I feel stupid asking, but all you do is move the handle across the top from side to side and it cleans the clothes? Does it move them around quite a bit? I am asking because I am kicking myself in the rear for buying another washing machine I don't like. Right now I am using a breathing washer (rapid washer) to do laundry since our 2 month old washer does a poor job. Since the washer is technically "working like it should" we can't return it unless there is a defect. I have looked at James Hand washers and wondered if our money had been better spent on one of them instead.
The handle you see in the picture is connected to an agitator bar that moves roughly half way up each side. It's a stainless steel 2" angle iron, that arcs to within 1/2" of the side walls. It's purpose is to move the water, which moves the clothes, which wash each other. You use a slow motion to move the agitator back and forth, just keeping the water moving. It takes about 5 minutes to wash or rinse a load.
The James washer holds less than half the load, has plastic parts, and costs more. A good comparison - theirs weighs 30 pounds, mine 85 pounds. I build them to last a lifetime.
Go to my website - http://ozarktubs.com/
and watch the video of my wife using it. I've been having some aggravation getting the freight feature to work on the website, so PM me if you'd like a quote on shipping. The shipping weight is 110 pounds, so it's not cheap, but quality never is.