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New addition: a 10 yr old Aussie made Hoover top loader with BOSS (Balanced Orbit Suspension System)
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Post# 552662   10/29/2011 at 16:16 (4,424 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        

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Hi everyone,

I bought this 10 year old Oz made Hoover top loader off ebay for AU$100.00.

These Hoover's were the last to be Australian designed and made before Electrolux bought them out and the Hoover name quietly disappeared from the Australian market.

These Hoover's won an Australian Design award for their BOSS suspension system (Balanced Orbit Suspension System). As you'll see from the inner workings, it sits on shock absorbers and has brick counterweights to balance the weight of the motor. There's also a balance ring attached to the bowl.

From what i can see, the new belt drive Whirlpool's follow a similar mechanical set up, with the agitation appearing similar.

I've attached links to a couple of quick video's....a full cycle video will follow.


Post# 552663 , Reply# 1   10/29/2011 at 16:19 (4,424 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
More pics and Video

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control panel and video of the Hoover ramping up to spin. Spin speed appears to be about 800rpm

Post# 552665 , Reply# 2   10/29/2011 at 16:22 (4,424 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
More of the control panel and a video

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Right side control panel and a very quick clip of the rinse cycle...and yes.....i sneezed!!!

Post# 552666 , Reply# 3   10/29/2011 at 16:23 (4,424 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Money Shot!

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Money shot

Post# 552667 , Reply# 4   10/29/2011 at 16:27 (4,424 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Inner workings

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Inner workings....note the brick counterweight. For a 'modern' machine (albiet 10 yrs old), i was surprised at the weight of the machine when loading and unloading it.

Quick video of the inner workings in action....

Post# 552669 , Reply# 5   10/29/2011 at 16:29 (4,424 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        

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Bless you...

Post# 552675 , Reply# 6   10/29/2011 at 16:36 (4,424 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Ha ha ha...thank you

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Ha ha Chris!

Thank you!

Post# 552680 , Reply# 7   10/29/2011 at 16:58 (4,424 days old) by Streakers (Columbus Ohio)        
Looks Great Leon!

Can't wait to see it in action in the metal!

Post# 552714 , Reply# 8   10/29/2011 at 19:37 (4,424 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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Very nice Leon! Our school had this machine in the cafeteria kitchen right next to the counter, always on when I was in there. Later replaced by one of those 'Hoover'1200F front loader things, looked like early british Bekos's.



Post# 552738 , Reply# 9   10/30/2011 at 01:12 (4,424 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        

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Matty...the 800F was an early Beko, the 1200F was a proper Hoover...

Post# 552739 , Reply# 10   10/30/2011 at 01:40 (4,424 days old) by MatthewZA (Cape Town, South Africa)        
your other machines

i know this is for your very cool new hoover, but what is the machine in the background of the 1st pic with the black panel, and the 1 next to the speed quuen?

Post# 552740 , Reply# 11   10/30/2011 at 01:50 (4,424 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
My other machines

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Hi Matthew

The other machines you see are an orbital Maytag LAT9800 picked up the same day and a Maytag Neptune next to the Speed Queen

A pic of the LAT9800:


Post# 552798 , Reply# 12   10/30/2011 at 14:12 (4,423 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        

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That agitator is loads more fun than what is offered in the modern Whirlpool, IMO.


Post# 555557 , Reply# 13   11/10/2011 at 00:23 (4,413 days old) by arrrooohhh (Sydney Australia)        

Absolutely wonderful. I know these machines are not vintage, but they are no longer manufactured and it is sad to think that these unique machines are going to start disappearing soon. To think that these machines were so commonplace, truly dominating the market.

These Hoovers had the best washing action ever! The Hoover agitators were more simple looking than what Simpson offered, but that wild and funky long stroke made up for it 100 times over.

So glad that you have preserved and shared this with us. YAY!

Post# 555860 , Reply# 14   11/11/2011 at 05:08 (4,412 days old) by qualin (Canada)        

I'm surprised to hear that you can still buy top loaders in Europe. I thought that they had pretty much gone away by the 60's/70's.

I'm also quite impressed by that really long agitation stroke. It looks like it's a bit more than 360 degrees! Do you have issues with clothes tangling?

It seems to me like the majority of "portable" top loaders here use the same approach as this machine, with the belt driven agitator and no transmission, just a dual direction motor.. Just an observation..

Post# 555872 , Reply# 15   11/11/2011 at 06:52 (4,412 days old) by gizmo (Victoria, Australia)        

This machine does have a transmission - below the belt you can see the plastic transmission case - it is a 7:1 reduction gear when agitating, and 1:1 when spinning. When the solenoid releases the brake, (getting ready to spin) it also engages a clutch which locks up the transmission, so that spin speed = input speed.

When the solenoid releases, the outer shaft (spin shaft) is braked and the clutch is released, so input speed is reduced X7.

So if spin speed is 800 rpm then agitate speed is about 115 rpm.

This slower agitate speed is the main reason that they don't tangle too much. Earlier machines of similar design (Including Simpson from memory) used a 4:1 reduction gear, the agitator moved very fast and could tend to twist the clothes together.

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