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Post# 93663   3/16/2010 at 11:51 (3,500 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I have an unusual question - maybe one of the "residents" of Vacuumland could answer this for me:

Before the 1970's, vac-makers often gave you a cardboard holder for all the attachments. We got one with our beautiful turquoise Eureka 260 upright. My question - did the carrier come assembled for the customer, or did you have to put it together yourself at home? Some of them look really complicated, kind of like "vacuum origami"!!!!!! :-)

Post# 93689 , Reply# 1   3/16/2010 at 14:19 (3,500 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
With Kirby ...

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The attachment carrier/case was preassembled. Don't know about others.


Post# 93692 , Reply# 2   3/16/2010 at 15:38 (3,500 days old) by 1066hoovers ()        
UK Hoover carriers

Always came in the cleaning tool box carrying the tools eg 160,262,612,638,652 models all had prebuilt cleaning tool cardboard carriers

Post# 93695 , Reply# 3   3/16/2010 at 16:06 (3,500 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Not quite Jonathan

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The 160 came with a tool carrier as illustrated below. You cannot see it in the picture but the hose is colour co-ordinated with the bag of the cleaner


Post# 93697 , Reply# 4   3/16/2010 at 16:09 (3,500 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
And from the instruction book

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Post# 93923 , Reply# 5   3/19/2010 at 10:26 (3,497 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Most of the tool kits were pre assembled but I have come across a couple that the owner had to put together (Eg GE upright - the box the parts came in was perforated in the pattern of the kit and, with a bit of work, could be cut apart and assembled into a tool kit)


Post# 93928 , Reply# 6   3/19/2010 at 13:18 (3,497 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Thanks Doug!

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Just curious - off topic completely - have you guys experienced a very warm winter out there on the Prairies like we have in Southern Ontario? It was 18 degrees here yesterday - no snow on the ground! :-)

Post# 93930 , Reply# 7   3/19/2010 at 13:25 (3,497 days old) by 1066hoovers ()        
160 carrier

Yes the 160 tool carrier is great. Good colour co-ordination. The carrier and hose came in a box which is also colour co-ordinated - I have one like yours with box and carrier and hose. The 262 tools also had a carrier very similar which strangely seems to be just as rare if not more so than the 160.

Post# 93933 , Reply# 8   3/19/2010 at 14:05 (3,497 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Pre and Post War

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I only just noticed that the picture from the instructions and the tool carrier for my own 160 are quite different. The instructions are definatly post war and I presume my cleaner is pre war as it has the two speed switch, there is no reference to the two speed switch in the instructions I have. Sadly I dont have the box for the 160, I was pleased enough to have the tools and still two speed, most were retro converted to single speed

Post# 93940 , Reply# 9   3/19/2010 at 17:40 (3,497 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Al - what's the serial number of your 160? That's the easiest way to tell if it's pre- or post-war. Post-war serial numbers begin in January, 1945 @ A70,000.

I've looked through your 160 manual, which you scanned for me, and you're absolutely right: no reference to the switch at all! How bizzare! Obviously, the 2-speed switch wasn't a new feature, since had been included on Hoover's Standard and Commercial uprights since 1932's Model 750.

Here's your manual:

Post# 93941 , Reply# 10   3/19/2010 at 17:44 (3,497 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

And here's mine - which is slightly different to yours. Mine had more pages, more pictures, and includes an introduction by Mr. Colston, and a page at the back advertising the Dustette.

On the comparable page to the one I posted above, it has an extra paragraph:

Post# 93942 , Reply# 11   3/19/2010 at 17:48 (3,497 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Tool caddies...

Post# 93943 , Reply# 12   3/19/2010 at 17:49 (3,497 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

*post war serial nos. begin in Jan 46, not 45!

Post# 93977 , Reply# 13   3/20/2010 at 00:22 (3,496 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Pete found me this Eureka Ham cardboard tool carrier. Looks a lost cause beyond redemption...

Post# 93978 , Reply# 14   3/20/2010 at 00:24 (3,496 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I've repaired corrugated cardboard before to I un-origami-ed it to see what's what and what's left to work with.

Post# 93979 , Reply# 15   3/20/2010 at 00:32 (3,496 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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dusted off, wiped with a damp cloth, all folds, de-lamination's, dents, gouges, rips and tears repaired. It was also ironed & steamed flat again and weighted flat overnight under a metal screen plate. Loose flaps & tabs were strengthened, and the torn side wing was joined back together, with Elmers SOBO flexible clear glue.

Post# 93980 , Reply# 16   3/20/2010 at 00:35 (3,496 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Not quite as good as new but gooder than it was.

Post# 93981 , Reply# 17   3/20/2010 at 00:44 (3,496 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I've done the same with the Lewyt 40 carton that was split asunder.

Post# 93982 , Reply# 18   3/20/2010 at 00:46 (3,496 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Some might have thrown the hatbox away, too.

Post# 93983 , Reply# 19   3/20/2010 at 00:56 (3,496 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Threaded a noose of twine cord around the top edges, hidden inside the folds and glued up the box splits. The major splits and corners of the lower carton are reinforced behind with glued-in sheet burlap cheescloth. The mends are stronger than the cardboard now.

I've seen the caddies that Doug makes and they are super. From him I adopted the idea of making patterns on brown paper from any caddy I un-fold for repairs. Then they can be rolled up and stored for future caddy making. Some of the best corrugated cardboard unprinted stock can be had for free from any appliance store that has Fridges, washers and stoves.

Post# 94052 , Reply# 20   3/20/2010 at 22:18 (3,495 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Brian:

We've had some very cold spells this year but not as bad as normal. It's been real nice the last two weeks (Just above zero) allowing about half the snow to slowly melt so far and actually soak in with minimum flooding.

As for my home made kits. Here a fair example of my work.


Post# 94053 , Reply# 21   3/20/2010 at 22:21 (3,495 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Hey there Dave...thanks for these wonderful posts....nice jo

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So by the sounds of things, it seems that most cardboard attachment carriers came pre-assembled for the customer and shipped in another cardboard box.

So does this mean that our old Eureka 260 upright came with actually 3 boxes - one for the main motor unit, another for the one-piece metal handle, and another for the tools? Or did the motor and handle come assembled together and shipped in one tall box? Any ideas?

EP Brian

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