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Post# 205095   4/18/2007 at 22:11 (4,025 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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Got a lead on these machines.

Can anyone guess the age or model#'s?

I have been told that the backpanel is tan and gold.

Do you think these machines have a light-up back panel and/or tub light?

Post# 205100 , Reply# 1   4/18/2007 at 22:42 (4,025 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        

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No lighted consoles on these models. I always look for the
little chrome divider above the control knob to know they
have the lighted glass panels.
I don't know what age they are but it was after they switched
from the blue lower trim to the gold. I know there is a
Maytag expert that can probably tell us the year that happened.


Post# 205105 , Reply# 2   4/18/2007 at 22:53 (4,025 days old) by bobbins (Edmonton)        

A good indicator is the dryer. The halo of heat heater located in front of dryer changed. This dryer has the newer style heater - the door is larger then the halo heat models. With the gold control panel, I believe these models are the later part of the 70's (around 1979)


Post# 205110 , Reply# 3   4/18/2007 at 23:18 (4,025 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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It looks like a 308 or 208 washer, can't make out the number of water level buttons, even enhanced a little here - it's still a toss up. A gold lower panel and "Big Load" dryer are both post-1975. That is actually one of my favorite dryer designs, while smaller capacity, it runs a very close second to the 29" Whirlpool made dryers. Maytag returned to a pilotless ignition after years of standing pilot nonsense, they increased capacity, moved the lint filter up front - and those machines were built like tanks.

Keep us posted, Gary!

Post# 205111 , Reply# 4   4/18/2007 at 23:19 (4,025 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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sorry, saved the wrong size --

Post# 205115 , Reply# 5   4/18/2007 at 23:33 (4,025 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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Do you think the dryer is gas?

Post# 205118 , Reply# 6   4/18/2007 at 23:42 (4,025 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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No the dryer is not gas. Looks like it oculd be a fabric-matic model though. 1-speed greg.

Post# 205119 , Reply# 7   4/18/2007 at 23:42 (4,025 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
Either fuel is a fire hazzard with that vent!

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I can't see the access door for the gas valve on the front so it's probably electric.

Post# 205120 , Reply# 8   4/18/2007 at 23:44 (4,025 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Thanks everyone

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For all the input and information. I think I will visit these this weekend.

Would that machine have the powerfin agitator?

Post# 205124 , Reply# 9   4/19/2007 at 00:24 (4,025 days old) by scott55405 ()        

It should have a powerfin agitator, and I think it's a 308. I think a 208 would have 2 speeds, like a 206. Made bet about 76 and 80.

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Post# 205148 , Reply# 11   4/19/2007 at 06:32 (4,025 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
I think it's a 308. I think a 208 would have 2 speeds, l

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What is the difference?

308 means what changes from the 208?

Post# 205160 , Reply# 12   4/19/2007 at 08:35 (4,024 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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Gary that looks like an A108(I can make out the "AUTOMATIC" fake button); I think it has a bleach funnel.

Post# 205161 , Reply# 13   4/19/2007 at 08:39 (4,024 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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...and its mate is a DE108 dryer. Both close to BOL but classic Maytags. This brochure doesn't feature it but the DE108 (or is it a DE208?) was between the new DE308 (that had two temp buttons) and the DE106 (that had the old style panel and no temp selection).

Post# 205162 , Reply# 14   4/19/2007 at 08:42 (4,024 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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Here's my Mother's DE308. I bought it for her in 1978 and it's still working without a hitch:

Post# 205258 , Reply# 15   4/19/2007 at 20:56 (4,024 days old) by drmitch ()        

208 has four temp buttons, hot/warm, hot/cold, warm/cold/, cold/cold, Two speeds, regular and Gentle, and three load, sm, med, lg.

Post# 205426 , Reply# 16   4/21/2007 at 06:57 (4,023 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Road Trip

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Going to check these out today.

Will report back.

Post# 205530 , Reply# 17   4/21/2007 at 22:19 (4,022 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
Got these home today

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Steve(Toggle) and I did a clean-up inside and out. Boy, were they dirty. A yellow film was all over them(possibly from a smoker's house). The washer came with 'gunk' in the fabric softener dispenser, and, the dryer came with lint(YUK!).

The washer runs fabulous. It looks like there is a slight transmission leak. Can anyone help out with this problem?

Steve converted the dryer from 220V to 110V and has his eye on it for his temporary apt. However, since I like matched sets, I may be sweet-talking him out of it(Tee Hee).

Please see photo album of our 'Maytag' day in the link.

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Post# 205531 , Reply# 18   4/21/2007 at 22:21 (4,022 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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~I have been told that the backpanel is tan and gold.

It was actually white and gold. The 'tan' was nicotine and/or dirt. OMG!

Post# 205532 , Reply# 19   4/21/2007 at 22:27 (4,022 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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This was GadgetGary speaking above(LOL).


