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Post# 190310   2/11/2007 at 19:54 (4,484 days old) by gocartwasher ()        

wa at a laundry mat in Ossining NY with a buddy & seen the inside of this model .all stainless tub inside & out , very well built strong bracing ,thick metal ,there is six bolts holding it to the floor!!!!!,the owner said these cost about $8,000 new

Post# 190419 , Reply# 1   2/12/2007 at 03:58 (4,484 days old) by sudsman ()        
We priced Wascomats a few weeks ago and the smaller ones do

Here is what the prices that were quoted to us were:
18 lb 3500
30 lb 4750
50 lb 6850
75lb 9950
100lb 18,500
200 lb 32,250
They also have loarge machines but we did not price them as we find that over 100 to 125 lbs units the staff has trouble unloading them and the smaller units are eaiser for them to handle if we need the girls to work in the washroom. Also several smaller units are better that one larger machine as when we have a breakdown we still have some capacity to survive until the machine is repaired..

Post# 190510 , Reply# 2   2/12/2007 at 12:09 (4,483 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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I wants me one of those!

When I die, it will still be running; they can bury me in it.

Post# 191291 , Reply# 3   2/15/2007 at 16:42 (4,480 days old) by tumbler ()        
Wascomat innards

I used to work on these machines back in the '70's and early '80's; structurally they were very sturdy and heavy. They used a "2-winding" motor. It had an 8-pole winding (850 r.p.m.) for tumble speed and a 2-pole winding (3450 r.p.m.) for spin. They used electromechanical timers which were huge and had lots of cams, and obtained their reverse tumble action via a set of timer cams and a pair of magnetic contactors. The motors were suceptible to getting detergent etc. in them, and when they failed they cost about $750 to replace or $700 to rewind (1984 prices!). I suspect that, like most other manufacturers, Wascomat has gone to microprocessor timers and inverter-drive 3- motors to get the speed variation, reversing, and higher spin speeds than what used to be possible.

Post# 191320 , Reply# 4   2/15/2007 at 18:35 (4,480 days old) by sudsman ()        
The new models

Are not made near as well as the ones from 10 years ago. they weigh a lot less, and just dont hold up like the older ones did.

Post# 192051 , Reply# 5   2/18/2007 at 11:18 (4,477 days old) by gocartwasher ()        
comercial nice

they are the only thing s built to my standards
we used to rebuild the Elmo motors in those units,nice to hear Tumbler talk specs on the motors,heres a pic of the motor
my next reply after the motor is interesting simularity to this mazada RX7 wheel!!!!

Post# 192052 , Reply# 6   2/18/2007 at 11:20 (4,477 days old) by gocartwasher ()        
heres a amazing simularity

the Elmo motor I pictured has a amazing simularity to this alumimum wheel on a Mazada RX7

Post# 192101 , Reply# 7   2/18/2007 at 14:33 (4,477 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        
Nice motor and wheels . . .

Mazda pretty much cribbed that wheel design from early '60s Campagnolos used by Abarth, but regardless of that it is a cool wheel and you're right, it does look like the die-cast rear case of a motor!

Post# 192179 , Reply# 8   2/18/2007 at 22:44 (4,477 days old) by bpetersxx (earth)        

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Post# 192227 , Reply# 9   2/19/2007 at 06:47 (4,476 days old) by tumbler ()        
Wascomat (Elmo) motors

Nice pic of the motor! I remember them exactly-right down to the black belt residue on the motor end frame. You can see why we had trouble with them-if the automatic detergent hoses leaked-which they did from time to time-the stuff got into the motor. A lot of American commercial machines use TEFC-frame (Totally Enclosed Fan cooled) motors, in which an external fan blows air over the motor which is enclosed. Nothing can get inside it and spoil the bearings or winding insulation.

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