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Post# 95938   4/11/2010 at 20:01 (3,475 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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So, having cleared the floor area of the bedroom Lounge of about 25 assorted vacuum cleaners between the bed and the windows - they moved in to the main Attic - today I set about dusting away the cobwebs and dustbunnies.

I haven't been able to reach the piano roll scanner desk for almost 8 months. It was time for the Full Spring Clean.

I had decided this morning when conversing online with vacbear about Mysterious Mystiques and stuff, that I would use the Eureka Hatbox.
But, what with all the recent chatter about Big Wheels, Big Shoes and recently obtained Big Sunbeam Saucers I changed my mind. In the Spirit of Not starting a friendly and fishy Competition over Who's Saucervac is BIGGER than Whose I decided to break out the 1955 Big Wheel Lewyt Model 77.

Love them aluminum wands...

Post# 95939 , Reply# 1   4/11/2010 at 20:07 (3,475 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Kept a few favorites in the room, of course.

I set up the midi connections, fired up the Bose Speakers and laoded a couple hour's worth of 1940s Dinner & Dancing music midi files.

Before I could help it I was Dancing With Louis...

Post# 95941 , Reply# 2   4/11/2010 at 20:15 (3,475 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Um Davy, ya forgot to plug in the Lewyt Motorized Beater Swe

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This one is the later version that has a regular Lewyt-0branded two-blade power plug that fits wall sockets. After the Electronic Disaster became known Lewyt equipped Big Wheel Electronics with a matching socket in the body below the hose inlet; you wrapped the cord around the hose - the cord is long enough plus slack.
Mine is blue hammertone and matches the 77.

You can even Do the Lewyt vacuum dance backwards!

Post# 95942 , Reply# 3   4/11/2010 at 20:19 (3,475 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Preparing to grand jette exuberantly and recklessly into the wall?

Showing the way to inner Nirvana?

No, dancing and winding up for the Sunday Morning Fever Spin-on-a-dime Travolta move...

Post# 95943 , Reply# 4   4/11/2010 at 20:22 (3,475 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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One point landing.

Post# 95944 , Reply# 5   4/11/2010 at 20:26 (3,475 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Oh yeah, Wee Davy still got the moves that drives men wildly insane.

Stayin' Alive...Doin' the Lewyt Lindy Hop.

It grooms the carpet well, too. Never bogs down as it uses an all gear drive - no belts.


Post# 95949 , Reply# 6   4/11/2010 at 21:28 (3,475 days old) by 1926700 ()        
ok honey......

someones having a bit tooo much fun, than again its no different from me slipping on a pair of heels to vacuum the living room lol. nice power head, was that produced before or after the Kenmore powerhead with the same cord setup? was that powerhead close to the rugmaster for Air-Way? it looks to be about the same

happy and wild cleaning

Post# 95951 , Reply# 7   4/11/2010 at 21:43 (3,475 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Nice equipment there fella...........

Post# 95952 , Reply# 8   4/11/2010 at 22:05 (3,475 days old) by electroluxxxx (Syracuse, NY )        

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hmm that hoover next to the piano looks quite familiar, Glad you like it and I love to see that you cleaned it up and put a new bag on it. hope it runs great for you.


Post# 95956 , Reply# 9   4/11/2010 at 22:31 (3,475 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
being a dancer, myself, (was in 42nd Street yrs ao),

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I'm glad your toes are pointed.

Post# 95958 , Reply# 10   4/11/2010 at 22:37 (3,475 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Dialling 911

Hey I just noticed something...if you put your mouse pointer on the side bar and drag this thread down fast from Daves first post to here... it looks like he's dancing. Sort of like when you do a cartoon on flip cards LOL

Post# 95961 , Reply# 11   4/11/2010 at 22:54 (3,475 days old) by rexaird ()        

HA! He does!

I love those Lewyts, I keep looking for one out here, but they seem pretty hard to find.

