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POD 9-26-2022 Easy Golden Regent Automatic Washer
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Post# 1160472   9/26/2022 at 21:00 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Checked rating of Easy Automatic Washer in 1964 Annual Buying Guide for Consumer Reports and they did not have much good to say about the Easy Automatic Washer. I will check with John and Jeff about servicing reputation.

Post# 1160968 , Reply# 1   10/2/2022 at 18:53 by lotsosudz (Sacramento, CA)        
POD Easy of the 70s

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Is it me, or did the POD of the Easy washer Pictured on 10/2, The control panel, resemble the Monkey Wards/ Norge version of the 20 Pounder in the 70's? Including the Timer knob.

Post# 1161018 , Reply# 2   10/2/2022 at 22:41 by DannyBoy (Texarkana)        

Please pardon my ignorance, but where does one find the Picture of the Day?

Post# 1161027 , Reply# 3   10/3/2022 at 01:25 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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Post# 1161043 , Reply# 4   10/3/2022 at 11:47 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Or hover your computer mouse over Daily Double, select choice of "Today's Picture of the Day" and/or "Today's Patent of the Day."

Post# 1161049 , Reply# 5   10/3/2022 at 13:58 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I should have mentioned, because it will be of great interest to many here, that when Easy talked about no belts, they were alluding to something they came up with that was not seen until Whirlpool's Direct Drive mechanism where the pump and transmission were mounted on the motor.

Post# 1161085 , Reply# 6   10/3/2022 at 21:39 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Easy direct-drive, aka Velvapower.

Post# 1161123 , Reply# 7   10/4/2022 at 13:23 by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Unfortunately the Velvapower had a terribly designed clutch for transmitting power to the spin shaft. It simply used a drive spring that was loosened when the motor turned counterclockwise for spin. This transmitted the motor torque in a very similar fashion that you see with "indexing" washer tubs. The result was it took nearly two full minutes for the tub to come up to full speed spin and with the final spin being only four minutes on all models that made for some really poor water extraction even at a 650rpm spin.

Post# 1161142 , Reply# 8   10/4/2022 at 18:02 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Seems like if they cared, they could have lengthened the final spin by a few minutes.

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