I have to teach someone to log-out when he is done(HaHa!)

Oh Venus dahling, now I know what it it like to have two AW people in one house.

Post# 205534 , Reply# 20   4/21/2007 at 22:41 (4,022 days old) by llmaytag (Southern California)        
Tub Sizes

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In that ad they mention two tub sizes...the A806 A608 and A408, vs the A208 A108 and A106. What is the difference in the capacities? I know the newest dependable cares were 2.9 cubic feet, and the models after that, such as the Atlantis were 3.3. What were those old models capacities?

Post# 205538 , Reply# 21   4/21/2007 at 23:00 (4,022 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I was right!! na na na na na na na!! It's a Fabric-Matic

Post# 205541 , Reply# 22   4/21/2007 at 23:25 (4,022 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Hi Gary,
What a real nice pair. Best Of Luck with them. Keep me posted.

Post# 205543 , Reply# 23   4/21/2007 at 23:58 (4,022 days old) by drmitch ()        

Congratulations Gary! You`ll have a lot of fun with these! Best of luck! :)

Post# 205550 , Reply# 24   4/22/2007 at 01:43 (4,022 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
The best way to clean a filter/dispenser!

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Very nice! Can you take a picture of the inside of the washer cabinet - it looks like the oil is coming from the top of the transmission.

The Arousal-Cake grows when you shut it off during agitation!

Post# 205590 , Reply# 25   4/22/2007 at 07:32 (4,022 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
The plug-queen at play!

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Dryer: 220v to 110v conversion.

Many NYC apts generally have 40a 110/220v service. This is the required minimun. Sizng/capacity assumes gas cooking and heat and hot water (via fossil fuels) provided by landlord.

Using an electic dryer(which may have to be unvented) requires a 30a line. To me that is cutting it a bit too close.

Converting the dryer to 110v lowers the wattage draw of the heater to aproximately 1/4 of its normal 5,000w. Other than the heater, the other components all use 110v, so their wattage will not change.

5,000w heater on 220v +/- becomes 1,488w on 110v +/-. The ohns (resistance) stays constant. Thus the heater plus a 600w motor will function below 20a @ 110v! PERFECT!

Ohm's law calculator in linkie.
Conversion simply entailed heater going fron [L1(hot) and L2 (hot)] to [L1 (hot) and N (neutral)]. this can be seen in the pic on GadgetGary's photo-album of the wiring terminal- block. I took a jummper (grey) and shot the netural (center post) to the blue wire (heater).

I took an air-conditoner extenson cord and removed the male and female ends. It was gauge 12, 20a wire. Then it was just a matter of fitting a 110v plug!

This machine has time/temperature auto-dry that advances the timer when the heater is "off". This is important in that the 60 minute timer becomes woefully inadequate on a pitful < 1,500 watt heat source! The anticipated dryign time will shoot to over two hours form the standard one hour!

Use 220v, 5,000w. Derive ohms (9.68)
Then, plug in ohms with 120v. See resulting wattage!

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Post# 205601 , Reply# 26   4/22/2007 at 09:22 (4,021 days old) by ~sudsshane ()        

I would contact Steve--(Mayken4now)..He knows everything about vintage Maytags and he is a real nice guy as well.

Have fun fellas!

Post# 205606 , Reply# 27   4/22/2007 at 10:12 (4,021 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Nice conversion - now you have a hair dryer for laundry ;-) I did this a lot when I had only 120v in the garage.

You can convert most any 220v dryer simply by moving the heater wire over to the neutral terminal and attaching your 120v cord to the L1 & neutral (center post) of the terminal block.

Auto-Dry will probably not work well at all, the temperature will be (slowly) reached but the timer will advance toward off too fast to allow sufficient time for the clothes to dry. You'll have to reset the timed dry cycle... Vintage dryers would commonly have 2 hours and longer on their timers because of the people who didn't have a 30A line for the new dryer or access to gas. I believe GE had a price-leader dryer in 57 or so that came with two cords attached.

Post# 205657 , Reply# 28   4/22/2007 at 16:54 (4,021 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
It is Miss Enthanlpy to you dear. :-)

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~Auto-Dry will probably not work well at all, the temperature will be (slowly) reached but the timer will advance toward off too fast to allow sufficient time for the clothes to dry.

HMMMM, I thought it might work in that the timer only advances with this system when the heat is off. We know that won't happen at all in the beginning of the cycle!

The latent heat of vaporization, changing water from a liquid to a gas (vapor), takes a great deal of energy and absorbs heat in the process, therby cooling the drum and out-going air.

I had converted my old GE of the early 60's for a neighbor who needed it. It was an excuse to buy a new one. That model, IIRC had a resistor that kept the amperage down when on 110v. It had a Gansky mentioned, a 2 hr timer and auto dry.

