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I need a new Washing machine

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#1 BlackSpyder


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Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:41 PM

OK I'm in the market for a new washing machine (laundry) for the second time in 2 years, here are the qualifications:

1) No Eco Friendly junk, I want clean clothes, scr-w the environment! I'm sure washing clothes once with a good machine is better then washing 4 pair of jeans 5 times in an eco-friendly one
2) No Computerized anything
3) Large Stainless Steel tub, I have to wash my Carharts in it and I'd like to get more then one pair in at one time

To explain why these thing matter. My current machine is a Eco-friendly H.E. washer by GE. No matter how you wash clothes they tend to come out just as dirty as they went in, the loading sensors refuse to put enough water in the tub to clean, the agitator doesn't agitate it merely gently starts and stops every 30 seconds which does nothing to remove heavily soiled clothes (the only kind we have here), then to top it off the Magnetic "lid sensor" (what was wrong with a spring loaded plunger?) quit on me last week. Needless to say I've had enough and I'm tired of having to go to the laundromat (30 miles away) to actually get clean clothes.

In case you're wondering what I'm washing in this thing I'm a diesel mechanic and my dad is a farmer. You can figure out the rest.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:13 PM


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:49 PM

I know you dont necessarily want eco friendly-however, I am a truck driver, I get oil and grease and other stuff all over my clothes all the time, and we have -1020629/WTW8600YW/"]this washing machine, it is eco friendly, but it does an excellent job of getting my clothes, especially my jeans clean. Its agitator-less, which is the first of its kind that Ive ever seen, but it does work, and it works very well at removing the grease.



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Posted 07 June 2012 - 01:17 AM

My 20 year old washer (Eco stats: middle of the road water consumption, middle of the road energy consumption top loader) was out of commission for a week waiting for a replacement coupling. During that time I went to two different local laundromats (a financial interest in low up-front cost, low energy usage, and low maintenance cost) and both were using eco-friendly front loaders. One still had some old conventional agitator tub machines. Since I may have to replace my washer ... eventually ... I asked the owner (wife of the guy who owns the garage I take my mini-van to) about their plans and experiences. She was pretty satisfied with the new front loaders on all counts.

That being said, there may still be a few dogs out there. I'd go to the local library and check an issue of Consumer Reports. They're usually pretty good. (Or check with someone who runs a local laundromat.)

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:42 AM

Oh, for the good ole days....

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There were safety issues, though.......

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:58 AM

@ BlackSpyder,

Over the years i have found no matter what kind of washing machine i used,If I used "Waterless Hand Soap" on my hubby's greasy jeans they ALWAYS came out clean.

Rub Waterless Hand Soap on the greasy spot's, let sit for a few minutes and then wash with whatever detergent you like.
It's dang near fool proof!!
and I'll add this as a just in caser... :hysterical:
Peroxide will take out blood stains, such as those that may be on your jeans because you wacked your knuckles on a wrench and then wiped them on your shirt or britches.
Wet bloodied item, pour some peroxide on the blood, again let set for a few minutes, then just wash as you would regularly.

I hope this helps....


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Posted 07 June 2012 - 01:02 PM

Oh, for the good ole days....

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There were safety issues, though.......

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My fool cousin got his arm caught in the ringer of that type of washer and it left his arm horribly disfigured for life so I'll take your safety issue over his any day of the week and twice on Sunday :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 05:01 PM

I'll take a second hand Whirlpool over a brand new anything else. You can't kill them.

Here is another conversation on the subject on another forum that I am a member. (I hope no one minds the link.)

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:44 PM

This one is a bit pricey. It is NOT computerized as far as I can tell. Controls are all mechanical knobs that you turn, no push buttons. It is designed to be repaired by the owner as all the parts are accessible from the front. If you lack the skills to do such repairs or lack a friend who can do such repairs, then don't get it as appliance repair folks won't touch it with a 10 foot pole as they don't know the brand, at least where I live. Might be different in Ohio. Excellent tech. assistance over the phone if needed. This is not to say that it needs a lot of repairs. Mine didn't need any until Dad forgot to check his pockets before doing the laundry. It is essential to check pockets etc. for nails, screws, and the like as such will cause damage to the machine as I know to my sorrow.

Gets clothes very clean, and spins them a lot dryer than any other washing machine I know. It must be on a very solid and stable surface as the spin cycle is incredibly fast. If you don't have such a surface, don't get it.

It is a top loader with side action like a front loader. It has a HUGE capacity, and yes, the drum is stainless steel. Inner drum is hexagonal shaped. As a bonus, it is water and energy efficient, and you use a LOT less detergent. In fact, when you first wash clothes in it that have been washed in other washers, don't put ANY detergent in it. The machine will use the detergent that stayed in the clothes from the previous washings. I am not kidding. It will get out the dirt AND the left over detergent. Of course, pretreating stubborn stains is a good idea under any circumstances.


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Edited by Orange Blossom, 07 June 2012 - 08:46 PM.

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