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Loudness of a Kirby Motor
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Post# 99284   5/28/2010 at 12:15 (3,653 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Does anyone here know anything about the average loudness of a Kirby vacuum motor in decibels (dBA)?

Experts say hearing protection is recommended if the motor has a noise level of at least 85 dBA. I am autistic and I have hypersensitive hearing. The reason I am asking this is because I have just begun to expose myself to the loud motor of my grandma's Kirby Classic III (serial #B850414).

By generations, what do you think is the average noise level in dBA of a Kirby motor?
Think these following Kirbys (the newer they got the louder the motors became):
*Model 505
*Model 510
*Model 513
*Model 515
*Model 519
*Dual Sanitronic 50
*Classic 1-CR
*Classic Omega 1-CB
*Tradition 3-CB


Post# 99287 , Reply# 1   5/28/2010 at 13:44 (3,653 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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well ben I can say for a fact that Kirby machines do not go anywhere near 85 db unless it were to have a a broken fan blade

Post# 99290 , Reply# 2   5/28/2010 at 15:24 (3,653 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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There is one video made by MD (which is a central vac company) of which they show a Kirby Classic III somewhere around 80db.

Post# 99325 , Reply# 3   5/28/2010 at 21:00 (3,652 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
I'd Like to See That Video, Please

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... of that CIII that is measured at 80 dBA. Any links to it?

Post# 99347 , Reply# 4   5/29/2010 at 04:33 (3,652 days old) by kirbykid63 (Wilmington Delaware)        
most new plastic

Most of these new plastic uprights from WALMART MAKE THE KIRBY SOUND soft,I can hear them down the street.

Post# 99353 , Reply# 5   5/29/2010 at 07:21 (3,652 days old) by kirbyduh (Louisville, Kentucky)        

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The kirby generation series are fairly quiet. (So is the heritage2/legend 2 vacuums)Besides that, the sound is a soft, strong sound and is PLEASANT to listen to.

Post# 99437 , Reply# 6   5/30/2010 at 00:26 (3,651 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I find the Plastivac sound is NOTHING like a Kirby vintage or new-Its a screaming plastivac!

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