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Maytag Atlantis Washer & Dryer
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Post# 950096   7/26/2017 at 02:47 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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this pair from the original owner is available for a c note, whatdya think?

I took a stroll through the archives and see people favor the detergent dispenser

in the lid (option) and large capacity, but dislike the low spin speed and tendency to leak oil.

Plus the usual Maytag was glorious until blah blah blah.

I have used a pair of these before and liked them. I may flip or use as back-ups if our SQ's start acting up again.

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Post# 950629 , Reply# 1   7/29/2017 at 14:41 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Dryer looks exactly like an early Neptune - what's the difference?

Post# 950650 , Reply# 2   7/29/2017 at 16:05 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Atlantis/Neptune dryers....not much difference between the two...about the only thing I see is the Neptune would have a cycle signal button below the start switch....

and the emblem on the front......

interesting though, a Norge design washer matched to a true Maytag dryer....yet the Maytag DryingCabinet is a Norge design dryer....

Post# 950670 , Reply# 3   7/29/2017 at 17:16 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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IIRC, the colored circle around the dial is different too.

Post# 950800 , Reply# 4   7/30/2017 at 15:03 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I have pretty much that same set except both the washer and dryer have more controls/buttons. The washer has the same helical drive and transmission as the Maytags I worked on many years ago when I was in school. Some of the machine's parts that were metal back then like the outer tub are now plastic but that's no big deal. In 16 years the only thing I've done is replace the squealing poly-pump. I slapped on a new belt at the same time although it wasn't needed.  

Post# 950808 , Reply# 5   7/30/2017 at 16:43 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi Joe, the washer in the picture for sale is a Norge design washer, Maytag never built a helical drive washer with a plastic outer tub, they were still metal when WP pulled the plug on this 50 year old design.

Post# 951068 , Reply# 6   8/1/2017 at 10:44 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Sorry to report, but you are very wrong. The Maytag I have has a plastic outer tub. It's the same dark blue color as the porcelain tubs that came before. The "spinning power unit" warning decal is the same.  The transmission is the same as the older machines too, not the "pancake" type. I have had the front of my Newton Iowa-made machine off three times. A photo would not help you since it looks like the old dark-blue porcelain metal. Heaven knows I worked on enough Maytag's to know what I'm talking about.


Plastic kid...not metal. 

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Post# 951070 , Reply# 7   8/1/2017 at 10:50 by hvtech42 (New England)        

You don't have a Newton-built machine, that is an Atlantis which is the Norgetag design, just like the one in the first post.

Post# 951072 , Reply# 8   8/1/2017 at 11:01 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I junked out one of these about 15 years ago. It slung grease out inside and at the bottom until the transmission locked up. The machine still looked great on the outside, very impressive and heavy duty looking. I always considered these machines to be garbage in comparison to a REAL Maytag. I think I gave her a relatively new speed queen I happened to have to replace it since she was a relative of a relative.

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Post# 951075 , Reply# 9   8/1/2017 at 11:09 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Maybe Maytag meant "Newton" South really does say Iowa. Of course it makes no difference to me where it was made. It's an old machine. Maybe it was in nearby Mexico. It's still a semi-cheap appliance. 

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Post# 951079 , Reply# 10   8/1/2017 at 11:23 by hvtech42 (New England)        

The location listed on the label is almost always the location of the company's headquarters, not the place the product was actually built. My Maytag range also says "Newton, IA" on the label but I know they never made cooking products there.

Post# 951083 , Reply# 11   8/1/2017 at 11:54 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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That Is a Norge Washer, It Was Not Built In Newton Iowa.

Post# 951084 , Reply# 12   8/1/2017 at 11:56 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Joe, cite the model number of your washer so parts diagrams can be checked to confirm the design.

Post# 951090 , Reply# 13   8/1/2017 at 12:38 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the lid is a clear give-a-way of a Norge design......there are similar slant control panels on true Maytag traditional pitman/orbital tranny machines...

but rest assured, the Atlantis/Performa washer is of the Norge design, one belt operated the whole unit....

what I do love about these machines is the slower long stroke agitation, for the ones I had, they were really nice machines to use.....

pumps were probably the most weakest area of this style....

there is no counterweight for the trans, its incorporates a 'dual drive' unit, equal gears on both sides....

this vid will give some insight to the insides and gears....

Post# 951109 , Reply# 14   8/1/2017 at 14:16 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
I'm putting the lid back on the can of worms I opened

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Trust me, the transmission in my washer looks absolutely nothing like that picture. It is not round. It may not be the same as the the 50's/60's but it is similar. As far as the helical drive, my computer room is on the other side of laundry and I just heard the unmistakable sound the unit locking up as it went from wash to spin. Next time I'll see if I can get by saying the transmission looks like this. The store I worked at had a display mounted on a plastic base with a crank so salespeople could demonstrate it. No more comments from this old man.

Post# 951120 , Reply# 15   8/1/2017 at 15:01 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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So i guess opinions vary on these. Turns out the set was sold anyway, but i got a new fish on the line. (the pic says a lot but not all...)
In my experience using an Atlantis machine i found it to be a good cleaner. Part of that may have been the fact it was close to the water heater and we used the Tide powder provided which our host preferred. Whereas in our NYC laundromat we rarely had much if any hot water make it to our machine, and we used Arm & Hammer liquid that i bought before i knew anything 😧.

