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My first Whirlpool/Sears canister..
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Post# 108030   9/9/2010 at 11:24 (3,451 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        

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picked this up today at the thrift.


Post# 108031 , Reply# 1   9/9/2010 at 11:26 (3,451 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        

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cleaned up yet. What is the round/slot thingy on the side for?

Post# 108032 , Reply# 2   9/9/2010 at 11:26 (3,451 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        

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is clean.

Post# 108033 , Reply# 3   9/9/2010 at 11:28 (3,451 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        

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on the inside.

Post# 108034 , Reply# 4   9/9/2010 at 11:30 (3,451 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        
It came

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with two attachments, the floor and upholstery tool. Here's the underside.

Post# 108035 , Reply# 5   9/9/2010 at 11:32 (3,451 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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The slot on the side is for storing the crevice tool.


Post# 108036 , Reply# 6   9/9/2010 at 11:41 (3,451 days old) by joe22 ()        

nice one, the blue canisters are the nicest colors

Post# 108047 , Reply# 7   9/9/2010 at 14:19 (3,450 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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An Aunt of mine had one of those in the early 1970s,,same color and all. I remember her's had a Hi/Lo toggle switch on the back, near the cord winder. Was an excellent vacuum and lasted many yrs. I think the hose finally gave out, and she was told by Sears there was no replacement, so she trashed it, and bought a new one. GRRR

Post# 108056 , Reply# 8   9/9/2010 at 16:29 (3,450 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        

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I just tried it out, and wow, are the bearings in the canister dry! Does this have a motor with serviceable bearings?


Post# 108133 , Reply# 9   9/10/2010 at 19:16 (3,449 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        
What a difference

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some oil makes! At least in the Powermate head! I was surprized how "user friendly" the motor was. Very accessable, no tricks. I oiled the bearings and the beater bar bearings. Big difference.

The brushstrips are worn down, but I notice that they are of the replacable type. Any ideas where I could get some?

Next I'll see if the main motor is as friendly to get to and service.


Post# 108167 , Reply# 10   9/10/2010 at 22:40 (3,449 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I remember seeing those models in our Sears, first nice big store in town, I think 66ish? They had one with a beach ball supported by the exhaust from the hose, clever trick. Oh the hours that machine had to have on it. Demo sale maybe?? Yikes.

Post# 108217 , Reply# 11   9/12/2010 at 10:45 (3,448 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        

I have a Kenmore almost exacty like yours. Mine is model 2197-1. I have an ad with it dated 1971. That slot in the side housed the crevice tool as Gary stated before. Kenmore crevice tools were different from other brands in that they flared out at the end like bell-bottom pants. They also had ridges along the flare to allow for air flow. Congrats on your find!!


Post# 108280 , Reply# 12   9/13/2010 at 04:18 (3,447 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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That sure is a great find. Looks to be well used but taken care of at the same time. Good Luck with it!

Post# 108317 , Reply# 13   9/14/2010 at 09:39 (3,446 days old) by kenkart ()        
I hope!!!

The main motor is NOT a GE, if it is..and I think it is cemented together and not servicable,but dont fear, any standard Lamb motor will replace it, the GEs are great, and usually last forever,,,but if a bearing goes bad there is no practical way of fixing it.

Post# 261358 , Reply# 14   12/31/2013 at 17:42 (2,241 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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I managed the motor in my 1970s Kenmore Duopower canister apart and oiled, wasn't very had to do in the first place!

Post# 261375 , Reply# 15   12/31/2013 at 21:42 (2,241 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
Way to go!

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I love mine. Here is a link to the thread i started when i first got it.

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Post# 261376 , Reply# 16   12/31/2013 at 21:44 (2,241 days old) by stricklybojack (Southern California)        
Wow, didn't notice how old this thread is...

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ah, happy new year?

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