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Post# 940948   5/30/2017 at 04:32 (327 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Very nice well built machines. The mechanism in this washer was a work horse in laundromats everywhere. Like most appliances of the late 50's and early 60's, they were very heavy built machines. If some of the parts were made of better material, they would have lasted much longer. In home use, they lasted about as long as most good machines with few problems. They did a good job of washing, rinsing and spinning clothes. They did about as good a job as most. For whatever reason, all other washer and dryer manufacturers had abandoned using stainless steel for wash tubs and drums, so Speed Queen was truly the only one who offered this feature and capitalized on that.

Post# 940971 , Reply# 1   5/30/2017 at 10:00 (327 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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What parts could have been made of better material?

Post# 941013 , Reply# 2   5/30/2017 at 13:51 (327 days old) by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
Mind set of the 1950's

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It's interesting how they considered aerating the water a "soap saver".   "The more suds you see the better the  soap is working".   So aerating the water "fooled" the user into thinking less soap was working better due to the premature froth?

Post# 941027 , Reply# 3   5/30/2017 at 15:31 (327 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

The center piece that went in the center of the tub where the agitator shaft slid in was made from very poor metal and corroded badly, which made the lifetime stainless steel tub pointless.

Post# 941029 , Reply# 4   5/30/2017 at 15:41 (327 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

One thing that always struck me about this particular Speed Queen pair is the very modern looking control panels. Reminds me me a little of the dd kenmore control panel's of the late 80s and early to mid nineties. Very handsome and sturdy looking machines.

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