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Post# 947296   7/9/2017 at 10:58 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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This Easy set looks to be from the early 60's. I really know very little about Easy washers and dryers other that the one that I once had and that I remember in the 70's a neighbor that had an "Easy-spin" machine previously. She actually called it that. So I think at one point in time the "Easy-spin" units were popular, since they used no wringer and had the spinner to extract the water from clothes. The Easy automatic washer didn't seem to be a popular machine in my region of the world. I did have one that must have been from the mid 60's with the lid that opened to the side and the mechanism that had a coupler between the motor and transmission, much like the direct drive machines much later. I was a nice machine with a stainless steel tub, the only other one that I ever saw besides a Speed Queen machine. It washed, rinsed and spun out the clothes quite well. It also held a decent load of clothes too for a solid tub model. I really don't recall if it had a recirculating filter or not. It may have because it seems like it had a switch that started the agitation when the machine was full. Just been too long ago. That was in the early 70's. Nice machine though. I do remember seeing at least one re badged Hotpoint machine that said Easy on it though. I am sure there are those here that could enlighten me about all that and the history of Easy washers and dryers.

Post# 947308 , Reply# 1   7/9/2017 at 11:48 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I like the huge, curved ramps on Easy agitators. We had a neighbor with an ABC/Easy twin-tub spinner. It was eventually replaced with a 1967 Coronado. She liked the Easy better; got through loads more quickly.

Post# 947309 , Reply# 2   7/9/2017 at 12:08 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Wasn't the Coronado a Franklin made machine?

Post# 947341 , Reply# 3   7/9/2017 at 14:33 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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That is correct, Bruce. Indexing solid tub, snorting noises and all. The Coronado was a crude, inexpensive, but fun machine.

Post# 947360 , Reply# 4   7/9/2017 at 16:44 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Dropping a Spiralator into my SQ to create an "Easy Queen" creates some very aggressive agitation! Some of the best roll-over I've ever seen!

My folks up in NY had Blackstone's and Easy's. Not a big hit in the deep-south, however, the Easy Manual machines much more so.

Post# 947386 , Reply# 5   7/9/2017 at 20:46 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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The Easy Golden Regents - what a beautiful set.

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Post# 947428 , Reply# 6   7/10/2017 at 05:29 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Spiralator in a Speed Queen.

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Post# 947449 , Reply# 7   7/10/2017 at 09:23 by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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I've had two direct drive Velva-power Easy Automatic Washers. I would rate the sprialator Easy-made Easy automatics washing performance as excellent. Handles large loads with good turnover and seems more gentle than other back and forth agitators. However water extraction ability is not good in these machines. The spin speed is very reasonable at 650rpm, but it's poorly designed clutch and only a 4 minute final spin is a poorly designed cycle. The problem is the clutch was designed to slowly bring the tub up to speed and it takes nearly 2 minutes to reach 650-rpm, with a 4 minute final spin only giving 2 minutes at top speed you come out with clothes spun no better than a belt-drive Whirlpool/Kenmore unfortunately.

Here is a video of it washing:

I have had two of these machines come through my collection, a 1962 Model:

and a 1964 Model which I still have and use, this machine is in near mint condition as it was very low use:

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