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Post# 592694   4/28/2012 at 16:24 (2,367 days old) by marks (West Milford, NJ)        

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I just picked up this Easy Spindrier, and after going over it, I could use a new drain hose and belt. It is also leaking some oil from the drain plug, and I was wondering if anyone knew what type of oil I need to replace it with, as well as about how much. Any other info on it anyone may have would be cool too!




Post# 592736 , Reply# 1   4/28/2012 at 20:06 (2,366 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        
Nice looking

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machine.

Do you know what year?


Post# 592767 , Reply# 2   4/28/2012 at 22:49 (2,366 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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At one time not that long ago we almost had Easy years nailed but those threads are archived and a major chore to search/recall. Beside years there were ~4 levels of features making it all the harder to just look and tell.

That machine looks very nice. The center panel--painted not porcelained--tended to rust but that one was cared for. I've never seen one without so much as motor stop/start buttons on the panel. Many have a timer but it only rang a bell, didn't control the machine. It doesn't have the chrome 'racing stripes' on the tubs which I think makes it later--just before they went to the central controls from the 'gearshift' levers, and BOL because no switch or timer.

If I could poof a working antique washer into my life it would be a Spindrier or the more-compact 1973 Panasonic version of it.


Post# 592824 , Reply# 3   4/29/2012 at 08:23 (2,366 days old) by marks (West Milford, NJ)        

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The person I got it from said early 40's but I'm not sure. I says it's a model 28SS-A - 8656
I have to do some more research, especially to find out about the oil level and type. The transmission under it is huge! It looks like a transfer case on a 4 wheel drive car!


Post# 593105 , Reply# 4   4/30/2012 at 10:50 (2,365 days old) by mistereric (USA)        

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That's a handsome example you have there!  My easy is easily one of my favorite machines.


Post# 593114 , Reply# 5   4/30/2012 at 11:51 (2,365 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
She's a beauty

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and a BOL we've not yet seen. As Arilab indicated, this is a rare sight indeed, an Easy without OFF ON buttons and even the timers were standard most of the spindriers we have seen. For the members who follow this interest, look closely at the drain hose. It has the valve to keep water in the spinner if you need to. The washtub valve is, of course, controlled by the handle in the middle.

 

Mark, it's easy to forget how huge those transmissions are. Thanks for the reminder.

 

I think this machine was built in 1942. Amazing shape for a 70 year old washing machine. Good Luck. You'll love her.


Post# 593121 , Reply# 6   4/30/2012 at 12:41 (2,365 days old) by marks (West Milford, NJ)        

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Hi! I think the oil leak sorted itself out. It seems that when I put it on it's back to move it, the oil came up and out the filler. Now that it has been standing upright and I've used it, there is no more oil leak. The drain hose screws up and down, blocking or unblocking the water flow. However, I'm a little hesitant to run it with it closed, so the pump will not run dry. It is good to shut off and put the lid on. I've run 5 loads through, and everything seems to be working better and better as it runs.
I've also noticed there is very little info on the web. I've been looking for company info, and there are some basics, but nothing really good. Is there a list of models and years out there somewhere? It is a great machine!


Post# 593129 , Reply# 7   4/30/2012 at 13:52 (2,365 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
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Mark----this very website and its SEARCHALATOR function is the best and most throrough knowledge base on Easy Spindriers on the web. Click the IMPERIAL button near the top of this page, then SUPER SEARCHALATOR will be in the upper left of the page, type in spindrier.  When I'm researching a new acquisition, I go year by year searching the archives, tons of info.

Those machines are fun fun fun, do a great job, but parts are becoming rare.


Post# 593148 , Reply# 8   4/30/2012 at 14:50 (2,365 days old) by marks (West Milford, NJ)        

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Thanks, I didn't know about the SUPER SEARCHALATOR! I found some references to an oil point on the spinner, as well as on the motor. I will look later to see if I can identify these points. I still think I may need to add back some oil to the transmission, but before doing that I need to know what type. Do you ever have to change out the oil on these machines? I'm surprised it was still light yellow and fluid if it has been in there since 1942!
I would love a maintenance manual, but I haven't come across any yet... I will keep looking!


Post# 593149 , Reply# 9   4/30/2012 at 14:55 (2,365 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Grandma used the hose valve. That and the clutch levers were my jobs. It doesn't starve the pump for water, just keeps it from escaping if you want a fill rinse in the spinner. If you fill, I'd let most of the water run out before starting, less strain than accelerating all that water.

Wonderful thing about twinnies, you can use them exactly as you wish. I did agitate rinses in mine. You do have to pretty much stand there and work it but it will do more wash in less time than an auto.


