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1957 Filter-Flo Washer with Suds Saver
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Post# 699239   8/27/2013 at 11:46 (3,881 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Looks to be in very fine condition; Gaines, MI


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Post# 699241 , Reply# 1   8/27/2013 at 11:48 (3,881 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
Money Shot

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Still has the original filter pan and the pink activator cap.


Post# 699243 , Reply# 2   8/27/2013 at 11:58 (3,881 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
One Cycle

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Post# 699251 , Reply# 3   8/27/2013 at 13:32 (3,881 days old) by marty (Central Point, Oregon)        
Filter flo

Heck I'm gonna bid, and hopefully ship it, just to get the filter pan itself!

Post# 699374 , Reply# 4   8/27/2013 at 22:40 (3,881 days old) by boboh1 (California)        

Did these come with a back or were they open like that?

Post# 699462 , Reply# 5   8/28/2013 at 08:43 (3,880 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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There was a definitely a back for these washers. However, anyone who had to move one more than one probably decided they didn't need it anymore - you had to take the whole back off to hook up the water hoses on GE washers for the longest time!

Post# 699463 , Reply# 6   8/28/2013 at 08:45 (3,880 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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the back was just masonite/fiberboard, it did not give structural support like some other manufacturers with steel. Don't let a missing back stop anyone from bidding/buying.

Post# 699654 , Reply# 7   8/29/2013 at 02:17 (3,880 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

And the masonite back on GE-HP machines would warp and buckle from the damp conditions in a laundry area-so it wouldn't be missed.My HP washer doesn't have its back.

Post# 699916 , Reply# 8   8/30/2013 at 07:28 (3,878 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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According to the model number that the seller has added to his listing, this is a 1958 model, not a 1957. Also as a FYI, according to the information that I have, this model does include an incandescent lamp behind the timer dial.


Post# 699944 , Reply# 9   8/30/2013 at 10:18 (3,878 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Well, I guess I'll have to pass on this one.

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It's another oddball. 1958 tub with separate spin balance ring, pre-1959 lid hinges, pink FF flume, activator cap and hub with a 1959 control panel, late 1959 control dial and control dial knob.


Lawrence, if you're reading from a brochure or a cut sheet I'd sure appreciate it if you'd post it, unless it's part of an Ephemera package. I can't find a model WA-605R; 607, 610 and 600,, but no 605. I'm sure the seller has read it correctly but I'm also sure it's one of those models put together from scraps on the Appliance Park factory floor and badged with its own special little rating plate.

Post# 699947 , Reply# 10   8/30/2013 at 10:26 (3,878 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

Why do they call the agitator cap the "Activator Cap"? Did it activate anything?

Post# 699955 , Reply# 11   8/30/2013 at 11:20 (3,878 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        
Not sure if that's a rhetorical question......

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I have wondered the same thing about the agitator being called an "activator" instead of an agitator.  


Personally I think it's silly and just refer to it as it is: the agitator.


(I'm not trying to offend any hard core GE fans, it's just my own thoughts on the subject.)



Post# 699966 , Reply# 12   8/30/2013 at 12:31 (3,878 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Marketing term, brand identifier ... like all the other agitator names.

Post# 699990 , Reply# 13   8/30/2013 at 14:49 (3,878 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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My resource is a copy of the Service Manual for the 1958 (R) washers. I do not have the ability to scan this document. I could send it to Robert, but it does contain 87 pages of text - a bunch!

I misread the seller's post. I saw '650R' and I do find that model in the manual, however it does not have the suds saver/return system. This document includes:

It's possible that the above list is what GE began the year with, and like you say and we know, they added models as they saw a market for them.

What threw me initially was the location of the timer - left side of the console. In 1957 (P), all timers were on the left. In 1958 (R), ONLY the TOL model with the piano key console had the timer on the right; all other models used the old stampings and kept the timer on the left. By 1959 (S), all of the timers were moved to the right side of the console.

I sent the seller a question, asking if he could confirm the model number. Let's see what he says.


Post# 700012 , Reply# 14   8/30/2013 at 16:25 (3,878 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

Oh, I thought the cap only was called the "Activator Cap". I now know the name for the agitator itself if called the activator. I didn't know that before. Thanks for the explanation.

Post# 700018 , Reply# 15   8/30/2013 at 16:59 (3,878 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"Why do they call the agitator cap the "Activator Cap"? Did it activate anything?"

Maybe they were trying to get Betty Draper to switch from Maytags?

Post# 700164 , Reply# 16   8/31/2013 at 07:51 (3,877 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Yes,we were a GE family

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"Activator" was the GE trademark label for its agitators since they were making only wringer washers.  


As a kid I thought "Activator" was the generic name for those big black plastic turn screw paddle-things in washing machines until I read the word "agitator" in my first Consumer Reports article. I still think that "Activator" is a better descriptive term. Although, "agitator" does share a root with "agita" and that opens up some interesting and pertinent imagery...


The control timer dials were on the left side of the panel in 1957, then in 1958, they started putting some of them on the right; some models that year had 2 or 3 redesigns. I did a thread about this a while back. In 1959 there were still a couple of MOL's and BOL's with LH timers, but they were being phased out. By 1960 almost all of the timers went to the RH side, but I won't be a bit surprised if an exception shows up one day on this site, on eBay or on some other auction site. GE was a thrifty company; if there were LH control panels left in the factory, they got put onto a machine and sold.

Post# 700791 , Reply# 17   9/3/2013 at 08:19 (3,874 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
And The Winner Is?

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Someone paid a tidy sum for this washer...

An AW member????

"Inquiring Minds Want To Know" as they say.


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