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Post# 468883   10/12/2010 at 20:30 (2,479 days old) by cphifer5115 (Jackson, TN)        

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What is everyone's favorite agitator? please include a picture if you can.

for me it's a tie between the super roto swirl and whirlpool's surgeralator.

Post# 468887 , Reply# 1   10/12/2010 at 20:33 (2,479 days old) by cphifer5115 (Jackson, TN)        

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the super surgeralator

Post# 468891 , Reply# 2   10/12/2010 at 20:39 (2,479 days old) by washernoob ()        

That red agitator that is in Ben's AMP set! Coolest and most beautiful agitator.

next would be the philco "ford?" one.

Post# 468897 , Reply# 3   10/12/2010 at 20:51 (2,479 days old) by StrongEnough78 (California)        
Well I'll narrow it down to my top 3 favorites....

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since there are a few that I here we go.

#1 Whirlpool Super Surgilator

Post# 468899 , Reply# 4   10/12/2010 at 20:54 (2,479 days old) by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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Lady Kenmore's Vari Flex.....

Post# 468900 , Reply# 5   10/12/2010 at 20:55 (2,479 days old) by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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And of course Maytag's Powerfin. I do have other favorites as well, Kenmore's roto flex and GE's Activator, but these are my top 3 fav's.

Post# 468905 , Reply# 6   10/12/2010 at 21:12 (2,479 days old) by kenmore700bill (Lodi NJ)        

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Super Roto Swirl for sure.

Post# 468911 , Reply# 7   10/12/2010 at 21:34 (2,479 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
mine are...

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Lady K's- Vari-flex, and Whirpool's surgilator(the original) and Double duty super surgilator(winged)


Post# 468913 , Reply# 8   10/12/2010 at 21:38 (2,479 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Here's my favorite agitator; from a 2010 Frigidaire.

Post# 468917 , Reply# 9   10/12/2010 at 21:56 (2,479 days old) by lebron (MN)        
Here's my favorite agitator; from a 2010 Frigidaire

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BZZZT! Does not count!!! :P lol jk

Post# 468927 , Reply# 10   10/12/2010 at 22:11 (2,479 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Lebron....(he lights a cigarette and blows a stream of smoke toward the ceiling), well, well, well. We meet again.

I hoped my brilliant choice of agitators would bring you out of the woodwork.


Post# 468933 , Reply# 11   10/12/2010 at 22:23 (2,479 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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For looks: Hotpoint Silhouette or Easy Spiralator

For cleaning: Speed Queen

For funkiness: Philco Flex-a-Wash

Post# 468945 , Reply# 12   10/12/2010 at 22:46 (2,479 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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Give me an Easy or blue White Westinghouse from the late 70s. Ahhh...stuff dreams are made of...of course a blue Maytag wringer agitator is cool too. Did they make a red one?

Post# 468987 , Reply# 13   10/13/2010 at 03:03 (2,479 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Have several favorites for me-WPKN BD dual action,Surgilator,RotoSwirl,Norge "Angel Wings"Olde bakelite ones,and Speed Queen.

Post# 468995 , Reply# 14   10/13/2010 at 06:54 (2,479 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Burpalator, YES!

Post# 468996 , Reply# 15   10/13/2010 at 06:57 (2,479 days old) by MRBeatty ()        

the penta vane or maytags gyrator

Post# 468998 , Reply# 16   10/13/2010 at 07:20 (2,479 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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The Hotpoint turquoise spiral agitator with the burpolator and bleach dispenser built inside:

Post# 469042 , Reply# 17   10/13/2010 at 13:03 (2,479 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I would have to say mine is either the Maytag Powerfin, or the aluminum 1950's Speed Queen agitators from their wringer washers.

Post# 469059 , Reply# 18   10/13/2010 at 15:01 (2,478 days old) by qsd-dan (Pleasanton Ca (Bay Area)        

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"Nuff said!

Post# 469064 , Reply# 19   10/13/2010 at 15:56 (2,478 days old) by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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Cool setup, Dan!

Post# 469067 , Reply# 20   10/13/2010 at 16:32 (2,478 days old) by qsd-dan (Pleasanton Ca (Bay Area)        
Cool setup, Dan!

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Post# 469100 , Reply# 21   10/13/2010 at 21:36 (2,478 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        
Yes Dan,

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The agitators in those Maytag conventionals can really kick some major @$$. Gotta love 'em!

Post# 469250 , Reply# 22   10/14/2010 at 03:22 (2,478 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Thats what I meant to say for the Norge-The Burpilator!!!My Mom had one when I was a little kid-loved watching it!It was a BIG black Bakelite I suppose 4 blade Norge Burpilator-have been wanting one like that since.The agitator also had a silver colored metal lint pan.

Post# 469252 , Reply# 23   10/14/2010 at 04:00 (2,478 days old) by whitekingd ()        

My favorite is the old black original Kenmore Roto - Swirl. A great cleaning agitator all around.

I also kind of like the "Cone of Silence" Easy agitators (at least they remind me of the Cone of Silence from Get Smart - only with three cones!) I've got an old wringer machine with one of those.

