When The Vacuum Industry
Changes, Jim Keeler Is In The Lead
Since 1970, Inventor of the Bagless Kirby Conversion
System Has Been A Pioneer
1970 - Kirby Sales. Over 6000 units sold as a member
of the nation's largest Kirby organization.
1980 - National Sales an Training Director,
Bison Vacuum Co.
1983 - Invented Self-Propelled Bison
1984 - Founded KEELER Vacuums
1990 - Founded Affordable Vacuum (Nashville, TN)
2008 - Invented Kirby Bagless Conversion System &
Opened eBay Store
Jim Keeler started his career in the vacuum cleaner
industry in 1970 in St. Petersburg Fla.
He went to work for the largest
Kirby organization in the country selling more
than 1000 Kirby vacuums a month.
After several years in this organization he became the top
When the owners of the sales organization decided to invest
in and operate the Bison Vacuum Co. (Ocala, FL),
Keeler soon became the National Sales and Training Director
for the newly-purchased company.
About 1yr. into this endeavor he decided to make the Bison
Vacuum self-propelled, as the Bison which was a Kirby like
vacuum was very hard to push.
The ( self propelled ) Bison was invented around 1983, along
with a Kirby-style shampooer.
Keeler left Bison in 1984, with the first national articles
appeared in the Vacuum Dealer Trader Association (VDTA)
newspaper in 1984.
These machines were professionally rebuilt Kirbys with a
power drive added.
The drive units were also sold in a kit form that
could be installed on a regular Kirby in about 30 minutes by
a trained vacuum tech.
They were called KEELER VACUUMS and were sold up
to the early 90's.
Kirby came out with their own version in 1990 and Jim Keeler
He opened his vacuum stores ( AFFORDABLE VACUUM
Sales and Service ) in the Nashville, Tenn area.
After much success in this area - and in response to his
many Kirby customers - he saw the need for a bagless
Having 5 dogs of his own and filling his own Kirby
bag every week he realized how expensive the bags can
be to his many customers that have one or more pets.
Keeler is a firm believer in the (KISS) principal.
"Keep It Simple, Stupid". Unlike over-engineered
competitors, Keeler believes the simpler the
better. Keeler's bagless is very
straightforward, using a direct path for the dirt to follow,
only about 3 inches from dirt pick up to the jar
This eliminates clogging - a hallmark of most bagless
We use one filter. Some bagless vacuums use as many as
5 filters that need to be cleaned. These Kirbys with our
conversion seem to work much better than a bag partially
filled with dirt.
Our many customers tell us that when they vacuumed first
with a Kirby bag then went behind with our bagless unit the
amount of dirt was amazing.
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