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Post# 106485   8/20/2010 at 20:01 (3,577 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        

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Here is a pic of a local Kirby. Can anyone approxiate the model and age?

What are the chances of finding a "head" for it?


Post# 106488 , Reply# 1   8/20/2010 at 20:09 (3,577 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        
That is a Model 515 or earlier

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Here's an Ebay link to a nozzle that I think will fit it. A 516 or later nozzle won't work.

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Post# 106491 , Reply# 2   8/20/2010 at 20:14 (3,577 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Others can be more specific regarding age. But because of the gray trim, I'm guessing it is a Model 510 to Model 512 (1950 to 1952).

Post# 106492 , Reply# 3   8/20/2010 at 20:20 (3,577 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        
Different Nozzle

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If it is a Model 512 or earlier, this nozzle would be the correct one. Both nozzles will work; however, the brush rolls are different. This one has a brush roll with open ends, which is the correct brush roll for any Kirby Model 512 or earlier. But again, both nozzles will work. The only thing about this nozzle is that it has the 516 (1956) and later belt lifter. It still works. It just has a slightly different look.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekastar's LINK on eBay

Post# 106504 , Reply# 4   8/20/2010 at 21:26 (3,577 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        

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I have e-mailed the listing to see if the Kirby is still for sale.


Post# 106522 , Reply# 5   8/20/2010 at 23:39 (3,577 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

That could theoretically be any model from 505 to 515, depending on whether it's been serviced or rebuilt over the years. The only way to know for sure sure is to ask the owner to look at the serial number tag on the bottom.

My guess is that it's a 510, 511 or 512. The bag appears to be in nice condition, just a little faded. It would be worth to get the machine just for the bag!

Post# 106529 , Reply# 6   8/21/2010 at 01:31 (3,577 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Models 513-515 had the "push/push" foot switch that would become commonplace on all Kirbys from that point, whereas models 505-512 all had the toggle switch.

Model 515 is the only one in this particular generation with a 10-blade metal fan.


Post# 106723 , Reply# 7   8/23/2010 at 18:35 (3,574 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        
Picked it up

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today. It's a 510. I'll post a new thread with some further questions and suggestions!

Thanks for your advice.


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