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Pic of Day - Hoover 150
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Post# 91497   2/12/2010 at 18:25 (3,535 days old) by samotronic ()        

Hard not to celebrate the glamorous and dramatic Hoover 150, particularly in that shot. Something about that vac represents everything that attracted me to vacs in the first place.

My grandmother talked her new groom into getting her one of these when their new house in Youngstown, OH was finished in 1937. She used the entire ensemble for almost 20 years until she replaced it with a model 64 Citation and a Hoover Pixie. She was adament to her dying day that uprights had no business having tools. This strong belief evidently came from her 20 years as using the 150 in both capacities.

In studying this photo, it's hard to believe that that they didn't replace that forked handle bale in this model that was so cutting edge in every other attribute. And since they replaced it so quickly, in the 160 in GB, that must have been discussed in design of this model. Just some random thoughts on a classic vac.

Chris





Post# 91500 , Reply# 1   2/12/2010 at 18:36 (3,535 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Jack can discuss this better than I

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but the Uk model was rather simpler than the 150 without the floating suspension, bag full indicator and such. To my (UK) eyes the forked handle looks wrong but Jack has demonstrated with his 150 just how much easier the 150 is to manoevre than the 160 - all to do with centre of gravity. Although I love my 160 even so :) Shown here in action in 2007 - its a bit scruffy but still works well.
Al


Post# 91507 , Reply# 2   2/12/2010 at 19:00 (3,535 days old) by vintagehoover ()        
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Post# 91609 , Reply# 3   2/13/2010 at 12:54 (3,534 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        
Hoover 150

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One of the prides of my collection. Pretty much original. An amazing machine for its time.

Fred


Post# 91616 , Reply# 4   2/13/2010 at 15:26 (3,534 days old) by williamr1248 (USA)        
pic-of-day Hoover 150

I too did not like the forked handle on the 150 UNTIL a wise Hoover collector showed me the difference. The handling and balance difference were like night and day. I was shocked at the difference when you went to lift the machines. It would be like the difference between lifting my Oreck Platinum and my Clunky Dyson DC07.
Does anyone know what the cost was for the complete Hoover 150 and tools when it was introduced in the USA?
Would the suction for the dusting tools be about the same as for the Hoover 28?







Does anyone know what the price of the 150 and tools would have been in USA at the time of introduction. lkewsdANDLENDLE


Post# 91620 , Reply# 5   2/13/2010 at 17:05 (3,534 days old) by dustin (Jackson, MI)        
what

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what exactly is the full bag indicator,and how does it work?

Post# 91622 , Reply# 6   2/13/2010 at 17:20 (3,534 days old) by vintagehoover ()        
what exactly is the full bag indicator,and how does it work?

I'd take pics of mine, but it's at the gallery until Monday, so I don't have access right now.

I seem to remember Marty Kaplan posted some great pics of the 150 indicator mechanism a while back??


Post# 91623 , Reply# 7   2/13/2010 at 17:27 (3,534 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

"She was adament to her dying day that uprights had no business having tools."

It sounds to me as if your grandmother was ahead of her time, she would have been the perfect spokeswoman for the two cleaner Oreck system. Until the Dial-A-Matic, Hoovers didn't really have powerful tool suction.


Post# 91691 , Reply# 8   2/14/2010 at 14:17 (3,533 days old) by indyhoover ()        
I used to think that too...

until I used a Royal upright with tools.




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