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Post# 95650   4/8/2010 at 16:29 (3,476 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

I got this from Tom Gasko at our first St Louis meeting,and my second convention...1996, this was the one I drove the 62 Plymouth to.

Post# 95651 , Reply# 1   4/8/2010 at 16:30 (3,476 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
another view

Why cant someone make this same vacuum today???

Post# 95652 , Reply# 2   4/8/2010 at 16:32 (3,476 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
rear view

all attachments are convienent.

Post# 95653 , Reply# 3   4/8/2010 at 16:33 (3,476 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
power window

this was a good idea,I thought.

Post# 95654 , Reply# 4   4/8/2010 at 16:34 (3,476 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
top open

Showing the See Thru Speed Sack!

Post# 95673 , Reply# 5   4/8/2010 at 21:18 (3,476 days old) by luxg ()        

Hans that is a beautiful machine. Love the idea of the see thru bag. I completely agree, why oh why can't they make something like this today.


Post# 95676 , Reply# 6   4/8/2010 at 21:29 (3,476 days old) by 1926700 ()        
theres still a bag like that.....

Envirocare makes bags called dust window bags, we stock those bags occasionally in style Panasonic U and Hoover type Y, i dont like them as well as the DVC microlined.

Post# 95689 , Reply# 7   4/8/2010 at 23:48 (3,476 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Holland Electro did make the same style of machine (called a Toppy) up into the 80's. It appears they bought the design rights after Lewyt went belly up. The picture below is courtesy of Edgar.

Post# 95691 , Reply# 8   4/9/2010 at 02:06 (3,476 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Nice Lewyt, Hans!

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Like the power window, too bad they didn't have that feature when my model 90 (also known as the golden Lewyt) was made in 1957!

Post# 95701 , Reply# 9   4/9/2010 at 07:20 (3,475 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Another great vacuum...let's see my trunk can hold...hmmmmmmm...

I have got to get a plan into that Alan is out of the way....must start thinking....


Am I talking out loud again....must be the medicaiton...

Post# 95702 , Reply# 10   4/9/2010 at 07:21 (3,475 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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62 Plymouth....

Trunk space...larger than a Buick....think of all the vacuums...wonder if that is still hidden somewhere....

this could be a good haul....

Post# 95703 , Reply# 11   4/9/2010 at 07:33 (3,475 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Hey Vinvac!!

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What's this I'm hearing? I ain't out yet!! I'm watching you!!

Post# 95708 , Reply# 12   4/9/2010 at 09:41 (3,475 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
Question about the clear "window" in the bag:

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Was this feature actually useful? I have never seen it in real-life, but I would assume that after a while, the dust in the bag would just cloud up the window, and the user would not be able to see anything anyhow. Also, if the window is at the top of the bag, how could anyone know how much room was left in the bag until the mountain of dirt actually reached the top? Seems like a great idea in theory, but not in practice......

Post# 95716 , Reply# 13   4/9/2010 at 11:19 (3,475 days old) by vintagehoover ()        
'Seems like a great idea in theory, but not in practice.

Not to mention, a bagged cleaner lives or dies by the airflow it can filter; by adding a celophane panel, you reduce the porous surface area, and thus, the potential efficiency of the bag.

The bags pictured seem to have a relatively small window, which shouldn't cause too much of a problem, but the Bylock-Lewyt Speed-Saks which go with my TableVac have huge clear panels - an entire side of filter-material is lost!

Post# 95732 , Reply# 14   4/9/2010 at 16:34 (3,475 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
What about Dyson for seeing through?

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I know that Dyson's don't take paper bags..but even so they allow you to see the dirt, which they pick up,very easily.

However,not everyone likes being able to see the dirt, my sister for one!

Post# 95733 , Reply# 15   4/9/2010 at 16:38 (3,475 days old) by vintagehoover ()        

Shh, don't mention the 'D' word...

Post# 95738 , Reply# 16   4/9/2010 at 18:26 (3,475 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
That is a Model 120, isn't it?

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Well, gee whizz, which modern bagless doesn't have a clear dirt bin to both impress and disgust the new owner of her/his astute purchasong skills?

I don't mind seeing the dirt getting captured and swirling about in cyclonic fervor.

I have a few See-thru Speed Sacs for my 120 Big Wheel but they are so dried out the clear strips peel away or have detached. I took one apart and re-glued the strip for demonstrations.

What I do find fascinating on some vintage vacuums is that the multi-coloured feature stickers always seem to be intact, like yours with the 'All Metal Construction' so proudly announced in purple foil. Mine has its intact, too. Even more inexplicable is the labels left stuck on the floor nozzle...
Surely they were meant to be removed by the purchaser so they could admire the sheer design beauty of their new vacuum?

I applaud the Ladies that left them in place.


Post# 95871 , Reply# 17   4/11/2010 at 07:01 (3,473 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
See thru.....

Actually, these bags are wonderful,I bought a pile of them at a old vac shop,and have never had one to burst or fail,the window remains clear till the bag is full...although ill be damned if I know how!!

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