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Post# 956337   9/5/2017 at 21:39 by Countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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I just got this pink Maytag set, over the weekend. I was told they are from 61. The dryer works. I haven't tested the washer yet.

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Post# 956340 , Reply# 1   9/5/2017 at 22:20 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Those Maytag Highlanders look great. I'm trying to develop a taste for pink. Like so many colors, I think it was more popular several years ago.

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Post# 956346 , Reply# 2   9/5/2017 at 23:21 by unclejohn (Qc/Canada)        
Turquoise and pink ...

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... washers & dryers : I say *Wow* !

Post# 956348 , Reply# 3   9/5/2017 at 23:25 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Nice looking set! I saw so many of these around farm country over the years growing up. My grandmother had a two speed version of the washer. Yours was certainly well used, don't often see the basket that worn away, but that's easily remedied. Have fun with them, color in a Highlander is kind of rare. Good luck!

If you de-select the "Automatic" button, a wringer will pop out of the side :-)

Post# 956358 , Reply# 4   9/6/2017 at 01:13 by Jimmyb (Phoenix, AZ)        

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What a great find!

Post# 956366 , Reply# 5   9/6/2017 at 05:19 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Congratulations, Justin! The Highlander pair sure looks good next to the turquoise set. Is that the original agitator?

Post# 956368 , Reply# 6   9/6/2017 at 05:56 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I have the model below this with just the hot warm and cold selector buttons. It was as little as Maytag offered in an automatic, but it was in very good condition. It sits next to the A806. After the motor went out, Jeff installed a two speed motor and put a toggle switch on the back of the control panel. Mine has the original dark blue porcelain tub. The machine originally had a narrow post Gyrator.  I run a black polypropylene power fin agitator in it with the stainless steel lint filter and fabric softener dispenser without the black plastic cup. Once agitation starts I pour the measured bleach down through the softener dispenser followed by a pint of hot water for safe bleach dispensing. 

Post# 956376 , Reply# 7   9/6/2017 at 07:32 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Congratulations, Justin!  They look great!  Looking forward to seeing more of the washer.  

Post# 956386 , Reply# 8   9/6/2017 at 08:53 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
I miss PANK!

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And Turquoise.

these are beautiful! I hope you have many years of happiness with them.

Post# 956387 , Reply# 9   9/6/2017 at 08:58 by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        

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Beautiful set, Justin! They look complete, after spying the Red Carpet service sticker. :)


Post# 956393 , Reply# 10   9/6/2017 at 10:04 by Glhturbo2 (Greensboro, NC)        
Looking great

They look beautiful next to the Turquoise set :)

Post# 956423 , Reply# 11   9/6/2017 at 15:26 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Very colorful, congratulations.

Post# 956435 , Reply# 12   9/6/2017 at 16:49 by appnut (TX)        

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Congratulations Justin.  Someone obviously treasured these dearly. 

Post# 956464 , Reply# 13   9/6/2017 at 20:28 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Justin, they are beautiful! I had a similar set in Turquoise -- but yours are very pretty in pink!

Post# 956709 , Reply# 14   9/9/2017 at 00:28 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
Great set there

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Congratulations on the new additions.
The turquoise & pink look so pretty next to each other.

Your maytags are making me smile

Post# 956720 , Reply# 15   9/9/2017 at 04:10 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Turquoise is my favorite color but I love any of the rounded control Maytags with the gray dial.  My great-grandmother had a white one, not sure of the model but I know it had rounded corners and a dark dial, not like my mother's with the white dial and square corners.

Post# 957516 , Reply# 16   9/14/2017 at 11:06 by newvista58 (Northern NJ)        

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They look awesome, and right at home
next to the turquoise set.

Good luck.


Post# 957518 , Reply# 17   9/14/2017 at 11:14 by MrAlex (London, UK)        

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Gorgeous! Both colours are just gorgeous! I'd have them in the living room lol

Post# 957524 , Reply# 18   9/14/2017 at 11:40 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Nice looking sets. The tub looks more like chemical damage than wear. I know if you put baking soda and some other powders too, as additives, it will attack the porcelain enamel on tubs. At the shirt laundry we used "sour", which eliminated the soap content in the rinse and that destroyed the porcelain on the tubs of washers too. I learned that by experience unfortunately. It made a washer tub like sandpaper first and then it removed the porcelain to the point of rusty metal underneath.

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Post# 957538 , Reply# 19   9/14/2017 at 13:38 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Is using BORAX powder in your laundry the same thing as the "sour" that you used to use, that wore down the tub's finish? Please get back to me & let me know.

Waiting to read your reply, because I use BORAX!!

Post# 957548 , Reply# 20   9/14/2017 at 15:03 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Borax is alkaline just like baking soda is alkaline, sour is acidic.  I used to add borax to my pool to bring the ph up.  The pH of borax is 9.3 and baking soda is 8.4.  Ammonia is about 12 and lye is 13 to 14 while Clorox is around 12.2.  Neutral pure water is 7.  The acidity of laundry sour cancels the alkalinity of borax, lye, baking soda, bleach, and other substances in detergents and helps bring the pH back to the neutral 7 level.  I know some Clorox splashed on the top of my mother's Maytag and it went etched the porcelain...but this was pure bleach.

Post# 957554 , Reply# 21   9/14/2017 at 15:34 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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So will/does BORAX damage the finish/surface of the washing machine tub?

Post# 957607 , Reply# 22   9/15/2017 at 03:44 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I can't answer that.  I was just googling it but haven't found any definitive responses.

Post# 957714 , Reply# 23   9/15/2017 at 21:34 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

What's the story on these? Were they a Craigslist find? A little old lady owned them?

Post# 957807 , Reply# 24   9/16/2017 at 19:29 by Countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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They were a friend of a friend. My friend knew the owner for a long time. The owner has them for a number of years. He currently has cancer and isn't expected to last much longer. He's been selling stuff off. My friend told me about them and hot me first dibs on them. The owner was in the hospital when I picked them up from his house. They were in the backyard under the patio. Had been for a while, by the looks of it. The owner is an older gentleman. Don't know more about him.

Post# 959805 , Reply# 25   9/29/2017 at 09:48 by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Update on the washer. I ended up testing it out. The drain hose is shot, no big deal. However, the motor on it is not working. I can hear it hum, but it won't spin. I'm not sure if it is the starting windings or the whole thing.

Post# 959834 , Reply# 26   9/29/2017 at 13:28 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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It may just be stuck?? I got a free GE washer a few years back. The person who had posted on CL stated it needed a new belt. I soon realized after getting home the motor was stuck. I removed and lightly clamped vertically by the shaft in the bench vise. Just a slight twist on the housing and it broke loose. It wasn't stuck that badly but just enough that it couldn't break itself loose. Put it back in and it operated without issue.

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