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Post# 96535   4/20/2010 at 13:23 (3,467 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

A couple of years ago, two VCCC members conspired to send me a wonderful surprise gift, a factory-reconditioned Electrolux Model G, done up in beautiful dark-gray wrinkle finish paint with light-gray trim. The motor and cord winder were overhauled and it just runs like a top! Very sweet and smooth sounding. I would use it along with my other Electroluxes and kept it in my display unit.

On moving day, one of the guys who came to help was a friend name Jorge. He's a real nice young man. Arlee and I have known him 5 or 6 years, and is sort of an "adopted son" to us. Arlee in particular has taken him under his wing and mentored him, giving him guidance and wisdom as he went through college, graduated last year, got his first job, and has just gotten his first apartment.

As we were hauling an endless stream of vacuum cleaners out to the truck, Jorge saw my Gray G. "Ohhhh, it's so pretty!" he said. "I like that one a lot!" I told him it's a really great vacuum cleaner, one of my favorite Electrolux models. He could hardly believe me when I told him it's 50 years old, from the year 1960! (It's one of the early-model Gs.)

Well, last week Arlee and I went to Jorge's new apartment for dinner. As we ate, the subject of vacuum cleaners came up, coincidentally enough. I asked him what sort of vacuum he had, and he said "Something I got at Best Buy, and I hate it! It's ugly and noisy and plastic and does not do a good job at all. I wish I had a better one."

Later on he showed it to me. It's a cheapie upright -- yes, as he said, ugly, plastic and noisy!

In the car on the way home, Arlee said "Why don't you give Jorge that Electrolux of yours that he likes so much. He hasn't stopped talking about it." I told Arlee that it was a special machine to me since it was a gift, and he said, "You've got a thousand vacuums ... you can't spare one of them, since he likes it so much?"

Point taken.

So the other night I brought out the Gray G, added a nice matching electric pigtail hose, a power nozzle, attachments, and a supply of bags. I called Jorge and said I wanted to come over, that I had a surprise for him.

When I got there and he came to the door and saw me carrying the Electrolux he yelled "Ohhhhhh! You are giving me that??!" I said yes. He gave me a big hug and said, "Oh thank you! I love it so much, it's so beautiful, like a sculpture!"

I brought it in and showed him how to use it and he gave it a test drive. He was beaming from head to toe as he steered the purring power nozzle across the carpet. Then he went into the kitchen and used the bare-floor brush. He was so excited, and couldn't stop exclaiming what a wonderful vacuum cleaner it is. "And it's so quiet! I love the soft sound it makes! I'm going to call him 'Mr. Suckalux!'"

So, I thought y'all might enjoy reading about this very happy new Electrolux user, especially the two very special friends who gave me this machine! It's gone to a very appreciative new home and I hope that's okay.

Post# 96536 , Reply# 1   4/20/2010 at 13:24 (3,467 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Post# 96540 , Reply# 2   4/20/2010 at 14:17 (3,467 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

That was a very nice thing to do, and its great that Mr. Suckalux is going to a good home and will get lots of use.

P.S. I like how the PN II/IV complements the G, even the original ones. It looks great next to the chrome ends.

Post# 96541 , Reply# 3   4/20/2010 at 14:21 (3,467 days old) by fairfax88 (Orlando, FL)        
Beautiful Gift!!

Charles,that was so sweet of you to give that model G too that sweet young man and,I can tell that he really does love it!!

Post# 96542 , Reply# 4   4/20/2010 at 14:21 (3,467 days old) by fairfax88 (Orlando, FL)        

Charles,that was so sweet of you to give that model G too that sweet young man and,I can tell that he really does love it!!

Post# 96547 , Reply# 5   4/20/2010 at 14:37 (3,467 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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This might make a vintage vacuum collector of Jorge!

Post# 96548 , Reply# 6   4/20/2010 at 14:46 (3,467 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

John, that would be great, then I could give my collection to him, haha! Unfortunately, he's not "one of us" -- he is a minimalist and considers a magazine left on the coffee table to be "clutter." So I don't see him surrounding himself with a house full of vacuum cleaners!

btw, I made a typo in the topic heading -- he did say "Mr. Suckalux" and not "Sucksalux."

Post# 96549 , Reply# 7   4/20/2010 at 14:48 (3,467 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

P.S. I like the PN4 too, very much. In fact, I think it's the best one they made. I've found that the plastic PN5 and models thereafter tend to skim and skip along the surface of the carpet, whereas the weight of the aluminum PN4 holds it down better. And it's less noisy.

Post# 96559 , Reply# 8   4/20/2010 at 17:04 (3,467 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

I have a bunch of different Electrolux power nozzles, and the one that seems to do the best deep cleaning job is the PN II (which I assume is close to the design of the PN IV save the elbow and wheel re-alignment).

Your friend Jorge's carpet looks very much like the carpet an aunt and uncle seem to always favor in the basements of the various houses they've lived in. It's not deep pile, but at the same time, comfortable to walk on, and that G should clean it up a real treat.

I'm quite curious about those reconditioned Gs. Do they have completely new motors and other components, and, if so, are they louder or more powerful than an original G?

Post# 96564 , Reply# 9   4/20/2010 at 19:45 (3,467 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I don't know about all reconditioned Electroluxes but I am sure this one has a G motor, and probably the original one. It has a very distinctive sound and is not as loud as later Lux motors.

At the time these Gs were being reconditioned and sold, Electrolux was also doing AEs, AFs and Ls. Before the grey color, they were using a bright turquoisey-blue color with white trim that, to me, was not a very flattering choice of colors.

In an earlier time, Electrolux made quite a brisk business of reconditioning XXXs. I can't tell you how many XXXs I've seen with a "factory reconditioned" badge.

Post# 96605 , Reply# 10   4/20/2010 at 22:55 (3,467 days old) by joe22 ()        

well done, pay it forward

Post# 96612 , Reply# 11   4/20/2010 at 23:53 (3,467 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        
Hey Charles

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I'm pretty sure I know where that come from. It is so nice to see a young Guy appreciate quality!

Post# 96615 , Reply# 12   4/21/2010 at 00:12 (3,467 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Jorge is tickled pink with his Electrolux. Arlee went over there tonight to see him and there he was, vacuuming away!! :)

Post# 96627 , Reply# 13   4/21/2010 at 07:41 (3,466 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Very nice gesture, he does look happy. I love my G which is also a recond model as well and I've not tried it with a power nozzle come to think of it.

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