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Post# 951273   8/2/2017 at 10:58 by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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I just posed the service manual from 1967 to Frigidaire washer model WXL. It's the first variable speed Frigidaire washer and describes how the solid-state variable speed clutch works, along with the roller-matic transmission.

One of my favorite things in this manual is this little tid-bit lol!...

Post# 951294 , Reply# 1   8/2/2017 at 12:42 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Oh yeah,

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Boy, they really know the womens.

Post# 951297 , Reply# 2   8/2/2017 at 12:48 by realvanman (Southern California)        
Still dying to know

Exactly how this variable speed works...

If I had the machine, I would buy the download. :)

Post# 951343 , Reply# 3   8/2/2017 at 20:19 by MixGuy (St. Martinville, Louisiana)        
Advantage Note

Most people want an effective machine that cleans clothes well (minimal pre-treating), does not cause premature wear to clothing and does not mangle or tangle and choice of at least two speeds. A hand wash setting if not too expensive or troublesome. Pre-sets to match the load being washed (temps and speeds) Features that are troublesome and not likely to fail before the transmission/mechanism wears out.

Post# 951362 , Reply# 4   8/2/2017 at 22:40 by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

a disc type friction clutch was used,a magnetic coil providing pressure on the clutch discs-voltage to the coil modulated by a transistorized circuit monitoring clutch output RPM-a very high slippage rate for low speeds with this arrangement :)

Post# 951696 , Reply# 5   8/5/2017 at 14:58 by MixGuy (St. Martinville, Louisiana)        
Durable speed control

I cannot imagines this speed control arrangement being very durable. Especially with prolonged use at low speeds. There must have been something that needed repair frequently not to continue making such a speed control that was variable.

Post# 952164 , Reply# 6   8/8/2017 at 12:06 by midcentnurse (Lake Charles, La)        

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mixguy, exactly! just clean and dont destroy :P

Post# 952176 , Reply# 7   8/8/2017 at 13:26 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I think the WXL was matched with the DCIL which was also the match to the WCIL I used to have. Frigidaire certainly was innovative with their machines. I know that the small tub in comparison to other machines had to have hindered them some until they came out with the 1-18 models. Makes me wonder why they didn't just go to a larger solid tub machine. I really couldn't see any big advantage to perforated tubs. I mean, how much sand really gets into your washer if you shake it out of clothing before washing it? I know solid tub machines used less water as a rule and I'm sure it was easier on tub seals too not to have to hold that water all the time also. When machine drying, anything left in the clothes gets removed by the dryer anyway.

Post# 952231 , Reply# 8   8/8/2017 at 19:02 by Spinmon (st. charles mo )        

But,VACUUMING the sand out your washer blows. Sometimes the sand is hiding from the 'shakeout'.

Post# 952298 , Reply# 9   8/9/2017 at 08:15 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        

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Thank you! I downloaded the service manual and am enjoying it enormously. Judging by the description, I bet the 'drive' transistor died faster than the clutch lining wore out - still: This is soooo coool!!!!

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