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Post# 927857   3/20/2017 at 05:29 (456 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

I am not 100% sure if this set has the newer design with a reversing motor or not. Probably so. They were certainly attractive machines. Very heavily built machines too. Lots of steel and little plastic at all. If the mechanism had shifted properly from wash to spin, they would have been excellent machines. However, that was a very weak point with these machines and caused a great deal of difficulty. It was the beginning of the spiral downward for Speed Queen. I know the set I talked my parents into getting in about 1978 or 1979 had constant problems with the washer. The transmission had to be completely replaced once and in 1981 they bought a Maytag set that lasted over 20 years. It was unfortunate since they were really nice looking machines, but the washer was really a problem due to the shift from agitate to spin kept malfunctioning. The strange thing about this problem is that not all of those machines had this issue, just some. It reminds me a little of what seems to be going on with SQ now. By then the dryer had been changed in design and was a larger tub and worked pretty well. The machines made shortly after these with the perforated tub were among the most trouble prone ever made.

Post# 927865 , Reply# 1   3/20/2017 at 05:41 (456 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Both my late 60's and late 70's SQ solid-tubs keep on rolling. I speak nicely to them and pat them on the side. The 60's has a quirk----------it doesn't like the cold.
Below a certain temperature the timer will not allow a wash-fill! So in the winter, when the basement temperatures fall toward 60 degrees, I have to fill it from the Rinse and then turn the timer back around to the wash cycle. Once the temperature rises above 65 or so in the spring, the problem goes away!

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