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Post# 1019435   12/29/2018 at 18:34 (523 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        

O.K.  here goes:


Is there much difference in how the "bouncy" wash plate washers work?  Is there one that stands out from the heard?    Do the new Maytag full fill machines have an advantage?   Totally confused...



Post# 1019439 , Reply# 1   12/29/2018 at 19:09 (523 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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There are no "bouncy" wash plate machines after the Calypso.  Current wash plate models have a rotating/oscillating impeller that agitates and rolls the load (in some cases unsuccessfully) like an agitator.  Some have a centerpost but the "fins" are low-profile.

Post# 1019446 , Reply# 2   12/29/2018 at 21:37 (523 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        

O.K.  Tell me more!  I'm so used to current front loaders that I'm not in tune with current wash plate machines and would like more info.  I clean in several homes that have either Whirlpool, Samsung or Maytag or GE sets.  Is there much difference in how these machines work?  Curiosity...!  Greg

Post# 1019523 , Reply# 3   12/30/2018 at 18:00 (522 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Was it WP that introduced the full-size toploader HE impeller machine on the U.S. market circa ~2005/2006 via the Kenmore Oasis, Whirlpool Cabrio, and then Maytag Bravos?  The wash action is a reverse-rollover, aka called "blooming."  They were initially based on Fisher & Paykel's floating-basket direct-drive design.  F&P's impeller line is called AquaSmart.  There were also agitator models which added small flexible fins to the impeller with a slim centerpost.

All the major brands offer impeller models now.

Most have both low-water "regular cycles" and deeper-fill "specialty" cycles.  The general trick for good wash action/rollover is not to overfill with water for the load size so the items have contact with the impeller instead of floating.

There are *many* videos on YouTube of various brands and models running various types of loads.

See this thread for my experiences with an F&P AquaSmart.
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Post# 1019543 , Reply# 4   12/30/2018 at 21:27 (522 days old) by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

I may be wrong, but I believe that GE had the Harmony (LG based, I think) before the others came out -- at that time, Kenmore/Whirlpool were selling the Calypso.

Post# 1019561 , Reply# 5   12/31/2018 at 03:15 (521 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        
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This is true.  I have a service manual dated 07/03.  Example model-year code is "B" but I can't find a translation for model years, only for serial coding.

Post# 1019593 , Reply# 6   12/31/2018 at 12:51 (521 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Eugene's (Lorain Furniture) test of a Crosley (WP/Maytag) impeller/agitator model with minimal load and lowest auto-sense water level.

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