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Post# 504670   3/16/2011 at 23:51 (2,167 days old) by autowasherfreak (Davenport, Iowa)        

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Anyone remember these?  What became of the company?  I remember reading on the front panel of one that they were made in Moline, IL.  They were great washers for the time.


Post# 504679 , Reply# 1   3/17/2011 at 00:20 (2,167 days old) by A440 ()        

I do remember these.
Can't recall who made them.
I am sure that Peter will know.

Post# 504680 , Reply# 2   3/17/2011 at 00:22 (2,167 days old) by autowasherfreak (Davenport, Iowa)        

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The ones at the laundromat that my mom and went to were avocado green.


Post# 504682 , Reply# 3   3/17/2011 at 00:33 (2,167 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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the Norge Cleaning Village we went to in the early 1960s had one or two.  The place had been around long enough they had timeline coin-op washers.  I always liked them.  They spun while they drained. 

Post# 504684 , Reply# 4   3/17/2011 at 00:41 (2,167 days old) by autowasherfreak (Davenport, Iowa)        

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I wish I could find some pics of them on the web, but been able to find any.

Post# 504685 , Reply# 5   3/17/2011 at 01:03 (2,167 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

check search-o-lator there where pictures of one. Not long ago

Post# 504687 , Reply# 6   3/17/2011 at 01:31 (2,167 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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How about these?

Post# 504688 , Reply# 7   3/17/2011 at 01:32 (2,167 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Or this pic

Post# 504690 , Reply# 8   3/17/2011 at 01:42 (2,167 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
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Were made by Troy Laundry, a division of Ametech

Post# 504698 , Reply# 9   3/17/2011 at 05:51 (2,167 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

There was a TROY BIG BOY in a coin laundry where a friend took his wash. It was not partially recessed in a wall like the ones in the pictures so I could see the two motors at the back of it; one for washing and one for spinning. Near us a laundry had coin op Milnors and both the Milnors and the Big Boy started spinning while full of water. I think it helped the distribution of the load. The Milnors started a slow distribution spin before opening the drain valve and after the machine had drained, they shifted to a faster spin speed. I think the BIG BOY just started spinning hell-bent-for-leather and kept going at a single speed, but I'm not sure. I did not see it operate as many times as the Milnors which we used for our throw rugs. There was lots of drama with both machines with lots of water streaming down the glass. Of course, they both filled 1/3 to 1/2 way up the glass, so there was lots of of water action during the tumble periods also.

Post# 504706 , Reply# 10   3/17/2011 at 06:27 (2,167 days old) by cycla-fabric (New Jersey)        

I remember a Speed Wash laundry near me, that use to have Big Boy Washers, and they were labled Speed Queen, and why not, it was a Speed Queen equipt Laundromat.
I remember using them several times. I washed a 8 x 12 room size rug in those machines several times.


Post# 504720 , Reply# 11   3/17/2011 at 07:40 (2,167 days old) by randycmaynard (Knoxville,TN)        

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Now you could do some heavy duty laundry in those machines. I remember a local laundromat in the north part of Knoxville where we lived in the late 90s having the triple load machines but the interesting one was the quad load - they only had one of those and you could hardly get use of it because it was so popular with folks wanting to do all their laundry at once. On occasion I was able to get it for doing a couple of king size comfortors and sheets with a little room to spare!
Seems like it cost something like $4.00 to use the thing but it was fun to watch.

The most interesting thing I can remember is a laundromat that is in the south part of town that I used several years to do the big comfortors before I got the big GE FL that I have now - several times I would be there doing the bed linens and there would be a family that would come in and do laundry about once a week or once every two weeks and they would drive up and unpack the car or truck and quite literally they would fill every single Maytag Neptune FL in the place - there were no TLs in the laundromat - all FLs - 20 Maytag Neptunes and they filled every single one of them! There were even occasions when they would have to use the Maytag tri loads too! It was an unbelieveable site and they would literally spend an entire evening there by the time you dry fold and pack the car back up...... sheesh! I never stayed that long but I saw them come in and if you were not already doing laundry you were out of luck - have to wait 30 mins or more before a washer came open assuming they didn't have more to wash! The money they put out at $1.00 per machine ment $20 min and the tri loads were $2.50 and all the liquid detergent and softener plus the dryers were like 10 min for .25 cents so a couple of dollars to dry and they used all the dryers too..... man it was a sight to behold. Bet they spent $50 washing and drying plus the cost of the degergent and fabric softener and then gas driving to and from the place - few of those trips and you could buy a set or two for the house!

Well, that was a bit more than I intended to get into but it was a hoot to watch those folks!

Post# 504803 , Reply# 12   3/17/2011 at 14:35 (2,167 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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My old high school had the Troy Big Boys to wash our gym towels after we showered (wish I knew then what I know now) and got ready for class.In my city school,gym was not co-ed and(if we wanted to or forgot our bathing suits)we swam naked.That was quite an experience because the variety was blitz. It would drive any size queens here to a severe frenzy.

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