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Easy wringer washer model 101-swp help
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Post# 1030756   4/24/2019 at 23:19 by viper771 (Ohio)        

Hello everyone.I have this easy wringer washer I bought a few years ago and used it for the first time tonight. It worked great until the agitator stopped. Upon closer inspection I saw that the rubber coupler from motor to transmission fell apart ( at least I washed one load). What have you guys used as a replacement? It's a neat machine and my modern machine needs fixed so I was using this while waiting for parts. Any help would be great!!

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Post# 1030787 , Reply# 1   4/25/2019 at 06:44 by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        

This is what the motor coupling looks like on my Easy Spindrier.

I don't know if it is the same for your wringer washer, you will have to get a good look at it underneath.

Now, this coupling is about 2" long and the shafts are 1/2" diameter.

This a pretty simple piece. You could get creative and fabricate a replacement.

If it is the same as was used on the Spindrier, you may be in luck.

Eugene,(Lorainfurniture) here and on Ebay, in Cleveland has one listed for sale. See the link.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO wiskybill's LINK on eBay

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Post# 1030809 , Reply# 2   4/25/2019 at 12:31 by viper771 (Ohio)        
Yep !

I actually spotted that on eBay too. It looks exactly what I had... Except still in one piece. I may buy it to use as a reference piece. It just looks like a thick walked rubber hose.

I'd like to regrease and oil the washer too. There must not be many of these around since it's hard to find something to compare it to. I suspect that the one I have is from the early 60s before they went out of business. Thanks for the info!

Post# 1030812 , Reply# 3   4/25/2019 at 13:04 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I was about to say, it looks like a heater hose for a car....

I would try and cut a piece and see if that works before shoveling out that kind of money on a used one...

improvise, anything is possible...

keep us posted


Post# 1030815 , Reply# 4   4/25/2019 at 13:10 by viper771 (Ohio)        

I'm going to see if I can find some hydraulic hose that will work. I'll see what I find was fun to use that thing lol

Post# 1030844 , Reply# 5   4/25/2019 at 21:17 by viper771 (Ohio)        

I found some heater hose in my shop and slid one inside of the other to stiffen it up. After some work getting the motor out and getting things back home-made piece worked!! I even oiled the motor while I had it out. It was not too bad of a job but hopefully my piece lasts a little while :) pictures out of order but you get the idea

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Post# 1030851 , Reply# 6   4/25/2019 at 23:25 by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        

That's what we do here best, innovate.

Easy is especially hard to find info about their machines.

Glad that worked. Enjoy!


Post# 1030880 , Reply# 7   4/26/2019 at 09:34 by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Martin, I have never seen an Easy wringer before. I have a spindrier and it washed well. Good to get it going again. Gary

Post# 1030933 , Reply# 8   4/26/2019 at 23:09 by viper771 (Ohio)        
Seldom seen?

It was hard to find anything about this washer
I am not sure when it was made either I just suspect it's from the 60s before they went belly up. It is fun to wash clothes in though.

Post# 1030936 , Reply# 9   4/27/2019 at 00:56 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Almost everything you wanted to know about Easy Washer

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Of Syracuse, NY; but couldn't be bothered to ask. *LOL*

Easy had three model lines; the vacuum (with those three cones that went up and down), the "Spiralator" and an agitator washer. The latter two were (IIRC) part of their "spindrier" twin tub line, but also sold as stand alone wringer washers. Easy also made the General Electric twin tub washer that pops up now and then on offer.

At some point Easy dropped the vacuum washers and just went with "spindrier" and wringer washers.

Easy became Syracuse Washer Corp in 1932. It was later purchased by Union Chemical and Material Company (1955), who in turn sold it to Murray Company in 1957. Finally Hupp got their mitts on it in 1963 and shut things down.

Though famous for their Spindrier twin tubs, Easy likely needed to round out their product line by selling wringer washers for various reasons. One was that despite the growing chorus against wringers, and obvious benefits to using a spin dryer, not every housewife was sold on idea. Easy spindriers took up more kitchen real estate than a wringer washer. That and the things weren't exactly stable when spinning. Consumer Reports/Union had all sorts of quibbles with Easy washers of both types. Besides the vibrations there were complaints about the raised drain cover abrading fabrics.

Post# 1030937 , Reply# 10   4/27/2019 at 01:01 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
For the record, Easy Canada was another matter

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Not part of the above sale to various entities it went a different path. You can see their entire line up in this thread:

Post# 1030938 , Reply# 11   4/27/2019 at 01:08 by viper771 (Ohio)        
Thank you!!

I find this stuff so cool. Thanks for that info!

Post# 1031195 , Reply# 12   4/29/2019 at 10:38 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
How nice to see an Easy Wringer

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Have only seen one once. It's like they cut a spindrier in half. The pump control and motor switch were on the bottom left, just below where they were on the Easy Spins. Your machine with the racing stripes is from late 40's to mid 50's. Could you show a pic of the controls. Wait, I just saw your newer pic with the controls, but maybe a close-up would be appreciated.

I agree that these Easies are rare. Though the Spindriers pop up all the time, the wringers hardly ever do. A big fan of All Things Easy, have my eye out all the time. I also need a coupler for one of my Easy Spins. So you used radiator hose? More info would be helpful. Interesting that the famous engineers at Easy used a coupler for the transmission on the wringers just like the spindriers. You don't normally see a coupler like that on a wringer. There used to be a decal on the tub that boasted: "Precision Engineering, since 1877."

Post# 1031197 , Reply# 13   4/29/2019 at 10:48 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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When Hupp took over, the control cables changed, the transmission was dramatically overhauled and it was never the same, weaker and prone to breakdown. The precision Decal has worn off. Long live Easy Spin!

