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Old 10-08-12, 02:06 PM
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C&V... Vacuum Cleaner???

Boy, these guys are weird!...

As my clearance special, Bissel vacuum cleaner runs it's last legs of life I decided I would start looking for a new vacuum cleaner.
In true character of my being, I started looking at Dysons first as they seemed to be THE vacuum cleaner to have. But after searching a bit more it turns out that they are sort of like an Electronic Di2 equiped Cervelo of the vacuum world - Over engineered and over priced.

As it turns out, guys who are "in the know" when it comes to sucking up dirt insist on bagged vacuums as opposed to the current trend of bagless units.
After deciding against the Dyson, I started looking at Bagged Upright Hoovers and Orecks. These are sort of like modern day steel Raleigh's and Bianchi's.
Apparently these do a great job at sucking while still using tried and true design and aesthetic.

But during my research I realized that most of the review videos were created by guys ranging in age from 17-70 who have garages full of vacuum cleaners!
Then I stumbled upon a forum site that was dedicated to these guys! These dudes talk about C&V vacuum cleaners like we talk about bikes!

At first I thought it was totally weird to be so obsessed with a vacuum cleaner. But then I started to see what the appeal was.
Vintage mechanics with all metal, art deco design. Easy to work on and can rival the most high tech of their modern counterparts.

After all the hub bub and actually joing the vacuum cleaner forum I've decided on finding myself a modern Royal Everlast which is sorta like a Reynolds 631 Mercian.

But in the meantime, I will be getting this thing up and running again. It's a 1960's Kirby that I found for free on craigslist.
It works great but needs a new bag, maybe some replaced trim and wheels and a polishing.

I'm pretty excited about restoring this thing. I just hope I'm not on my way to vacuum geekness!



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Old 10-08-12, 02:10 PM
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So that's why we haven't heard from you much lately, you've been hanging out at vacforums.net!
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The difficulty lies in finding bags for the old ones.
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Do you wear a helmet while using your vacuum cleaner?
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kerby vacs and their marketing are a story of their own.

I will say kirby vacs have a feature that makes them very unique for shop use.

they have a separate fan for engine cooling and suction,

I wish I had one as it can be used to create a true low vacuum without burning up the motor.

you can modify then to suck fumes away

you can use them as a vacuum pump for lamination.

-I do woodwork and I wish I could find a free 220v kerby to play with
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Kirby made a great machine.

But, as the real-life advertising campaign in Hong Kong some years ago said:

"Nothing sucks like Electrolux!"
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Check out this vacuum cleaner used as science fiction apparatus.

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I am holding out for a vintage Electrolux
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I bought a Shark Navigator Lift-Away bagless vacuum cleaner about a year ago, mainly because of the pet hair attachment (my shedding golden retriever keeps the vacuum cleaner busy), and I love the bagless feature.
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Dyson??, yes it might suck really good, but dang, the thing's just mostly plastic and they are oh sooo expensive!!.......I guess I do see the similarlity to modern, monocoque CF bikes.....

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Need some drive side pics of that Kirby! Nice score.
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I'm holding out for an Italian. Does Colnago make vacuum cleaners?

Seriously, I'd go for a Bissel, seeing that they sponsor an American cycling team...
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I've got 3 old Kirbys...used to have 5 or 6. I haven't had to put any money into vacs for over 2 decades. Amazing machines.

The Sanitronic is nice but it won't take the disposable paper bag inserts and the cloth bath can be very hard to clean. There may be a modification to allow them and if so, I'd suggest doing it.

Otherwise look for models from the Heritage up to the Generation 3 if you want "everyday riders"

I paid an average of $25 for each of my Kirbys (including accessories) and I've only had to replace a couple of beater bars. Get the bags and rubber belts on ebay for cheap.

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This reminds of that scene in Lethal Weapon, where wide eyed Roger says to Riggs........."You really are crazy!"
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Yes, I guess it's a little bit like that

But really, it's just like C&V bikes.

Inexpensive, well engineered, useful tools with great designs and value. No throw away parts, everything is still made and available. Why buy anything else?
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i used to work for a cleaning company that had 2 of these or very close to this i think they had more rollerskate looking wheels we called em the hammerheads worked great though!
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Kirby's suck!
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No throw away parts, everything is still made and available. Why buy anything else?
THIS, I like. Can't say that about many things today.
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Still have the blue Electrolux canister vacuum my Mom used in our house half a century ago!

It still works like a charm, and as long as both bags are available and the Electrolux shop is
right down the street I won't be looking anytime soon.

BG - the local Flea market in your hamlet is always a good place to look for an old Electrolux.



Kirbys & Electroluxes are to C & V like Dysons and Roombas are to the 41...


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On another positive note, you obtained a Kirby without a hard sell presentation by a sales person, or the ridiculously high initial cost.
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More vacuum geekiness for all:

These are of the modern Royal Vacuums that I hope to get.

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I am holding out for a vintage Electrolux
My family had one when I was young. Made cleaning much easier than the "flying saucer" Sunbeam that preceded it.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I am holding out for a vintage Electrolux
We have a '68 bullet-type. Can't kill it.

If you watch the old Dr. Who shows, one of the robots on the ship was a Hoover canister with dryer ductwork arms.
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Originally Posted by steppinthefunk View Post
More vacuum geekiness for all:

These are of the modern Royal Vacuums that I hope to get.
Holy crap! I hardly ever vacuum (bachelor with a studio apartment and hardwood floors) and I want it!!
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