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kirby cleaners

Posted by mark2 (mark2), 29 January 2004
hi im new to this site i just wondered does anyone use a kirby in their business and what do they think of them?
Posted by seanc (seanc), 29 January 2004
i am also new but i have sold kirbys in the past best vacum in the world but do not use them for comm work unless you want to keep paying for it to be fixed they are built to brake the fan when stones get sucked up keep it for the home thats my veiw any way    Cry
Posted by Derek (Derek Bolton), 29 January 2004

Quite a few professional cleaning companies use the Kirby vacuum for the pre-vacuum sequence prior to pretreatment and cleaning simply because they are so effective.

The function of using them for shampoo cleaning is best left to the householder..there are better ways available.

Posted by squeaky (squeaky), 29 January 2004
I use a kirby or a Vorwerk before pre-treatment.
I do not think that there is much between them performance wise,however the Vorwerk is much much lighter is alot cheaper and certainly not so expensive if it goes wrong,so Vorwerk wins for me.

Posted by lenpg (Len Gribble), 29 January 2004
I agree Vorwerk are the best and very ergonomic, Iíve had mine for 13 years last year needed a new motor called Vorwerk, engineer came, replaced motor & done a service total cost £80 not bad.


Posted by mike_halliday (mike_halliday), 29 January 2004
i've never heard of vorwerk, do they have a website? how are they for vaccing upholstery?

i lke the kirby because you can take off the head and fit a hose when you want to vac suites

Posted by Robert_O (Robert_O), 29 January 2004

I have a spare Kirby that I was thinking of putting on Ebay shortly, in excellent condition.

Kirbys are great machines and not many vacs that I have seen come close. I would be interested in seeing the Vorwork by hearing your praise of it though.

But yes you have to be very careful in watching out for nails, coins etc. which can shatter the impeller. But that goes for many vacuum cleaners as well.

I recall shattering the metal impeller blade on my Holloway Pile Lifter, I was not a happy bunny. Cry

I have about 5 other Kirbys that I have picked up along the way, (all having shattered impellers) that I have got to get around to fixing up, then these will probably be going on ebay as well. I personally have never shatter an impeller in 10 years of using them, but I know that it is a thing to watch out for.

If any one is interested I am looking for about £150 for a black Herritage 2, with tools.


Robert Olifent
Posted by lenpg (Len Gribble), 29 January 2004
Hi Mike

The Vorwerk also dismantles for upholstery, stairs and high cleaning
Hereís Vorwerk web I believe they only sell direct, I also believe they started Sebo.

Len Wink

Posted by seanc (seanc), 29 January 2004
i stand corrected (seems like you all use them) but i stillstand on what i said and yes from memory the vorwork is the better choice
Posted by martin_606 (martin_606), 30 January 2004
Hi Robert

I might be in the market for a kirby very son.

can you pm me, or email and give me prices and where you are located.

many thanks


Martin Cool
Posted by squeaky (squeaky), 31 January 2004
Yes Vorwerk are excellent vacuum cleaners,I do not know what the price of a new one would be but they have always been alot cheaper than a Kirby (and you can't hang a Kirby on the wall !!

Posted by Robert_O (Robert_O), 31 January 2004
Hi every one

Just to let you know that I have now put the Kirby on Ebay if anyone is interested.



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