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Post# 1020065   1/4/2019 at 05:44 by suebutcher (Victoria, Australia)        

Here is my Lightburn Big Twin, circa 1967, back in action after sitting idle for fourteen years. It was a tip find brought home as a back-up for my Sanyo twin tub, but the Sanyo just keeps going! It caught my eye because I knew someone who had a 1968 Big Twin Special, which was two motor I think. She was still using it in the Eighties. This early version of the Big Twin is a single motor machine; it's similar to the Easy Twin elsewhere on this site except it has a motor switch, but no spin lid. Instead the spin clutch is controlled from the front panel. The only leak is from the rubber seal at the top of the fibreglass wash tub, so I'll have to get the cover off and get to work with some sealant. The pump and the spin tub are holding up well, and although the "wash wand" pivot was seized, I squirted some Inox down there and it's freed up. The wand shaft is stainless steel, but the pivot is merely chrome plated and it rusts. I've also replaced the bits of rubber tube that suspend the spinner bearings, they'd stretched and the spinner was scraping against the cylindrical dam at the centre of the spin tub. It's not hard to tip the machine on its side, but reaching the suspension bolts requires contortions!

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Post# 1020069 , Reply# 1   1/4/2019 at 06:38 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        
I have washer envy...

I LOVE those washers.

I first played with one when I renovated one for the aunt of a friend of my partner.
The aunt was a lovely older Scottish lady with an outrageous accent. Hers was rusted out in the outer spin container, I repaired it with fibreglass.

Later I scrounged one from a roadside hard rubbish collection, the twin motor version. It also had leaking from the rubber shroud around the top of the wash container, I was able to patch it up with silicone sealant. It was a fantastic washer, my dirtiest cooks clothes came out really clean. The spinner is so fast you can hear the blast of water hitting the sides of the outer spin can in the first few seconds of spin. I gave it away to a relative after a year or so. I wish I still had it.

Post# 1020122 , Reply# 2   1/4/2019 at 16:32 by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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A warm welcome to the club and resource, Oh love this washer and its Wonderwand action, as jetcone says its the "Spanuklator" effect lol..

Was it Nathan who has one with yellow tub, this looks very similar cabinet to an Acme twinny we had here years ago.

Good luck with the repairs and look forward to seeing it wash and spin !!

Post# 1020128 , Reply# 3   1/4/2019 at 17:41 by suebutcher (Victoria, Australia)        

Hi all! The spinner on this is amazing, it can dry three woollen blankets at once. That's three times the capacity of the spinner on my Sanyo SW170TPW twin tub, and it's also much faster. While I'm not set up for video, the action is exactly the same as the Easy Twin on Youtube. But I wish you could hear the unearthly whoosh of the spinner and the resonant gargling of the pump!

Here's a better image of the top side, it came out pixelly in my first post.

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Post# 1020200 , Reply# 4   1/5/2019 at 13:23 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
very cool!

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I've wondered what kind of cleaning results this washing action would give? But when you really think about it, it does the same thing a Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Speed Queen and the likes does while they agitate, they move the clothes around, back & forth in the water.

CONGRATULATIONS on getting this unique washing action, 1967 twin tub washer!

Post# 1020207 , Reply# 5   1/5/2019 at 13:43 by simpsomatic (Melb, Aust-now Palm Springs,US)        

Lightburn twin tub in action

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Post# 1020241 , Reply# 6   1/5/2019 at 17:10 by suebutcher (Victoria, Australia)        
Wash action

My first impression is the wash is quicker with this system. As the paddle swings back and forth it pushes water through the fabric, rather than simply swooshing the water and clothes around. The clothes do rotate around the tub, but very slowly compared to the movement of the water. And with a heavy load there isn't the risk of rubbing you get with the usual spinning disc agitator. The disadvantage is the water will splash out of the tub unless the level of water and clothes is just right. I'm still experimenting with this.

Post# 1020257 , Reply# 7   1/5/2019 at 20:10 by suebutcher (Victoria, Australia)        

Here's the insides of the Big Twin. At bottom right is the pump, with the wash wand gearbox behind it, and barely visible behind that the pinch valve wash tub drain. The wand and the pump run whenever the motor's switched on. Attached to the motor is the spinner clutch and brake. The spin lever pushes a bevelled roller onto to the conical top of the motor pulley, and the centrifugal clutch (chrome pulley) grabs and turns the spinner. There's a very small brake engaged when the lever's released. The big disc at the top carries the spinner bearings, and is suspended from three thick rubber tubes hanging from the frame that supports the outer spin tub above. There's a sheet of metallic red vinyl (cheap surplus I guess) to divert spinner spills away from the mechanism, and elsewhere there's a bare minimum of polythene sheeting protecting electrical parts. The outer spin tub is very thin galvanised sheet which rusts quickly, though this one's still just about OK. I've got a spare tub that I will get repaired eventually, it's not hard to make a new floor for it. I'd say the reason this machine was dumped was a perished pinch valve. Though it's just a rubber tube, it's impossible to get out without taking the complete outer casing off. Overall, it's very simple and rugged machine, but a struggle to fix!

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