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Frigidaire Agi Tub
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Post# 1082562   7/26/2020 at 23:56 (970 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Does anyone have pictures of these washers including the insides? How do they work? How do they wash? I've never seen one in person.

Post# 1082596 , Reply# 1   7/27/2020 at 06:35 (970 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
We have a brand-New one at the Museum

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Come and see it wash-spin, it actually worked pretty well because the tub was fairly small, you certainly could not put 5 pairs of really dirty work jeans in it and get them washed uniformly however.


John L.

Post# 1082598 , Reply# 2   7/27/2020 at 07:06 (970 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Neat, thanks for the invite! :)

Any pics of the internals by chance? Or a tech sheet?

Post# 1082601 , Reply# 3   7/27/2020 at 07:22 (970 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Here's a brief video from AW member Drew (RedCarpetDrew).

I'm assuming that's a fabric softener dispenser mounted to the top of the agitator; have never seen one being used on a Skinny Mini. A friend had one in his rented house and it was fun to watch. The plastic tub was a bit of an oddity back in the day, as well.

Also: A photo of a Skinny Mini belonging to AW member Rich (golittlesport) and a link to the 2004 thread it came from.


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Post# 1082606 , Reply# 4   7/27/2020 at 07:58 (970 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Here's a video of mine. I didn't cancel the lid switch so I had to leave the lid almost closed to make the video!

Post# 1082607 , Reply# 5   7/27/2020 at 08:06 (970 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Post# 1082608 , Reply# 6   7/27/2020 at 08:07 (970 days old) by eronie (Flushing Michigan)        

Didn't these have the weird cable drive for agitation? Or am I thinking of something else.

Post# 1082641 , Reply# 7   7/27/2020 at 10:38 (970 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The drive cables are shown in Pic #4 above.

Post# 1082644 , Reply# 8   7/27/2020 at 11:03 (970 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Which came first

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the Frigidaire Agi-tub or the Suzy Homemaker toy, which had the same type tub/agitator all-in-one? The toy came out in 1966. What about the Frigidaire?

I was always disappointed with my toy as a kid, as I thought it should have separate agitator action! Another member here mentioned the same a while back.

For those who have never seen this toy, here's a video taken back in 2012 before I had a mobile phone with a good camera!


Post# 1082647 , Reply# 9   7/27/2020 at 11:21 (970 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Frigidare Agi-Tub

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Came out around 1969-70, so I guess that GM stole the design from Suzy-Homemaker, LOL


John L.

Post# 1082650 , Reply# 10   7/27/2020 at 12:03 (970 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Ah, the Vega

of Frigidaire.

Post# 1082657 , Reply# 11   7/27/2020 at 12:41 (970 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
so I guess that GM stole the design from Suzy-Homemaker, LOL

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Not out of the realm of possibility, John.

Never knew the tub was NOT stationary till I found out here, years back; still have trouble seeing it move. What a sweet happy little bugger is the Agitator Tub.

John, I've lost your contact and you're not listed in the 411 directory. Call me. Thank you. Met a friend of yours.

Post# 1082670 , Reply# 12   7/27/2020 at 13:54 (969 days old) by frigidareu (Brunswick, Ohio)        

Too bad Speed Queen didn't see that Frigidaire Agitub video on how an agitub model should work before they invested millions on their horrible design.

Post# 1082671 , Reply# 13   7/27/2020 at 14:03 (969 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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I can't thank you all enough. I have a lot to digest now! So cool!!!!!!!!!!

Post# 1082732 , Reply# 14   7/27/2020 at 20:42 (969 days old) by Bayouboy (Metairie)        
Those machines

I love these little guys. Phil, if you ever decide to sell yours, keep me in mind. How about you, John? Any leftovers around the museum for sale?

Post# 1082736 , Reply# 15   7/27/2020 at 20:54 (969 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

I would kill for a G-mini

Post# 1082737 , Reply# 16   7/27/2020 at 21:13 (969 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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When I was a kid, I was fascinated by Suzy Homemaker washers! My neighbor had one (that was in the late seventies / early eighties when I was 3-4 years old). I wanted one badly and there was a store who sold sports items, toys and electronics that was known as “the museum” in town as they had NOS stock in boxes of everything they sold 20 years before. It’s owner was the mayor of our town and he was blind. He once got hit by a car as he crossed the street from the electronics store to the sports store. I bought plenty of stuff from this store in late eighties and early nineties (including a NOS Dual 1228 turntable that I had paid $150 for) but about 10 years before, my parents had got me as a gift a crank operated washer with an orange tub and a clear lid at that store instead of the Suzy Homemaker I wanted! They also got me a toy vacuum cleaner at that store, that one was battery operated at least! It didn’t do much more than noise though!

The link below talks about our blind mayor who passed away in 1995 and his stores. He was also the father of one of my classmates in high school. You can translate the page with Google...


Post# 1082774 , Reply# 17   7/28/2020 at 02:30 (969 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        
They actually washed very well-----

although you had to gauge how much bulk you put in. The roll-over was surprisingly good.
The over-flow rinsing did a good job,too.
When they were new I never paid them much mind as I thought they were kind of cheap and gadgety with the plastic tub. But, after watching them in action a few times I was really impressed. They were pretty tough, too, as old ones still show-up in working condition.

I don't know how you could reasonably compare them to the dreaded SQ TR series since they did not design a 1-18 Syncro-Swing that I am aware of.

Post# 1082776 , Reply# 18   7/28/2020 at 05:39 (969 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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We looked at a condo in Palm Springs which still had one...

Post# 1082794 , Reply# 19   7/28/2020 at 08:56 (969 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Dad shopped mobile homes at one point to put one (or more) on a rental property he owned.  I recall several we looked at had a SkinnyMini but of course I never saw one run.  He didn't buy any to rent-out himself but did set up the property with three spaces for renters to bring in their own.

Post# 1083050 , Reply# 20   7/30/2020 at 05:17 (967 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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My aunt in Anderson, Indiana had one.  I thought I was imagining it until seeing one on here then I knew I was remembering correctly.  Specifically, the plastic tub with a funny looking agitator.  I was 3 years old and this was 1974.  My uncle worked for DelcoRemy in Anderson (aka GM, long since closed, torn down and gone).

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