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Post# 105163   8/5/2010 at 11:10 (3,486 days old) by whirlpolf ()        

hi folks,
there is this notorious air-driven power brush. I just can't find out who made it.
It is said to be a US patent. I've seen this nozzle with all kinds of vacuums. Fred (compactelectra) owns one, too:


Post# 105164 , Reply# 1   8/5/2010 at 11:11 (3,486 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
here it was known as "Nutone"

and was sold along with the Nutone central vac in the 70s. (Nutone has gone here ever since)


Post# 105165 , Reply# 2   8/5/2010 at 11:13 (3,486 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
and also as "Progress"

Progress in Stuttgart sold them as well on their canisters in the 60s.

Details anyone?



Post# 105166 , Reply# 3   8/5/2010 at 11:22 (3,486 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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I think it's called a Precor, I'd love to get one myself.

Post# 105177 , Reply# 4   8/5/2010 at 14:13 (3,486 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington, NC)        
The correct name is Preco

Based out of Los Angeles, and very popular in the early to mid 60's. Singer had them as an accessory, as did Rainbow and others. Here's a scan of the Rainbow D book. I have 3 or so of these and know where to find one more new in box. Greg

Post# 105179 , Reply# 5   8/5/2010 at 15:04 (3,486 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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That does look like a Precor. I wonder if they still make them.


Post# 105180 , Reply# 6   8/5/2010 at 15:20 (3,486 days old) by joe22 ()        
singer and fairfax and westinghouse

it was sold with the singer canisters in the 60s and i have a fairfax version. aslo the round westinghouse canisters, the delux version came with it

was the first if not one of the first turbo tools for carpets before power nozzels came into use

Post# 105211 , Reply# 7   8/5/2010 at 20:46 (3,486 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        

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That's my basement! I found that Preco power brush brand new up in Kewaskum, WI on a trip with Tania not too long ago. He still has some if I am not mistaken. One came with my first Filtex central vacuum in 1977. Not a bad setup. As stated they were used by Sunbeam and Westinghouse as well. Also sold individually. I like them.


Post# 105212 , Reply# 8   8/5/2010 at 20:57 (3,486 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

The Preco power nozzle only works really well with vacuums that have very strong suction. Otherwise, it just bogs down when you run it across a rug.

I have one that's white and turquoise, and is branded "Preco."

Post# 105221 , Reply# 9   8/5/2010 at 22:03 (3,486 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Montgomery Ward used this power nozzle design with some of its canister vacuums from the late '50s-early '60s.


Post# 105225 , Reply# 10   8/6/2010 at 00:25 (3,485 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Beam Central Vacs also came with these, or it was an optional attachment avalible with a Beam. Many houses in our neighborhood in Sparta Wi (near LaCrosse WI) in the late 1960s, early 70s had a Beam system, and they all had a Preco. They were all the tan colored ones, with the darker tan on the bottom. Was totally facinated by them as a kid.
I did find one for sale on E-bay several years ago,,it was the Singer version,,came with a canned ham type Singer Golden Glide. Only problem is there is a large crack in the neck of the Preco,,so im affraid to use it too much.
I would LOVE to have one NIB,,is there one for sale somewhere?Please direct me, if avalible.

Post# 105227 , Reply# 11   8/6/2010 at 02:32 (3,485 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

My Mother lived in a house in Upper Marlboro Md-outside of Wash DC-It was a "Levittown" house-the Black and Decker Central vacuum system had one of those Precor air powernozzles-for some reason-LOVED using it.When vacuuming time came-she let me do it.Would like to find another one of those.

Post# 105533 , Reply# 12   8/10/2010 at 00:10 (3,481 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        
compact powernozzle

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What is that compact powernozzle for that's in the same picture?it's to green to be a c-80?

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