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Post# 1031199 , Reply# 14   4/29/2019 at 10:53 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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That's the basement floor tile reflected in the shiny enamel, not some new kind of rust.

Post# 1031221 , Reply# 15   4/29/2019 at 13:47 by viper771 (Ohio)        
I'll get more picts

I didn't think it was that old! I got it at an estate sale a friend was running and it was his mom's..he let me have it for 20 bucks. The decal was pretty much gone so I had no idea what it said. I used a 3/4 in" radiator hose and slid a piece the next size down into it. 1 inch would be better but it's all I had on hand. It works ok but the metal outer clamps kind of buzz since I can't tighten them down anymore due to the nut running out of threads ( due to smaller diameter of hose) but hey it worked :) In the future I'll see if I can find one piece of thick hydraulic hose or something.I'll prob regrease the works since I found the fill plug and drain for gear box. I'll take more pictures! Only thing I'm missing is knobfor tub cover.

Post# 1031232 , Reply# 16   4/29/2019 at 14:57 by viper771 (Ohio)        
More pictures

If you need more let me know. Was surprised to see that inner part of the wringer mechanism was made of wood. Any idea what the round silver grommet is for on top of the wringer? Didn't know if it was just a vent or held something in there.

Be great to find a lid knob. I'd like to restore this thing one day :)

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Post# 1031250 , Reply# 17   4/29/2019 at 17:59 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Is cheap, plentiful and if machine was made during war time (WWII) likely restrictions on metals for that effort may factor in as well.

When you consider hand mangles/wringers were made mostly of wood and metal it isn't so far fetched for Easy to have parts using same material.

Properly chosen and seasoned wood will last many years of contact with water.

Post# 1031301 , Reply# 18   4/30/2019 at 00:50 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Your Spiralator is mint and lightly used. Older ones are usually missing a lot of enamel. I'll show you a pic of a well-worn one tomorrow. The tub is beautiful, too, and for twenty bucks--what a steal!!! Nice.

I Have a knob for that lid; it's the same as the spindrier lid for that period, the washtubs obviously being identical for wringers and spinners. Email me your address and I'd be happy to send you the knob.

As for the amusing wood, I was surprised as you were to discover wooden blocks inside a wringer. These brands all used wood: Kenmore, Norge, Blackstone, Easy Mc Clary (yeah, I've got a square, full-skirted Canadian wringer), Wards, and maybe more; these are the ones I've opened up. But hey, windmills and wooden shoes last a long time, too!

As for that weep hole, I'm stymied too; never seen that before!

Thanks for the pix. Love that unique lower control center--so cool. I'm envious. What a beautiful machine. The feeding tray is a breeze to paint.

More on the coupler and Eugene's part tomorrow.

Post# 1031314 , Reply# 19   4/30/2019 at 05:31 by viper771 (Ohio)        
Email sent

I sent you an email. I really appreciate the help guys! The really interesting thing is the silver knobs that turn the pump on and turn the agitator on are silver plastic..not metal. Yeah I was surprised at seeing the wood but hey it works lol. A lot of the paint on the feeder tray came off more recently... From the washer sitting in a damp garage :( under the white is kind of a tan color? Not sure if it was primer or what but found that interesting!!

Post# 1031324 , Reply# 20   4/30/2019 at 07:41 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Weep hole

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Am going to guess it may be for oiling the wringer bearings.

Post# 1031356 , Reply# 21   4/30/2019 at 13:36 by viper771 (Ohio)        

I was thinking that myself. I'll see what happens lol

Post# 1031375 , Reply# 22   4/30/2019 at 16:47 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Can't think of any other reason for that hole. Water will always seek it's own level, so in a wringer washer it will be going down, not gushing upwards.

All wringers/mangles hand or machine operated required periodic few drops of oil. On Maytag conventional washers some parts are packed in grease, the roller bearing needs a drop of oil every several weeks depending upon how hard used. But Maytag's wringers open up like a clam so easy to get at spots that require.

Those oil holes are quite common on many older appliances; motors, gears, etc... Before better quality greases/oils came on scene allowing "permanently lubricated".

With a wringer/mangle due to nature of work involved there is a constant exposure to water. Worse that water will be laden with detergents or soaps, so sooner or later whatever lubrication at certain exposed points will need refreshing.

Post# 1031386 , Reply# 23   4/30/2019 at 18:02 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
News to me; we need Brad Ross on the scene

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None of my wringers require oil, only grease.

Here are the pix: The Easyspin tub looking like yours; the beat up spiralator; two black spiralators, one American, one Canadian, the Canadian being about an inch larger; the Canadian Mc Clary Easy which, though it has the narrowest footprint of barely 20 inches, has the largest capacity except for the Montgomery Ward Signature which I haven’t measured yet; And your knob & screw, ready for tomorrow’s mail.

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Post# 1031393 , Reply# 24   4/30/2019 at 18:17 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Don't know about Easy

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But your Maytag certainly does need a bit of oil now and then.

Just checked my copy of owners manual and it states a drop of oil on each end of upper wringer roll once a month.

Post# 1031399 , Reply# 25   4/30/2019 at 18:37 by viper771 (Ohio)        

Thanks for the knob Micky!!!!!!!! It will be awesome to have a complete machine.

I'll investigate the wringer oil hole a bit more...and get some pictures.
Are those spiralators plastic or metal? Mine is metal,I think aluminum.

Post# 1031404 , Reply# 26   4/30/2019 at 19:14 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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My white one is identical to yours, not sure if it's aluminum, iron or steel, but it IS hard as fudge LOL. The black ones are plastic. Also, the Canadian Girl operates at a slower speed than her American sister, really nothing like the Easies as I have known them, except for that massive Spiralator.

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