Post# 469254 , Reply# 24   10/14/2010 at 04:37 (2,478 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
I like...

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The Super Surgilator,

Post# 469255 , Reply# 25   10/14/2010 at 04:40 (2,478 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Speed Queen

Post# 469256 , Reply# 26   10/14/2010 at 04:43 (2,478 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
But I'm thinking...

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My Favorite would have to be a tie between the The Powerfin and the WO65 Pulsator.

Post# 469266 , Reply# 27   10/14/2010 at 06:58 (2,478 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I also have an admiration for the Speed Queen's pure simplicity, yet it is so very effective.

Post# 469278 , Reply# 28   10/14/2010 at 11:16 (2,478 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Met very few I didn't like, but

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...the other side of the coin to this interesting thread would be a choice for the worst agitator ever seen or used. I must admit I was appalled, appalled I tell you, when someone posted a picture of a vintage Hamilton washer from the sixties. Must have been engineered by Christie O'Donnell because nothing but witchcraft could get this uninspired piece of plastic to rollover anything:

Post# 469279 , Reply# 29   10/14/2010 at 11:47 (2,478 days old) by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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Here's mine.

Post# 469331 , Reply# 30   10/14/2010 at 16:35 (2,477 days old) by JeffG ()        

Chris, you could've stopped at your first pic. Best agitator ever IMO, it's been downhill ever since.

Post# 469337 , Reply# 31   10/14/2010 at 17:04 (2,477 days old) by golittlesport (California)        
3-way tie

Frigidaire rules!

Post# 469359 , Reply# 32   10/14/2010 at 19:08 (2,477 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

Mine would be the two rotoswirls and the pentaswirl.

Post# 469378 , Reply# 33   10/14/2010 at 20:55 (2,477 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Favorite Agitator

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For myself it is the Frigidaire 1/18

Post# 469406 , Reply# 34   10/14/2010 at 23:04 (2,477 days old) by qsd-dan (Pleasanton Ca (Bay Area)        

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My favorite non-Maytag agitator would be from the Easy automatics. It's performs like a ramped GE on some hardcore steroids!

On the left....

Post# 469408 , Reply# 35   10/14/2010 at 23:17 (2,477 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

Several to pick from here. My absolute favorites are the Surgilator pictured in Reply # 3, and the Kenmore gold str8 vane in Reply 29.

Have a good one,

Post# 945655 , Reply# 36   6/28/2017 at 03:08 by Kenmoreman1967 (Utah)        
What to replace 1972 Lady Kenmore Agitator with??

Have a gorgeous matching 1972 piano key Lady Kenmore with stripped out vari flex. What can I replace with?? Willing to purchase any suggested part anyone has at great price. Help! Sincere thank you.

Post# 945658 , Reply# 37   6/28/2017 at 03:51 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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You're all crazy!!! The best HAS to be a Kevinator with all the fins and holes in the agitator!!!! They are the MOST entertaining too!!!

Post# 945697 , Reply# 38   6/28/2017 at 10:30 by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Mine would be: the Easy Spiralator and the ones in my Maytag wringer machines. Both of those agitators throw some real mean water currents and lots of clean clothes. Happy washing, Gary

Post# 945707 , Reply# 39   6/28/2017 at 10:53 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        
Lightburn twin

You are all wrong. There can only be one best and this is it.

the Lightburn swinging paddle wash action.


Post# 945724 , Reply# 40   6/28/2017 at 11:31 by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Replacement Kenmore Agitator.

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Any plastic, not bakelite, Whirlpool or Kenmore regular capacity belt-drive agitator should fit, if I am not mistaken. Kenmore Roto Swirls and Whirlpool Surgilators are fairly easy to find. I find the Surgilator to be more aggressive, and the Roto Swirl to be a bit more gentile.


Post# 945726 , Reply# 41   6/28/2017 at 12:16 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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check capacity/sizing first....but one of these should fit....this is one fo the original Dual Actions....

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Post# 945727 , Reply# 42   6/28/2017 at 12:17 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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a Double Duty Super Surgilator.....

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Post# 945728 , Reply# 43   6/28/2017 at 12:18 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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you will need a cap for that one too.....

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Post# 945758 , Reply# 44   6/28/2017 at 18:16 by chetlaham (United States)        
Hands down

The super-surgeralator for me. GE ramp is also one of my top favorites.

Least like for me are GE's green straight vane agitator followed by the GE mutli vane agitator that debuted in the late 90s. My understanding that has been redesigned since.

Post# 945780 , Reply# 45   6/28/2017 at 20:39 by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Name that agitator.

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Post# 945786 , Reply# 46   6/28/2017 at 21:04 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

#3 looks like it could double as a wood chipper

Post# 945787 , Reply# 47   6/28/2017 at 21:14 by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

I don't think I could narrow it down to a favorite, they all had their personalities. Some were boring and others put on quite a show. I am really liking the one in the Speed Queen, very Surgeralatorisque. I like the long stroke. I don't use the fabric softener attached cup, think it would make a mess and rarely use fabric softener anyway.
Have a soft spot in my heart for the Kenmore scrubber caps, those had personality!!

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