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Post# 954791   8/27/2017 at 10:03 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        

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Second set much less, but less colorful: Washer & Dryer - $40 (Missouri Valley):

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Post# 954816 , Reply# 1   8/27/2017 at 11:14 by peteski50 (New York)        
Maytag 710!

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This looks like a real nice set! I wonder what the inside of the washer looks like!
My Mom had the 810 set and it was a really great washer and simple to use and got the job done quickly and compared to what they make today having machines like this is a fantasy! I hope it goes to a good home!

Post# 954827 , Reply# 2   8/27/2017 at 12:02 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        

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After owning a set of Maytags,Model LA482 Washer/ LDE482 Dryer -electric . I can agree that the washing process was quick. I can't say they were always as gentle on our clothes, though, if compared to our Whirlpool Calypso wash. But it was nice having a full tub of water! Anyways..question:

Are the 710/810 models different with respect to the washing action? We used to use Delicate on the washer, which was better, but some clothes were really beat up(wife's clothes, especially). Knit tops were really thrashed. Of course, zippered wash bags were used with the delicates, but not tops..just to cover any questions before replying.

Thank you!

Post# 954841 , Reply# 3   8/27/2017 at 13:08 by peteski50 (New York)        
710/810 models

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they were very similar models the 810 had an automatic advance to wash after soak if you desired. And it had a lever for the water level instead of the buttons! I also never remember these machines being rough on the clothes in any way. These the first series of machines that were produced after the center dial models. They were very much the same with a few additional features. Like going from a 10 min wash to 12 min wash period which was a plus! Also they added a full soak cycle to most models!
It seems they really changed the dryer models more at that time! They never had a separate start switch before this period aside from adding a few more features! I felt the 610 dryer with auto dry was more flexable to operate than the electronic 710 and 810! I didn't use Moms 810 dryer much as I hang most of my laundry but I did use it for towels and sheets. I remember I used to set the chime reminder to off but it still chimed anyway??
she had this set for over 20 years and never had a problem with the washer except replaced the hoses after 15 years. The dryer broke a few times - the gas ignitor went bad as well as a few other things I cant remember. It did dry well but the reliability on the MT dryers was not as good as the washers!

Post# 954866 , Reply# 4   8/27/2017 at 14:57 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        

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Interesting recount of your experience is appreciated, peteski50. If the washing wasn't hard on clothes, maybe the clothes were made better! We thought the dryer was ok, but it didn't have the more flexible temperature controls of your 710/810's? Again, just comparing to the Whirlpool Calypso set, the Maytag Dryer worked well but the clothes come out nicer in the Calypso. Ours didn't have auto dry - you just set the dial to where you learned how long it would cycle. I don't think we ever used that soak cycle, but the feature was appreciated.

It's an art - washing and drying(I like to hang the clothes out to dry, for sentimental reasons...most will know).

Thank you!

Post# 954873 , Reply# 5   8/27/2017 at 15:27 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I know those labeled Fabric-Matic, like mine are one speed and the Delicate wash still uses the same higher speed intermittently. And it will tear apart real delicate things.

Post# 954912 , Reply# 6   8/27/2017 at 19:57 by peteski50 (New York)        

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I had my own apartment when my Mom got the 810 set so I used to bring my laundry over - I had no washer at the time! She had a line in the basement. so I would hang a lot of things and pick them up a day or 2 later. My sister used to bring all her laundry also - my Niece was a baby and she had tons of laundry. she used to use the soak at times. that 810 got a good workout! when my sister bought her house in 84 she got a whirlpool imperial set that was also a work horse. I actually always felt the WP washes a little bit better than the MT! some may disagree but they were both great machines.
As for the fabric-matic models I never understood the exact process as to when it would pause to soak? For a long time I never realized they only used 1 speed!
some of them were labeled push button fabric-matic and others had 3 cycles on the dial! does anyone know what the difference was??

Post# 954914 , Reply# 7   8/27/2017 at 20:20 by peteski50 (New York)        
maytag fabricmatic!

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Here is a example that maybe someone can explain?? why did they need that long soak on the 408 and 610? why was it still considered fabricmatic on the 308 and 510? I never understood the difference!

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Post# 954915 , Reply# 8   8/27/2017 at 20:35 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Mine is the same as that 510, but my 511 has a bleach dispenser the 510 doesn't. Difference was those others were 2 speed and had a slow agitation on Delicate where it said Fabric-Matic, not 2 speed had an intermittent regular agitation on Delicate. But still the same other than a 2 speed motor. I always pulled the timer knob out and soaked as long as necessary and restarted it. Soak cycle is nuts. My mothers last Kenmore had a 30 minute Enzyme soak, come on, really.

Post# 954941 , Reply# 9   8/27/2017 at 23:26 by peteski50 (New York)        
maytag fabricmatic!

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I still want to know the difference with the pushbutton fabricmatic as to what those buttons do if they don't change the speed? Is their 3 different ways to run that 1 cycle?

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