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Post# 102868   7/8/2010 at 13:00 (3,386 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Post# 102870 , Reply# 1   7/8/2010 at 13:25 (3,386 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

VERY rare. And this one is complete, all original, and in mint condition. It's priceless.

Here's mine:

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Post# 103056 , Reply# 2   7/11/2010 at 11:52 (3,383 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
That is really a great looking "T"!

I can't get over still having the box!


It's got less than an hour to go.


Post# 103078 , Reply# 3   7/11/2010 at 16:23 (3,382 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Closed at $355 and, to me, worth every cent. It's easily among the rarest Electroluxes of them all.

Now, if an equally mint Model 20 shows up, I'll go out of my mind!!

Post# 103088 , Reply# 4   7/11/2010 at 17:05 (3,382 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

I just wanna SEE a model XX again.....

Post# 103092 , Reply# 5   7/11/2010 at 18:09 (3,382 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

Were you the lucky winner Charles? I hope so. I can't think of anyone more passionate and knowledgeable about vintage Luxes.

- Karl

Post# 103093 , Reply# 6   7/11/2010 at 18:18 (3,382 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

No, not me. Waaaaay beyond my meager budget I'm afraid. Would love to have had it tho. Oh well.......

Post# 103110 , Reply# 7   7/11/2010 at 21:48 (3,382 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

By the way, does it appear to anyone else besides me that this hose is very short?

The Model LX cloth hose is about 8 ft. long (I think - longer than other standard Lux hoses, anyway).

The E cloth hose is 7 ft., and the AE woven saran hose is also 7 ft.

The hose on this thrift model appears to be barely 5 ft. long and maybe even less -- look how it is just barely long enough to wrap around the motor unit, which is about 20" long (compared to 24" for an E). So it would seem the hose can't be more than 5 ft. long at the MOST.

Now, sometimes woven hoses were repaired by cutting some length off the ends when they developed problems at the metal couplers. But if this hose was originally 7 ft. long, it's lost some two feet from its length!

It would seem odd that Electrolux would have gone to the trouble and expense of re-tooling their hose operation just to save a couple feet of length from the T hose. On the other hand, this surely does appear to be much shorter than standard hoses.

My Model T came with an AE-style woven saran hose with a hammertone-blue machine end coupler and no suction relief valve on the handle. I have always wondered if that was the original hose, but it probably is since my T is in absolutely flawless condition. Especially since the Model T came out during the run of the AE when the switch had been made from cloth to saran hoses.

Just now looking at the photos of mine again, it's clearly obvious that the hose on the eBay specimen is about two feet shorter.

I emailed the seller to ask how long the hose is and he did not reply.

More Electrolux enigmas!

Post# 103113 , Reply# 8   7/11/2010 at 22:17 (3,382 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

You know what Charles? I think it's an optical illusion in my opinion. I was just messing with a Jet99 hose when your post came up and I agreed - yeah, that hose is short!

I then measured this hose below. From handle end to machine end end, it is 8'1" - this is how it looks with Lux wands and an E nozzle....

Don't know for sure, but it looks like all the original length is there to me....based on this comparison.

Post# 103116 , Reply# 9   7/11/2010 at 23:14 (3,382 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Hmmmm... Crevicetool, I think ya need to clean yer glasses!!

Look at your photo above again, and note now much "overlap" of hose length there is -- easily 3+ feet.

Then look again at the Model T hose (copied below for your viewing convenience.) Note that there's not even a foot of "overlap."

Post# 103117 , Reply# 10   7/11/2010 at 23:16 (3,382 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

p.s. that's a rare early version of the combo flip-tool you've got there -- the very first version! Note the tag going across the top -- it's made of that same fiber material as the crevice tool, whereas on the later versions it's made of aluminum and the words "ELECTROLUX-TOP" are reversed out of a black overprint. Hang on to that!!

Post# 103157 , Reply# 11   7/12/2010 at 12:53 (3,382 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I rec'd a reply from the seller this morning:

Hi, Yes you are correct the hose is shorter maybe 5 feet. Ive always had Electrolux. Growing up everybody in the family seemed to own one. This Thrift model drew a lot of attention. Ive had it for at least 20 yrs.

Post# 103167 , Reply# 12   7/12/2010 at 15:17 (3,381 days old) by ohio_tuec ()        

Sorry to hear you weren't the winner Charles. I've seen some vintage vacs on eBay go for princely sums recently (like that Kenmore Imperial a few weeks ago). So could it be that a shorter hose was used on the Thrift model as a cost cutting touch?

Post# 103170 , Reply# 13   7/12/2010 at 17:00 (3,381 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

That's possible - although, as I said, it would seem that the cost of changing their assembly line hose operation to accommodate a shorter hose for one short-lived model seems kinda bizarre. That, and the fact that mine came with a standard-length hose that I do believe (but am not sure) is original.

Not to mention the fact that a 5-ft. hose would barely be usable. Think about it...

Post# 103173 , Reply# 14   7/12/2010 at 17:06 (3,381 days old) by powertank ()        

Heck, I think the 7 foot hoses are short. My Diamond Jubilee has a very short hose. The other canisters I have (all PowerTanks) have a few 8 foot hoses, but mostly 10 foot hoses.

Post# 103176 , Reply# 15   7/12/2010 at 17:19 (3,381 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

All integrated-electric woven Electrolux hoses from the Golden Jubilee onward are too short (about 6 ft. long), too fat, too stiff, and too heavy. And the ones with the long, thick rubber collar on the handle end are just awful.

When the new coiled vinyl hoses came out (with the Renaissance), they were made longer, about 7.5 ft. I think, and are not as heavy or stiff as the woven electrics. Of course, they're also ugly but I guess you just can't have it all!

Whenever I use my Silverado, my favorite "later" Electrolux, I use a later almost-matching gray vinyl "NOS" hose. I have an original Silverado hose but never use it. "HATE IT."

I do really like the extra-long maroon and dark-blue hoses from the Royal Pony. They're wonderful hoses.

Post# 241272 , Reply# 16   7/21/2013 at 18:54 (2,276 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Why are woven Electrolux hoses so short? They should make them 10ft long instead of 6-7ft, which I still think is too short. Vacing car interiors & larger rooms is often a challenge with a Lux because of its short hose & short cord.

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