Post# 205665 , Reply# 29   4/22/2007 at 18:06 (4,021 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
Better latent than never.

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Post# 205667 , Reply# 30   4/22/2007 at 18:10 (4,021 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I recall reading a service manual (for a Gibson dryer?) that advised when converting it for 110v the auto-dry cycles were not to be used, the gist of which seemed to be due to the machine being unable to hit the target temperature with the reduced heat input (in which case the timer would be forever stalled at the starting point).

Post# 205669 , Reply# 31   4/22/2007 at 18:18 (4,021 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Can you take a picture of the inside of the washer cabinet

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"it looks like the oil is coming from the top of the transmission"

And here is photographic evidence.

Ok out there, is this a big problem? Will the transmission eventually fail?

Post# 205670 , Reply# 32   4/22/2007 at 18:19 (4,021 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Front Panel

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Post# 205673 , Reply# 33   4/22/2007 at 18:21 (4,021 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
More pics

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Post# 205676 , Reply# 34   4/22/2007 at 18:28 (4,021 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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We tried the Permanent Press cycle and after the main wash and customary pause, it did the following:
Partial Drain
Partial Drain
Quick Drain
Timer Advance
Full Spin
There was no separate spray rinse and the contents of the fabric softener dispenser did not leave the holding cup until the full spin. Please note all spins above are 'spin' drains, not neutral drains.
It is nice to see a machine that actually uses water to get the job done. I guess according to today's standards, this is not and Energy Star machine(Thank you Lawd!)

Post# 205686 , Reply# 35   4/22/2007 at 18:53 (4,021 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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This is really great, thanks for the detailed photos.

Post# 205688 , Reply# 36   4/22/2007 at 18:59 (4,021 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Permanent Press Cycle

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Post# 205689 , Reply# 37   4/22/2007 at 19:01 (4,021 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
The matching dryer

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Oh yeah!

Post# 205695 , Reply# 38   4/22/2007 at 19:25 (4,021 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Wow Gary, what a nice set there! Just love that dryer - so many choices! The features of that dryer, timer wise, almost match completely to the first Maytag electronic controled dryer.

Thanks for the photos!


Post# 205713 , Reply# 39   4/22/2007 at 21:56 (4,021 days old) by hoover1060 ()        

Congrats Gary and Steve on the Maytags, they look absolutely beautiful!
You are going to love them!

Post# 205715 , Reply# 40   4/22/2007 at 21:58 (4,021 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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Thanks so much. Tucson turned me on Big Time to Maytag.
Maybe I will have to change my background logo from KitchenAid to Maytag......

I have a real Maytag.....YAY!

Post# 205742 , Reply# 41   4/22/2007 at 23:50 (4,021 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Great pics, Gary. I'll bet you're having a lot of fun with this washer & dryer. Can you see oil on the top of the gearcase or just on the sides of the gearcase? Repairs are fairly simple on these machines. should have Repair-Master service manuals for Maytag, they were pretty common and are a good reference in times of need.

Post# 205757 , Reply# 42   4/23/2007 at 03:02 (4,021 days old) by badata ()        
The plug-queen at play! (i only know of one kind of plug....

Steve, how did you get so smart??? LOL I'm very impressed!!!! I didn't know half of what you said!!!! LOL (i know Jeff....its late, and i should be in bed) anywho....Steve and Gary, congrats on your maytags....i believe VERY soon that Jeff and I will be joining you....We are probably going to be the proud owners of a set of Maytag 806's

happy washing!!!!!!!

btw....used the FAX detergent.......didn't smell anything after the softner hit the water but it cleaned well.


Post# 205766 , Reply# 43   4/23/2007 at 07:30 (4,021 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
I have a real Maytag.....YAY!

I am so happy for you Gary, yes those are real Maytags, and built to last forever!
Does the dryer have a bell or a buzzer on it?
You'll not find a better washer IMHO either!

Parts are all over ebay too for cheap. I'd recommend an extra set of belts and a pump too. Before its all gone.
Enjoy those Maytags, I am glad you didn't have to wait very long for them!


Post# 205767 , Reply# 44   4/23/2007 at 07:38 (4,021 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Does the dryer have a bell or a buzzer on it?

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Steve thinks it is annoying...I kind of like it!

It is nice having three different capacity Maytags:

Vintage Maytag(regular capacity)

New DC(TL) Maytag(Super capacity)

Maytag Neptune FL(Even bigger...ducks and runs)

The only way I will get rid of this set now is if one comes along that it lighted. See what Tucson did to me????

Post# 205769 , Reply# 45   4/23/2007 at 07:41 (4,021 days old) by tlee618 ()        

OH yes Gary, I have to agree with you. If you find a lighted set that would be awesome. Until then you have a matching set of great machines. Aren't you glad you went to Tucson!!

Post# 205771 , Reply# 46   4/23/2007 at 07:47 (4,021 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Aren't you glad you went to Tucson!!

