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Post# 943148   6/12/2017 at 04:13 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Easy was never really a terribly popular washer, far as I know. Their Easy spin machine was more popular than the automatic version. It definitely was a BIG advantage over wringer washers because it was so much easier and efficient to use and did no damage to clothing like wringers sometimes did. Toward the end of Easy's automatic washer run, they made a model that had a coupling much like the direct drive machines of the 80's and 90's. So they were certainly thinking when they developed their mechanisms. I found the Easy machine I had to be a very good washing, rinsing and spinning machine. It was definitely on a par with most other machines of the time. I do know that in the early 60's Westinghouse had them make and re badge an automatic for them before they developed their own. I am not certain, but if memory serves me correctly, Hotpoint made their final machines under the Easy name. I do vaguely remember seeing a machine badged "Easy" that was for all practical purposes a Hotpoint machine. I know that Hotpoint did that for JCPenny also and rebadged them as "Penncrest".

Post# 943149 , Reply# 1   6/12/2017 at 04:38 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Never saw an Easy automatic when I was growing up. That's quite an agitator!

Did the Fine Fabrics cycle feature a partial fill? The text of the ad said something like "saves gallons of hot water."
Since this is apparently a single-speed washer, wouldn't a partial fill make the wash action more aggressive on those fine fabrics?

Nice, simple operation, though; a cycle dial and a hot/warm temp selector.

Post# 943153 , Reply# 2   6/12/2017 at 06:34 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I have encountered very few Easy automatics. The one which sticks in my mind was from the mid 60's and was a two speed. It had the coupling from the motor to transmission I spoke of. I don't actually remember if they were time filled or had a pressure switch to activate the agitation.

Post# 943159 , Reply# 3   6/12/2017 at 09:06 by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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I'm sure you remember this one....

Post# 943177 , Reply# 4   6/12/2017 at 11:50 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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There was an Easy dealer in town for a short time.  Family friends had one for a while, I believe after their Philco Automagic (same dealer).  I also saw an Easy dryer in the late 1970s or early 1980s at the house of one of my 4th grade teachers when on a service call via the Whirlpool dealer (their washer was Whirlpool).  Both of these Easy machines were of the Hotpoint aesthetics, as I recall.

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