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The Thor was the first electric-powered washing machine. The Thor was a drum type washing machine with a galvanized tub and an electric motor. It was sold in large quantities in the early part of the 20th Century.
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t for the Thor states that a perforated cylinder is rotatable mounted within the tub containing the wash water. A series of blades lifted the clothes as the cylinder rotated. After 8 rotations on one direction, the machine would reverse rotation to prevent the cloths from wadding up into a compact mass. Drive belts attached to a Westinghouse motor connected to three wheels of different sizes, which moved the drum during operation. The design also included a clutch, which allowed the machine to switch direction, and an emergency stop rod.
 

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