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Post# 862352   1/17/2016 at 12:30 (978 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        

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Never heard of this brand before

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Post# 862356 , Reply# 1   1/17/2016 at 12:47 (978 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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WOW !!!

That looks a lot like a Thor.

Right down to the Cabinet and Agitator design. It just looks very similar.

I wonder in later production if they ever did the changeable Dishwasher Insert ???

Post# 862363 , Reply# 2   1/17/2016 at 13:28 (978 days old) by Keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Al, saw this ad on Ebay....looks virtually the same as the Thor design, not sure where the controls are though :)
Cheers Keith

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Post# 862383 , Reply# 3   1/17/2016 at 16:00 (978 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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It does look Thor-y for sure.  Those in the Keith's picture are beautiful, love those glass lids.  Are those foot controls?  Don't think we had those on Thors over here.  

Post# 862486 , Reply# 4   1/18/2016 at 07:22 (978 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
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I love the glass lid look, we didn't get that over here and those foot pedals remind me of my Mr. Atomic robot I got for Xmas!


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Post# 862510 , Reply# 5   1/18/2016 at 09:13 (978 days old) by keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Gansky,

I don't think this model made it across the water to you guys. This was the last Automagic made here in the UK. Launched in 1958 it had a short run to 1962 ish.

I have had 4 of these machines over the time i have been collecting vintage washers, they all fail on the friction clutch (bad design) The pedals went from Left to right (Wash - Stop - Spin)

The two machines I currently have need a bit of a clean up, i managed to get two from one seller, which was a bonus but probably indicates the clutch has gone on one of them.

Cheers Keith

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Post# 862842 , Reply# 6   1/19/2016 at 12:24 (976 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        

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I thought it had a bit of a look of Thor about it although I must admit that I had forgotten about the glass lidded versions that Keith has shown us. It seems to have a "spin to save" feature like the UK Thor (and Parnall) versions had, this is a form of suds saving although you cannot actually complete a cycle when using it. After washing the clothes are spun and then removed from the machine. The sudsy water is then returned to the tub for more washing. When the wash water is discarded the clothes can then be returned to the wash tub for rinsing and final spinning


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