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Post# 425777   3/30/2010 at 15:29 (1,630 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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While I was taking off panels to check out the duct work in my Speed Queen dryer, I went ahead and removed the outer panel from the washer. Just had to check out that all metal outer wash basket. Nice, looks like a 55 gallon drum!

Post# 425778 , Reply# 1   3/30/2010 at 15:32 (1,630 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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Oh, but what do we have here? I had noticed that on heavy loads, the washer is designed to lean to the front, and then to the left on really heavy loads. I see that there is a simple styrofoam piece here that the spring bumps against (to reduce clanking noise). I don't understand the tilting reason, but it seems to work to move extra heavy load around. My Speed Queen's tub seems to move around a lot more than ones just a few years ago.

Post# 425779 , Reply# 2   3/30/2010 at 15:34 (1,630 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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Ah! There's the belt...I think.

Post# 425788 , Reply# 3   3/30/2010 at 16:36 (1,630 days old) by dnastrau (Lords Valley, PA)        
Nice! I hope these machines stick around... you will probably never see anything like this again if they stop making them.

Post# 425793 , Reply# 4   3/30/2010 at 16:49 (1,630 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I like the basic and clean design....looks real easy to work on if needed.....

most of my machines like this, I wrap with foam, one for noise and banging, and two, to keep the heat in when washing in hot water, like a hot water heater jacket

Post# 425795 , Reply# 5   3/30/2010 at 16:57 (1,630 days old) by bobbyderegis (Boston)        

What beautiful machines. Does your washer have the Speed Queen emblem on the front panel? I wonder if these are available if not?
Bobby in Boston

Post# 425799 , Reply# 6   3/30/2010 at 17:24 (1,630 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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Mine does have a SQ emblem (it's my profile pic), but only because I bought one and stuck it on there. When the redesign occurred for the control panel, the "Q" crown was moved to the control panel and off the front. I like it on the control panel, but also wanted to carry on tradition and have one on the front. I looked at a repair manual and got the stock number for the Q and had my SQ dealer order it for me...or you can get them from one of the online parts places as well. If you would like, I'll get the part number for you.

Post# 425804 , Reply# 7   3/30/2010 at 18:15 (1,630 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Yes the part number for the "Q" please....

Post# 425805 , Reply# 8   3/30/2010 at 18:31 (1,630 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Sorry to spoil the mood, but there is nothing easy about servicing this design. Just changing the belt involves removing the motor from the tub, then removing the pump from the motor. I sure hope they improved the tub seal, brake pads, and belt.

Post# 425806 , Reply# 9   3/30/2010 at 19:21 (1,630 days old) by dnastrau (Lords Valley, PA)        
Are these like the Amana machines then?

Are these directly related to the ill-fated Amana and Amanatag machines then? I sure hope not.

Post# 425819 , Reply# 10   3/30/2010 at 21:01 (1,630 days old) by mtn1584 (New England)        

As discussed in many posts these machines according to the VP of Sales at Speed Queen, have been redesigned whatever problems this design may have had in the past have been addressed by Speed Queen who split from Raytheon Corp. after their sale to then Maytag Corp. These machines are built by Alliance Laundry Systems in Ripon Wisc.

Post# 425826 , Reply# 11   3/30/2010 at 21:24 (1,630 days old) by dnastrau (Lords Valley, PA)        
SQ not related to Amanas - Excellent!

Glad to hear they are their own design now!

Good luck with your utility company Mike - they can certainly be frustrating!

Post# 425872 , Reply# 12   3/31/2010 at 07:39 (1,629 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
So are you like saying

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SQ is not related to the Amanas? (Giggle)

I was actually going to say the front view looks like a Maytag, but now I guess I had better not.

Don't you have a cold weather rule in your area? In Kansas they can't shut you off from Nov - April.

Post# 425939 , Reply# 13   3/31/2010 at 17:29 (1,629 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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The Alliance part number for the Speed Queen "Q" is 201495. The description will state "Sticker", which it kinda's allum with a sticky adhesive. Enjoy!

