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The Ultimate in Washday Drama
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Post# 51107   12/15/2004 at 08:55 (7,059 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Todayís PAT is a nifty little design, engineered by Frigidaire in the mid 50ís. They designed another Unimatic style transmission but with some major changes. The wash tub wobbles at 300 wpm (wobbles per minute)! Then at the very same time the wash tub slowly rotates in the opposite direction of the wobbling at 60rpm. The agitator rotates slowly with the tub but does not wobble. Why bring the agitator to and fro the tub when you can bring the tub to and fro the agitator! Can you imagine what must go on in there during the wash cycle?

If that wasnít enough, after the wash cycle is completed the washer pauses and goes into spin. But like a Unimatic, the spin system is direct driven from the motor shaft which means it spins at 1140 rpm!

I wonder if they ever built a prototype of this machine. YAY for dreams.

Post# 51116 , Reply# 1   12/15/2004 at 11:50 (7,059 days old) by tlee618 ()        

Hi Robert! I love the Patent of the Day!! Wouldn't this have been a neat machine if they had gone forward with it!!

Post# 51119 , Reply# 2   12/15/2004 at 12:00 (7,059 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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I have a vision of a few clubmembers who will try to build one of the patents some day. Wouldn't it be nice to have a machine that was never on the market.

Post# 51124 , Reply# 3   12/15/2004 at 14:13 (7,058 days old) by frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I'm not an engineer (toot!! toot!!) but I'd think there would be much more strain on the mechanisms wobbling a tub full of water/clothes than moving an agitator up/down. Or don't I know enough about how these things work?

Definitely a cool idea, though. Wonder what made them abandon the idea in the end?

Post# 51137 , Reply# 4   12/15/2004 at 18:48 (7,058 days old) by golittlesport (California)        

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oh my gosh! this is too cool. this would have definitely needed a window in the lid like a Kelvinator!

Post# 51138 , Reply# 5   12/15/2004 at 18:53 (7,058 days old) by westytoploader ()        

AMAZING!!!! Frigidaire, Philco, and Apex combined in one machine! This would certainly make for a fun washday! How cool!

It makes me wonder what would happen if this design was adopted; what would happen to the 1-18s, Multi, and Rollermatics? Also, the vertical-action Unimatics would be a great deal rarer, IMHO!

The PAT feature is definitely a great idea; thanks Robert!!


Post# 51139 , Reply# 6   12/15/2004 at 19:04 (7,058 days old) by pulsator-power (connecticut)        
...and if we weren't dramatic enough...

Wow, that is really something, that GM design. Yeah, I think it would wear out the transmission too awfully fast, and the clothes would get caught underneath the center post. How could they say the laundry wouldn't wear out?
Wonder what's in store for tomorrow?

Post# 51155 , Reply# 7   12/15/2004 at 22:21 (7,058 days old) by gregm ()        
leads me to Apex ques .....

Did Apex "wear out" ?? How long were they around and why did they "demise" ?? Forgive me if these ques have been asked before ..........

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