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Confirmed by Alliance - Speed Queen retain the gearbox for the Australian market
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Post# 977905   1/11/2018 at 16:48 (217 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        

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I just received a response from the Regional Sales Manager of the South Pacific region of Alliance Laundry.

His response was that the current 240V models we get here in Australia with the gearbox will continue for the 'foreseeable future'. 

I can only deduce that Speed Queen will have two different production lines for domestic machines: one that retains the gearbox for export markets (such as Australia) and one for the new 2018 models for the US market.


What 'foreseeable future' means I can't say and they didn't elaborate.


I know this doesn't help any of you who still want the more traditional style machine, but I thought it was interesting to find out.








Post# 977912 , Reply# 1   1/11/2018 at 17:44 (217 days old) by dylanmitchell (San Diego, CA)        

Thanks for the info. Any idea what water use standards Australia has? Even dryer there than Southern California!
Wondering if export models (Australia, Europe, South America, etc.) will keep proven features. And does Speed Queen export top loader residential to Mexico or Canada. Know Canada has some pre-ban style toilets but not sure what Mexico has.
I think Mexico and Canada are 120 volt but I have an unused 240 volt in my garage for a dryer that I don't use (gas dryer).

Post# 977922 , Reply# 2   1/11/2018 at 18:52 (217 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Alliance Will Also Keep Building Gear Box Washers

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For the TL commercial sales here and in the rest of the world, You will still be able to buy one of these for home use from the commercial division of SQ, but the price will be about 50% higher than a current SQ TL washer, If anyone wants a GB style buy it NOW, there are only about 100 left in the DC area, I have sold 10 in the last week and a half.


John L.

Post# 977924 , Reply# 3   1/11/2018 at 19:22 (217 days old) by Supersurgilator (Indiana)        

I don't forsee this lasting long at all. The 2018 model is going to be such a flop that they are either going to find a way to go back to the gearbox machines, or use a mode shifter. I see changes coming there way in the not so distant future!

Post# 978086 , Reply# 4   1/13/2018 at 08:12 (215 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

I can see the 2018 redesign becoming a great collector's item. I agree; it probably isn't going to be on the market for the longterm in its current form.

Post# 978201 , Reply# 5   1/13/2018 at 20:54 (215 days old) by pulsator-power (connecticut)        

Why do you think the older design was changed?

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