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Post# 199200   3/23/2007 at 18:57 (4,447 days old) by mdb ()        

Does anyone have any info about the now-discontinued Maytag LAV3600 -- is it still a good machine? It's supposed to be based on the classic Dep. Care models -- is this true?

Any info would be appreciated -- trying to decide between this and a Whrilpool MOL TL, as in the WTW5800 or some such --

Thanks for any help,


Post# 199204 , Reply# 1   3/23/2007 at 19:26 (4,447 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        
new vs. old

I hate to tell you this, with you being a newbie, but this is a bad weekend to ask for advice. Most of the real experts are off to Tucson for a wash-in. For what it's worth (and I am a diehard Maytag fan), I would buy the LAV Maytag.

Post# 199207 , Reply# 2   3/23/2007 at 19:54 (4,447 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
I would buy one!

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Hi Mark,

From what i have read in previous threads, most members would buy this LAV over any other Maytag washer currently. From what i know, it IS still the Dependable Care type of washer with the Orbital transmission and enamel outer bowl etc.


Post# 199210 , Reply# 3   3/23/2007 at 19:59 (4,447 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        
it is the Dependable Care model..

and a great machine. GadgetGary has one and he loves it, but he is at the wash-in, otherwise I am sure he would have responded by now. I bought one of the last DC dryers this summer, replacing a 20 yr old Maytag, and I am VERY pleased...

Post# 199211 , Reply# 4   3/23/2007 at 20:02 (4,447 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Here are some comments on it...

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Here is a previous thread about this model with some may help.

I would certainly buy one of these over the Whirlpool i currently have or any MAV Maytag.



Post# 199251 , Reply# 5   3/23/2007 at 23:51 (4,447 days old) by mdb ()        

Thanks all for the info and heads-up on the rest of the experts!

Post# 199336 , Reply# 6   3/24/2007 at 15:38 (4,446 days old) by super32 (Blackstone Massachusetts)        

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I hate to be the sour grape but, plan on a new tub seal and bearing within 5yrs. Back in 97' when maytag changed their tub seal, DC took a turn for the worse. Then to add to it the price went up on the parts in question. At last check, it was about $125 for the parts + labor and service call if you have it done. If you decide to do it yourself, you will need the spanner wrench to get the tub seal loose.

Just something to think about.


Post# 199358 , Reply# 7   3/24/2007 at 18:41 (4,446 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        

My '97 Dependable Care has never had a repair.......

Post# 199370 , Reply# 8   3/24/2007 at 20:20 (4,446 days old) by mdb ()        

Scott, do you think the new WP WTW models (not Cabrios) will be more reliable than the Maytag LAV3600?



Post# 199374 , Reply# 9   3/24/2007 at 20:43 (4,446 days old) by super32 (Blackstone Massachusetts)        

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The newer whirlpools should be fairly reliable. There track record has been good for a basic T/L. I know i'm going to start a riot for saying this but, for the money I probably would consider a ge/profile. From about 2000 to last october we had very few complaints from there products. Since october im no longer in the multi brand apliance loop, but I dont figure much has changed that quick.


Post# 199621 , Reply# 10   3/26/2007 at 17:18 (4,444 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        
back to the top

just thought I would send this back to the top, since the "pros" are back from Tucson....... :)

Post# 199687 , Reply# 11   3/26/2007 at 23:01 (4,444 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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Just back from a FABULOUS Tucson wash-in....Phew!!!!

Yes, that washer is phenomenal. After seeing all the old Vintage Maytags, this washer is just like them. In fact, doing some laundry from the trip in it as I am writing this.
I never owned a Maytag before this one, but, going to the wash-in gave me a great appreciation for those fine tuned machines. I think this one should last at least 40 yrs.

Now I would like a Vintage Maytag to go next to the new generation that I presently own. I really would love one with the lights on the panel and in the tub. And ultimately, in turquoise.

Walk, don't run and get one of the last DC Maytags made!

Post# 199755 , Reply# 12   3/27/2007 at 08:59 (4,443 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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I would like to try to replace the corkscrew agitator in my DC with an older turquoise agitator with the lint filter and softener cup. Any thoughts on this? I was told that the turquoise agitator might be too rough on the clothes(almost like a shredmore).

Here is the agitator in the machine now:

Post# 199756 , Reply# 13   3/27/2007 at 09:01 (4,443 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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Would this one work?

Post# 199797 , Reply# 14   3/27/2007 at 14:22 (4,443 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Hi Gary,

Glad you guys had a great time in Tucson.....The dependable care washer you have has a low torque (code for orbital) transmission. That is why the agitator is smaller. Putting that bigger agitator in will stress the tranny. ( Steve is having a field day with this...considering my last post awhile back) LOL. Also the turquoise agitator is a press fit. You would need an "agitator stop ring" (sounds like a birth control device LOL)in order to use that agitator in your dependable care washer

Post# 199802 , Reply# 15   3/27/2007 at 14:41 (4,443 days old) by gadgetgary (Bristol,CT)        

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Sounds complicated to fit; low torque; stress on the tranny; agitator stop ring....and to top it all off, the likes of a birth control device(LMAO)

Maybe it is time to call in the Maytag 'experts'(do they exist anymore???)

Post# 199808 , Reply# 16   3/27/2007 at 15:10 (4,443 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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John is correct: putting the aqua Power Fin agitator will hasten the demise. What you could do is try to find the plain Power Fin 12 agitator that was designed for this washer and is still in use in the coin-op line.

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