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Post# 930458   4/3/2017 at 21:01 (445 days old) by unclejohn (Qc/Canada)        

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Speed Queen 'twin tub'

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Post# 930652 , Reply# 1   4/4/2017 at 22:56 (444 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Great little machines!

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I had one like that in Harvest Gold, but parted it out after it developed a major leak in the spinner tank boot. Now I regularly use my avocado Simplicity (same machine really.)

Post# 930711 , Reply# 2   4/5/2017 at 10:50 (443 days old) by nosnooz (Lowell, MI)        
Newbie question

Why the two tubs? Is there a special application for such a machine or something?

Post# 930716 , Reply# 3   4/5/2017 at 10:59 (443 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
Two Tubs...

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This is manual machine, like a wringer type. One is the wash tub the other, the spinner/extractor.

Post# 930717 , Reply# 4   4/5/2017 at 10:59 (443 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Usually these washers were much smaller than a standard automatic machine and could be rolled in and out of a kitchen or bathroom - they were often purchased by folks who had no laundry room or hookups for full-size machines.  


The 'twin tubs' mean that one tub is used for washing, the other for spinning the wet clothes.  They were somewhat simpler mechanically than a regular automatic machine, so they cost less also.  


The machines could be considered to be less of a water hog, since the water in the washing tub could be re-used for multiple loads (much as one could do with a wringer). 


They were much more common in Europe than they were in North America.  


Hope this helps!

Post# 930730 , Reply# 5   4/5/2017 at 12:10 (443 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Small correction: These twintubs were especially common in the UK. In the rest of Western Europe they were less popular.

Post# 930735 , Reply# 6   4/5/2017 at 12:46 (443 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Thanks Louis for the correction, as we have all heared me n Laundress bleating on about "British Housewives where the last in the West to embrace automation" mainly due (other factors may apply) to the fact of the popularity of the humble twintub or Supertwin..

Johnny the Simplicity and Speed Queen twintubs where a working alliance with Servis UK, the above models are based on the Servis MK70 twintub from the 70`s hence the agi style, the main parts where produced by Servis in the West Midlands and shipped to the US / Canada where the cabinets and final parts where produced

Post# 930749 , Reply# 7   4/5/2017 at 13:54 (443 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
These twintubs were especially common in the UK

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Well they would have been, wouldn't they? Thanks in part to protectionism by the government, British housewives were saddled with twin tubs in post war years. Meanwhile most of her sisters on the Continent long had moved over to front loaders or other automatic washing machines.

Twin tub washers Hoover or otherwise never really caught on in the USA. They were a niche market mostly for apartment dwellers and or those who for various reasons couldn't have a full sized or even portable automatic washing machine.

Now wringer washers did hold on a bit longer in the USA with production by Maytag only ceasing in 1983 IIRC. While numbers had been declining for some time, Maytag obviously sold enough units to warrant production that late in the game.

In 1950 the first industrial H-axis washer/extractors were invented, not long afterwards Miele and others introduced their own fully automatic H-axis washers for the domestic market. In the USA and elsewhere since Bendix held the patents on suspension systems for their front loader, no one else bothered to put much effort. If you didn't want to pay Bendix royalties, you had to come up with another way.... This goes a long way to explain why European housewives and others shopping for a domestic washing machine in post war years got front loaders and how they came to dominate.

This was a middle to upper housewife's laundry lot in 1950's Britain:

Meanwhile across the Pond in the USA:

Cannot say for certain, but am almost sure if either of my grandfathers gifted their wives in the 1950's with a twin tub (Hoover or otherwise), one would have a convicted murderess (or two) in the family. *LOL*

Post# 930752 , Reply# 8   4/5/2017 at 14:08 (443 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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As our British twinnies where only produced in 1957 (Hoover), 1959 (Servis) and & 1961 (Hotpoint) before that our family females where still using their beloved wringer weshers, not ones to shy away from hard work !!....and when they got hooked on those spin dryers in the twinnies then washday was a breeze with our rainy washdays ha ha....

Post# 930759 , Reply# 9   4/5/2017 at 14:48 (443 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Well there was always the "Steamy"

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Or Wash House

Looks like fun really. Don't know if one would want to haul the washing there each week though.

Post# 930783 , Reply# 10   4/5/2017 at 19:37 (443 days old) by jocks54 (Danbury Connecticut)        

Be still my Speed Queen front loader...................This machine is a real beauty. Just lovely. I hope it finds a good caring home!

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