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Post# 47192   10/17/2004 at 02:01 (7,127 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Hi guys, iam a new member from scotland, until a few days age I thought I was the only washer freak in the world, all my friends and family think I'm quite mad!!!

Am real interested in the front load washers, I know with energy star ratings in the USA they are becoming more common. I am interested in the older models though. The ones in Roberts collection with the rear control panels are very like the Bendix combo we had in the uk in the late 70's early 80's and would love to know more, wash capacity, spin speeds etc. Look forward to chatting.....PaulC

Post# 47193 , Reply# 1   10/17/2004 at 02:22 (7,127 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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Welcome abord Paul!Growing up,I was fortunate enough to have a Sears Lady Kenmore gas washer dryer combination.My great aunt in New Jersey had the Bendix Duamatic electric model from 1959.I have always prefered the front loaders but also was quite fond of the old FRIGIDAIRE up and down agitation their washers had for decades.

Post# 47194 , Reply# 2   10/17/2004 at 02:25 (7,127 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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A warm welcome from another European washernut!! I hope you enjoy this club as much as I do!!


Post# 47195 , Reply# 3   10/17/2004 at 02:27 (7,127 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        
Front loaders

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Hi there, am still gettin to grips with the USA models.In the Uk we have always favored front loading machines. How was the spin on the Westy? And I love the Bendix Duo from 1974 ( I think!!) with the front control panel in a pale green with "Double losd" around the porthole.

Post# 47196 , Reply# 4   10/17/2004 at 02:48 (7,127 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        
hey Louis

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My day just gets better and better, I had no idea there were so many of us!!!!

Post# 47200 , Reply# 5   10/17/2004 at 04:58 (7,126 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        
Hey Paul

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I have an English classic machine, a Hoover Keymatic. There are some pictures in my Webshots album

CLICK HERE TO GO TO foraloysius's LINK

Post# 47201 , Reply# 6   10/17/2004 at 04:59 (7,126 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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BTW, are you interested in twintubs too? If so, there is an interesting Yahoo group dedicated to the British twintubs.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO foraloysius's LINK

Post# 47203 , Reply# 7   10/17/2004 at 07:33 (7,126 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        
hey every one!!

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Hoover keymatic has always been a bin of o mystery to me, could never work out if wash action was impellor or drum driven. What was the spin speed? And yes I do like Twintubs and also have a passion for vacuum cleaners as well!!

Post# 47205 , Reply# 8   10/17/2004 at 07:40 (7,126 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        
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Welcome! Be sure to "click" on the "Deluxe" section. There are lots of posts on front-loaders. Try threads#48, #85, #259. Hope you enjoy the club as much as I do! -Steve

Post# 47206 , Reply# 9   10/17/2004 at 07:58 (7,126 days old) by gizmo (Victoria, Australia)        

Hi Paul

The Keymatic used both pulsator (impeller) and drum drive. The gentle programmes used only the tumbling action, the vigorous programmes used both tumble and pulsator. The spin speed was 750 rpm.

Best Wishes


Post# 47208 , Reply# 10   10/17/2004 at 08:53 (7,126 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        
thank you again!!!

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thanx steve will check those things out, and thanx for info on keymatic chris. For its day that was a pretty high spin!! My auntys had indesit an d candy machines that didnt spin over 400rpm but they were fantastic to watch!!! They outlasted higher spin machines of there day due to the lack of stress on the internal workings.

Post# 47224 , Reply# 11   10/17/2004 at 14:10 (7,126 days old) by maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
Welcome, and then some

Paul- I know my family and friends think I'm a little "off balance" for my interest in appliances. Who cares, though? It's not drink or drugs or any number of worse habits.

I've been looking at the picture of the day for about a year now, and have just started participating this past September.

You might be the only one in your neighbourhood, but you aren't the only one in the world.


Post# 47228 , Reply# 12   10/17/2004 at 15:28 (7,126 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Welcome Paul - enjoy!

Post# 47427 , Reply# 13   10/19/2004 at 20:36 (7,124 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Thanx for the links every one. I have had great fun looking at them. I loved the pictures of the keymatic as well!!

If anyone knows of a link where i can find pictures of the late 70's indesit front loader with the control panel on the top I would be most grateful.

Post# 47443 , Reply# 14   10/20/2004 at 00:14 (7,124 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Paul, here's another interesting link. How could I forget!!!! It's the European Washer Club

CLICK HERE TO GO TO foraloysius's LINK

Post# 47461 , Reply# 15   10/20/2004 at 07:25 (7,123 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Thank Louis, has a look at that and there are some fantastic machines on it!!

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