Post# 95963 , Reply# 12   4/11/2010 at 23:01 (3,475 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
That's MISTER Honey, Bubba! :-)

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The Lewyt Motorized Beater Sweeper debuted in 1957 with the Blue & Charcoal Gray Lewyt Model 107, operating on 12-14 VAC (I think, ir was it DC?) from a secondary field coil on the 120 VAC motor windings.

After the trickle of unforeseen electrocutions events became a landslide the brush motor was replaced with a regular 120 VAC motor with a toothed shaft running a gear train to the brushroll and a separate plug-in-the-wall type cord. This one came from a Big Wheel that has a matching socket on the vacuum body.

The other Big Wheels that came with the PN are the green 1958 Model 111 with gold anodized wands and the Blue & Silver/Gray 1961 121 with copper clad wands. I don't know when the switch was made but when the dust settled from the 1962 Law Suit, Lewyt was bankrupt and the Name & assets bought up by Shetland. The Models 121 and all silvergray pn-less 120 were the last Big Wheels made by the Long Island City, NY Lewyt Corporation.

Post# 95965 , Reply# 13   4/11/2010 at 23:13 (3,475 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
Didn't Lewyt ground one of the leads,

and therefore when it shorted out, the full 110 volts was energized through the hose handle right? That just spells disaster from the outset. No doubt to make the conections between hose, wands and power nozzle quick, and with no cumbersome cords etc. Too bad - perhaps they would have still been around.

Post# 95968 , Reply# 14   4/11/2010 at 23:18 (3,475 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

No way am I gonna show my dance moves....

I did enter myself in a "twist" contest once. I wasn't aware it was a contest 'til there were only two couples left. I quit saying "to hell with this - my sides hurt". As soon as I sat down they announced that the other couple had won! Can't remember what the prize was....

Post# 95978 , Reply# 15   4/12/2010 at 01:54 (3,474 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        
I love

the power nozzel!

Post# 95982 , Reply# 16   4/12/2010 at 06:32 (3,474 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Lewyt Electronic Patent

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I don't precisely remember who I got these Xeroxs from, tho I expect it was Doug Smith in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan - Canada's Mr All Things Lewyt.

I hope these scans appear large enough for you to read.

Post# 95983 , Reply# 17   4/12/2010 at 06:33 (3,474 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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2nd Illustration of the electric hose end contacts

Post# 95984 , Reply# 18   4/12/2010 at 06:34 (3,474 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The fine print page 1

Post# 95985 , Reply# 19   4/12/2010 at 06:36 (3,474 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Fine print page 2

now it gets last paragraphs bottom of page.

Post# 95986 , Reply# 20   4/12/2010 at 06:41 (3,474 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Don't forget to grab a grounded water pipe whilst vacuum

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"That's not a ugly pipe, Honey...I put a stripper pole in every room for ya, 'cause I loves ya that much." :-)

Fine print page 3

So, it must have used AC voltage to run the Power Nozzle motor.


Post# 96028 , Reply# 21   4/13/2010 at 00:07 (3,474 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Dave:

Actually thats backwards. The 110 V power head (with the Model 107) was their First powerhead in 1957/8. It was replaced by the low voltage power head and power hose on the model 111 in 1959 then the model 121 in 1960. So you have one of their first ones there.


PS - The patents werent from me but they are very interesting - thanks :)

Post# 96047 , Reply# 22   4/13/2010 at 06:54 (3,473 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Aha! That explains it. Thanks Doug.
I better go back and claim the bottom-rusted-out 107 it goes with. The restoration will require the metalworking skills of a Crevictool. :-}

So, if Lewyt had left well enough alone, not gone down the low-voltage road, and developed a 110 v power hose...and so on...

Post# 96102 , Reply# 23   4/14/2010 at 09:09 (3,472 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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They had the right idea to start with then screwed it up by trying to make it "safer" LOL

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