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Transportation Of Maytag Washer
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Post# 732071   1/31/2014 at 16:48 (1,604 days old) by boboh1 (California)        

Is it OK to transport a vintage Maytag washer lying down on the backside or does it have to be transported in the upright position?

Post# 732076 , Reply# 1   1/31/2014 at 17:19 (1,604 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Back side isn't the best just because of the drain hose and water valve protrusions.  I prefer to move the on their side.  It does't really matter which side but I generally try to put the left side down just because the motor is on that side and it lowers the center of gravity just a bit.

Post# 732083 , Reply# 2   1/31/2014 at 17:36 (1,604 days old) by DigAPony ()        
because of the drain hose and water valve protrusions.

Personally, I prefer transporting them on the back. The top cover has a rear overhang which offers some protection to the inlet valve and on later models the inlets are recessed anyway.

The drain hose is pain, I prefer to remove it for transport whenever possible. Also, laying on the rear hopefully limits any damage to back panel where it won't be seen once installed.

Just my 2 cents...

Post# 732091 , Reply# 3   1/31/2014 at 18:00 (1,603 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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not that it has any real effect on some machines.....but it may help sometimes to open the unit and secure/center the tub and suspension for transport....

these noodles are inexpensive, quick, and easy to install!....just a thought


Post# 732102 , Reply# 4   1/31/2014 at 18:44 (1,603 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Whichever way you move it, be careful to secure the lid by taping it shut. I've heard horror stories about console damage to 'Tags when moving them!

Post# 913386 , Reply# 5   12/31/2016 at 22:25 (538 days old) by Lowefficiency (Iowa)        

(Bumping an old thread, as it seems like the best place for related questions. :-) )

For the center-dial Maytags, is there anything wrong with transporting a washer laying down on its FRONT? Obviously you would have to be extra careful during the loading, and it would have to be laying on something both flat and soft... But are there any structural or other reasons why it shouldn't be done?

Second question: Aside from opening up the panels to insert padding to stabilize the tub, are there any other "gotchas" for sideways transport? (Example: does the bleach dispenser get knocked around? Or are there any differences for suds-saver models?)


Post# 913806 , Reply# 6   1/3/2017 at 16:55 (536 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

The machine should not be on its front as the tub support bracket will dig into the front panel.It should be on its side only.Maytag made a shipping ring that went in the tub opening and it is preferable to have that in place to prevent damage.

Post# 913809 , Reply# 7   1/3/2017 at 17:06 (536 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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I moved a center dial MT on its side a few months ago and it wasn't harmed.

Post# 913814 , Reply# 8   1/3/2017 at 17:26 (536 days old) by Lowefficiency (Iowa)        

Mark, do you happen to have a picture of what the factory shipping ring looked like?

Post# 913815 , Reply# 9   1/3/2017 at 17:38 (536 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Yogi has mentioned in the past using a swimming pool noodle while moving a GE FF. Any reason they wouldn't work on a MT? Or just some old towels to lock the tub in place?

Post# 913850 , Reply# 10   1/3/2017 at 21:50 (535 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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this thought did hit me......and these have worked out so far on a number of machines......they can be altered to fit a number of different situations....


Post# 913975 , Reply# 11   1/4/2017 at 17:50 (535 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I've used duct tape, to hold the tub assembly in place, during transportation.

Post# 914222 , Reply# 12   1/5/2017 at 21:54 (533 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Moving A Maytag Washer

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Is best with the washer on its side or back, if you don't have the shipping ring take the front panel off and pack heavy foam or padding around the top areas of the tub to keep it from moving around too much and denting the outer cabinet.


Do Not put anything inside the tub as this will not help at all and can actually increase the chance of damage by making the suspended tub assembly heaver.


John L.

Post# 914338 , Reply# 13   1/6/2017 at 16:35 (533 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        
shipping ring

I don't have a picture but it was a white plastic maybe 3 inches tall.There must be some around.I have a few but I am hoarding them,(among other things)use them all the time.At one time time I had an arsenal I used to save them from every delivery.

Post# 914347 , Reply# 14   1/6/2017 at 17:42 (533 days old) by Lowefficiency (Iowa)        

Thanks Mark. If you ever do pull one out in the future, and have a chance to take a picture, keep us posted!

Post# 914350 , Reply# 15   1/6/2017 at 17:54 (533 days old) by Lowefficiency (Iowa)        

Hang on, is this it?

(Originally psted by redcarpetdrew in this thread:
Going thru the 1972 Maytag A806/DE806 set

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Post# 914355 , Reply# 16   1/6/2017 at 18:26 (532 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Yuppie, just used mine today to change the pump when tilted back. 38 years of service, went bad this week, only with a loud squeal.  

Post# 914359 , Reply# 17   1/6/2017 at 18:57 (532 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I've also seen Styrofoam equivalents of the shipping ring.

Post# 916669 , Reply# 18   1/21/2017 at 00:40 (518 days old) by harpon (Jacksonville)        

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How about a bucket turned upside down and maybe some noodles or padding around that to keep the tub centered?

Just a thought.

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