I hear a rumor they are going to discontinue these fine washers because of the new Gov regs.
I had a class a few weeks ago on the new VMW washer. The instructor said direct drive production has been shut down. All of the new toploaders from bottom of the line Ropers to top of the line Cabrios have the same VMW drive. On the bright side, these washers seem to be well engineered and easy to work on.