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Post# 951129 , Reply# 16   8/1/2017 at 15:13 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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that's would be a true Maytag stacked set......

by this style, its an Orbital Tranny.....only a standard capacity, but more than capable for family size loads....done quickly!

Post# 951167 , Reply# 17   8/1/2017 at 19:52 by super32 (Blackstone Massachusetts)        

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Dryer was made in Newton Iowa and the washer was made in Herrin IL.

Post# 951178 , Reply# 18   8/1/2017 at 22:15 by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Ding ding we have a winner!
Yogitunes is right. I am hoping the current owner will deal or I will have to pass.
The stacked DC machines separate...right? Otherwise I doubt I can swing it anyway.
In the meantime I picked up a late model Cabrio washer to flip...
and an LG FL machine, and a Jenn-Aire dishwasher, and am scheduled to pickup a SQ TL!

Tune in next week for another episode of 'As the Garage Fills'.

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Post# 951209 , Reply# 19   8/2/2017 at 04:13 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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A true Maytag built and design that has a plastic outer tub, but an inner blue porcelain one? No such creature exists. Maytag never built a true Maytag design machine with a plastic outer tub. Whirlpool certainly built plenty of them though.

Post# 951280 , Reply# 20   8/2/2017 at 11:34 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
Purchased new in 2001...

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I know I promised, but my washer has a STAINLESS STEEL inner tub and a BLUE PLASTIC (or plastic-like material) outer tub, a helical design mechanism, motor on the left, poly pump on the right. The top of the washer (and the dryer) are white porcelain. I don't think there's blue porcelain anywhere unless it's hidden. The wall ovens in my kitchen have blue porcelain interiors. Now I know those aren't plastic, but for the sake of the resident "Mr. Know-It-All's" I'll get a magnet and check.

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Post# 951296 , Reply# 21   8/2/2017 at 12:47 by johnb300m (Chicago)        
pictures are worth a thousand words

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Why don't you just take the front off your washer and takes photos for us, twintub?
We all love photos here.
And that will clear up this stand-off.

Post# 951303 , Reply# 22   8/2/2017 at 14:01 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Or post the model number as I suggested, and the serial which includes the manufacture year and month.  Where this machine fits into Maytag's production history would be interesting to know.

Post# 951304 , Reply# 23   8/2/2017 at 14:29 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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You got one when they started the transition to the Norge style units with stainless or plastic inner tubs and plastic outer tubs. They still make the actual Maytag design machine too for a while. Some seem to last and do alright, others seem to be garbage and have all sorts of tranny issues. I think it has partly to do with how well they are cared for and used.

Post# 951314 , Reply# 24   8/2/2017 at 16:52 by runematic (southcentral pa)        

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Ok, here are the real facts. TwinTub, I hate to say it, but your washer IS a Norge-tag washer. Period. BUT.....It WAS BUILT IN NEWTON. From what I remember, Atlantis washers were assembled in Newton and the Performas came from Herrin. Atlantis had porcelain tops, Performa painted. Atlantis had a better base for the snubber, no powder needed. Performa needed corn starch. The upper line Atlantis did have the SS tub. No dependable care washer ever had that.

Post# 951353 , Reply# 25   8/2/2017 at 21:15 by hvtech42 (New England)        

Sorry, I was wrong, I just double checked. The final assembly of the machine was in Newton as runematic said. However, the transmission itself was built in Herrin.

Post# 951395 , Reply# 26   8/3/2017 at 06:40 by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
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Found this... (single belt = norgetag, dual belt = maytag )


Post# 951425 , Reply# 27   8/3/2017 at 11:30 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Thanks for all the information about my old washer. I learned a lot. Now I'm going to D or D (donate or dump) it along with the dryer. I'm tired of them. I want that Speed Queen pair that Frigilux (Eugene) just purchased...very spiffy.

Post# 951435 , Reply# 28   8/3/2017 at 12:51 by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
I Had A Set...

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Mine had the dispenser tank under the lid but no finger touch faucet. I think it might have been one down from TOL. I liked the machine. It had a very strong agitation. Most laundry was done with the Gentle Wash button depressed. The weakest link on these machines was/is the pump. Often they would fail and people would assume tub bearings and junk the machine.

Would be worth hanging on to as a second set, if you have the space.


Post# 951442 , Reply# 29   8/3/2017 at 13:35 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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One of my aunts had a Norge-tag.  It developed a grinding/bearing noise, which went away for a while, then the machine seized.  I didn't have any experience troubleshooting or working on them and advised her it's either a main bearing or transmission problem which is not worth repairing.  She wanted a frontloader set anyway, and they gave the Norge-tag pair to me.  Ended up being a bad pump.  I apologized for the misdiagnosis, which she didn't care because of wanting the FLer.  I refurbed the set and sold them, gave her some of the fundage.

Post# 951545 , Reply# 30   8/4/2017 at 07:40 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Joe-- If you're partial to both the top-loading format and vintage-era operation, I highly recommend the new Speed Queens. Though still a bit horrified by how much water is used per cycle--I'm accustomed to HE front-loaders--one certainly can't fault the washer's performance or build quality. I miss the timed bleach and fabric softener dispensers and 1400 rpm spin of the Maytag 8100, but wouldn't have any other top-loader.

I look at it this way: It's like having a vintage washer (with a spin-drain, no less) except parts and service are readily available. That's a 'best of both worlds' in my book.

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