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The sound of GE made Filter Flo, and Rim Flo
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Post# 1019071   12/25/2018 at 18:56 by tbolt25 (Kentucky)        

Just about everyone on here including me likes the sounds of belted Whirlpool-made washers-including Kenmore and Inglis-the woo-woo, the grind-click-clunk, the pulsating breathing, but I also like the sounds of the old-style GE-made washers-Filter Flo, and Hotpoint-Rim Flo-the sound of them filling up with water, the low-pitched groaning-and hum-on two-speed washers they make when they agitate-the two-speed machines I especially like-they start out on slow agitation, then shift into fast agitation-the spin-drain-and at top speed, the way the front cabinet vibrates, the cyclic mellow vibrating sounds they make-my Mom used to own a two-speed GE Filter Flo when I was little that made all of these sounds.

Post# 1019098 , Reply# 1   12/26/2018 at 03:30 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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My mother's always sounded like a train going through the house during spin and when the brake engaged, what a bang!

Post# 1019104 , Reply# 2   12/26/2018 at 05:08 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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odd, for the most part seemed like a noisy machine during agitation.....but realized one time from shutting off the filterflo, its a quiet mechanism, the water splashing made all the noise....

that double knock at the end of spin was your 'end of cycle' notification....if you changed to another machine, you felt lost without it....

Kenmores were quieter from the design of their agitators versus the Whirlpool counterpart, and the Surgilator...

Post# 1019116 , Reply# 3   12/26/2018 at 09:04 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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These videos are just like what I remember as a boy from my mothers first automatic which was a 1966 GE. The clunk-clunk sound of the lint pan on the mini-basket definitely brings back memories of watching it with the lid raised at 5-6 years old. I figured out that I could stick something in the hole in the top to make it run with the lid raised. After I found the first video I played it for my sister. I told her to listen to it. As soon as agitation started she said that's a GE washer.

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Post# 1019117 , Reply# 4   12/26/2018 at 09:11 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
my rimflo

Is noisy, but it really washes!

Post# 1019238 , Reply# 5   12/27/2018 at 17:55 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

I agree, the rim flo is a lot quiter than filter flo, that splashing water makes all the difference. 

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