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Post# 1068628   4/22/2020 at 11:47 (1,063 days old) by cycla-fabric (New Jersey)        

Just wondering as to who made these machines for Blackstone, or were they actually produced by Blackstone. I have never seen any of these machines as they were not sold in this area of NJ


Post# 1068630 , Reply# 1   4/22/2020 at 12:11 (1,063 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Those are circa 1974 which was the last year for Blackstone.  There's a 1972 brochure on, which models look essentially the same.

Hoover sold full-size machines for a few years, sourced from Blackstone.

Post# 1068643 , Reply# 2   4/22/2020 at 12:55 (1,063 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Glad you started this thread, Glenn. This caught my eye: The lower-end models pictured have consoles that look quite a bit like lower-end Kenmores when they were using faux woodgrain on their consoles; but it's not just the woodgrain--the shape and height of the consoles look similar, as well.

I grew up in small-town upper-Midwest (SD and MN) and never saw a Blackstone washer 'til discovering what was to become AW.

Post# 1068674 , Reply# 3   4/22/2020 at 15:59 (1,063 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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@ cycle fabric...

I am from Bergen County. My Grandmother used to talk about Blackstone Washers in the early 60s.

I'm not sure if Hy's Appliance in Wood-Ridge carried them.

Post# 1068680 , Reply# 4   4/22/2020 at 16:25 (1,063 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

"Multi-Action Agitation." Indexing tub? I wonder what the agitators looked like.

Post# 1068683 , Reply# 5   4/22/2020 at 16:43 (1,063 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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The basket and agitator looked similar to Westinghouse ramp agitator but without the hand-wash/gentle agitator nested underneath.   The resemblance was uncanny, actually.  

Post# 1068686 , Reply# 6   4/22/2020 at 16:46 (1,063 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Thank-you Gansky1. Was just wondering.


Post# 1068695 , Reply# 7   4/22/2020 at 17:28 (1,063 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
Blackstone here........

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I can scan in and post more info on these machines. They were made by Blackstone in Jamestown NY. Our family store got them directly from the factory.

Post# 1068698 , Reply# 8   4/22/2020 at 18:17 (1,063 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
Model BA-902

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This series of washers (with 902 as the top-of-the-line) was the final Blackstones, mid-1970s. This sell sheet shows more of the insides and specs. Different control panel, but the same inside, as the picture-of-the-day models.

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Post# 1068700 , Reply# 9   4/22/2020 at 18:40 (1,063 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Interesting on that BA-902 model ... it doesn't have a lighted console but the next model down BA-825 does.

Post# 1068706 , Reply# 10   4/22/2020 at 20:15 (1,063 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
Model Numbers are Deceptive

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The line of models numbered 415/525/625/825 was replaced by the line of models numbered 502/702/902. The lighted panel was discontinued.

The brochure shows the 3 colors available: White, Harvest Gold, and the ever-popular Avocado Green.

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Post# 1068711 , Reply# 11   4/22/2020 at 21:01 (1,063 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Fred, thank you so much.  Showing these brochures made my day!!!

Post# 1068715 , Reply# 12   4/22/2020 at 21:40 (1,063 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        

Yes, thanks very much for sharing. Cool looking machines; have never seen one in action. Some day perhaps!

Post# 1068719 , Reply# 13   4/22/2020 at 21:58 (1,063 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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We had a cheap dumpy laundromata few blocks as a kid that the owner just recycled old Blackstones and Speed Queens. I would go in there when it was empty, lift the lids and leave quickly when someone came in.

Post# 1068720 , Reply# 14   4/22/2020 at 22:05 (1,063 days old) by lotsosudz (Sacramento, CA)        
Do these have indexing tubs

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They refer to a scrubbing vane tub, does it index, or is it rippled like the 2000's GE washers?

Post# 1068777 , Reply# 15   4/23/2020 at 08:06 (1,062 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
Scrubbing Vane

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I had to google that, and found this patent description, for "Ramped scrubbing vanes for auger agitator"


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Post# 1068786 , Reply# 16   4/23/2020 at 08:54 (1,062 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Water Saver Cycle: How does this cycle work? The brochure says it can be used if water supply is limited and soil is light. Could it possibly be there is no deep rinse, only a spin-spray rinse?

Post# 1068818 , Reply# 17   4/23/2020 at 10:31 (1,062 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Eugene/Frigilux ... correct, it runs only a spin-spray rinse. 

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Post# 1068823 , Reply# 18   4/23/2020 at 10:44 (1,062 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Wow! That was about 35 years ahead of its time. Thanks for the info.


Also: Apologies, Doug; just realized you started this thread.

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