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1978 Frigidaire Jet Cone Washer Commercial
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Post# 1086522   8/25/2020 at 15:34 (949 days old) by laundryshark (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)        

Before viewing the old, old Frigidaire ads through the Automatic Washer Web site, I remember watching the 1970s ads during the early morning news before heading off to school.--Laundry Shark

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Post# 1086568 , Reply# 1   8/25/2020 at 20:47 (949 days old) by Agiflow4 ()        

I remember that commercial back in 77-78. Maybe it was earlier? I was a kid then. Like the ratcheting of the original dual action, but we all know that that Kenmore was overloaded.

To think that in a couple of short years after this commercial the up and down action agitator would go bye bye forever.

GM in 2020: Frigidaire....who...?

Post# 1086610 , Reply# 2   8/26/2020 at 01:52 (949 days old) by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        
"Put a Sock In It"

I remember that commercial vividly. I remember a lot of them from my childhood that decade! I remember the "sequel" in they dropped a sock into both of those washers to show how quickly it dissappeared to demonstrate its quick rollover.

Post# 1086660 , Reply# 3   8/26/2020 at 12:42 (948 days old) by Washerlover (The Big Island, Hawai’i)        

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And didn’t someone post a Kenmore vs Frigidaire turnover contest video on this site once upon a time..? And yes, that poor Kenmore in the commercial is seriously overloaded!

Post# 1086667 , Reply# 4   8/26/2020 at 13:27 (948 days old) by Agiflow4 ()        

Yes Robert posted that video some years ago and many of us voted he use the surgilator for that test. Even though that Surgilator took longer it DID roll over that huge load of jeans for those 1957 and 1958 standard capacity machines.

Post# 1086676 , Reply# 5   8/26/2020 at 15:37 (948 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0600-CST.))        

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Not only is the Lady Kenmore overloaded it is set to the medium water level. Were that 26 gallon tub full of water I think the results would be quite different

Post# 1086742 , Reply# 6   8/26/2020 at 22:14 (948 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Rigged !

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I think you are correct Nick, That KM used 26 gallons of water at full load size and it would easily turn over a 15 pound load.


John L.

Post# 1086833 , Reply# 7   8/27/2020 at 15:54 (947 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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I never noticed the water level before in this commercial, but if you look closely at the Frigidaire 1-18 video it too has the water level set much lower than maximum.

Here is that video I did years ago with the same five pair of jeans...

Post# 1086850 , Reply# 8   8/27/2020 at 17:20 (947 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Not only is Kenmore overloaded, it contains larger items making the load more difficult to turn over. Look at the Frigidaire....socks and a bunch of small items...

Come on now...

Is that a dual action agitator in 1978?

Post# 1086855 , Reply# 9   8/27/2020 at 17:27 (947 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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Sears did a similar ad with something bright dropped on the top of both a Frigidaire and a d/a Kenmore and the Kenmore made it disappear and it sat on the top of the Brand X load.

Post# 1086881 , Reply# 10   8/27/2020 at 19:28 (947 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

The 1-18 has better roll-over with less water, anyway. (It's a RollerMatic thang).
I have stuffed a Kenmore Dual-Action set for high water level and it had good roll-over.

Post# 1086883 , Reply# 11   8/27/2020 at 19:42 (947 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I'd stuff our 1976 Supreme 80 with weighed 18 lbs of towels/cottons & such and it rolled fine w/o a dual-action.

Post# 1086887 , Reply# 12   8/27/2020 at 20:10 (947 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Hahaha. Yeah, it's awfully hard to beat a Super Surgilator.

Post# 1086960 , Reply# 13   8/28/2020 at 12:40 (946 days old) by seedub (South Texas Hill Country)        

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Ya know, each time I've seen that ad since it was new, I was baffled by a curious clicking, ticking noise coming from the KM. I've never heard that with any of the dozens of dual-actions I've come across. After this thread, I am guessing that with the machine's being overloaded and with not enough water, that's the dual-action tearing itself up, and after shooting was over, that thing was possibly wrecked completely?

Post# 1086965 , Reply# 14   8/28/2020 at 13:12 (946 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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It's the normal sound of a belt-drive dual-action.

Post# 1086979 , Reply# 15   8/28/2020 at 14:53 (946 days old) by Agiflow4 ()        

Didn't the first DAAs have a distinct ratcheting sound though ? In the Frigidaire video you can hear that sound.

Post# 1087015 , Reply# 16   8/28/2020 at 19:15 (946 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the first DAA had a different mechanism when it was first introduced....

it was a spring loaded up and down setup with big teeth to grip the auger, which caused the ratcheting action, and also the clicking sound, which Kenmore made known to everyone as 'hearing it in action'...

but people complained of the noise, as it sounded like it was the newer 2 dog quieter version was created...

if I am correct on the first edition, the augers barrel was smooth compared to the replacement having ribs going straight down the barrel...

all in all, still quieter than the thumping noise of a 1-18...

Post# 1087026 , Reply# 17   8/28/2020 at 20:29 (946 days old) by robbinsandmyers (Conn)        
Im impressed

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I love my old Maytags but the quick water evacuation and spin speed impressed me. That thing dropped its water payload faster then a steam locomotive could drop its fire LOL

Post# 1087031 , Reply# 18   8/28/2020 at 21:22 (946 days old) by seedub (South Texas Hill Country)        
Thanks, Martin!

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(Reply #16) That explains it. The first DA I encountered *in action* was a 1980 model.

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