Post# 593323 , Reply# 10   5/1/2012 at 08:16 (2,364 days old) by marks (West Milford, NJ)        

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Does anyone know what type of oil is in the transmission? I want to top it off before using it again.

Post# 593329 , Reply# 11   5/1/2012 at 09:01 (2,364 days old) by mikeklondon ()        
Nice Machine

Very Nice, is this were AEG got the design from for the Luvalux twin tub we had in the UK

Post# 593422 , Reply# 12   5/1/2012 at 14:24 (2,364 days old) by marks (West Milford, NJ)        

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ok did some searching and I see that 80W90 gear oil is pretty standard transmission oil. Got some, and I'm going to top off my machine tonight, as well as find the motor lube points and hit those as well. I have about 5 loads I have to get done tonight!

Post# 594474 , Reply# 13   5/5/2012 at 22:44 (2,359 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
HI Mark

I have a later Easy spindrier. Where to you check to see the level of the transmission oil and add any if needed? I had a Copper Clad cookstove until 2 years ago. Thanks, Gary


Post# 594567 , Reply# 14   5/6/2012 at 12:19 (2,359 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Hello Easy People

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Mark, you've probably figured this out, but if not: the Easy pump is always on. You know the giant tranny you were talking about? Well, a belt runs right off the middle of the drive shaft, and the belt turns the pulley attached to the pump. So the pump doesn't care whether the valves are open or not, it just keeps pumping.

 

Have you been washing with the wash drain open, letting the wash water recirculate into the tub thru the hose?

 

How are you rinsing? I'm interested and would like to know.

 

Glad you figured out the oil issue. My Easies don't have a place to add oil, or if they do, I haven't found them yet.SurprisedSmile


Post# 594577 , Reply# 15   5/6/2012 at 13:29 (2,359 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
Mike

HI Mike, That is good to know, I have looked and looked under my Easy to see if there was an oil filler hole and never found one either. So, that answers my question. You don't add fluid until you disembowel the transmission. Everything works just fine so leave it alone. Thank, Gary

Post# 594730 , Reply# 16   5/6/2012 at 22:46 (2,358 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        

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I too recently acquired an Easy Spindrier. It looks very similar to yours but is probably newer or a higher level unit in the model line. It seems to work fine although I've only tried it once since "automatics" are really my thing!

Post# 594749 , Reply# 17   5/6/2012 at 23:38 (2,358 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Ahh, the chrome racing stripes!

That's an alternate drain handle. Wonder where that places it in the model-year lineup?


Post# 594841 , Reply# 18   5/7/2012 at 12:18 (2,358 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Nice lookin' Easy, Pat

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Haven't seen such a cool handle. That must have been the last evolution after the ungainly pot metal handle and before the first cable lever on this model. Pic of a pic, bad quality. The lever is below the timer. A member may have this. If you Google "pictures of Easy Spindriers," this comes up and when you click the pic, YAY it's an Automatic Washer thread. We're everywhere. Lot's O fun.

Post# 594859 , Reply# 19   5/7/2012 at 13:50 (2,358 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I was visiting some friends last year and he happened to ention he had this funny looking old washer in his barn. Naturally, I wanted to see it, and sure enough it was a newer top of the line Spin Drier. Only problem was, his wife hit it with the bumper of their SUV and put a huge dent in the tub and ruined the porcelain. I told him it would be better sold off for parts as I didnt think that tub was fixable. She had the boys drag it out to the curb on their town-wide clean up day and immediately, someone stopped, put it in their truck and took it away.

Post# 594862 , Reply# 20   5/7/2012 at 13:59 (2,358 days old) by WaterWitch (Pomona, Calif.)        
Trying to pick up a model "R"...

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I'm actually trying to put together a fully functioning Easy Spinner model "R". This one uses the "Vacuum-cup" method for agitation.


Post# 594896 , Reply# 21   5/7/2012 at 15:56 (2,358 days old) by marks (West Milford, NJ)        

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WOW that "Model R" is all copper, right?

There was oil leaking out of a drain plug in mine when I transported it, so that's how I knew there could be a problem. There is a big drain plug on the right, rear side of the spinner. It looks pretty much exactly like an oil drain plug on an oil pan of a car. I just filled the oil up to where it started to come back out. After that, it ran quieter.

I did figure out that the pump will always run, since it is directly hooked up to the belt/drive shaft of the motor. I have been leaving it on to recirculate the water, because I don't want it to run dry and possibly chew itself up.


