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Post# 995166   5/25/2018 at 13:42 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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Regarding Easy's lifetime warranty which included the transmission, was this too good to be true(were there legal words to weasel out)? What took these machines out of service?

Post# 995167 , Reply# 1   5/25/2018 at 13:53 by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
Self balancing?

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The description of features states: "Off-balance load automatically slows spin speed.  Re-distributes clothes without shutting off washer"


I remember the '64 Easy I picked up for Robert a few years back, took a long time to get up to full spin speed, so it's easy to see how an off balance tub would slow it.  BUT, I don't see how it could possibly "re-distribute clothes" all by itself, automatically, to achieve a balanced spin if it was unbalanced. 



Post# 995170 , Reply# 2   5/25/2018 at 14:25 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Marketing terminology.

Post# 995173 , Reply# 3   5/25/2018 at 15:05 by arris (Rochester New York)        
Easy Washer and Dryer

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I looked at the pictures.... those are the same pair my Grandmother had.... bought them in 1965... dryer was electric I have the Manual for the dryer.... hers came with the germicidal lamp... they lasted her into the 80's

Post# 995182 , Reply# 4   5/25/2018 at 16:56 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
Another story from my childhood mentioned again...

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No Easy machines were reconditioned for the used sales floor so they automatically were sentenced to the scrap guy. The service and delivery people called them "Easy Money" because there was almost always some coins under the Spiralator. The delivery guys got first crack since they dropped the trade-ins out in the parking lot at day's end. Some of them managed to get the agitator off, but some of those Spiralators were tuff buzzards. I'd use a portable torch which always did the trick. The paint burned off but once heated to smoking, the agitator gave way and I was sometimes a dollar or more richer. 

Post# 995199 , Reply# 5   5/25/2018 at 19:04 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Recall reading something in Consumer Reports (1980's? 1970's?, not sure) lifetime or very long warranties on things like tubs, motors and transmissions weren't a huge benefit. Usually anything that didn't break within first year of use would last a very long time.

This and besides by the time a major part such as tub, transmission or motor *did* finally give out, the appliance in question likely would need other repairs as to make replacement not worth bothering.

Case in point when my Frigidaire (from 1950's) ironer gave out (stripped gears), the motor was perfectly fine. Perhaps if replacement parts were still available tearing the thing down and fixing would have been an option. But one wonders even in 1950's or 1960's if average housewife would have bothered given likely cost.

Have seen pictures of vintage washing machines with enameled tubs that look almost new. Rest of the thing is clapped out, but there you are.

Post# 995219 , Reply# 6   5/25/2018 at 21:39 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
Having never seen one...

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Does the “re-distribution of clothes” only mean that the machine won’t rev up to full spin speed? Norge/Wards machines will do that, maintaining the spin cycle so as not to shut off, but the tub never gets up enough speed to fully extract the water. Also not good if using the agitator-mounted fabric softener dispenser which won’t dispense if the washer doesn’t get up to an acceptable spin speed...

Post# 995254 , Reply# 7   5/26/2018 at 11:25 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I remember when CU tested the first Roller Matic washers which reduced the spin speed for unbalanced loads. They reported that it produced a strong burning smell.

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