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1978 GE automatic washer
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Post# 913522   1/1/2017 at 17:46 (345 days old) by Floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        

I have a 78 GE washer. I got some socks for Christmas and notice just in a week with a few washing they are showing lots of wear.

I felt the agitator and its smooth for an almost 40 year
Old machine.

Are these really rough
On items? Any hints also one
Sock is missing and I don't
Think it could have got behind the plastic guard.

I guess this is the mystery of the socks!

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Post# 913548 , Reply# 1   1/1/2017 at 21:32 (344 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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These are very aggressive washers, but not as bad as Direct Drive Whirlpool products (aka shredmores). 

Post# 913557 , Reply# 2   1/2/2017 at 01:17 (344 days old) by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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What fabric are these socks made of?

Post# 913565 , Reply# 3   1/2/2017 at 02:26 (344 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I was wondering the same thing. It appears the wear is occurring only in certain areas.

Post# 913567 , Reply# 4   1/2/2017 at 03:40 (344 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Top load washer = wear & pilling on clothing As far as the sock, it could have gone over the top of the tub and got pumped right down the drain.

Post# 913577 , Reply# 5   1/2/2017 at 05:39 (344 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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This is a good washer that will last you for some time if taken care of. I personally would go for a ramp agitator as flat vanes are a no-no in my book, but ultimately its up to your personal preferences. You could use low speed though if you plan on keeping the straight vane agitator, but verify that the low speed still works. I've seen a lot of 2 speed clutches with the sifter broken off.

As for the sock it could be anything. Sometimes we are already missing one when we toss in a dozen pairs on to realize it when sorting.

Post# 913588 , Reply# 6   1/2/2017 at 08:17 (344 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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First the washer did not eat the sock, the clearances are too small for a sock to go through the pump, the first sock that goes over the tub will jam the pump in the first complete cycle you run.


The wear in your picture is in the heal and ball of the foot area, this is NOT caused by the washer but rather from normal wear and tear, if you are unhappy about this return the socks to place of purchase.

Post# 913591 , Reply# 7   1/2/2017 at 08:30 (344 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Post# 913642 , Reply# 8   1/2/2017 at 14:29 (344 days old) by Floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        
Thanks everyone.

Yes, both speeds work on the washer. It was in a vacation home in Palm Springs so gently used. I love the way it cleans, maybe it is just bad socks. LOL! I have a 1979 Maytag A806 but GE cleans much better. I didn't think the sock could make it over the plastic guard. Is that what it's for in the first picture?

Post# 913654 , Reply# 9   1/2/2017 at 15:27 (344 days old) by rapunzel (Sydney)        

I second combo52's comment.

Post# 913693 , Reply# 10   1/2/2017 at 19:06 (344 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        
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what will happen if a sock gets into the outer tub. It wont go through the pump but seize it. I bought an 83 FF a couple years ago that was advertised as wouldn't spin. This was the cause of the trouble. Removed the sock and worked fine after.

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Post# 913695 , Reply# 11   1/2/2017 at 19:10 (344 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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mine all look like that, it's wear inside your shoe, not your washer.

Post# 913714 , Reply# 12   1/2/2017 at 23:00 (343 days old) by Floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        
Would a sock???

Get over that plastic rim around the tub? What is that plastic guard for??

Post# 913717 , Reply# 13   1/2/2017 at 23:13 (343 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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INCREDIBLY rarely. That plastic guard does its job, almost every Filter Flo goes to its grave without ever losing a sock over the edge. If the machine is running well while you're still missing a sock, then look elsewhere, not inside the machine. I have found small socks inside pant legs and shirt sleeves weeks later.

Post# 913805 , Reply# 14   1/3/2017 at 16:51 (343 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

First I would rule out sabotage.I third our esteemed Johns theory of cheap Walmart socks or cheap shoes from Walmart eating the cheap socks.i think every thing they have there sux. Is there any chance you or someone else is being a bonehead when loading this washer?When the machine is agitating there should be all water on top with everthing submerged.A GE ramp agitator would be a definite improvement far gentler. Some of these GE machines were famous for having a stingy high water level I used to adjust them all the time.That may be part of the problem.I have had socks get past that guard on service calls dozens of times. I don't get that shredmore term for the DD drives I never had that problem when I had one once again it gets down to the loading.

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