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Yes, Teri I am happy I went to Tucson. I not only started a new 'Maytag' fetish, but, got to meet a great group of friends here on the AW site. It was a wonderful life experience and would love to live it again and again.

The expertise and knowledge here is truly amazing, as well as the great caring and understanding.
We are a very special group of people and a round of applause goes out to all the AW friends here.

Hugs to everyone!


Post# 205775 , Reply# 47   4/23/2007 at 08:21 (4,020 days old) by hoover1060 ()        

I didn't know they used buzzers back then as well, my DG608 has a bell on it.
Gary the expertise and knowledge are amazing! My A608 has now been with me almost a year, and I remember well the Sunday afternoon last year in Ida's basement giving the machine its first cleaning in 27 years.
Here's the pic of Little Fred, Ida, and Greg fussing over my machine.
I am so happy for you!

Post# 205788 , Reply# 48   4/23/2007 at 10:20 (4,020 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Nice Pair!!!

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Congratulations guys on the Maytags!!! looks a fine working pair...

How does the Maytag numbering work, is the 106 the economy model with less features n speeds and the 806 all bells & whistles features etc??

Is this the first model of re-designed dryers after the DE 306 small door??..Also is this year the first use of the Turquoise Power Fin agi??

Cheers, Mike

Post# 205839 , Reply# 49   4/23/2007 at 14:28 (4,020 days old) by tlee618 ()        

I couldn't agree with you more Gary!!

Post# 205840 , Reply# 50   4/23/2007 at 14:35 (4,020 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Calling the 'Maytag' experts...

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Since I am a Maytag 'newbie', I cannot answer the following questions....but, I bet someone out there in AW-Land can

Chime in Bois....

-How does the Maytag numbering work, is the 106 the economy model with less features n speeds and the 806 all bells & whistles features etc??

-Is this the first model of re-designed dryers after the DE 306 small door??..Also is this year the first use of the Turquoise Power Fin agi??

Post# 205844 , Reply# 51   4/23/2007 at 15:27 (4,020 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
no expert here but....

They were all numbered -06, 106 being the BOL, and the 906 the top originally...
There were some exceptions, such as the A407 and A408, and the A608 which replaced the A606.
The A906 was the all pushbutton model.

The turquoise agitator started in 1966, with the intro of the "washpower automatic" series.
The control panels on those were turquoise too, the color was changed to gold in 1975.
Thats about the extent of my knowledge...

Post# 205918 , Reply# 52   4/24/2007 at 02:54 (4,020 days old) by badata ()        
no expert here but....


Post# 205954 , Reply# 53   4/24/2007 at 07:11 (4,020 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Now you see that is a partner for ya. So supportive. Like a good jock-strap.

So, y'all think GadgetGary is properly addicted?

Post# 205955 , Reply# 54   4/24/2007 at 07:12 (4,020 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

toggleswitch's profile picture washers? :-)

Post# 205963 , Reply# 55   4/24/2007 at 08:02 (4,020 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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He has a good start - I think a Frigidaire might push him over into the abyss!

Post# 205977 , Reply# 56   4/24/2007 at 10:17 (4,019 days old) by westytoploader ()        

Gary and Steve, congratulations! What an awesome machine, that will keep going and going and going for 40+ years. Looks very clean too. I've heard that an oil leak will not harm anything; Maytag grease is very thick and will not run out all at once like others (which subsequently renders the machine useless). Greg would definitely know how to fix the problem...looks like it's coming from the transmission seal between the two 'halves' on yours. I knew you would both develop a Maytag obsession after going to Tucson and watching the A806, Highlander, etc. I like my '55 AMP, but being a close sibling to a Norge, it's a completely different animal sound and action-wise. One of the reasons why I want a vintage helical-drive as well...

Now we need to find you a Frigidaire! No collection is complete without one! :)

Post# 205982 , Reply# 57   4/24/2007 at 11:04 (4,019 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
We'z ALREADY in the abyss.

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Greg: Trust me he wants a Frigidaire, too.

Austin: GadgetGary did a test-load earlier today and the tranny stayed cool. Said to mean still ok!

Post# 205986 , Reply# 58   4/24/2007 at 12:06 (4,019 days old) by mixfinder ()        
Clean, My Favorite Color

I can't imagine what it would feel like to collect and restore with a supportive partner. I'm sure, my back would be ten years younger in an xray if I had help. The smaller capacity Maytag, believed to be adequate for a catholic family of 12, really puts on a water show during agitation. An amazing detail job by an amazing couple.

