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The 1976 on up brooms had a longer plastic instead of metal fan housing neck and grew 1 1/2" in length which helped slightly. This taller design lasted until 1984 when the brooms were litterally downsized and made shorter. Instead of pulling the broom out of a long skinny box the new ones came in a shorter, fatter box and had to be put together. Rather than explain it I attached a pic of what a NIB 1986 powerteam version looked like in the day. Sadly this generation, which lasted up until 1992 had a bad habit of cracking it's motor housing near the airway passage after time. A sure fire way to tell is that the dirt cup rattles or falls off, even when latched into place. Whenever I get one in like this I usually mend it with Plastic Welder which seems to do a real good job on these.

Post# 90767 , Reply# 18   2/5/2010 at 02:04 (3,539 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Electricbroomguy, i would love to have one of those,, with the powerhead,,,do you have any for sale? Dosent have to be A1 perfect or pristene, just usable. If you do, please let me know!

Post# 90802 , Reply# 19   2/5/2010 at 21:54 (3,538 days old) by electrikbroomgu (Rome, NY)        
Powerteam

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I will look over my collection and see what I have available Brian.

Post# 90810 , Reply# 20   2/6/2010 at 04:16 (3,538 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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^^^^^jelous lol. Very nice. I dk if id be able to resist putting it together.

Post# 91003 , Reply# 21   2/8/2010 at 03:19 (3,536 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Thank you Electrikbroomguy! If you dont have the Powerteam model id like a 3 speed, with the air pulse, ect. if you would have one for sale. Dosent matter what color or anything, as long as it can be used,and in reasonable condition,that would be awsome. Please let me know, thanks!




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