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Speed Queen Wringer Washer - New?
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Post# 308107   10/7/2008 at 08:27 (3,208 days old) by louvac (M)        

Hey Guys!

I recently came across a Speed Queen wringer washer at a flea market. Now, it was very white, and it looked fairly new (?) which is was took me by surprise. Even the cord was modern, grey, and a three-wire type. Can I assume that Speed Queen, like Maytag, was still manufacturing wringers into the early 1980's?

What can you guys tell me about this machine? What is a good resale price for it? I did not see a price marked on it. And, I didn't think to write down the model number on it.


Post# 308113 , Reply# 1   10/7/2008 at 09:03 (3,208 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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Speed Queen was manufacturing them and they were also available under the Montgomery Ward Signature,Western Auto Wizard, and Amana name tags.

Post# 308115 , Reply# 2   10/7/2008 at 09:04 (3,208 days old) by golittlesport (California)        

That is probably not an original Speed Queen. There is a foreign company that produces a knock off version of the classic Speed Queen wringer washer. I think Maytag was the last U.S. maker of a wringer washer, not sure what the date was they stopped.

Post# 308120 , Reply# 3   10/7/2008 at 09:10 (3,208 days old) by louvac (M)        

So, does this machine have any real value? Is there demand for it?

Post# 308123 , Reply# 4   10/7/2008 at 09:15 (3,208 days old) by golittlesport (California)        

just Googled it....the last U.S. made wringer washer was by Maytag in 1983.

Post# 308124 , Reply# 5   10/7/2008 at 09:30 (3,208 days old) by louvac (M)        

That's what I thought!

Post# 308140 , Reply# 6   10/7/2008 at 12:14 (3,208 days old) by programcomputer (Ann Arbor Michigan, USA)        
Time, Monday October 3rd, 1983

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They were bulky and loud and could squeeze unwary fingers, but millions of Americans relied on them for clean socks, shirts and underwear all the same. Since 1909, Maytag (1982 sales: $440.8 million) has turned out nearly 12 million wringer washers from its plant on the edge of downtown Newton, Iowa. But automatic washers and dryers have drained away much of the business for wringers, and Maytag will stop making them by the end of the year. "We're experiencing a great sense of loss here," laments a company executive. "The wringer was our only product for 42 years."

Maytag, a leading maker of home appliances, dubbed its first wringer "the hired girl" and cranked out some 2,000 machines a day during the peak production year of 1948. Workers put in 60-hour weeks to fill the demand for washers that cleaned the diapers for the baby boom. Now output is down to several dozen a day.

Those few wringers, however, have been finding some buyers. The machines use little water and can be handy in places where water or plumbing is in short supply. Maytag sold 2,000 wringers to Saudi Arabia just five years ago. Consumers will be able to buy new wringers even after Maytag drops its line. The Chicago-based Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers says two other companies will still make wringers.

Connect to this TIME Story

That said, I am 99% positive that Speed Queen continued to make wringer washers until at least 1995 or so. Our Speed Queen dealer "Town and Country Speed Queen" here in Lansing Michigan, always had a demonstrator, hooked up to show you how it washed, and how to use it.... IIRC there used to be multi-colored pieces of material in clear water. The swathes of fabric were large enough so you could see how to properly wring the clothing out as well...

You had to special order them tho,and IIRC they were around $600.00 by that point. However for a brief period around 1992, Speed Queen/Raytheon...offered a Sears badged wringer, (clearly it was Speed Queen) that sold for $449.95 thru the catalog.

And now you can still get them under the trade name Laundry Queen as noted, just built elsewhere.

I believe in another Maytag article describing the shutdown of thier wringer washer line from that period named Dexter Company of Fairfield? Iowa still making wringer wahsers for public consumption.....


P.S. In reguards to the Kenmore badged Speed Queen wringer.

This made the wringer option "more" expensive than many Kenmore automatics, and a few dollars shy of the TOL Kenmore from that period. This would have been during Sears Brand Central heyday, only a few short years after BC's debut in around 1988-89 or so. You can see, becasue of the price issue,that many people, even die hard wringer washer usesrs may have stayed away from a new machine becasue of the ridiculous prices asked....

Post# 308150 , Reply# 7   10/7/2008 at 13:12 (3,208 days old) by tuthill ()        


Post# 308151 , Reply# 8   10/7/2008 at 13:17 (3,208 days old) by repair-man (Pittsburgh PA)        

I can remember a appliance store here in Pittsburgh selling wringers until sometime in the mid 90's. They were Speed Queen machines with the Amana badge. They even had 3 models to choose from. BOL porcelain tub with gravity drain. MOL porcelain with pump. TOL SS tub with pump.


Post# 308154 , Reply# 9   10/7/2008 at 13:43 (3,208 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        
wrong info

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The last production of Wringer Washers was done by Speed Queen on June 22,1990.I will challenge anyone who disagrees with that.

Post# 308157 , Reply# 10   10/7/2008 at 13:58 (3,208 days old) by laundramatt ()        
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Post# 308161 , Reply# 11   10/7/2008 at 14:21 (3,208 days old) by louvac (M)        

Thanks for the info guys, but no one has told me what a good price is to pay for such a contraption.

What is a really good price?

Post# 308163 , Reply# 12   10/7/2008 at 14:29 (3,208 days old) by programcomputer (Ann Arbor Michigan, USA)        
Speed Queen on June 22,1990....

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Hi Chuck,

You are most likely correct on the date of the discontinutation of american wringer washer production by Speed Queen. I do remember however that for a hot minute you could get them thru Sears. I'm at work right now so I cannot check proper information of when that machine was available. I could swear 1992, but then again it wcould have been 1988. I was 11 at the time so Im going on surviving info, and my memory, which plays tricks on us all.

However, I am sure that, you could still get a wringer thru thru our dealership until at the very latest 1995. As I stated earlier it was only available on "special order". I was told that it took 6-8 weeks to get one.

My guess is that unlike Maytag, Speed Queen sent their wringer tooling south for use in foriegn markets (as has been proven by the new Home Queen Wringer), and you could order one from afar for an insistent customer badged Amana or Speed Queen. Stranger things have happened.

I do remember them being produced under the Amana label also. This dealer sold both new Speed Queen and Amana washer's. IIRC they only featued one model, which i am so sure was badged SQ. Maybe it was an Amana badged model. I do know that it had the stainless steel tub, and the pump option. The agitator was a four vane off white color and cap, just like what was used in the current washer line. And the lid was made of high impact plastic, with only one round knob to grab at.

The wringer had been dumbed down WAYY too much in my opinion, as too many safety features allowed it to pop open if the slightest thing set it off. Unlike their previous models that would pinch your finger, or whatever off....

Now that I think about it...I did used to have a letter written to me by Raytheon/Speed Queen sometime in the early 1990's with the information that they no longer made wringers in their Ripon Wisconsin facility. And I found that confusing, because I had seen them still being sold.

I guess it's left up to current info that proves that the Speed Queen based wringer is still being manufactured by someone who bought the tooling after Raytheon/Speed Queen/Amana was thru with it.

Makes a person wonder what Maytag did with it's wringer tooling when they were done with it. Probably melted down for a new Toyota someplace...


Ann Arbor Michigan

Post# 308165 , Reply# 13   10/7/2008 at 14:50 (3,208 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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Let me rephrase that Last ELECTRIC POWERED wringer washers MADE IN USA.06/22/1990.

Post# 308168 , Reply# 14   10/7/2008 at 15:08 (3,208 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        
Wringer washer availability

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Hey Chad,

I know that back then there were numerous places in retail these gems would appear.I saw them at Montgomery Wards,Sears,Woodward and Lothrup, and George's of Maryland.It was just like the time the White Westinghouse stackable washer dryers were discontinued.In the first year of 2 after they were discontinued,availability was massive but after that,you would be lucky to find either just the washer or just the gas or electric dryer.Rarely would you find them both at the same place.Then, after 2 years of being "front loader free" we,the U.S of A were reintroduced a spanking new concept.The "New"front loading washer.Even though Bendix was the first front loader as well as the first automatic washer,WCI convinced us that theirs was the first.Now,they're all over the place kind of like flies on s--t!LOl

Post# 308169 , Reply# 15   10/7/2008 at 15:09 (3,208 days old) by programcomputer (Ann Arbor Michigan, USA)        
good price is to pay for such a contraption

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Are you saying that currently there is no price set for the item by the seller? Cause if so, that's usually a dealbreaker for me. If you (the seller) do not have a price clearly marked, or agreed upon, for said item, I walk away from it. Either the person is trying to wheel and deal you, or will tell you that it's not for sale anyway.

Unless the seller says "Make me and offer". Then that's wholly different. You can either lowball him/her, or you can offer what you feel is a fair price. Read below for more on what fair to me would be for a wringer.

If it's in really wonderful like new shape this Speed Queen wringer, and it is available; you could be spend quite a fortune on it if the current owner is knowledgeable on such things as current market value.. Many people use e-bay as their guide. I've seen older Maytags and Speed Queen go for big bucks on e-bay some as high as $300-400.00. Which IMHO is ludicris.

My last wringer, which I no longer have due to sucessive moves, and no place to put it was a Maytag Master model
E2LP, with the pump, and the grey rubber foot "wringer control" The control knob, gyratator and wringer releases were minty green. The Maytag label was the blocky later stylized M were in great shape. It was a later version for sure.

I found mine for $50.00 at an estate sale in 2001. What would that have went for on the bay? Depends on who's buying at the time. I ended up selling mine at a moving sale for $150.00. I had asked $175.00 for it initially. So I made $100.00 profit not bad on a $50.00 initial investment. Do I regret selling it... EVERY day.... That was a freakin sweet washer.

My guess would be anywhere from $50.00 to $200.00. one can tell you what the machine holds for "you" in value. If you feel that the machine is worth $50.00 offer that. If they laugh at you walk away or you must reassess the value in your mind if you still want the item. If you wish not to waste time, think of the maximum you would feasibly spend on such an item. If that's $125.00, offer Him/her that. If the owner still laughs at you or says no thanks...MOVE ON...

There's more to be had if this one doesn't work out. Albeit maybe not pristine...


Ann Arbor Michigan

Post# 308307 , Reply# 16   10/8/2008 at 14:33 (3,207 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
In 1995 or 6 or 7--I really can't remember,

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I bought this SQ new from Kolipinski's Maytag. Proprietor Eddie, a wonderful old man told me that new wringers could be special ordered for $600. There will be a full shot of the machine in the current roll of film-in-progress. He told me in the late 80's when I first started visiting his store, that Maytag would special order a wringer, also for 600 dollars. Our resident Maytag Wringer expert, Geoff, says that Eddie was mistaken. My money is on Geoff.

In the early 2000's, a new Crosley wringer could be purchased here in a local appliance store. The Crosley looked nothing like either a Maytag or a Speed Queen. Full-skirted, to the floor, closed wringer, black 3 vane agi like those in classic Blackstone wringers. And now in '08, of course, nothing. Sad.

The new in mid-to-late 90's Speed Queen Conventional: White Porcelain, tiny blue-grey speckles deeper into the tub, plastic 3 vane classic SQ agi.

The info & research in the above posts is so enlightening and fascinating. I'm very grateful for that. Some of my years could be off, but the decades should be okay, I hope--;'D--ah, the aging brain. And the 600 dollar figure is consistent with other presentations.

Yes, except for a weak pump, and a small funnel-like drain port, it is a good machine.

Post# 308322 , Reply# 17   10/8/2008 at 15:45 (3,207 days old) by ryanm (New York)        

I actually bought a brand new Speed Queen wringer washer from a dealer in 1996. The tag on the machine says made in USA, I believe Ripon, WI. This machine may have been manufactured before that of course. It was delivered in a closed box with large letters on the box 'Speed Queen Wringer Washer'. I still have the box as well. I paid quite a bit for this machine, well over $700 at the time. Now it seems you can get a wringer on ebay, but I think at that time I had a very hard time finding one used, and figured it would be a good idea to have one of the 'last' of the machines made new. It is a very good machine indeed. I only use it as a novelty, it is still in brand new condition. I have always been facinated with wringer washers. The wash comes out great in these machines, and they are very gentle on clothes, yet clean very thouroughly. If you use it correctly, you don't really end up with water all over, at least I have never had that problem. The only extra time it takes me when using this machine is the time to put the clotes through the wringer, which doesn't take long, but of course involves more interaction than an automatic, but I think those of us who have this interest in washers don't mind this extra time.

Post# 308906 , Reply# 18   10/12/2008 at 16:15 (3,203 days old) by mihi ()        
the new Speed Queens are coming out of Saudi Arabia.....

my understanding is that the new Speed Queens you see are coming out of Saudi Arabia. They moved the tooling there due to the continuing market for them in areas that don't have water pressure. They're also efficient with water, and they last.

You can buy a new one from Lehman's in Kidron, OH. They run between $900 and $1,000. They use to sell one with a Briggs engine as well as the electric. They dropped the engine model though and just tell people to get a generator to run the electric one.

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