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Post# 108427   9/15/2010 at 20:40 (3,581 days old) by kirbyeureka95 ()        

ive never seen one of these in my area and hope i can pick it up this weekend. should i ask for $100 or what?

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Post# 108429 , Reply# 1   9/15/2010 at 20:47 (3,581 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Very nice find, complete, even with instruction booklet. You could try $100 but I think it's worth what the seller wants for it given its condition. Good luck!

Post# 108430 , Reply# 2   9/15/2010 at 20:47 (3,581 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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It's hard to tell, but it does look pretty complete and also appears to be in good shape. Take $100 cash with you and see if the seller will take it. Make sure you take cash and flash it when you're making the offer. Cask is very tempting.

Post# 108435 , Reply# 3   9/15/2010 at 22:06 (3,581 days old) by joe22 ()        

shell out the 135, still a bargain

Post# 108438 , Reply# 4   9/16/2010 at 00:37 (3,581 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I tend to agree with Joe22....... but then, it's your money not mine!   :)

Post# 108464 , Reply# 5   9/16/2010 at 16:31 (3,580 days old) by kirbyeureka95 ()        
guess what!

so it turns out he is a collector, he will take 100, and he is also trading me a eureka rotomatic for my d4 SE :)

Post# 108470 , Reply# 6   9/16/2010 at 17:39 (3,580 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Post# 108471 , Reply# 7   9/16/2010 at 18:06 (3,580 days old) by joe22 ()        


Post# 108478 , Reply# 8   9/16/2010 at 19:01 (3,580 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Yaaay, excellent! Now you'll have a new Kirby AND a new friend!! :)

I remember the first Dual-80 I ever saw. My second job in high school, in 1973, was working for Keystone Shoes at Parole Plaza in Annapolis, Maryland. It was a part-time, after-school and Saturdays job. Part of my duties after the store closed was to vacuum -- and the owner had a Dual-80. I thought it was ugly, I never did like that green color, but it was a very nice machine and fun to use.

Turned out that he had bought it from a friend ... who was a Kirby dealer! The man stopped by from time to time and eventually figured out that I like old vacuum cleaners because I was always talking his ear off about them.

He told me he had a lot of old Kirbys and I could come by to see them sometime, but he lived in Fairfax, Virginia so it would have been a bit of a drive. I never did go see his machines. Wish now that I had!


My -first- job was working as an usher for Capitol Theater in Annapolis. That was an unpleasant job in many ways, but one of the plus-factors was that using the vacuum cleaner was also part of the usher's job. The usher crew was supposed to rotate, but I always volunteered to do it! The vacuum cleaner was one of those cast-iron Hoover Commercial 913s. I always loved that big fat bag and the long wind-up and wind-down of the motor.

The theater also had about six electric blowers, for blowing the popcorn and junk from under the seats. These machines were adapted from old Kirbys (early 513 series), with a long rigid metal pipe permanently attached to the blower port. The fan was a modified piece with no belt shaft, and the opening was covered with some sort of steel mesh. The lighthouse assembly had been removed, and they had some sort of metal handle attached to where the long handle would have gone [but were not the old portable-size handle]. They did not appear to be home-made units, so there must have been some company who went into business "re-purposing" old Kirbys into movie theater blowers!

Post# 108539 , Reply# 9   9/17/2010 at 14:48 (3,579 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Be sure to post some photos when you get it!

Post# 108606 , Reply# 10   9/18/2010 at 00:39 (3,579 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

movie theater blowers-don't they use leaf blowers today?I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to blow debris around in a theater auditorium with the static charged perforated sheet of vinyl up front-the screen-dust and fine debris could stick to it.would think it would be better to VACUUM up the debris from around or under the chairs.or another instance where a broom would be the best tool.And to make it worse for the theater screen-the air return vents may be behind the screen-so the blown up dust would be sucked into or thru the screen-it acts as a filter then.

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