Post# 205988 , Reply# 59   4/24/2007 at 12:18 (4,019 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

Gary, Congrats on the Maytag pair. My everyday dryer is an electric model that has one knob in the center and has the gold colored portion on the back panel. I have never had a repair on this machine. The dryer is in the basement and no rust anywhere and I bought it new in 1980. My machine has a buzzer in it. Mine is harvest gold. When Maytag was changing the look of their machines, the dealer told me that 1980 was the last year for the center dial machines. He took off $30.00 if I would buy a harvest gold model. I wish I would have purchased the white model instead. It is a very quiet dryer and drys well too. Have fun with the new machines. Gary

Post# 206003 , Reply# 60   4/24/2007 at 13:28 (4,019 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Congratulations, Gary!

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You'll love having Maytags- I've been very happy with mine. I have an LA108 washer and a DE608 dryer. I'm especially impressed with how simple the engineering is on these machines, and how many features the washer has, in spite of its being a lower-end model. It dispenses bleach and softener, has a delicate cycle, and has three temp selections, as well as three water levels. The delicate cycle is Fabric-Matic, that stops agitation and restarts it; this is a one-speed machine.

I really like the softener dispenser and lint filter assembly; they both get the job done with a minimum of fuss, very easy to clean. I had a Whirlpool pair previously, and there was no easy way to clean its softener dispenser, which built up excess softener after a time. And the self-cleaning lint filter flushed its lint into my pipes, which isn't my idea of convenience- sooner or later, there will be a need for drain cleaning.

Question: Did your machines come with their instruction manuals? I'm still searching for manuals, and I'd be very happy with Xeroxes or scans. If you have them, I'd love to talk with you about paying you for copies!

Post# 206054 , Reply# 61   4/24/2007 at 20:27 (4,019 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Thanks for all the kind words on the Maytags

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Today I noticed a slight leak in the left hand corner of the washer. It seemed to be happening only during the 'fill' portion of the cycle. Upon further investigation(Thanks Steve for showing me how to open up the machine), I found that the water was coming from the tube near the top of the machine(Thanks also to Bobby Deregis for explaining what the problem could be).
I tightened the screw, but the leak persisted. I then moved the black tubing a bit and then tightened the screw again and Viola....No Leak...YAY!

Post# 206056 , Reply# 62   4/24/2007 at 20:28 (4,019 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Now Filling

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And leak free!

Post# 206059 , Reply# 63   4/24/2007 at 20:32 (4,019 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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Unfortunately, mine did not come with the manuals. I asked the seller if the manuals could be laying around somewhere in the condo where they came from. I am waiting to hear back from the seller. It seems that these machines came from a home where the owners passed away. I don't know how long they sat without use, but, in any event they work perfectly.
I am so glad that Steve and I went to get them on Saturday.

Thanks for the well wishes.

P.S. Which ones did you get again? Can you post pics again if possible?

Post# 206063 , Reply# 64   4/24/2007 at 20:50 (4,019 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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How DOES that siphon break (between the two clamps) work?

Post# 206068 , Reply# 65   4/24/2007 at 21:09 (4,019 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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-When Maytag was changing the look of their machines, the dealer told me that 1980 was the last year for the center dial machines.

What was the next generation? Was it the machines with the brown backsplash and the main dial to the right?

Post# 206097 , Reply# 66   4/24/2007 at 22:57 (4,019 days old) by scott55405 ()        

You would be correct, Gary. So, is yours a 308 or a 108? I'm thinking 108, given standard capacity. 208 would have had 2 speeds and a standard tub, I think.

I did not know there were center dial dryers with buzzers, I thought they all had the chimes, which I thought was really cool, not that anything's wrong with a buzzer.

Post# 206100 , Reply# 67   4/24/2007 at 23:03 (4,019 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Gary. So, is yours a 308 or a 108?

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A108 and standard capacity

And the dryer DE309 with buzzer.

Post# 206111 , Reply# 68   4/24/2007 at 23:43 (4,019 days old) by scott55405 ()        

Thanks Gary! I guess if I hadn't missed the link to your picture thread earlier, I would have known that! LOL Great pictures.

Post# 206120 , Reply# 69   4/25/2007 at 00:02 (4,019 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Gary: Manuals

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Thanks for responding! If the manuals ever surface, great. If they don't, well, the search continues.

Manuals seem to be the hardest part of collecting vintage stuff. I have two Electrolux vacuums (a 1205 and a Diamond Jubilee) and I've been looking for their manuals for TWO YEARS. Feh.

I have promised myself- if I ever find these elusive goodies, they get posted here or at Vacuumland, as appropriate. I can't be the only person on Earth looking for them.

Post# 206128 , Reply# 70   4/25/2007 at 00:26 (4,019 days old) by jimmyb (Phoenix, AZ)        
Great Set

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Well Boys I am excited to see that you have aquired a Maytag set - Congratulations! Great job on cleaning them up they look great!!!!!

Post# 206153 , Reply# 71   4/25/2007 at 06:50 (4,019 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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.....and I didnt even break a nail.

Gary was kind enough to wax the set, which made lifting and moving it (down a flight of stairs) FUN FUN FUN!