Post# 597150 , Reply# 22   5/17/2012 at 19:25 (2,347 days old) by BlastFromDaPast ()        

So my grandmother passed away and the good old Easy Spindrier she used way back in the day lives on... Its been resting for a long time next to the "modern" washer and dryer she upgraded to years ago but I think she once told me the Easy still worked. I havent plugged it in but its in great shape. I'd love to hang onto it but it would likely become a piece of furniture. I'd rather see the Easy find a good home to someone who will respect it or maybe even use it as a washer or for parts. Any suggestions? I haven't looked into its value but figured I'd start here. It's got On Off buttons and cycle selectors. The plate says Murray Corporation of America out of Syracuse and it's Model SCL. -Alex

Post# 597221 , Reply# 23   5/17/2012 at 23:06 (2,347 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Welcome Alex. I'm sure someone here would be interested in it as a washer rather than a planter. There are only so many of these to go around. 'Murray' would make it one of the last US versions. As I understand it, the design continued in Mexico years after it was discontinued here.

Can you post some photos of it? Photos always increase interest.


Post# 597988 , Reply# 24   5/21/2012 at 13:16 (2,344 days old) by BlastFromDaPast ()        

Thank You for your reply arilab. I took a few pictures which I will post. You'll notice it's dirty but the body is dent free and shows minimal signs of surface rust which might rub out or cover easily with appliance white. The center knob appears to be missing. A local collector is interested so I imagine it's in decent enough shape to be desirable. -Alex

Post# 597990 , Reply# 25   5/21/2012 at 13:17 (2,344 days old) by BlastFromDaPast ()        

And another photo...

Post# 597991 , Reply# 26   5/21/2012 at 13:21 (2,344 days old) by BlastFromDaPast ()        

And a shot of the selector dial...

Post# 598000 , Reply# 27   5/21/2012 at 14:33 (2,344 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Thanks. I always like to see another Easy. You have all the levers, many are missing one or more. I think they crack when the cables become stiff. The knob is just a windup timer with a bell, could be covered with a chrome cap.

Post# 598005 , Reply# 28   5/21/2012 at 14:44 (2,344 days old) by marks (West Milford, NJ)        

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I haven't seen many later models. The gear shifters were replaced with the dial selector? This one also looks like it has a plastic agitator with a lint trap on top. Some research I did, pointed to 1966 being the last year of production. What year is this one (+/-)?


Post# 598101 , Reply# 29   5/21/2012 at 22:19 (2,343 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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The center dial started around the mid 50s. That's approximate, some here know Easy model years better than I do. Grandma's was early 50s. They got it between my first and second visit. Before that they had a 40s Thor wringer. She had an Ironrite too but I don't remember her using it.

Post# 598105 , Reply# 30   5/21/2012 at 22:35 (2,343 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Classic Vintage Easy Spin

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It's a 55 or thereabouts. Haven't learned how exactly to decode the model numbers, but we will crack that nut someday. There's something up with the drain/suds hose. That can't be duct tape, right?

Post# 598121 , Reply# 31   5/22/2012 at 00:41 (2,343 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Grandma's had the gearshifts and the chrome racing stripes. One spigot, which connected to and controlled by the sink. Drain hose with a ball valve in the end if you wanted to fill the spinner.

Besides deciphering the years, there were 4 feature lines in all the later years. Grandma's had no timer. TOLs had 2 speeds. BOLs had no spigots at all.


Post# 598192 , Reply# 32   5/22/2012 at 10:22 (2,343 days old) by BlastFromDaPast ()        

The spout on the left must have been modified by my grandfather before he passed in '73(a pipe fitter who worked in the Genesee Brewery in Rochester) and it appears that he soldered in a piece of flex tubing and turned it to run into the dura-tub which sat next to the Easy... (Must have needed to rig a temporary supply to the sink) but no duct tape! I'll post a pic of the manufacturers plate on back. Anyway, you're replies are much appreciated. Very cool forum. -Alex

Post# 598196 , Reply# 33   5/22/2012 at 10:41 (2,343 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        
Easy now...

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I have a late 1969 Easy in storage (parts) so I know they made it that long, which initially was MUCH longer than I thought they were made.

 

Also I was always amazed at how many different versions of this machines were made. All of the different trims and colors and agitators and accessories. It must have been a relatively expensive machine to produce.

 

***also my machine is free to anyone who wants a parts machine for a 2-speed***

 

-Tim


Post# 974833 , Reply# 34   12/21/2017 at 05:44 (304 days old) by easyforsale (Media, PA)        
Easy Washer Dryer For Sale

For Sale Easy Spindrier "stick-shift" model with the original "How to Operate" card that is dated 4-52. Local pick up only, Media, PA. $150 reply to e54s2800@comcast.net

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