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Post# 1054686   12/18/2019 at 16:22 (275 days old) by joelippard (Hickory)        

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All these years I've had Frigidaire washers and I just made a new discovery this evening.  Here is my '67 Rapidry washing sheets in Tide and I have always used my machines with the cap on the agitator.   The cap on this machine has always been loose and I kept it in place with a rubber band inside of it to snug things up.  Recently the rubber band broke and I had not replaced it yet.  I discovered today using it the first time without the cap on that it turns things over better because I don't have the bleach cup and cap in place to keep air from moving out the top of the agitator as it pumps.   Here's a shot of the vigorous and splashy action!

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Post# 1054691 , Reply# 1   12/18/2019 at 16:47 (275 days old) by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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Nice lighted control panel.


When I was growing up, a lower in the rung washer like this is what we had.  I remember one time standing on a chair, as a four year old, next to the machines and my mother was loading it, it was filling, and I was watching.  The cap wasn't on the center post because she would put soap in there.  The machine filled to the level and started agitating with the lid open and water would jump out of that activator. 


Post# 1054692 , Reply# 2   12/18/2019 at 16:54 (275 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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My Favorite design of all Frigidaire Washers.

I would love to take that design and use a Unimatic.

Such a beautiful machine.

Post# 1054694 , Reply# 3   12/18/2019 at 17:09 (275 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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always liked this Jet Cone agitator.....

wonder if you could leave that cap off and find the open ring they used on the laundromat machines....I remember how it would pump water up onto the window while it washed...

or create one from something like an extra wide flat vacuum belt, slide over the top and then fold it inside....

Post# 1056397 , Reply# 4   1/3/2020 at 14:12 (259 days old) by joelippard (Hickory)        

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Yogi, do you have a photo of what one of those open rings looked like?  I've never seen one.

Post# 1056682 , Reply# 5   1/6/2020 at 08:54 (257 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I eliminated the splashing by putting the yellow Circulator Ring from a three ring agitator on the top of this agitator. It rested nicely atop the 4 vents and made the water shoot out sideways. I kept it in place by using the proper agitator cap for the space capsule agitator. Now that new rings are available, you can buy one and try it out. The first ads for this agitator showed the water being jetted sideways from the vents in the agitator, but it never worked worked like that. The water went mostly up. I don't know if something was changed in the final agitator design or if the early drawings were optimistically incorrect. The splashing led to rusting in the channel of the lid where the gasket was anchored.

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