Yes. They were sold door-to-door (remember that?). The price was
whatever the salesman could wrest from the mark's wallet. I've heard
of Kirby's w/ attachments selling as high as $1700! Same with
encyclopedias, cookware, and knife salesmen (Cutco).
Yep. Many used vacuum cleaner shops are built around a Kirby
servicing license. Kirby's will easily go --and have-- for half a
century with only a few bucks fer parts, to keep 'em flying. Mainly
cuz they're built --and weigh!-- like tanks. I think Oreck built their
rep on being the antithesis of Kirby. IOW, very light in weight (8
lb). They certainly don't pick up any better than a Kirby.
The latest thing in commercial vaccuum cleaners is called a "Back Pack
Vac", which is a vaccuum cleaner you wear on your back very much like a
back pack. These are good for hard floors, but they're not great on
carpets because they don't have an agitating brush. You need that
agitation to remove solid dirt from carpets like sand, skin cells and
pollen that falls into the carpet pile.
They're expensive, but they're powerful and quiet, and they eliminate
the problems associated with having an upright and not being able to
vaccuum up elevated surfaces (like tables and workbenches), or having a
canister vaccuum cleaner and having to pull it around furniture with you
everywhere. Back pack vaccuum cleaners go everywhere, and you just need
to bother with the cord, but they're very versatile, which makes them
popular amongst people who clean for a living.
'Backpack Vacuums - Vacuums -?The Home Depot'
Whatever you do, don't fall into the trap of buying a mini-carpet
shampoo'er like those sold by Bissell or Hoover or Eureka, thinking
it'll get your carpet cleaner than a regular vaccuum cleaner. Carpet
shampoo'ers are meant for removing wet or dried up liquid spills on
carpets, not solid soils like sand and skin cells and pollen. The
problem is that once you get the carpet wet, the surface tension of the
water will make it much harder to remove the dirt sticking to the
carpet. Next time you're at the beach, try cleaning sand off of wet
feet and dry feet and see which one works better. So, if you want
something to clean dry solid dirt out of a carpet, stick with a vaccuum
cleaner with powerful suction and an agitating brush.
I think Hoover is still most for the buck. I got an Empower still working.
Brother loves Kirby. I got an old Kirby converted to replaceable bag. I
just saw a complete set of Kirby for free. Would been nice to have the
attachments. Got Electrolux models tucked away too.
On Sunday, November 23, 2014 7:27:45 AM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I personally have an old Filter Queen which is a great vacuum but their pri
ces are ludicrous and their sales structure is a cross between old school d
oor to door hard sell and MLM. Not a fan. If you can find one used and re
asonably priced however as I did they are great units.
Dyson is good for a more modern, available at normal retail outlets type va
Old Kirbys are bulletproof but again IMHO they are overpriced and have an u
nattractive sales network. The new ones seem to be overfeatured, overgadge
tized, and as a result are silly heavy for no good reason.
recommend you not buy one at
Sears if you ever want it fixed.
Overheard a conversation yesterday at Sears.
You send it in.
They give you an estimate to fix it.
You accept or deny the repair.
You pay $50 shipping, whether you fix it or not.
No, there's no other way to get an estimate.
I've been happy with Hoover uprights.
Looks to me like Sears is on the way out, period.
Seems to me like their paradigm is broken: big box stores, online
shopping, and so-forth.
I've watched the one around here (King of Prussia, PA... a beeeeg
shopping mall) slowly shrivel up over the years recently when it just
closed the doors.
And, of course, I just *had* to go and buy a Sears vacuum last year...
On 11/23/2014 7:27 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I have a Shark (Rotator Pro model) and am happy with it. All the filters
are washable and there are no bags to bother with. Its great if you have
steps to vacuum as the motor unit lifts off to carry with you. That
feature is also handy for cleaning up cobwebs off ceilings and walls.
Spiders seem to like our house for some reason?
The Pro model comes with a hard floor attachment that works much better
than any rotating brush model I have ever used on bare floors. Brushes
just shoot the debris out before it gets vacuumed, and with the brush
turned off the vacuum is too far above the floor to pick up well. The
hard floor attachment seals itself against the floor and gets everything.
The only drawback (like many other models) is the upholstery brush is
air powered. It works but isn't anywhere near as good as one that has
its own motor as it tends to stall when you apply pressure to help get
up tougher than normal stuff.
The price is about 1/2 what Dyson wants and its more versatile than a Dyson.
We have three cats and it picks up pet dander really well.
On Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:27:45 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I got a Shark Rotator about a year ago. It seems to work as
advertised, not real noisy and picks up well, but... the
hose is an odd diameter and attachements from other vacuums,
and even other Shark models, don't fit. The hose is short,
stiff, and so tightly sprung that it's a serious irritation.
I'd say if you go for a Shark, get the model with the longer
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