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Early Hoover speed control
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Post# 102759   7/7/2010 at 14:29 (3,619 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Early Hoover uprights -- the 541, 105 and 102 and maybe earlier ones as well -- have a speed control adjustment inside the motor housing so you can speed up or slow down the motor. (See link)

Someone asked me why that feature was incorporated and, you know, I had never really thought about it. Anyone know the reason? The only thing I can think of is perhaps to compensate for variations in voltage.

I keep my 541 on the lowest speed just because it purrs so sweetly and softly! I have a fun trick I like to play on people who are not familiar with old vacuums -- I'll pull out my 541 and say, "Look at this old dinosaur from the early 1920s! You want to hear it run? Okay, but it makes a pretty fearsome racket. Better put your fingers in your ears!"

Then I plug it in and with great drama step up and gingerly flick the switch. The person nearly always cringes and squints their eyes expecting a tremendous racket, then looks with great astonishment when they realize how quiet it is! Then they nearly always ask, "But does it work?" So imagine their greater astonishment when I run it across the rug and they can hear dust and dirt clinking around the brush roller, through the fan and into the bag!!

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Post# 102781 , Reply# 1   7/7/2010 at 16:49 (3,618 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Very nice!

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That's a lovely machine Charles, especially with the original bag. I know these pictures have been online a while but I thought it was about time I sent a comment!

I now have a few 541s, including a couple of imported Specials and have tried this trick of changing the speed, though would be wary of touching the brush-holders directly whilst doing so.

They are certainly very sweet runners.


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