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Post# 1085362   8/17/2020 at 06:19 (946 days old) by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        

Found this randomly on the web, I don't know if anybody has seen it, but by the looks of the tub ring and clothes guard ring, this looks like a direct drive with perhaps a BELT drive agitator??? Like a roto swirl? Anybody?

Here's a link to the page it's on, if anybody feels like getting full access to that page and perhaps finding out more about it, feel free.


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Post# 1085383 , Reply# 1   8/17/2020 at 09:09 (946 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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More than likely is a direct drive washer. Looks like a belt drive agitator but there were a couple of interesting agitators Whirlpool and Kenmore were experimenting with in 1981 and 1982.

Post# 1085387 , Reply# 2   8/17/2020 at 10:08 (946 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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The picture is a DD washer, The agitator cap picture is wrong, someone photo-shopped it in maybe at the ad agency, they never built such an agitator-cap in a DD washer.


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Post# 1085390 , Reply# 3   8/17/2020 at 10:59 (946 days old) by DDFan92 (Boise ID)        

Thanks John. Would've been cool to see something like that though!

Post# 1085393 , Reply# 4   8/17/2020 at 11:12 (946 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I believe there was a 24” belt drive washer Kenmore did make in the late 70’s and early 80’s with the same control panel.

Post# 1085401 , Reply# 5   8/17/2020 at 11:33 (946 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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It would have a different, D-shaped tub cover and no clothes-guard ring.

Post# 1085475 , Reply# 6   8/18/2020 at 05:58 (945 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

I’m going to say it’s an early Direct-Drive 1983 or 1984.

The Clothes Guard within the D Shaped Opening gives it away. But I thought that Direct-Drives used either a Straight-Vane Agitator or a Dual-Action Agitator. The agitator in the picture doesn’t look like neither one.


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