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Post# 106623   8/22/2010 at 01:44 (3,575 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

One of my favorite vac designs is the Hoover Celebrity. Probably not the best made, nor the most efficient bag design. But sometimes we like something just because.

Anyway, today I got the vac in the pictures below and it's in very nice condition, having seen very little use. It's a Celebrity Model S3191, a later one in the QS (Quiet Series) but not the top of the line model with the retractable cord. I find it interesting that Hoover used to make so many different variations of similar models, with options and trim being the differences. The domestic auto makers used to do that more too.

Three of the tools are missing, but I've got a box full of spares to fill in the holes. When the vacs are just sitting around, there's no sense in having the tools all in place. Kinda like having your shaving brush and mug that you never used all set up for your army foot locker display in BCT.

This QS Celebrity has three caster wheels. I briefly had another QS, the fancy one with the retractable cord (it didn't). It had two large rear wheels and one caster in front. That vac was a dog; it was one of only a couple of vacs that I didn't plug in and listen to before I bought them. I had a chance to snatch three vacs cheaply at once and I was in a hurry. Two were good but the QS was bad. When I opened it up later, I noticed that the plastic motor cover was partially melted. Then when I plugged it in and pressed the on button, it sounded like tableware in the garbage disposer. When I did an autopsy, the bottom bearing was running race to race with no balls left in it. I came to the conclusion that someone had left the machine on for days or weeks straight; it just got hot after all that time running, melting the cover and wiping out the bearing.

Post# 106624 , Reply# 1   8/22/2010 at 01:45 (3,575 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Another pic of the QS Celebrity.

Post# 106625 , Reply# 2   8/22/2010 at 01:52 (3,575 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

This is another Celebrity I got not too long ago. This is a Celebrity II Elite, Model S3061. This one has two large rear wheels and a single caster in front. It's got a power switch that you press the same direction for on or off. It has three fan speeds. This one didn't come with a wand or power nozzle nor any accessories but it did have a hose. It's in fair condition but the front caster is shot. So shot that part of the metal bracket is ground down from being dragged along the floor. I wonder what their floor looks like; probably concrete.

Post# 106867 , Reply# 3   8/25/2010 at 09:47 (3,571 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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My #1 favorite Hoover canister. Id love to have an Elite. Nice finds!

Post# 106872 , Reply# 4   8/25/2010 at 10:01 (3,571 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
well-made hose

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and wands. Not the most attractive nozzle, but, then, one can't have everything! Where would you put it? Those tools are far superior to anything now.

Post# 106964 , Reply# 5   8/26/2010 at 17:28 (3,570 days old) by powertank ()        

Nice vac.

I'm glad I'm not the only person here that drives a carbureted vehicle.

Post# 107083 , Reply# 6   8/28/2010 at 08:13 (3,568 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Anybody here got an email from an

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Evgeny Amelchenkov? I'm planning to email a response to his question concerning the bottoms of the Celebrities. Floating vs. wheeled versions. I only have two floaters, and four with wheels. I hope it's not some kind of ruse.

Post# 107091 , Reply# 7   8/28/2010 at 11:11 (3,568 days old) by vleetx ()        
celebrity II elite

I was going to ask about the hose on the orange elite celebrity. The one that Marty Rocha found has the hose with the air switch. It had a small tube that ran through the hose and operated a bellows to push that slide on/off switch you mentioned. I am curious to see if yours has it also, and if it worked?

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