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Post# 1100532   12/14/2020 at 09:05 (834 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Today's Kelvinator ad makes reference to two agitation methods; they show one method that switches direction (back-and-forth) and then they show a method that seems to work in one direction only.  Naturally the second method is "better" and is used in the Kelvinator.


My questions are:


First, am I understanding the ad correctly?  The Kelvinator moved the clothes in one direction, not back-and-forth.


Second, isn't this what SQ did recently with their newest  models?  A method that hasn't exactly worked as well as has been touted by SQ?



Post# 1100533 , Reply# 1   12/14/2020 at 09:09 (834 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Lawrence, I found the concentric rotation method to be quite effective. In some ways, I liken it to a horizonal rotation of a Frigidaire rollover when it was pulsating. Plus it was very splashy.

Post# 1100550 , Reply# 2   12/14/2020 at 09:49 (834 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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GSOHoover has vintage Kelvinator videos on his YouTube channel, several types of loads.

The load rotates counterclockwise, and also rolls over.  Kinda like Calypso's action but with a full tub of water.

Post# 1100556 , Reply# 3   12/14/2020 at 10:43 (834 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Thanks for the video!  That makes it a lot easier to understand - not at all what I thought.



Post# 1100585 , Reply# 4   12/14/2020 at 13:42 (834 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The Kelvie produced good rollover with that wild agitator.  If American Motors had the imagination of some other appliance manufacturers, they would have come up with some trademarked name for the agitation unless they were precluded from doing so by trade agreements with ABC or some other entity. They could have called the washing action the "Zone Of Kelvination" or something.

Post# 1100591 , Reply# 5   12/14/2020 at 15:28 (834 days old) by Syndets2000 (Nanjemoy, MD)        

Ma bought one of these under the Duracrest label, from Woodward and Lothrop, when she moved from an apartment back to a house in Bethesda. Quite a change from the Westinghouse laundromat we had until we left our home in Potomac, MD. (1966)
The Duracrest never seemed to spin without smashing into the soapstone sink next to it, or kicking off it's lower front panel. Two moves later, the agitator boot failed, and it was replaced with a Kenmore belt drive in 1973...

Post# 1100684 , Reply# 6   12/15/2020 at 07:34 (833 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Not to be pedantic, but Duracrest (May Dept Stores) would have come from the Hecht Company in DC--believe Woodward and Lothrop would probably have sold AMC.

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