Cataract Motor Washer
The Cataract Motor Washer was made by the Nineteen Hundred Washer Company, Binghamton, N.Y. and used 175 watts and cost about 1 ¾ cents an hour of continuous use in 1920. The advertising was simple and straightforward and its General Electric motor ran smoothly.
Construction – An oscillating tub type having a steel frame mounted upon an iron base and supporting in a horizontal position a semi-cylindrical copper tub tinned inside. The one-quarter horsepower General Electric motor is located at one corner of the under frame and drives by belting the gearing chains, etc., which operate the wringer and oscillate the tub. This machinery is covered. The swinging type reversible two-roll American wringer with safety release is supported over the tub. It occupies a floor space 28 inches square and measures 38 inches to top of tub and 56 inches to the top of the wringer.
Special Features – The tub has no interior moving parts but is simply rocked back and forth by the gearing mechanism and springs. The casters on the frame have adjusting levers which raise the legs off of the casters while the machine is operating, thus keeping it rigid and stationary. Control levers for the tub and wringer are conveniently placed and the washing and wringing may be carried on separately or together. The motor is provided with an extra pulley wheel for the operation of small machinery. The tub has a capacity of eight sheets, makes 40 oscillations a minute requires 10 to 15 minutes to wash a charge of clothes.
Store Will Show Cataract Washer (Washington Times 1921) –
Solomon’s Shop Manager Says “1900 Machine Saves Clothes and Expense. Interesting demonstrations of the “1900” Cataract Washer will be given at Solomen’s 1900 Shop, 707 Twelfth street, all this week. Concerning the merits of this modern household appliance, the manager of the 1900 shop says: “The 1900 Cataract Washer will pay for itself in a few months time. First, is the saving of money actually paid out for an inferior quality of work done by hand. Second. is the saving of wear and tear to the clothes from the constant use and abuse of the rubboard. This is by far the greater saving. Fabrics of every description are washed in the 1900 Cataract positively without Injury and will last many times as long as when washed in the old way.
This is due to the fact that there are no interior working or moving parts in the tub. The water and suds are forced over, under and through the fabric as the tub swings back end forth at the rate of about forty strokes in each direction per minute. “Owing to the shape and the move seat of the tub the water and suds are agitated to a greater extent than has heretofore been accomplished by any manufacturer of washing machines. This makes it possible to complete the washing process in less time, with less power and at the lowest possible expense.
The quality of the work turned out by the 1900 Cataract Washer is far superior in every respect to that done by hand or by the wide variety of washing machines that operate on the friction principle, and which are designed for quantity, not quality work. “It has no cylinder to lift out and clean and dry after each washing. It is not necessary to wash the washing machine after you have washed the clothes.
Full page ad for the Cataract Motor Washer in the Evening Public Ledger 1920