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POD 05/04/2018 - Easy Automatic washer-dryer
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Post# 989531   4/5/2018 at 08:40 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

I've also seen adverts for Easy combos under the "Combomatic" name - does this predate them?

"Vibration-free", but it's a hard-mount... what's the spin speed, 200rpm? Bet they just weren't up to paying Bendix's patent license fees...

Do any Easy combos survive now?

Post# 989532 , Reply# 1   4/5/2018 at 08:52 by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        

John LeFever has one at the museum.

Post# 989534 , Reply# 2   4/5/2018 at 09:07 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

There is one in the Beltsville Museum. They were only vibration free while tumbling. They came with rubber cups for the front legs. The cups had to be screwed or otherwise attached to the floor to hold the machine in place. They had certain design elements that were meant to minimize the propensity for the machine to move during spin, but you are right; Bendix had everything sewn up for patents for combos, concept, design and manufacturing processes. None of these early competing combos spun fast. None of them rinsed or extracted water as well and they all dried more slowly, but they are fascinating examples of ancient mechanical equipment.

Post# 989555 , Reply# 3   4/5/2018 at 12:47 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

How does the Speed Queen combo compare? It spun very slightly faster than the Duomatic, 515rpm vs 505, so I'm presuming it was fully suspended like the Bendix. Did Easy ever produce a soft-mount machine?

Post# 989557 , Reply# 4   4/5/2018 at 12:53 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
SQ combo

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Someone told me that the capacity of the drum is ridiculously small, more akin to that of a standard front load washer. That negatively effects drying performance, I would presume.

Post# 989640 , Reply# 5   4/6/2018 at 08:30 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Smaller diameter tub equals smaller G forces in spin and there was only one spin during the rinses, not one after the wash, first rinse, one after the second rinse and then the final spin.

Post# 989725 , Reply# 6   4/7/2018 at 04:03 by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Correct me if I forgot to remember, but isn't it diameter x velocity squared?  Such that diameter has √ of effect on extraction that speed does.  200rpm is downright lethargic.

Post# 989745 , Reply# 7   4/7/2018 at 10:09 by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
Easy Combo

I saw one of these at the Winchester dump where I am from.It was a fascinating machine and I think it had two motors.I would love to see one in operation.I may have to make a pilgrimmage to Beltsville. Hope he lets me in too.

Post# 989805 , Reply# 8   4/7/2018 at 18:42 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Yes, there are two motors, one for tumble and an accelux motor that pulses on and off for spin. They are located at the top of the cabinet, part of the design strategy to damp the forces generated during spin without a suspension system.

You will have no problem with seeing the Beltsville Museum.

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