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For sale nice whirlpool washer, unusual agitator
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Post# 325343   1/19/2009 at 18:13 (3,436 days old) by everythingold (Grand Rapids, Michigan)        

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I can strip parts or you can have the whole thing.

Post# 325344 , Reply# 1   1/19/2009 at 18:15 (3,436 days old) by everythingold (Grand Rapids, Michigan)        

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Never seen an agitator like this.

Post# 325395 , Reply# 2   1/19/2009 at 20:27 (3,436 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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One of the last Belt Drives!!!

Post# 325405 , Reply# 3   1/19/2009 at 20:38 (3,436 days old) by danelto (State College, PA)        
Beautiful Pic

This photo ranks right up there with the picture of Marilyn Monroe trying to hold down her skirt as she walks over the breezy grate.


The machine is a work horse.

Post# 325411 , Reply# 4   1/19/2009 at 20:49 (3,436 days old) by pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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This looks VERY similar to the BD Whirlpool I grew up with!!! Is the control panel brown or is that just a reflection? I think I might not be able to pass this up!!!

Post# 325430 , Reply# 5   1/19/2009 at 22:15 (3,436 days old) by hilovane (Columbus OH)        

Those "Super Surgilator" agitators were used in the BD WP's with 18-lb. capacity (deeper tubs).

Post# 325436 , Reply# 6   1/19/2009 at 22:47 (3,436 days old) by wigwag (San Diego)        
not quite the last

I think the "last" belt drive was the Imperial Seventy model in 85, or maybe they offered this machine and the Imperial Seventy?

Post# 325438 , Reply# 7   1/19/2009 at 23:02 (3,436 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

Yes, the Imperial Seventy models were the last BDs as I recall. Our second dryer was that series. The consoles on those were just like those of the DDs that dominated the stores in later 1986/1987.

The agitator above was very common in Whirlpools after 1980. My sister had Whirlpools with this type agitator both in her first house, and then in her third. They are great at handling very heavy loads.

Have a good one,

Post# 325439 , Reply# 8   1/19/2009 at 23:14 (3,436 days old) by everythingold (Grand Rapids, Michigan)        

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I love experts. I am not knowledgeable about Whirlpool BD's. I can assemble a DD blind-folded. But I have a lot to learn about the BD's.

I'll post more pics, and have more info tomorrow. Thanks, Matt.

Post# 325446 , Reply# 9   1/19/2009 at 23:47 (3,436 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
the name of the "unsual Agitator" is...

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Super Sugilator "Double Duty". I have it in my Whirlpool Imperial 70. The best agitator they made! Handles any size load, and LOTS of water drama too! I believe this is whirlpools version of Kenmores "Dual Action", which it can't even come close to the rollover whirlpools Double Duty has.


Post# 325450 , Reply# 10   1/19/2009 at 23:51 (3,436 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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IIRC, the winged Double-Duty Surgilator was introduced in 1978 on the LFA series 18-pound capacity models, and continued until end of the belt-drive era. It was never used on standard-capacity belt drives or on any direct-drives.

This may be an LHA series, which is 1980-1981, based on the timer background being light-colored. The next series change went to a dark-colored background. See Imperial Thread # 20294 for an LHA-7800 (1981) washer paired with an LE7800XK (1982) dryer. Unless it's a photo artifact, lightening the picture reveals the console apparently is wood-grained with a silver area around the water level control and temperature pushbuttons. The LHA series largely had a dark console except around the timer. Possibly there were some promotional and select-vendor models styled differently.

As always, the model and serial numbers tell the story on age.

Post# 325504 , Reply# 11   1/20/2009 at 08:59 (3,435 days old) by revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        
I have seen that type before.

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I remember seeing that type of agitator when looking at them new in appliance stores.

Post# 325508 , Reply# 12   1/20/2009 at 09:55 (3,435 days old) by autowasherfreak ()        

The last Whirlpool that I bought for my mother and I had an agitator just like this one, which was purchase in either 1983 or 1984.

Post# 325620 , Reply# 13   1/20/2009 at 16:57 (3,435 days old) by everythingold (Grand Rapids, Michigan)        

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my truck was in the shop today, I'll get more pics and info tomorrow. Matt

Post# 325640 , Reply# 14   1/20/2009 at 18:27 (3,435 days old) by imperial70 (******)        

I had a 1985 Imperial 70. Bought it brand new. That winged Super Surgilator was gentle (on the knits/gentle cycle) and very powerful on the regular and permanent press cycles.

I miss my Imperial 70. You could wash anything in that. I washed suit jackets on gentle cycle(saved tons on dry cleaning) as well as pillows on the super wash cycle.

Great Machine. Sigh.

Post# 325661 , Reply# 15   1/20/2009 at 20:04 (3,435 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

I remember when my mother did wash for my sister when she was away once. She packed that washer full without overloading it, but I was sure the agitator would have trouble turning over the load. Boy was I wrong. Those clothes moved around.

Imperial70: The fact that your Whirlpool could wash suit jackets gently, and also handle those tougher loads is a testament to it's versatility and effectiveness. By the way, welcome to the club.

Have a good one,

Post# 326137 , Reply# 16   1/22/2009 at 16:19 (3,433 days old) by everythingold (Grand Rapids, Michigan)        

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The mod# is 1HA6800N1 ser# C11409714.

Post# 327436 , Reply# 17   1/28/2009 at 19:26 (3,427 days old) by 18millstreet ()        
Whirlpool belt drives

If anyone is interested,I still see these washers fairly often in my area.(western new York). Most people want the new stuff,without realizing how good the belt drives are. Maybe I will get some of these in case anyone would like one. Like with the Kenmore combos,when they're gone ,they're gone. It's up to us to save as much vintage as possible,take care,Walt

Post# 956762 , Reply# 18   9/9/2017 at 12:19 (281 days old) by brucelucenta ()        
"when they're gone, they're gone"

Until I got older, I never fully understood that phrase. Makes me ill to think of all the different machines that have passed through my hands and all the ones I passed up getting back in the 70's. It was a storehouse of treasures back then, since there were virtually no metal scrapyards that would pay money for old machines and they were EVERYWHERE. Sometime in the late 20th century ALL the old automatic washing machines disappeared. On occasion something will show up that was hidden away somewhere, but that is a rare occurrence now.

Post# 956784 , Reply# 19   9/9/2017 at 14:46 (281 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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There were tons (no exaggeration) of trade-ins every month in the 60's and very early 70's at the huge store I worked at as a young person. Except for the very few that were resold, the scrap guy bought them all...refrigerators, stoves as well as laundry appliances. He was a regular visitor since the pile grew very fast. I doubt there are many vintage washers (and fridge's) shown on here I haven't seen. Armed with my heavy duty extension cord which I plugged into a hidden outlet at the base of a parking lot lamp, I got to play around with a lot of them. It helped that my dad was manager and that the owner was his personal friend. I had a very happy extended childhood.

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