Posted 13 April 2005 - 02:18 AM
Are they bigger than home ones?
Are they all made by one company? - seems they wouldbe/have been already the testing ground for front loader design reliability????????
Posted 14 April 2005 - 01:16 PM
seems they would have done it years ago
anyone own one?
Posted 17 April 2005 - 06:42 PM
My own opinion is that, while far better than a typical agitator, vertical
axis top loader, they don't do as good of a job cleaning the clothes as the Frigidaire Gallery front-loader (from ca. 2000, when I owned my home) did. They also don't extract as much water as the previous Frigidaire, although they still extract a lot more than a vertical axis machine.
Personally, I find the Speed Queen drum to be pretty small. A typical front loader can easily take a comforter, but not these. At least not if you want it to get clean (it fills the drum so completely that the contents can't tumble.) They hold no more than the non-super-size top loaders they replaced did.
I've not torn into one to see how heavy duty it is. It could be worth a peek.
Personally, I'm looking hard at the Staber for when I move out of here in a couple of months, simply because I'm tired of buying super high-tech garbage. I wish the Staber had a couple more cycles, but I think the basic idea they've gone with (simple, accesible, robust components) is a good one.
Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:55 AM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 05:38 PM
I rebuilt an old "Junior" W-74 and it is one tough, durable dude. It has to be bolted down to a substantial foundation, and has to have a drain in the floor (unless you install the pump kit they have). bought two of them for $300, they are 1984 models. approximately 18 lb machine, just right for a family.
parts are available on-line. I recommend
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