Post# 425944 , Reply# 14   3/31/2010 at 17:50 (1,629 days old) by mtn1584 (New England)        

Sorry about the rant, CL&P is divided into two companies, one for gas Yankee Gas and one for electric CL&P. both fall under the umbrella of Northeast Utilities. I recieved a letter from NE utilites about by bill, which I know was past due because I lost my job, and I entered into a payment agreement with them. Never did I think though that my gas would be shut off. Anyway I paid the bill today, and they will be coming out tomorrow to restore the gas. I feel like an idiot. I am again sorry for my rant, but it did feel good hitting the keys on the computer pretty hard. LOL PS.....Don't sat anything bad about my Speed Queens LOL, and I did find another job. You guys are great.
Thanks, Mike

Post# 425945 , Reply# 15   3/31/2010 at 17:52 (1,629 days old) by surgilator_68 (Maryland)        
belts, relations....

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It a long drawn out thing and unless you really know all the how's, whys and wherefores you simply won't understand. This SQ is NOT the Amana that was produced when MAYTAG bought them. It has been redesigned and improved.

In fact I think I went into great detail over the split in past posts.

NO, you do not have to remove the motor to change the belt on this machine. The pump unclips. Just one of the many improvements.

Post# 425982 , Reply# 16   3/31/2010 at 22:12 (1,629 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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Glad to hear you got a new job Mike (didn't know you had lost the previous one). It's rough out there for so many. Rant anytime...everyone deserves a good one every now and then. :)

Post# 426010 , Reply# 17   4/1/2010 at 04:51 (1,629 days old) by mtn1584 (New England)        

Hey Dan,
The store went out of business last month due to low sales, but thankfully after about four weeks I found another job locally, so I am grateful for that. I now work for Macy's

Post# 426098 , Reply# 18   4/1/2010 at 12:49 (1,628 days old) by pulsator-power (connecticut)        

Well, if anything, The Speed Queen looks pretty solid!.
Mike- so you're at Danbury Mall?

Post# 426176 , Reply# 19   4/1/2010 at 17:38 (1,628 days old) by mtn1584 (New England)        

Yes Gerry, starting next week.

Post# 426348 , Reply# 20   4/2/2010 at 14:31 (1,627 days old) by 48bencix (Sacramento CA)        
It probably has been discussed

But, please tell me, does the machine do a spin-drain? When my Maytag Dependable Care finally goes, I need a newer spin-drain model, if one is made. Build quality of this machine looks quite high.


Post# 426413 , Reply# 21   4/2/2010 at 19:58 (1,627 days old) by danManTN (Tennessee)        

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Oh yes....spins out in a big swirl. Check out my video for a demo.

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Post# 426435 , Reply# 22   4/2/2010 at 21:28 (1,627 days old) by tbolt25 (Kentucky)        
the washer I'm headed for

The washer that I'm headed for for my new building is going to be a Speed Queen top-load like this one-except that it might not be an AWN542 like this particular one, but maybe an AWN412 or an AWN432. Thanks for the pictures and info-as it will help me on my research and pending purchase!

Post# 426442 , Reply# 23   4/2/2010 at 22:28 (1,627 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        
If noise is a concern...

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...I would recommend one of the models with "Hush Pak" - helps reduce the sound, but in a commercial setting, probably doesn't matter. You can get the low down on the distinct differences on

Post# 427126 , Reply# 24   4/6/2010 at 07:26 (1,623 days old) by rapunzel (Sydney)        

My current SQ works differently. My old SQ had the spin drain and spray rinse before the deep rinse, just like yours. My new SQ neutral drains. It also doesn't do the spin rinse before the deep rinse, but after. Every time it goes into the spin cycle, it starts and stops twice before it commences the continuous spin. It fills and washes with the lid open and only stops operating during the drain and spin part of the cycle.


Post# 427286 , Reply# 25   4/6/2010 at 18:49 (1,623 days old) by 48bencix (Sacramento CA)        

Thanks for the video. I just got to a computer where You Tube is not blocked. Very good turnover and nice fast spin. Looks like a good choice in today's market.

