Thread Number: 75490  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
POD 5/5/18 Kelvinator
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Post# 993208   5/5/2018 at 18:22 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I've always wondered what kind of mechanism this washer used to create the agitation.  How does it do it without gears?  Is it like a rollermatic or something else?  I've never seen one of these in person to be able to investigate.

Post# 993227 , Reply# 1   5/5/2018 at 21:12 by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
just a shaft

I think those just have a pulley driven shaft with the free-spinning agitator offset and at an angle for a orbital agitator motion :)Very cool pair in the POD :)

Post# 993228 , Reply# 2   5/5/2018 at 21:16 by rpms (ontario canada)        

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Were Kelvinator washers any better than any other washer? Did that shampoo action clean any better than a normal wash?

Post# 993237 , Reply# 3   5/5/2018 at 22:25 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I have used one and yes

They really do wash and rinse better, the spin is ok, not like a Frigidaire, but overall the ABC/Kelvinator is really something else.

Post# 993262 , Reply# 4   5/6/2018 at 08:14 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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This is Ben's 1959 Kelvinator. They are wonderfully splashy and do indeed perform pretty well. As Hans said, the spin is rather lackluster at 600 rpm, but on par with most machines of the time.

Post# 993300 , Reply# 5   5/6/2018 at 14:37 by appnut (TX)        

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Greg had one of these at his June 2005 wash-in.  I had not been around these much.  I had the lid somewhat opened/closed during the overflow rinse.  But then when it paused during the rinse for the static overflow, I put the lid fully opened.  Did I get a shock (and soaked) when  it started back up and flung all that water all over me. 

Post# 993330 , Reply# 6   5/6/2018 at 19:22 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I used an early '60's TOL machine as a daily-driver for a few months. It performed very well for me. I did not expect it to clean as well as it did. Of course, dosed with phosphated Viva it was a lot of fun!

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