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Post# 924134   2/28/2017 at 02:48 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Are these the same models as McClary Easy ? we did have a top loader here in the 60`s named as sutch, and does it use a spiral ramp agi ?

Post# 924168 , Reply# 1   2/28/2017 at 11:12 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Hi Mike !

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As far as I know, Mc Clary was the Canadian version, and it has the spiralator. I have a Canadian McClary Easy wringer, and it sports the Spiralator as well. There are two main Spiralators: the original white metal baked enamel, and the later black bakelite whose fins flair out a but more and whose bottom plate is a bit wider. I get pix up for you later for tea time, old friend. Cheers!

Post# 924178 , Reply# 2   2/28/2017 at 12:59 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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A real shocker when this turned up in Florida, as the first Mc Clary Easy stateside that I have witnessed. We've seen a few models here from our Canadian brothers. A life-long Easy lover, would die to have an Easy automatic, Mc Clary or Mc Anyone.

Post# 924179 , Reply# 3   2/28/2017 at 13:00 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
The White

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Post# 924180 , Reply# 4   2/28/2017 at 13:03 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
The Black

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Later editions came in blue, though I have not had the pleasure in person. Will do a side by each later; the white guy's cap is stuck. Experienced eyes will note the differences, even now.

Post# 924203 , Reply# 5   2/28/2017 at 16:20 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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When immersed the difference is operation is subtle: the white stroke makes the current a bit quicker because the fins are detached, while the back stroke is a bit more powerful because the neck and plate are wider, reaching farther into the circumference of water. In the end though, after many contests, the black one wins.

Post# 924291 , Reply# 6   3/1/2017 at 04:22 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
McClary Easy

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Many thanks Mike for the info, I`ve never actually seen the Mcclary easy top loader, its listed in a WHICH Consumer report and dont know if the big reveal would see us with a Spiral Ramp agitator or not...

Those spirals look fab and you can see the diff in agi spirals.Does it depend on the size of washtub as to the difference of action / rollover as well do you think ?

McClary is top right this pic..

Post# 924298 , Reply# 7   3/1/2017 at 04:39 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
McClary / Easy / Hotpoint Spiral Ramps

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Our spiral ramps where famous from the 60`s with the Hotpoint UK range of toploaders and twintubs, mainly white (like our cabinets) with the odd turquoise splash of colour...

Post# 924299 , Reply# 8   3/1/2017 at 05:05 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
McClary / Easy / Hotpoint Spiral Ramps

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And the turquoise Spiralator..

Post# 924320 , Reply# 9   3/1/2017 at 06:48 by gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Hey Mikeyd, I have a black Easy Spiralator I use in my old Speed Queen (Easy Queen), and it is a combination of the wider skirt, and the narrow barrel of the earlier Spiralator. Works great in the SQ. Must be the longer and faster stroke. Creates some of the most aggressive agitation of any machine ever! It would roll-over bricks.

Mike----that's a great collection of British machines! I still think the Automatic Hotpoint is a great machine and would LOVE to have one in my collection. I suppose none were made for export to the US, though.

Post# 924364 , Reply# 10   3/1/2017 at 12:44 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Love the turq, MIke

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Maybe you is where I've seen it before ;'D Thanks for all those sweet agi mug shots. England was and always will be Twinnie Heaven.

Steve, will carefully compare your Spiralator to mine and make sure it is not the rare stream-lined version, where the spiral bottoms are indeed attached to the plate, but do NOT flare out as much.

More on this later, and it's a long-ish story, but I have to go purchase my first pair of clamp pliers. After struggling for decades with clamps, my mate Nick could not believe I did not know such a tool existed.

Such a smartypants!

Post# 925277 , Reply# 11   3/6/2017 at 10:59 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Does it depend on the size of washtub as to the difference

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in action/rollover do you think?"

In the smaller tubs of the automatics, the action is more enclosed, more intimate, and a bit more dramatic than in the spindriers and wringers whose tubs are really big; but no matter the setting,
a spiralator rarely disappoints. Here is Mother General's machine in action. There are some "See it Wash" vids as well, but my new computer, curiously, can't access them. Will sort that out later.
And now, Michael, I bring you Mother General and his Easy Peasy ~


Post# 925972 , Reply# 12   3/10/2017 at 07:37 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
SpiroGyrator SpiraClean SpiraSpinDry

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Hi Steve, yes they are great top loaders, the found in many kitchen and more mates mum had one for twenty years while she washed the local football clubs kit that we played for!!

Mikey yes "The Home of The Twinny" British housewives where oh so very proud of the fact that they where the last bastion of the West to move over the the "Pull To Start" era....

Interesting with the tub size and agi strength / pull / rollover etc, we had a discussion at the weekend whilst helping a fellow collector move some machines around - some small deep tubs rollover much better than the squatter wider ones using the same agitator.

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Post# 926010 , Reply# 13   3/10/2017 at 11:21 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
For the record ~

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In 1980, I bought my first Easy Spin, and was dying with excitement. It had been over a decade since using my Aunt Margaret's and Aunt Mickey's (my Aworg handle's) Easies. I bought it at a newly opened Antique Shop on Seneca street, seeing it in the window while walking from parent's house to my new apartment. Once hooked up and working, I was both mystified and disappointed. The agitation was nothing like I remembered. It was even and steady, but none of the drama or fast spiral turning that I remembered. Examining the agitator, it was clear that this was a new breed, a hybrid that I hadn't seen before. Shiny and black, and narrow-necked like the white Spiralator but the fins were slimmer, no angling outward on the spirals, and the fins were connected to the base.

When I went to see my friend Walter who had a garage and basement full of washers, he gave me the original Spiralator. Ironically, the owner of the new Antique Shop turned out to be his son. Once home and installed, I was back in Easy heaven. The original stream-lined version got lost somewhere in the shuffle towards the future and four household hence. Would love to see a pic of it. Steve, indulge me when you get the chance.

For novices and interested parties, the Easy machines move at a long quick stroke very different from the short hyper humming bird wing stroke of the Hotpoint.

Mikey- Lots of Twintubbing in the kitchens and baths among the Irish who occupied the First Ward of Buffalo, the last here to "Pull (or push, if you had a Frigidaire, haha) to start.

Post# 926493 , Reply# 14   3/13/2017 at 04:52 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Interesting to hear about the Spiralator differences, the Hotpoints here either twintubs and or automatics had a faster shorter arc of sweep than the mighty Servis which had the original 210d arc sweep with 86 opm....

Great memorable washday story about your handle Mike, many of our washday memories have come from our Nans , Aunties and mums....

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