Need appliance parts? Call 877-803-7957 now or use the parts search box:

Parts Search

Learn how to troubleshoot using schematics like a real tech…

Click here to check out our structured, online appliance repair training courses for rookies and experienced techs.

FAQs | Repair Videos | Academy | Newsletter | Podcast | Contact

Stay connected with us...

Samurai on Facebook - become a fan today! Sign up for our free newsletter and keep up with all things Appliantology. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for lots of appliance repair tips and help! Follow the Samurai on Twitter and get timely morsels of Appliantological Wisdom! Subscribe to our MST Radio podcast to learn secrets of the trade.
edwardh1

Laundromat washers

8 posts in this topic

who makes the front loaders in Laundromats? I told a friend about the discussions here about which is the best front loader and he said who makes the ones in laudromats.

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????????

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Need appliance parts? Call 877-803-7957 now!

looks like speed queen just went into the home business.

seems they would have done it years ago

anyone own one?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I live on a graduate school campus. They put in some of the Speed Queen Horizon front-load washers (coin vended) in our building, to share among the 16 or so families. Supposedly they're the same as the "home" use ones they're selling.

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

are stablers on display anywhere around the US?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some more research shows the Speed Queen home units to have a larger drum than the Horizon vended units, by about half a cubic foot. In thinking further about the vended units here, I *am* actually impressed with their construction quality, etc. I may be considering them after all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wascomats are popular in laundromats in my area; made in Sweden, I think, and one of the Electrolux companies.

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites