Mar 2, 2012
Review by obbop
Rated a Very Helpful Review
My previous vacuum cleaner was bought used from a thrift store. A mere $12 bought a 1960s era Eureka with mostly metal components.
Recommend this product?
I still use it and it does a very good job of vacuuming.
As time marched on I was given newer vacuums for various reasons. Newer styles with plastics the major "ingredient."
All of these "new/improved" supposedly wonderful vacuums where short-lived.
Falling apart or self-destructing and none performed well.
Notably, none were built within the USA.
Junk, they were!!!
In the meantime, my old Eureka is akin to a drum-beating bunny... it keeps going and going. And, it was made in the USA. Proof to me of superior workmanship and materials.
Then, while poking around a new-to-me thrift store after moving to a different state, what do I see?
A Heritage II Kirby (Heritage 2)
I suppose there was at one time a Heritage predecessor to evolve into a "2" series but that is trivial.
The vacuum's appearance told me it had been well taken care of.
Pride of ownership was obvious by its like-new appearance.
Plugging the handy lengthy cord into the wall where the electricity lives I pressed down upon the switch intended for foot operation and the machine semi-roared to life.
Using the easily-used height adjuster, also floor operated, it was easy to adjust the rotating beater bar to the optimum operating elevation.
The suction was more than adequate and the beater bar was obviously beating the close-cropped low-height carpet in the thrift store.
At first I wondered if there was a transport mechanism creating a self-propelled machine but... nope.
It was merely the beater bar performing so well it acted akin to a self-propelled vacuum I had tested in the past at a high-end vacuum store.
Pulling the Kirb backwards requires no extra effort on my part so the slight "pulling forward" effect i sensed is not a detriment.
Looking closer I saw the $20 price written on this Kirby so with not thought, I proudly pushed it to the Clerk and bought it.
The Kirby IS heavier than most so-called modern vacuums but that is due to metal being used, even in components newer machines use plastic to make.
For general principles I took my new-to-me Kirby to a local vacuum shop owned and operated by a long-time vacuum tach.
He inspected it, cleaned it, and sold me some affordable bags and a new belt I requested (I like to be prepared for possible eventualities).
The vacuum pro told me the Kirby was safe in every way (no internal electrical shorts or any defects that could harm me or the machine).
He was impressed at its cleanliness and how good it loked, just as I was, and I was told I had found an outstanding deal and that the Kirby would likely outlive me, my kids and even grand kids as long as the vacuum was not abused.
Abused as in do not be too lazy to pick up larger metal or hard objects such as coins, etc. while vacuuming. But that is true for all vacuums.
It has been almost a year since my used-Kirby purchase and I am still happy :)
No!!! Let me up-rate to the ecstatic level.
I am a vacuum aficionado due to vacuums cleaning abilities and ridding a home from unwanted debris and pollutants.
I am a 3-vacuum guy; the Eureka, my beloved Kirby and a shop-vacuum style used for the BIG debris such as those coins mentioned... and for cob webs etc.
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Amount Paid (US$): 20
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