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Post# 946764   7/5/2017 at 06:50 (293 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Whirlpool's agitator was a truly great one. It washed the clothes very well and they kept this same basic design until the direct drive models. It obviously was a good design, since Speed Queen copied it and uses a slight variation of it today.

Post# 946837 , Reply# 1   7/5/2017 at 19:35 (292 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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This is a wonderful agitator. The name change from Surgilator to Super Surgilator involved a switch from Bakelite to Polypropylene, where the polypropylene version got extended fins at the base the extend past the skirt to provide a greater degree of water movement.

I noticed something very interesting recently in Brastemp washers from Brazil that this fin extension was not introduced there, and their white polypropylene agitators have the old Bakelite fin configuration.

So this leads me to a question, were any white Surgilators made this way in the U.S.?

Post# 946873 , Reply# 2   7/6/2017 at 02:10 (292 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

These agitators and the black bakelite straight vanes are my overall favorite WP/KM agitators. My mothers first auto was a 63-64 ? Kenmore 60 series with the bakelite straight vane. I just remember that agitator looked menacing with its huge fins flaring out as it filled with least to a six year old kid.

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