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POD 18/02/2018 - Frigidaire Rollermatic Jet-Action washer
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Post# 983290   2/18/2018 at 17:59 (214 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Presumably this is part of the Unimatic series? Vertical agitation? How does the machine actually propel the agitator? I might guess at a motor driving a cam continuously, with a second motor for the spin? I know absolutely nothing about these, except that I think they look nice.

Post# 983301 , Reply# 1   2/18/2018 at 18:41 (214 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

Totally different mechanism from a unimatic,but still solid tub with vertical agitation motion-the motion is generated by a ball-bearing shaft affixed at an angle into the agitate roller,to which an arm is attatched-the other end of the arm connects to the agitator shaft via a ball joint that can be adjusted to compensate for wear.Drive from the motor to the agitate and spin rollers is done through a pair of rollers with tires of orangeish polyurethane-direction of motor rotation determines which polyurethane roller is drawn into traction or pushed away out of traction with it's(solid metal) agitate or spin roller.At the end of the motor shaft,past the motor shaft roller,is a bi-directional centrifugal drain pump to pump out during overflow rinse or spin.The "1-18"washers,~1970-late79,use basicly the same mechanism-but mechanism is driven by belt from motor on those

Post# 983303 , Reply# 2   2/18/2018 at 19:01 (214 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I remember when these were all over the place. They did try to eliminate or minimize the tangling issues, however, IMO the older Three and Two- Ring Pulsators did a better job of cleaning.
I love my '67 however, my '53 and '63 will clean circles around it.

I found the the Rollermatic mechanism to be easier to work on than the Unimatic's chunk of steel. Especially if the Unimatic mechanism was locked-up with rust, as they tended to be.

Post# 983590 , Reply# 3   2/20/2018 at 13:51 (212 days old) by RE563 (Fort Worth, Texas)        

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I would love to see a video of these washing 5 pairs of jeans.

Post# 983591 , Reply# 4   2/20/2018 at 14:15 (212 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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Here you go...... well, NOT 5 pairs of jeans.


Post# 983593 , Reply# 5   2/20/2018 at 14:16 (212 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I always liked the Space Capsule Jetcone best....

but here is a video of 5 pairs of jeans with the 1958 Unimatic....

Post# 983605 , Reply# 6   2/20/2018 at 16:19 (212 days old) by RE563 (Fort Worth, Texas)        

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that's the video I was referring to. The 3 ring does great. But I wonder if the rollermatic does just as well with 5 jeans.

Post# 983608 , Reply# 7   2/20/2018 at 16:43 (212 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Well, a lot has to do with whether the denim is new or not AND what waist size?
The Three-Ring in the larger tub of '62-'69.will have the best chance of getting them clean.
Five pair of brand new (not pre washed) denims with a size 48 waist are going to be a problem in most standard tub machines. Five pair with a size 30 waist will have a better chance.

Post# 983632 , Reply# 8   2/20/2018 at 20:15 (212 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
Size Does Matter

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Interesting point about the capacity of washers and dryers. As our (American) society continues to see more large and/or obese people, the size of machines would have to expand to accommodate all the extra fabric. Yesterday’s vintage machines could handle a larger number of articles of clothing since people were more fit, hence the difference between the five pair of jeans waist sizes would make a marked difference in the cleaning action/results because of the sheer amount of fabric.

Post# 983740 , Reply# 9   2/21/2018 at 17:24 (211 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Here are a few videos I made of my Rollermatics.

I have more pics and videos in this album.

Post# 983975 , Reply# 10   2/23/2018 at 11:01 (209 days old) by RE563 (Fort Worth, Texas)        

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Thanks PhilR, Those are Great!!

Post# 983979 , Reply# 11   2/23/2018 at 11:55 (209 days old) by floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        
Water inlet valve

I bought the 1 to 18 listed on Shoppers square. It had a ton of calcium buildup. When I cleaned it up after several loads of cascade and vinegar tons of deposits came out. Now the washer seems like maybe the valve got calcium in it.

Cold water is fine but the hot fills into the machine even when the washer is unplugged unless I turn it off at the wall.

Any suggestions and if needs a new inlet valve are they available still? It's a GM 1 to 18 1979 model.

Many thanks !

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