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IEC Electra Compact Vintage Vacuum

vacuum i like 3 of 4Vintage 1970's COMPACT CANISTER VACUUM CLEANERMy Compact Electra Canister vacuum  model C9
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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Hello there. I have this vintage vacuum cleaner that my great grandmother owned. She has passed now and we have been cleaning out her house. I have done a little research on it (attached address) That site tells about why and who invented them. It's a pretty neat story. But you can't believe everything you read on the internet so I am writing to you guys. It does work and has attachments for it. Actually it works very well and it's kinda cute... Any info would be appreciated.


    1. Sosewwife, 4 years ago
      I have the exact model vacuum purchased in the 1970's. Mine has the exact same coloration and detail. It is a model C-8. I bought it from a door-to-door salesman who demonstrated it in our home. I still use the "good old girl" for small jobs. It has always been a great vacuum...a real workhorse. I lost some major accessory parts (wands, floor attachment, etc.) in our last move and would love to replace them. I know I'm not supposed to solicit, but I'd love for you to contact me if you decide to sell. ( Replacement parts are very difficult to find, probably because even the old vacuums still work! Funny that I have the small attachments like for upholstery, dusting, and crevices. They fit on my central vacuum system hose. You can still purchase bags that fit. If you decide to hang on to your great grandmother's, don't let the parts get away from you. They are very dear and impossible to find. She made a very good investment!
    2. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Love it !!! We had one on the Farm that my Dad used in the Shop. That thing took a beating and just keep on going. It think IT WAS the Energize Bunny back then!!
    3. bennimo, 3 years ago
      Probably much too late but, i too have the same exact vacuum as the one pictured, with all of the accessories, that i got when my mom passed. I have never used a vacuum with this much suction power before...however, the belt for the power head is almost shredded and i can't seem to find a new one. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. This machine and accessories are all in great condition and i still use it!
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      I currently own two newer models (Tri-Star branded, 1990's I think?) and in fact was (very briefly) a Tri-Star 'door to door salesman' during one summer shortly after I got out of high school in the 1980's. The info on Charlie Lester's website (which you cite) is entirely accurate towards the history of the machines though concentrates on the original model(s), COMPACTS went thru numerous subsequent 'color changes' over the decades though the basic truly superior engineering of the machine (and in fact, most parts) remains the same. (remember -- this is a simple home appliance which nonetheless got designed/made by the same kinda guys that normally did government aircraft and rockets...they *knew* a thing or two about "airflow"...?? <lol>)

      [an aside...the most basic (and proven successful ever since) operative theory of that '1940's engineering' took until much more recent decades to finally get "re-invented" and "re-marketed" (by a certain Mr. Dyson) who managed to (in such a typically modern fashion) totally over-complicate a truly simple idea into (cheap, mass-produced plastic) oblivion. (leastways enough to baffle the patent office, I guess?)

      ALSO -- almost all parts/accessories for Compact/Tri-Star vacuums are *absolutely* still available, though admittedly not likely to be found at WallyWorld. Google will be your friend in locating them if you're not lucky enough to have an (old fashioned?) vacuum cleaner or 'hardware' shop nearby. I rebuilt the Tri-Star I currently use to clean my own home (rescued from a curbside trash pile...h*ll YES, I immediately drove around the block an extra time to pick it up after first spotting it?!!) with parts/accessories obtained online.
    5. vintagevacfan vintagevacfan, 2 years ago
      this is a compact electra interstate c8 vacuum cleaner .I have the blue C9 model .Parts are available on EBAY compact became tristar around 1982/85.If you look for tristar vacuum you will most certainly find parts for it .They are work horse i got mine in 2013 or so Its a beast i use it all the time .
    6. Deepseas72 Deepseas72, 2 years ago
      This is the exact same vacuum I grew up with. I’ve found a few since then at thrift stores.
    7. vintagevacfan vintagevacfan, 2 years ago
      They are a few on sale on ebay right now .Deepseas72
    8. ofwhatiam ofwhatiam, 2 years ago
    9. vintagevacfan vintagevacfan, 9 months ago
      i have 2 of em so nice .

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