The Parts of a Vacuum

When I was young, I broke a lot of things. I don’t think I meant to do it on purpose, most of the time. But anything from toilets, to toys, and windows and walls; I broke a lot of things. After having my first child—a little boy—about a month ago, I am hoping he is destined for letting mom and dad have nice things.

Kirby Classic III from the 70s

This thing could survive a nuclear explosion, but not a 5 year old.

One of the things I was particularly curious about was my parent’s—what seemed like—ancient Kirby vacuum. I wanted to see the parts of a vacuum. The machine weighed about a million pounds, and it made the most terrifying sound. I had to take it apart. After watching my father fix things for years, I was pretty sure I knew how to make this Kirby weigh less and work more quietly; I didn’t.

So I had this vacuum in about 400 pieces when my mother walked in and saw this terrifying kaleidoscope of Kirby vacuum parts all around me and gasped. Mother’s gasp was always more terrifying than whatever it was that she was witnessing; it meant bad news.

Regretfully, my destruction was complete. Our Kirby was dead. Granted, it probably could’ve been put back together with some relative ease, but we didn’t have the internet back then, and Kirby manuals weren’t as descriptive about the inner-workings of their interiors. Fortunately, now, if your child pulls your vacuum apart into a million tiny pieces, then there are ways to find out which spring goes where, and what a clutch assembly is really supposed to look like.

Kirby Classic Parts

The Parts Inside a Kirby Classic 3M. Imagine this puzzle on your living room floor.

I’d like to say this was one of the last times that I took something apart or broke something, but I remember a car windshield being used as a slide sometime later.

Parents love to say: “I can’t wait until you have kids, you’ll get it all back.” But I surely hope that isn’t the

Sleep like a baby

My son doesn’t ever look this peaceful.

case. My lovely wife was a wonderful, well-behaved child, and if the universe is justified about where it sends its negative karma, perhaps it will overlook us because she doesn’t deserve it.

I have a pretty decent understanding about what the parts inside of a vacuum now, but I’m concerned that our little fella might be curious about how our expensive TV works, or maybe under the hood of my car. I’m not so well-versed in these technical aspects.

If your child has taken your vacuum apart, and you need to see how they all fit back together again, be sure to find your vacuum on our site. We’ve got the parts schematics that will give you a better understanding of the springs, bolts, screws, washers, and everything else inside your machine. If you need any help with your vacuum parts needs, be sure to give us a call and tell us your own story.


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