Quality Cleaning Equipment congratulates Kirby Vacuum Systems on its 100 year anniversary.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Kirby Vacuum Cleaners, an important milestone for Kirby service providers Quality Cleaning Equipment, Hamilton.

1914 was an important year in world history.

The first colour film was shown in London, the first traffic lights were installed in Cleveland and Franz Ferdinand Archduke of Austria and his wife were assassinated precipitating the start of WW1.

It also marked the year that Kirby Vacuum cleaners was born.

At the early age of 21, James Kirby developed his first vacuum cleaner.

It was powered by hand - the husband operated the bellows and the wife guided the nozzle over the carpet.  Dust was separated by drawing dust-laden air through water.  

In the same period Albert Einstein introduced his Theory of Relativity.

James Kirby was quite an inventor of his time and was responsible for many advancements and improvements in home cleaning methods.

James Kirby joined the Scott and Fetzer (Machine) Company at the start of World War 1 when their combined engineering and production skills were in great demand for the war effort.

After the war, James Kirby continued with his cleaning designs and subsequently introduced many advancements over the next few decades such as the an electric motor, a detachable long handle, toe-touch height adjustment, an electric light on the front (now an LED), introduced vibration for more efficient cleaning, designed shampoo and spray guns, and a two-speed motor that automatically adjusted to either hose cleaning or carpet cleaning.

The Kirby model 505 was the first Kirby unit to be produced after WWII began. The Kirby 500 series vacuums lasted through to 1965 with the Kirby Model 562 Sanitronic.

In 1970 The Kirby Classic model launched the "second generation" of Kirby vacuums and was the first Kirby Classic in a line of three models.

James Kirby died in 1971 but his legacy remains intact with the Scott Fetzer Company which continues to produce only one model, in one colour, at any one time.

In the 1980's sanding, scouring and polishing accessories, and the furniture cleaning Zippbrush, were added.

 

In 1990 a major breakthrough occurred when the Tech Drive was added - a power steering gear system that made the Kirby easier to push than ever before.

Since then Kirby systems have continued to evolve particularly in terms of improved efficiency, superior filtration, design and ease of use.

In 2014, Scott Fetzer will celebrate 100 years of business, a tremendous feat in today's business world.

The Kirby Company - a division of Scott Fetzer -  now operates in more than 76 countries around the world, selling approximately 600,000 Kirbys each year.

Kirby offices/ distributorships are run by those who have started at the bottom and worked their way up.  It is not a franchise and cannot be sold or bought ? but can be earned by working your way through the business and meeting set targets.

Today, all Kirbys continue to be built in accordance with James Kirby's strict standards of quality and innovation and the goal of being the best machine available and are still only manufactured by the Scott Fetzer Company in America.

James Kirby's belief was that a Kirby was not to be the best 'under the circumstances', nor the best 'for the price'; but rather Kirby would simply just be 'the best'.

 

Quality Cleaning Equipment and Kirby Vacuum Cleaners have been keeping homes clean across New Zealand since 1988.

 

A trusted and reliable name in the industry, Hamilton-based Quality Cleaning Equipment ("QCE") is your one-stop shop for all things Kirby. 

"We have a dedicated team based in Frankton, Hamilton, committed to providing you and your machine with excellent service," says Sam Barnes, Managing Director of QCE.

The Kirby is a unique piece of equipment in that it is not just a vacuum cleaner but is actually various types of machines, all powered by one multifunctional motor "which can also power a carpet shampoo system, pile fluffer, floor polisher, tile and grout cleaner, dust-extracting sander, a polisher and a spray gun.

Made of die-cast aluminium, the Kirby will not rust, crack, split or corrode and has "an open-ended motor which can be serviced, instead of throwing it away which is often the fate of other appliances," says Sam.  

"Our service centre is the largest of its kind in Australasia, employing qualified technicians and only using genuine Kirby parts to keep your Kirby running smoothly," says Sam.

"From replacement belts, accessories and vacuum bags, through to shampoo and specialist stain removers to repairs and servicing, we offer you quality workmanship to ensure your Kirby works perfectly. We even have a Kirby valet service where we clean, buff and polish your machine.

Many customers are starting to take advantage of QCE's new mobile service, where technicians do 'house calls', although other customers prefer to use the nationwide door to door courier service to get their machines to and from the Hamilton office. 

"Whatever model Kirby you have, whatever its age and wherever you live in New Zealand we can look after you," says Sam.

For all your Kirby needs contact Quality Cleaning Equipment in Hamilton today.

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