They did end up looking great!

(ducks and runs)

Post# 206154 , Reply# 72   4/25/2007 at 06:56 (4,019 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Waxed is not always good????

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I had to make it clean, clean, clean!

That set shines, and to think it is over 30 yrs. old.

Here is a link to the polish that I is easily applied and works wonderfully on appliances, as well as fiberglass tubs and of course, automobiles.


Post# 206157 , Reply# 73   4/25/2007 at 06:59 (4,019 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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oh hell, you shine too and you are 30+ y.o.!

Post# 206174 , Reply# 74   4/25/2007 at 08:19 (4,018 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Manuals for these? Why? Are you confused by all the buttons and dials? Then you need a 906 Maytag to banish all that washday confusion forever! One button washdays, what could be easier?

Did you try calling Maytag? It's a long shot, but sometimes they still have them on file and will at least copy them for you.

Post# 206272 , Reply# 75   4/25/2007 at 16:51 (4,018 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
Perhaps we couldl have tarred and feathered him.

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~Did you try calling Maytag?

I would have thought that Whirlpool would have had a fabulous bon-fire by now, with Maytag manuals and instructions as thier kindling and fuel.

Goes ta show ya...
Be careful when you hire a former Whirlpool man as a top-level guy. Apparently he slashed and burned and got himself back in to the good graces of Whirlpool. Love those golden parachutes.

I was trying to substantiate the above thought with an article, but no can find. The below linkie will have to do.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO toggleswitch's LINK

Post# 206273 , Reply# 76   4/25/2007 at 16:54 (4,018 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Duh, and there it is.

~The board of Directors of Maytag and CEO(a former Whirlpool executive), all received five years severance pay.

My guess is the CEO got another job back at Whirlpool. DIRTY DAWG!

Post# 206274 , Reply# 77   4/25/2007 at 17:00 (4,018 days old) by westytoploader ()        

So now can we see a picture of them all shined up and installed in their permanent home? ;-)

Post# 206338 , Reply# 78   4/25/2007 at 21:20 (4,018 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Oh Badata, I'm not smart; I just have a big mouth! Actually I have a great love for "applied" sciences, I was taught Greek before English, and my first word was "BRIZA" OUTLET!( power-point) Honey if it plugs in, I'm interested!

Austin, as soon as a permanent home is established we will post. Promise.

Well, we bought the set with the dryer intended for me and the washer for GadgetGary. But someone *AHAM* likes the set AS a set. So we're back to finding me any-old electric dryer, which I will convert to 110v.

Do most electric dryers have a 5,000w heater with a 600w motor as was the the one of this set?

I think the mechanical (time-temp) auto-dry will be just fine on 110v; Gansky thinks it won't stay on long enough and Dadoes says it will never shut off..... we shall see.

Post# 206368 , Reply# 79   4/25/2007 at 22:47 (4,018 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
Manuals for these? Why?

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If the boy wants manuals, we'll give him manuals.

Post# 206383 , Reply# 80   4/25/2007 at 23:19 (4,018 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I get your point- my centre-dials couldn't be easier to figure out and operate. But having the ephemera to go along with the machines is very interesting to me, the difference between having nice old machines and having the beginnings of a proper collection. After all, how did you get to know so much about old washers? ;-)

So, I'll keep looking- they'll turn up. Some damn day...

Post# 206385 , Reply# 81   4/25/2007 at 23:25 (4,018 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Wasn't the "manual" provided with Maytags nothing more than a an 8.5 x 11" (A4)a two-sided oaktag (thick paper) page?

Post# 206391 , Reply# 82   4/25/2007 at 23:36 (4,018 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

I think it would be interesting to see how Whirlpool handles the documentation from the former Maytag company files.

I would think that since we are talking about consumer products, they would have to keep some documentation on file for several years. When a company buys out another company, do they also acquire the product liability of the former company? There lies the answer. Maybe one of our more legally well versed members could answer this.

Post# 206444 , Reply# 83   4/26/2007 at 08:32 (4,017 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Doing it the 'Maytag' way.....

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Today's washload:

4 pr. Dickies workpants
1 pr. jeans
7 pr. socks
7 napkins
7 pr. underwear
4 aprons

Turnover was fantastic and everything came out clean and fresh!

Post# 206445 , Reply# 84   4/26/2007 at 08:36 (4,017 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
And of course...

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On the line to dry FRESH....

Post# 206460 , Reply# 85   4/26/2007 at 09:23 (4,017 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
Holy Smokes!

Thats a very full washload Gary! I've never washed more than 5 pairs of jeans at one time in my Maytag! I am too much of a wuss about over loading it!
You are correct though, it will turn those clothes over, and everything comes out clean and rinsed well.
I am so happy you found those machines!

