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Post# 929882   3/31/2017 at 08:03 (202 days old) by Johnny42 (Glasgow)        

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Did anyone have a Hoovermatic twintub with the revolving pulsator?
Why does all the laundry become all tangled ?

Post# 929885 , Reply# 1   3/31/2017 at 08:12 (202 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Because it's not a Hotpoint Countess??   (ducks and runs....)

Post# 929890 , Reply# 2   3/31/2017 at 08:26 (202 days old) by Johnny42 (Glasgow)        

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Hotpoint Countess ? Darn it !! I forgot about those. My apologies sir.

Post# 929896 , Reply# 3   3/31/2017 at 08:44 (202 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I never saw one up close (Grandma in the UK had the 'Oovah Twinnie) but they are nice machines!


Over here,  twin-tubs were not as popular but oh boy, there are vintage machines renowned for tangling (Westinghouse Laundromats and Frigidaires with a three-ring pulsator).


Slightly off-topic, but are twin-tubs still sold in England and Scotland?

Post# 929923 , Reply# 4   3/31/2017 at 12:17 (202 days old) by Johnny42 (Glasgow)        
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Yeah Turqoisedude, they are still sold here in the UK, but you have to hunt for them in the appliance stores. They don't seem to contain an Agitator anymore. What they do have is a pulsator like device located at the bottom of the tub as opposed to the top side of the tub like the old oovah matics. The main makes are Thompson, Danby and Polar. I saw on you-tube a Canadian made Simplicity twintub. It seemed like great machine. Mines is a Servis twintub with the classic straight vane agitator.

Post# 929929 , Reply# 5   3/31/2017 at 13:45 (202 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
All washing machines using impeller technology

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To some extent will tangle washing. It varies by design and other features; for instance the Maytag TT with dual reversing impellers was better in the tangle department than the Hoovermatics.

Using a vortex in water; which is what impellers do is a way to get more capacity in a top loading washer. Getting shot of the central beater leaves more room on the tub for washing, but how to get it moving?

Personally have probably used my Hoover TT less than ten times since acquiring many years ago now. Just cannot deal with the tangling and noise.

Hoover's owners manual states the prime cause of tangling is running loads for more than the timer allows. That is resetting the machine to wash after the recommended period has completed.

Post# 929934 , Reply# 6   3/31/2017 at 14:18 (202 days old) by Johnny42 (Glasgow)        
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I am ashamed to admit that I have never seen the impeller type TT in action.....SHOCKING!!!

Post# 929954 , Reply# 7   3/31/2017 at 15:58 (202 days old) by unclejohn (Qc/Canada)        

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Dear John,

Interesting subject.

I DO have a Simplicity, 'Supertwin', and I also make use of a Oovie as well. Personally, I like both. Of course, the Simp is far less noisy (Launderess is right) and causes zero tangle. My intermittent use of the little Oov, which is fun to use though, tells me tangling is dramatically reduced whenever I washed *small* loads, that is about 3-4 pounds instead of the stated 6 pounds maximum. That is not quite practical, however, as most people would obviously want to rapidly clean the dirty laundry! I use the Oov 'just for the fun of it'. When doing larger quantities of laundry, I either use the Simp or the still bigger top-load Maytag Commercial Washer (coin operated) which stands in a laundry room located just a few feets away from my appartment.

Post# 929961 , Reply# 8   3/31/2017 at 16:30 (202 days old) by Johnny42 (Glasgow)        
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Uncle John

Just out of interest, does the Simp twin have a 4 vane or a 3 vane agitator?


Post# 929967 , Reply# 9   3/31/2017 at 16:53 (202 days old) by unclejohn (Qc/Canada)        

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4 vane agitator - does a great job

btw: the spinner of the Simp is larger than the Oov's (about 9 inches dimension versus 7''1/2 under the rim, inside compartment, thus different spin mat sizes)

Post# 929980 , Reply# 10   3/31/2017 at 18:03 (202 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
It's quite EASY:

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If you want a twin tub machine that holds a full load of clothes and washes/rinses well without making excessive noise or tangling up the load the Easy Spindryer is the machine for you. Or if you have the space the UniMac twin tubs are excellent machines.

Post# 930221 , Reply# 11   4/2/2017 at 16:15 (200 days old) by Michael (London /England)        

I purchased, a few years back, a Ariston single tub with impeller at the bottom. it was brand new and I find it dosent tangle clothes at all. a great little machine but no timer or have to guess the temp

Post# 930229 , Reply# 12   4/2/2017 at 17:54 (200 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
UniMac twin tubs

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Do not come in 120v, but 208-240/60/3 and use four wired plugs.

They aren't portable nor come in any other finish other than stainless steel.

Post# 930315 , Reply# 13   4/3/2017 at 09:31 (199 days old) by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        
Hoover twinnies and tangling

I used a Hoover twin for a while. There is a technique to it.

Fill the tub with water first. no clothes, just water. Fill to the line above the pulsator. You can't fill less for small loads, always fill to the line.
Start the machine washing and add detergent. Now feed in the washing one item at a time. Put each item in near the pulsator and let the whirling water pull the item from your hands. Lightly loaded, the washing will whizz around really fast. As you add more washing, the clothes slow down in their spinning around the tub. There is a point where the load moves quickly for a bit, then slows down a bit, then speeds up as different items pass the pulsator. That is about the right size load. Also, mix up items. Don't try to do a whole load of jeans, they are too stiff and the load will stall. Wash an assortment of item sizes. Even slightly overloading and it will tangle. The load has to move freely and quickly. Items near the pulsator will always move quickly, items further away a bit slower but if there is too great a speed difference, things knot up.

My partner's uncle used a Hoover twin for many years, he was a widower and washed for two sons and himself. He told a workmate (a single man) about what a great machine they were and the friend bought one too. He reported back after the first weekend that he did a load on the Saturday, got so enthused about the great little washer that he went through the house looking for more things to wash. Eventually he took all his ties out of the wardrobe and washed a load of ties. They tangled into an impenetrable mess and had to be thrown away!


Post# 930597 , Reply# 14   4/4/2017 at 15:31 (198 days old) by hoovermatic (UK)        
"The right size load and mix up items"

Couldn't agree more with this statement as far as Hoovermatics are concerned. My Mum had one but I vividly remember the bundles of shirts that used to have to be untied before they were spun, arms all tangled together, the occasional cursing, short tempered outbursts! I have had two Hoovermatics over the years and it took me time to learn the trick of mixing up loads however I always had the knack of not under or overloading. I have seen videos on YouTube and frequently want to scream at the screen as people keep in loading more and more into the tub until it stalls and groans under the strain, more often than not, with insufficient water - a cardinal sin with a Hoovermatic is not keeping the water topped up to the line.

My main irritation was how sheets and duvet covers used to twist.

Yes they are noisy, they can be a bit messy if you don't keep the wash tub lid down and there is a bit of a knack to using them but in my opinion, for their few faults, they are terrific machines by virtue of the sheer speed with which they can get through the weekly wash, and my Mum washed for a family of 6. When she finally went automatic in 1981 (I think), the one thing she missed was the speed with which she could do laundry and get it out on the line.

From my point of view as a washing machine fanatic, there are fewer more satisfying sights than a load of white towels whizzing around contentedly in a Hoovermatic wash tub filled with hot sudzy water.

Post# 931427 , Reply# 15   4/9/2017 at 13:58 (193 days old) by anthony (uk)        
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My mum washed for a family of six with the hoover twintub [over the course of 40 years we had three of them ]She would not have described doing the washing as fun but she would have described the machine as a godsend

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