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Offline schleven

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they dont make em like that anymore
« on: May 03, 2013, 10:44:32 PM »
I had a call today on a maytag washer, the old style.  The pump was bad. The machine looked new on the inside. She had never had a problem till now.  I asked her how old it was and she pulled the file with a date of july, 1992. 
They don't make em like that anymore.
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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 03:27:47 AM »
I took apart and repaired the transmission on my sisters maytag washer purchased in the mid '70s.These were dream machines ...best washers around in my opinion .More metal in one of these then 5 washers today .Nice feature was they used water to wash the clothes and not the crazy over engineered trickery of current machines .

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 10:52:15 AM »
I work on a lot of 1980's Maytag we sold when we had a store. People won't get rid of them (I won't let them!) ;D

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 06:26:24 PM »
Best pump ever made. They hardly go bad.Best washer by far. ;)

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2013, 07:12:37 PM »
Just had to say, my Mother bought a Maytag A810 washer in March 1982. Had to replace the timer several years ago-sometime in the 90's. Only repair and still washes like new. At 31 years old it has done well. Won't find a new one now that will last that long.

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2013, 07:31:36 PM »
That's why Whirlpool shut that factory down. Eliminate the competition.

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2013, 11:15:53 AM »
That's why Whirlpool shut that factory down. Eliminate the competition.
Interesting! Pictures of said pump? :thanks: :thanks:

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2013, 02:16:00 PM »
I doubt I changed more then 2 in my 37 year career ,I have fished out a few bobby pins or finishing nails but its easy because you could shine a light through the pump and spot the location right away .

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2013, 02:23:40 PM »
Wonder if it was harder for the ol' lonely Maytag repair man to make a living back then, lol...
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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2013, 06:29:26 PM »
I was a Maytag Red Carpet for 26 years. 1 pump was changed because of a computer chip wedged in the pump and stripped it, another was a nail. Never found the cause of the 3rd one. And it wasn't hard to make a living then as it is now because we worked on everything else. Repaired 95% of the machines then ,repair 55% now.

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2013, 07:25:56 PM »
Oldstoveguy ,I was also a red carpet service for many years ...remember the rules you needed to follow ...red drop mats ,specs on how we needed to keep our work area after completing call..some rules were for show but they looked after their techs.To me there was alot more respect back then and like you most appliances were repaired ,not condemed. I was proud to represent a top notch maytag company . Oh times have changed !

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2013, 08:37:18 PM »
I was very proud to do their service, and yes they really backed you up "no matter what" I still use my battered pad for under my call book as it won't let it scratch anything I lay it on. My Mom as a joke bought me stock in Maytag, kept it for years until fees cost more than my dividends paid. Sold all but 1 share, got it on paper. Whirlpool keeps bugging me to trade it for a share of Whirlpool, I will never get rid of it. #1 to remember my Mom and #2 I Loved Maytag. My refrigerator is 20 years old, Maytag. My dishwasher 21 years old Maytag. Washer and dryer all Maytag. Even a "Nail Eater disposer "Maytag. My stove a 1938 O'Keefe & Merritt. Well you just can't beat them. I really miss it but still use the same business practice, such as wiping feet on a towel before entering and pads to work on. Customers really like it.

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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2013, 04:48:00 PM »
When I was in commercial laundry,  I was responsible for about 3000 commercial maytag sets of washers and dryers.   I did change quite a few pumps,  however,  that maytag, in my opinion,  was  absolutely the best washer ever made.    People used to beat the hell out of those in apartments,  but the machines held up GREAT!    Better than GE's,  the OLD Speed queens with the fluid drives (you old timers will remember those",  and the old General Motors built Frigidare's ,  which were a nightmare.   The belt drive whirlpools are a close second to the maytags, but I agree that the Maytags were the best.           
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Re: they dont make em like that anymore
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2013, 07:27:00 PM »
I love those old maytag washers and halo of heat dryers-built like a tank.Went to factory school in Newton Iowa for a week in 1969 and sorry that they went out of business.

 

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