Post# 206462 , Reply# 86   4/26/2007 at 09:24 (4,017 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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Thanks for the input. I have to get used to my new Vintage Maytag and what constitues a 'proper' load.......

Post# 206466 , Reply# 87   4/26/2007 at 09:44 (4,017 days old) by mixfinder ()        
Full Load

Dear Gadgetwitches,
There is a knurled knob on the load size selector that will allow you to adjust the fill level upward, bringing the water level to the top of the agitator. This provides more water for freer movement of the clothing during wash and better rinsing.

Post# 206468 , Reply# 88   4/26/2007 at 09:47 (4,017 days old) by mixfinder ()        
Quite a Load

I have never washed my dickie in a Maytag.
I agree with Jeff. Drop the soiled clothing in the wash tub and don't pack. When it's filled to the top its time to start the washer. If I have to push or pack it in, then its too many items. We want this machine to be aound for your estate sale, don't we?

Post# 206474 , Reply# 89   4/26/2007 at 09:58 (4,017 days old) by westytoploader ()        
A BobLoad® if I ever saw one

Especially for a standard-capacity Maytag, that poor dear must have been loaded to the hilt, although equally impressive is the fact that everything came out well. Looks more like a 1-18 load to me...I can see that the Frigidaire Fever is setting in already! ;-)

Post# 206481 , Reply# 90   4/26/2007 at 10:37 (4,017 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
loading the Maytag

I have the manuals for my machines, and for a FULL load it instructs you to load the clothes loosely to the top row of holes in the tub(for a full load obviously)

Gary, whats the weight comparision between Dickies and regular denim? My A608 has the big tub, and 5 pairs of jeans are the most I have ever washed at one time.

Kelly, where is this know that adjusts the fill? Enquiring minds want to know!

Post# 206504 , Reply# 91   4/26/2007 at 12:48 (4,017 days old) by mixfinder ()        
Knurled Unfurled

You should get better advice from Tom or Gregg, but...Remove the cover from the control pannel. Look at the water level selection switch. Nestled in the switch is a white wheel that can be be rotated left or right to raise and lower the water level in the machine. Be sure to have the power off or be super cautious because you can get a shock while doing this. It only takes a half turn to add a gallon so don't go cranking.

Post# 206596 , Reply# 92   4/26/2007 at 22:15 (4,017 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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So going back to converting an electric dryer to 110v..

This picture is borrowed from that PANK set in Nokomis, FL offered for $2,000 (LOL ROFL LMAO) Get real!

Post# 206599 , Reply# 93   4/26/2007 at 22:21 (4,017 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
Someone is having loads of fun with his new helical-drive tr

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My mother would be proud of you hiding your undies on the clothes line in the rear.

Dining room cloth nakins and undies at the same time however, TISK TISK, Mother Toggle would blow a major gasket. This from a woman who would not wash anyhing worn above the waist with anything worn below the waist.

Post# 206601 , Reply# 94   4/26/2007 at 22:25 (4,017 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Toggle Dear,

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I have met her and she it not that bad....

Actually, it was not only my undies that I was hiding(ducks and runs)

Everything was cleaned wonderfully in my new helical drive unit.

Post# 206602 , Reply# 95   4/26/2007 at 22:26 (4,017 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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oh, did I miss a teddy, a slip and a brassiere?

Post# 206603 , Reply# 96   4/26/2007 at 22:28 (4,017 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Oh, did I miss a teddy, a slip and a brassiere?

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Guess I did not look close enough dear.....

Actually, it was your undies on that clothesline too....

Post# 206605 , Reply# 97   4/26/2007 at 22:29 (4,017 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Post# 206606 , Reply# 98   4/26/2007 at 22:30 (4,017 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
And now Mr. Kelly, back to our regularly scheduled programmi

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Washing your dickie in a Maytag

Post# 206630 , Reply# 99   4/26/2007 at 23:40 (4,017 days old) by mixfinder ()        
Washing Dickies

Always use the Permanent Press cycle to gently yet thoroughly remove all the wrinkles. We, who do our own laundry appreciate a gentle cool down period following the first extraction. And now Mr Gadget, back to you.

Post# 206676 , Reply# 100   4/27/2007 at 07:34 (4,017 days old) by hoover1060 ()        

and to think I'm missing the above by not using the permanant press cycle!

Post# 206857 , Reply# 101   4/28/2007 at 02:34 (4,016 days old) by jetstream ()        

But, isn't it true that a highly effective agitator is one that can continuously TURNOVER a full-to-capacity washload.

The "dual-action" (2-part) agitators are not included because they're two agitators in one.

The spiral vane helps push the clothes from the top down to the bottom and the flex vanes forces them upward.

If a (single-action) agitator can turn a load over in small amounts of water, the more clothes it can wash at any level.
So, handling very large loads would be easy.

This really is the better designed agitator.