Post# 427326 , Reply# 26   4/6/2010 at 22:28 (1,623 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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That's odd rapunzel...mine is a 2009 model. Perhaps it varies by country. At least you still have a warm rinse option on some topload models.

Post# 427360 , Reply# 27   4/6/2010 at 23:28 (1,623 days old) by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

I wonder if its like some of the Maytags that came to AU in the mid 90's if yours has an electric pump Olav?

I cant see how else these could do a Neutral drain.

Post# 427365 , Reply# 28   4/6/2010 at 23:45 (1,623 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Neutral Drain

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I'm pretty sure Australian specced Speed Queen's have an electric pump, just like the 'Dependable Care' Maytags did back in the 1990's.

A repairer once told me the reason Australian specced Maytags had a neutral drain was to alleviate the 'perceived' lint issues with a spin-drain, especially considering most Australians don't put their laundry straight into a dryer like our US cousins.

Whether or not a neutral drain helped, is open to speculation. My mother's LAT 9704 from 1994 has an electric pump.


Post# 427366 , Reply# 29   4/6/2010 at 23:51 (1,623 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Electric drain pump

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check out this link....this is the Australian website for Speed Queen, note the features of the washer:

"commercial electric drain pump"



Post# 427369 , Reply# 30   4/7/2010 at 00:24 (1,623 days old) by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

Hi Leon,

The earlier SQ ones didnt have electric pumps, definitely the Black control panelled ones and the early white control panelled ones did. They needed them to run the Recirculation for the Self Cleaning Lint filter.

It seems strange to put an Electric pump on just for our market, but I'm sure there is a reason.

Post# 427373 , Reply# 31   4/7/2010 at 00:42 (1,623 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)'re right Nathan

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Hi Nathan

Yes, you're right. I have two Kleenmaid video's showing their washers in action and it was the first black control panel machines showing the neutral drain, whereas the first series had the spin drain.

I always found it strange with the Maytag's when they decided to use electric pumps.


Post# 427384 , Reply# 32   4/7/2010 at 05:46 (1,623 days old) by rapunzel (Sydney)        
My first Kleenmaid badged SQ had the black control panel

and was the first SQ model available in Oz for domestic use. I had the basic single speed model with only cold rinse option and spin drain.

The drain pump on my current model, which was purchased in 2007, is situated to the right of the motor and not underneath, as it is shown in the above picture.

It is a two speed washer and offers a warm rinse option.

I've tried to take photo close-ups of the controls with my cellular, but the images are too blurry.

The temperature options are the traditional hot/cold, hot/warm, warm/cold, warm/warm, cold/cold.

The water level selector has five set points, but I have selected water levels between these settings. So it operates just like any other infinite water level control.

There is a separate options dial that allows for a pre-wash, extra rinse, drip dry and superwash, which can be deactivated by setting the dial to off.

The cycle selector starts with the regular cycle at 12 o'clock, which gives a maximum 15 minutes wash. After that comes the extra rinse, perma. press cycle, delicate/woolens cycle and at 9 o'clock soak/prewash and spin.

The superwash option allows the machine to automatically continue from the start of the soak/prewash drain and spin into the full regular wash and stops after completing the extra rinse. Using this option the machine deep fills four times and one can put liquid detergent into the conditioner dispenser to allow the entire process to complete without supervision.

Another thing that I've noticed with the warm rinse option, it will only deliver a warm spray rinse with the perma. press and delicates/woolens cycles. The regular cycle does the warm deep rinse, but the spray rinse is cold.

I don't mind that this machine does the spray rinse after the deep rinse. Results have been excellent. The only thing that puzzles me about this washer, it will spin for four or five seconds, stop for two or three seconds and do that twice, before it goes into full extraction. Anyone have any ideas what's up with that?

Post# 427402 , Reply# 33   4/7/2010 at 09:02 (1,622 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        
Kleenmaid Video?

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