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Post# 102049   6/28/2010 at 19:13 (3,630 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

This makes it two weekends in a row that we've had some good finds!

Post# 102050 , Reply# 1   6/28/2010 at 19:14 (3,630 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
Yes, yes, yes...

I found the EXACT same Eureka at 2 different sales in 2 very different parts of the city, both in very nice condition... 2 weeks in a row. Go figure. I'll have to check the serial numbers and see how far apart they are.

Post# 102051 , Reply# 2   6/28/2010 at 19:17 (3,630 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
Sunbeam Dual-Deluxe!

I found this with no hose, sitting in the basement under a table with no price on it. So the guy writing up tickets said "How 'bout 2 bucks?" I agreed. Then I went upstairs and sniffed out the Eureka upright. Upon digging deeper into the closet, I found a bag with the Sunbeam tools in it. It wasn't until I got in the car that I realized it was an actual Sunbeam accessory!

Post# 102052 , Reply# 3   6/28/2010 at 19:17 (3,630 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

No wands, though.

Post# 102053 , Reply# 4   6/28/2010 at 19:18 (3,630 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
Sunbeam Purse!

It's sort of worn away, but it's genuine!

Post# 102054 , Reply# 5   6/28/2010 at 19:21 (3,630 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
The best find!

Spotted in the corner of a garage!
Missing all but the hose and crevice tool. But it had the wands still wrapped in their original wax paper... Go figure.

Post# 102055 , Reply# 6   6/28/2010 at 19:22 (3,630 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

Top half of the box.

Post# 102056 , Reply# 7   6/28/2010 at 19:23 (3,630 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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You find the most fascinating things up in Minneapolis! I have that Sunbeam Electric Saucepan too, I'll have to put up a thread when I get a good picture of it.

Post# 102057 , Reply# 8   6/28/2010 at 19:24 (3,630 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
Bottom half!

Bottom half of the box.

Post# 102058 , Reply# 9   6/28/2010 at 19:25 (3,630 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

Inside the Lewyt.

Post# 102083 , Reply# 10   6/29/2010 at 02:19 (3,630 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Great Finds, Fred!

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And the Lewyt looks immaculate! Too bad it didn't have the tools with it, but you did get the box and bags in the original package, and the hose looks like brand new.
The Sunbeam looks like it should clean up nicely, and even though the hose is missing, I see the machine end connector is connected to the vac, so it shouldn't be too hard to make a replacement.
Congrats on the great finds,

Post# 102086 , Reply# 11   6/29/2010 at 03:22 (3,630 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

OMG Fred, that Lewyt is absolutely heart-stopping!!! WOWWWWW!!!!!

(Did I ever tell you how much I like you? hahahahaha)

Post# 102090 , Reply# 12   6/29/2010 at 05:59 (3,630 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Fred and Rob are on a roll again! Nice, I like the sunbeam and its Kenmore like floor tool =)
Its funny you should find the same vacuum, I mean I have had twins before but not at the same time. Not even the same decade lol.
Nice Job guys.

Post# 102096 , Reply# 13   6/29/2010 at 06:53 (3,630 days old) by kenkart ()        
The Lewyt is nice BUT!!

The Sunbeam will suck the chrome off of a trailer hitch!!!!

Post# 102099 , Reply# 14   6/29/2010 at 07:10 (3,630 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Good to hear from you, I will try to call tonight..grass cutting has kept me busy.

You are right, that Sunbeam is one powerful unit!


Post# 102105 , Reply# 15   6/29/2010 at 09:46 (3,630 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Wow Fred!

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That Lewyt is appliance porn! Wouldn't you love to know the story behind why it sat untouched? I bet hubby brought it home, thinking it was a great anniversary gift, and started World War III. Wifey, out of spite, let it sit in the basement for 50+ years, until she went on to her greater reward.....

If you go out next week and come home with the same model Eureka, we're callin' the cops!

Post# 102114 , Reply# 16   6/29/2010 at 13:07 (3,629 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
Frankly, I think you guys should be forced to move....

How is it Minneapolis became the great estate/thrift store Mecca?

OK, perhaps moving is too harsh. Sorry....

How 'bout renting the place out occasionally?


Post# 102148 , Reply# 17   6/30/2010 at 06:49 (3,629 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        

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Why was the Sunbeam so good? Did it have an unusually large motor or an exceptional fan design. Did the circular shape have anything to do with it. Or was it a combination of factors?


Post# 102152 , Reply# 18   6/30/2010 at 06:59 (3,629 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Not sure, but every Sunbeam I have ever used had great air flow. I have the same model Fred is showing us here along with a Sunbeam Challengar, both are great vacuums. Good tools, built well, tend to be on the loud side, but other than that they would both suck the paint off the walls.


Post# 102165 , Reply# 19   6/30/2010 at 11:34 (3,629 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Hans can tell more about it, but I believe it's because the Sunbeam has a huge fan -- it's as big as the diameter of the motor housing.

Post# 102170 , Reply# 20   6/30/2010 at 12:17 (3,628 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

I just gave it a quick wipe-down, cleaned the filter and plugged it in. It does work. It's not as loud as I thought it would be, but definitely not super quiet like a Lewyt. I think it will clean up nicely, but I'm going to take it all apart and do it right. Just add it to the always growing list of projects!

Morgan-- I recall when you got yours, I went hunting for that thread, and found it. Such a gorgeous machine!

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Post# 102173 , Reply# 21   6/30/2010 at 12:52 (3,628 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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Thanks Fred,

I think I have all the original tools except the bare floor tool.


Post# 102183 , Reply# 22   6/30/2010 at 14:27 (3,628 days old) by kenkart ()        

The Sunbeam Dual Deluxe was introduced in 1958,It has a strange motor, like an Apex Strato has one rather large fan,the fan looks similar to a flying saucer,thick in the center and thin around the edge,the exceptional airflow and suction is partly because of this,but also because of a 12 amp motor,it truly will dim the lights, when it came out there were reports of problems with older houses not having adequate wiring,it as well as the Apex,are comparable to new Mieles in both airflow and suction, it is truly amazing.

Post# 102765 , Reply# 23   7/7/2010 at 15:01 (3,621 days old) by colovacman ()        
Always jealous

I'm always amazed at what you find, Fred. Every time I go searching on the weekends in Denver all I find are 5 year old plastic Hoovers and Eurekas. It's very rare to find any vacuum older than 10 years old it seems.

I'm jealous of that Lewyt! It's beautiful. But the Sunbeam brings back such great memories...that was the first canister we had growing up. I remember the sound it made turning it off. Funny how I seem to remember it had terrible suction...only now would I probably realize that mom didn't change the bag much!

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