You also waste MORE water when don't wash full-to-capacity load. (NOT OVERLOADING)

The Maytag "POWER-FIN" agitator is truly one of the best agitators designed.

What do you think?

Post# 206858 , Reply# 102   4/28/2007 at 04:28 (4,016 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Tsk, tsk, tsk

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Hanging your drawers out on the line like that for God and the world to see! *LOL*

It ain't fitting, it just ain't fitting!


Post# 207252 , Reply# 103   4/29/2007 at 21:35 (4,014 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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Is this the switch(red knob) that you were referring to?????

Post# 208965 , Reply# 104   5/8/2007 at 12:07 (4,005 days old) by nitronick ()        

Having some troubles with my machine. Once the load hits the spin cycle, it starts to smell of burning rubber and once completed, the clothes are still soaking wet.

Any clues?

Post# 208970 , Reply# 105   5/8/2007 at 12:22 (4,005 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        
Assuming it's a Maytag...

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It sounds like your belts need replacing. A very easy job to do by tilting the machine up to gain access and replacing both belts from underneath. Belts are easy to come by from most appliance parts retailers and many online sources.


Post# 209048 , Reply# 106   5/8/2007 at 20:31 (4,005 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
Tight is good.

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~Once the load hits the spin cycle, it starts to smell of burning rubber and once completed, the clothes are still soaking wet.

Does the dolly/trolley that the motor sits upon move freely?
Does the spring pull it back properly? This is the de-facto belt tightener.

Post# 209057 , Reply# 107   5/8/2007 at 20:36 (4,005 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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so....speaking of dryer performance on 110v (low wattage).

It took three hours to dry an average-sized load that included towels. The exhaust temp only rose towards the end. I had to abscond from the house at that moment, so I did not get to see the mechanical auto-dry advance and/or shut the dryer off.

Methinks Glenn (DADoES) wins this bet.

Post# 210002 , Reply# 108   5/14/2007 at 09:48 (3,999 days old) by nitronick ()        

Are these things worth anything in non working condition. I cant seem to get mine fixed properly and am looking to get rid of it. Previously I thought the belts were the problem making it smell of burning rubber, but was incorrect. Everything works fine until it hits the spin cycle....then Im left with soaking wet clothes.

Post# 210201 , Reply# 109   5/15/2007 at 14:30 (3,998 days old) by nitronick ()        

Anyone? Sorry to be annoying, but its either fix this beast or purchase a new one :(

Post# 210202 , Reply# 110   5/15/2007 at 14:33 (3,998 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        
Please, please, please.......

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Calling the 'Maytag' experts....please help him out!

Save the machine~!

Say NO to the Krusher!!!!!

Post# 210203 , Reply# 111   5/15/2007 at 14:40 (3,998 days old) by oldwasherguy (ladson sc)        

If the belts are new, check to make sure the motor slides properly, if it is then it may need new tension springs because my A606 did the same thing when I first got it. Don

Post# 210275 , Reply# 112   5/15/2007 at 21:24 (3,998 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
110V Dryer Performance

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Toggle I'se feel your pain! Despite being larger than my vintage Whirlpool portable, your dryer only has about 325 watts more heating power than mine at 1450w/120v/15amps. Only plus is your drum is larger so you can do larger loads and or things like sheets won't ball up.

My advice is not to do large loads at once, and or dry some items like towels and other heavy things on the line first,then finish in the dryer. Sheets and blankets, I do one at a time, mostly because otherwise they ball up into a mess.

Yes, as the load dries the exhaust heat gets hotter. Since my unit does not have sensors, can tell when a load is dry because the laundry room will start gettng warm, an indication that the load is dry and the machine is now heating air. Not a good thing as even 1500 watts will turn out crispy laundry if dried over dried.


Post# 210277 , Reply# 113   5/15/2007 at 21:30 (3,998 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Great ideas. I thank you Lady L.

~dry some items like towels and other heavy things on the line first.

But only if I can line dry for a day or less. After two days (drying indoors) my towels used to "sour".

Post# 210280 , Reply# 114   5/15/2007 at 21:55 (3,998 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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My towels will dry indoors in less than three hours or so, providing it is not to humid (as in the summer), but then again they are spun at 1100 rpms in the Miele. Before than would spin them in the Hoover TT (3000 or so rpms).

You may wish to look into either getting a Hoover TT, which IMHO are streets ahead build wise than any of the "Spin-X" extractors being offered on this side of the pond. Towels and other heavy items not only dry faster, but are softer as the high speed extraction removes remaining soap/detergent and other stuff not rinsed out during the final rinse bath.

Another option is to have a small fan in the room, which I do as well. Good air circulation is key fast and even drying of laundry. It also helps keep down the potential for mold/mildew.

While not small, have a Honeywell "Commercial" fan, you know; one of those huge things that sits on the floor. On high it cranks out jet engine type of wind, and will "blow" laundry dry in no time flat! *LOL*

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