Easy Vacuum Electric Washer

Easy Vacuum Electric Washer

The Easy Vacuum Electric Washer was made by the Syracuse Washer Corporation, 507 East Water Street, Syracuse, N. Y. and it had an operating cost running at 225 to 250 watts of 2 ΒΌ to 2 1/2 cents an hour in 1920. We will take a look at some at their washing machines specifics and also look at the advertising of the day as it appeared in the nations newspapers.

1919 Easy Vacuum Electric Washer

Easy Vacuum Electric Washer of 1919

Construction – Has a one-piece copper tub, 24 inches in diameter by 18 1/2 inches high, tinned inside, mounted upon a three-legged steel frame with casters. Directly beneath the tub is a one-sixth horsepower motor, which, by belting, operates the driving mechanism. Inside the cylinder is a vertical shaft supporting a horizontal arm. having two nickel-plated cup like plungers in vertical position. A one-piece copper cover is provided. Mounted on one side, under the tub, is a gas burner. Floor space required by the washer is two square feet, and the height of the tub is 38 inches,18 inches more to top of wringer.

Special Features – This machine operates on vacuum suction principle and cleans the clothes thoroughly and quickly. All metal in construction, durable and simple to run. Wringing and washing can be done alone, together or separately. The plungers are worked up and down sixty times a minute and automatically make the circuit of the tub every fourth stroke. They can be set at any of three heights on the shaft, thus adjusting the machine for the maximum load (10 sheets) or less. Wringer has inclosed gears and a convenient hand lever. It moves on casters. All moving parts are under the tub. It occupies little more space than a tub. There is a discharge valve to connect with a drain. The motor is of standard make (Robbins & Meyers or General Electric Company). Nothing to easily get out of order.

1920Easy Vacuum Electric Washer

The ad above for the Easy Vacuum Electric Washer boasted – There are only six (6) of these machines in this shipment, and they will not last long, if past sales are
any indication.
One of the “Easy Vacuum” machines is set up in the store, and we are very glad to demonstrate it for you at any time. In this way you are able to see how much longer your clothes will wear if given into the care of an “Easy.”
The “Easy Vacuum” Electric Washer Is Different!
The “Easy” Washer differs in appearance and washing principle from other washing machines and washes clothes clean and rapidly by air pressure and suction.
The two vacuum cups, or plungers, force the soapy water through the mesh of the garments without’ friction or, rubbing. These double vacuum suction cups move up and down 60 times a minute and change positions automatically. They work all the clothes in every part of the tub.

This full page ad ran in the New York Sun in 1919

full page ad easy washer 1919

Easy Vacuum Electric Washer

Comments (6)

  1. Connie

    Where they not successful any reason why they went out? Sounds like an interesting concept. How long were they around do you know. I found this article very fun and informative. Thank you for that. On the Easy Vacuum Washer. Great ads too.

    1. admin (Post author)

      Sorry Connie, I have no idea why they didn’t last and found nothing online. Glad you enjoyed the post πŸ˜‰

  2. Ma. Donnelly

    My family was still using one of the twin tub version “Easy” washing machines in Caracas, Venezuela in the 1950’s. External wringer, had to lift the wet clothes from the washing tub to the rinse tub, then run the clothes thru the ringer. It was set up in the laundry patio, filled with a hose from the cold water spigot of the batea, and the clothes were hung to dry on cords strung in the patio. It was much easier than washing the clothes by hand in the ‘batea’, a granite clothes washing sink with a corrugated slanted section to rub the clothes on. These old Easy washing machines are probably still in use in many countries that haven’t caught up to the U.S. in household machinery. They’re an advance on scrubbing clothes while kneeling in a cold stream.

  3. Paige

    I just bought one of these Easy Vacuum Washing Machines and it had the original instruction card and “guarantee card” with it. Tub has a dent in it, but agitator/plunger, lid, cord, and ringer parts all appear to be there. Any links or connection to someone that might know more about them that you could refer me to? Thank you!

  4. admin (Post author)

    Thanks for the comment Paige. You may want to use this forum to post a question. Antique Washing Machines @ Smokstak http://www.smokstak.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=123

  5. TerryD

    I have two if these. A model M as shown with ringer, and model R with a conjoined smaller tub with a spinner instead of ringer. The Easy plunger types were made for about 35 years or so. Not a bad run at all. They had their adherents because they were so gentle yet effective. Those people probably were early adopters of front loaders after WWII interrupted production. The plungers were replaced with their “spirolator” agitator in the post war years.

    They’re gentle and effective but they are not quiet and large items usually require you to release and lift off the plunger assembly. I think those were the drawbacks.

    On the other hand, I actually use mine occasionally for specific items. Best example are the floor to ceiling draperies with pleated tops. “Dryclean Only” they say. Ha! True, an agitator batters the pleats in seconds and tangles them up. A front loader rounds the pleats’ edges a bit and sometimes entangles them. The Easy vacuum electric does neither and gets them bright and spotless. The pleated tops remain sharp. Spin, rinse, spin and line dry. Light pressing and they look like they came from the drycleaner.

    Not a bad performance for machines that look like they come from the Jules Verne era of technology!


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