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HEADS UP!!! Maytag Neppie TL...
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Post# 279950   5/13/2008 at 20:35 (3,810 days old) by stainfighter (Columbia, SC)        

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I was toying with the idea of getting a 'Chairman Mao' Haier TL mentioned in another thread but OMG this Maytag for only $325? free shipping?? (Rainbow Appliance in NJ). I'm soo tempted to just go for it. Only available in yuckky 'bisque' but hey, for the price with NO shipping. Hmm...someone talk me out of this!!!

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Post# 279955 , Reply# 1   5/13/2008 at 20:50 (3,810 days old) by westyslantfront ()        

Hi Robert. It is a discontinued machine. I wonder how long parts will be available. In September, I paid $399.00 at Lowes for a Whirltag and it is a great machine.


Post# 279956 , Reply# 2   5/13/2008 at 20:52 (3,810 days old) by westyslantfront ()        

Here is a picture of the Whirltag.

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Post# 279960 , Reply# 3   5/13/2008 at 21:02 (3,810 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Their web site separate from Ebay lists the machine for $239 ... so there's a $86 upcharge for Ebay, which may be covering the shipping, but that's still a give-away price.

Can this possibly be legitimate??

Post# 280014 , Reply# 4   5/14/2008 at 05:09 (3,810 days old) by stainfighter (Columbia, SC)        
I think so...

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they've been an eBayer for years and standard ship rate is $95.00. IIRC they have 24 units to move. They are also offering six months same-as-cash; they must really want to move 'em! Still in factory sealed cartons. The discontinued status does give one pause, however...

Post# 280054 , Reply# 5   5/14/2008 at 11:17 (3,809 days old) by pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Indeed it is legitimate! I bought one of these myself a couple months ago from Rainbow Appliance!

Post# 281421 , Reply# 6   5/23/2008 at 17:27 (3,800 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Package arrived.

Now the question is do I leave it on the skid and sell it as an unused collectible in 50 years ... or have some fun with it today?

Post# 281437 , Reply# 7   5/23/2008 at 20:06 (3,800 days old) by brent-aucoin ()        

Very cool Glen,
I say use it.
I have never seen one of these Neptune's in action in person. I think it was a cool design. I would say the last of the true Maytag engineering.

Post# 281444 , Reply# 8   5/23/2008 at 20:51 (3,800 days old) by stainfighter (Columbia, SC)        
you snooze, you lose...

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Rainbow Appliance just upped the price to $425 including shipping and 6 months you got the deal!

Post# 281459 , Reply# 9   5/23/2008 at 23:18 (3,800 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
Use it!!

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Congrats, Glenn! It's a fantastic drama washer - the very last original Maytag Corp. top-loading washer design. Top to bottom, this is a Maytag original and will certainly be a rarity someday. But what is the fun of having a washer if you can't experience the joy of washing? Use it in good health and enjoy!

Post# 281521 , Reply# 10   5/24/2008 at 12:37 (3,799 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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It's still listed for $325 in bisque. White is $425 on a separate listing.

Post# 281627 , Reply# 11   5/25/2008 at 07:55 (3,798 days old) by commodorejohn ()        

Someone correct me if I'm mistaken, but I believe the Neptune TL was actually A Haier design. I own enough Haier's to recognize one when I see one-even the controls scream HAIER. Does the machine say where it was manufactured-or just MAYTAG CO.-Newton, Iowa? I would like to get one myself-but, I'm running out of space. I'm uploading 2 pics of the HAIER model sold in China.

Post# 281628 , Reply# 12   5/25/2008 at 07:56 (3,798 days old) by commodorejohn ()        

Here's the inside-top view.

Post# 281629 , Reply# 13   5/25/2008 at 08:00 (3,798 days old) by commodorejohn ()        

Any similarity in cabinet design on the CHAIRMAN and the NEPTUNE TL?

Post# 281630 , Reply# 14   5/25/2008 at 08:04 (3,798 days old) by commodorejohn ()        

I'm still finding the TL listed as $239.00 and $98.00 shipping on in Bisque. I see it listed as $100.00 more in white.

Post# 281634 , Reply# 15   5/25/2008 at 08:33 (3,798 days old) by husky94 ()        
Neptune TL

These were Maytag designed, made by Maytag in a plant in South Carolina (closed before Whirlpool took over).

Post# 281673 , Reply# 16   5/25/2008 at 14:34 (3,798 days old) by stainfighter (Columbia, SC)        
my bad...

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didn't see that the second time around, white is $100 more. Btw, went back to my local BIG Lots - the exact Mao is still there, now marked down to $279. But, a quick peek inside and I see it is missing the inner lid - so, that's a tip off it's been around the block I think - its out of the carton already,too

Post# 281680 , Reply# 17   5/25/2008 at 15:17 (3,798 days old) by pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Interesting difference between the Maytag and the Haier models, it seems that the Haier has the plates lined up with each other while the Maytag has the plates lined up opposite to each other... With the way the transmission works in these machines, the alignment of the disks cannot be changed, Haier on the left, Maytag on the right:

Post# 281681 , Reply# 18   5/25/2008 at 15:23 (3,798 days old) by commodorejohn ()        

With that one difference in mind, they sure look the same to me!

Post# 281685 , Reply# 19   5/25/2008 at 15:59 (3,798 days old) by pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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While the machines do look the same, I imagine this would change the wash action dramatically!

Post# 281687 , Reply# 20   5/25/2008 at 16:29 (3,798 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Per the service manual I have, Neppy TLs were done in Florence, SC.

Perhaps Maytag licensed the design to Haier?

The Haier specimen has an inner-tub lid and doesn't have the in-the-lid detergent dispenser.

Here's my model/serial label. Perhaps someone can look up those patents.

Post# 281696 , Reply# 21   5/25/2008 at 17:44 (3,798 days old) by commodorejohn ()        

I'm fascinated with this machine--WHOEVER built it! Is there a way to trick it to fill-up with more water (like I did on my HARMONY) or is it purely "automatic"? I know on the HARMONY, the THROW-RUG cycle fills up. Does it have a BULKY/THROW-RUG type cycle? How does it wash? Does it knot things up?

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