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Post# 859111   12/30/2015 at 09:44 (1,027 days old) by thebnasty ()        

Check these out,...need to be saved:

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Post# 859118 , Reply# 1   12/30/2015 at 11:35 (1,027 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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So then save them. Those have been around about 6 months now.

Post# 859121 , Reply# 2   12/30/2015 at 11:53 (1,027 days old) by LaVidaBoem ()        
I was curious too>>

Why don't they sell, I even contacted the seller...seems like an OK guy.


Is there something about this model?

Known problems?


Or are they just not worth the trouble?


Thanks In Advance,


Post# 859142 , Reply# 3   12/30/2015 at 15:02 (1,027 days old) by Sudslock1 (St Louis)        

The 1-18 Frigidaire's are pretty good washers and as I have been told were second to Maytag most of the time in Consumer Reports of the day. That being said, this is a just above BOL washer that came from the tail end of GM's ownership of Frigidaire (after which WCI dropped the up and down jet action mechanism GM had perfected over the better part of three decades for a more cost effective and crappy standard agitator mechanism). Also, while the 1-18 has a small following on here I would have to say its predecessors from the previous two decades are more desired. Furthermore, matching Frigidaire dryers of this time period were weak performers and very much behind the times when it came to its competitors such as Kenmore, Whirlpool and Maytag (all three having moisture sensors that actually shut the dryer off when the clothes were dry verses the timed system Frigidaire used in their dryers). As for this set neither machine works and are being sold "as is" and other then having a glass lid on the washer aren't really desirable unless you love the color and are willing to sort out their issues. Now if these were TOL elite machines in Poppy Red I'm sure it would be another story.............

Post# 859178 , Reply# 4   12/30/2015 at 19:45 (1,027 days old) by glomain (tuscarawas cnty. (eastern ohio))        
dang it

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all these come up after I just bought the speed queen SAVE THEM PLEASE

Post# 859216 , Reply# 5   12/31/2015 at 00:42 (1,027 days old) by gregingotham (New York)        
Someone save them!

I picked up a 1-18 set last year from 1973 and love them. Mine are very similar in features to these and certainly allow you do everything you need to get clothes good and clean. I also think the Frigidaire wash cycle is very efficient. With the fabulous jet spray spin rinse between the wash and deep rinse, you really only need one filled rinse and can have a normal load of clothes thoroughly washed in 30 min or less. I think Frigidaire was the original high efficiency in terms of getting clothes really clean and doing it fairly quickly. No endlessly long cycles like on some of these "high efficiency" machines today.

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Post# 859225 , Reply# 6   12/31/2015 at 04:16 (1,027 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Those are nice looking machines. They were decent machines although trouble prone in ways. The tub seal on the washer and the rollers on the dryer were weak spots. The dryer was very large for the time, but it did not move air as well as the Kenmore/Whirlpool dryers of the same era. It would get a lint build up in the bottom of the lint trap and in back of the machine, if the air flow was even slightly restricted and sometimes even when it wasn't. They had no moisture sensor either and relied on the timer for an automatic setting. The timer ran when the temperature switch opened and stopped when it closed. There were many other things too, but those were the biggest problems in the first year or two of those machines in some cases. If the tub seal went out, it would pour water through the bearings, thus ruining them too, in many cases. Replacement was a great deal of trouble. It entailed taking the entire machine apart in order to get to them and sometimes was damn near impossible without breaking off some of the bolts holding it all together. When and if the belt ever broke, it was usually full of water and made it impossible to get the water drained, since the pump was attached to the belt. The solid tub rollermatic mechanisms were much easier to work on and you seldom ever had a tub seal problem like that. I think this was the tail end of GM in the appliance business and in 1970 they came out with what I consider the largest capacity washer and dryer for home use on the market at the time. It was an effort to get a bigger share of washer and dryer sales for them that obviously failed, since they sold out to White/Westinghouse in 1979. It is a shame that in the very beginning they didn't find a way to create an agitator that did not tangle the clothes. I truly believe that if in 1947 or so, when they came out with the first Frigidaire washer, if it had not tangled the clothes they would have probably been the leaders in the industry. Even consumer reports back then stated that if not for that failing, they would have been rated #1 as recommended automatic washers. I have used one of the older models that tangled and they DID tangle things terribly badly. What a pity, history might be different now. After all, a "Frigidaire" became recognized as a word for "refrigerator". It could have easily happened that way and Frigidaire would still be the leader of the appliance industry now. Other than the tangling of clothes, frididaire washers were damn good machines! They cleaned very well and spun clothes out practically dry.

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Post# 859542 , Reply# 10   1/1/2016 at 23:00 (1,025 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        
I've been watching them

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for a while, but again, no room in the inn presently!  And, they are too far away for me...and I don't buy electric dryers.

Post# 859583 , Reply# 11   1/2/2016 at 07:38 (1,025 days old) by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        

$200 for Non-working machines is a bit unreasonable to me.

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