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1947 - 1958 Bendix Gyromatic Model Chart
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Post# 1059922   2/7/2020 at 22:33 (1,137 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Hey gang! A while back I picked up a few generic laundry parts catalogs from Master Publications. Within one of the catalogs was a odd section simply called, "Photographs" from a 1960 publication.

It was 18 pages of a few major brands with some pictures of each washer made by that brand, by year. Some of the featured brands included all washers made from 1950 - 1959 (Frigidaire as an example) while others was a hodge-podge colleciton of sorts.

The grouping that caught my interest was two pages of washers for Philco-Bendix, featuring a listing of Economat washers, but amazingly enough a listing of Gyromatic washers!

For the longest time there were hints that 1958 model Gyromatics were made, through various Philco parts catalogs from the 60's as well as some brochure art on various 1958 Philco-Bendix advertisement, but no actual pictures of these machines.

Here's the sheet from that strange Photographs section for the Gyromatics. I've updated the scan to include the MFG years (based on an Avco quick parts reference guide), as well as pictures of the originally missing 1955 and 1956 models.

Time to add the 1958 W-487N to my dream machine list! Anyone out there have one of these final gyros?

In '59 Philco dropped the Gyromatic and ball point Dexter/Philco top loaders and introduced the revised and slimmed down Duomatic, along with the Automagic top loaders.


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Post# 1059932 , Reply# 1   2/8/2020 at 06:25 (1,137 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Re the 1958s: Interesting! Shades of the time an Amana front-loader was teased with pamphlets, but aside from some test machines, few-to-none were ever spotted in the wild. Thanks for taking the time to piece together this Gyromatic history, Ben.

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Post# 1059938 , Reply# 2   2/8/2020 at 06:58 (1,137 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Philco-Bendix Front Load Washers

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Very cool Ben, thanks for sharing this information, I always thought it a shame that there were norther popular FL washers other than Westinghouse in the US.


What color do you want your new W-487N in Ben ? And do you want the matching Super Fast 33,000 BTU gas dryer or the matching 9000 watt electric dryer ? to go with that new washer.


John E. in St Paul has the Super fast gas dryer that Chuck Diehl found years ago in Baltimore never used. He has been using it for years.


John L.

Post# 1059960 , Reply# 3   2/8/2020 at 10:21 (1,137 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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John - beggars canít be choosers; Iíd be happy with white (or rust and white by now)but wouldnít turn down sunny yellow or turquoise either. ;) And the matching gas dryer, please!

Eugene - do you recall where you saw the Amana badged Bendix information? The idea of combining Iowa roots with South Bend manufacturing sounds like a dream!


Post# 1059965 , Reply# 4   2/8/2020 at 11:09 (1,137 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
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I recently got a WFG-D Bendix that I am crazy about.The transmission spins all the time and makes a loud bearing noise.I will have to get into it. It will make a great addition for my nearly completed E-Z Sudsit Laundromat. Who has a W-487N? That is something I would love to get.

Post# 1060051 , Reply# 5   2/9/2020 at 04:52 (1,136 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Ben- Apologies for the confusion, but there was no Bendix connection with the Amana referenceódonít remember the year this happened, so canít confirm whether it was when Raytheon made Amana or if Alliance had come into the picture. The connection was that, as with the Ď58 Gyromatics, we saw pamphlets/advertising about the machine, but few made it to sales floor for whatever reason.

Post# 1060063 , Reply# 6   2/9/2020 at 08:51 (1,136 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

I don't ever remember seeing one of these super cool machines in the imperial stormtrooper forum hear at AW.hoard. Out of curiosity does anybody have one?I remember seeing some of these in the Winchester dump in the early seventies when I was ten or eleven and being so frustrated I couldn't take it home.After I started driving in 1978 I never saw another one. I would love to have the one with the dial light.

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