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Speed Queen Wringer Washer - New?
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Post# 308110   10/7/2008 at 08:46 (3,640 days old) by louvac (M)        

Hey Guys!

I recently came across a Speed Queen wringer washer at a flea market. Now, it was very white, and it looked fairly new (?) which is was took me by surprise. Even the cord was modern, grey, and a three-wire type. Can I assume that Speed Queen, like Maytag, was still manufacturing wringers into the early 1980's?

What can you guys tell me about this machine? What is a good resale price for it? I did not see a price marked on it. And, I didn't think to write down the model number on it.


Post# 308112 , Reply# 1   10/7/2008 at 09:01 (3,640 days old) by pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Actually, you can still buy Wringer washers... I believe these are of Speed Queen design but renamed "Home Queen". They sell for $899.


Post# 308114 , Reply# 2   10/7/2008 at 09:03 (3,640 days old) by louvac (M)        

Why would someone prefer a wringer washer to an automatic?

Post# 308117 , Reply# 3   10/7/2008 at 09:06 (3,640 days old) by pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Water savings, those who do not like or do not have access to electricity...

Post# 308122 , Reply# 4   10/7/2008 at 09:12 (3,640 days old) by louvac (M)        

No access to electricity? This machine IS electric?

Post# 308132 , Reply# 5   10/7/2008 at 10:46 (3,640 days old) by rayjay (Carteret, New Jersey)        

Hi Lou. Grew up using a GE wringer washer until 1963. Parents got their first automatic from Sears, a Model 70.

A wringer washer is a lot of work. Putting the clothes from the machine through the wringer into one rinse tub, then another rinse tub, and then the final wring out. However, you can do this, while another load is washing. (Same water of course). It is messier, (water on floor, all over yourself too). lol can wash a lot of clothes in that large tub.

Still prefer an automatic.


Post# 308133 , Reply# 6   10/7/2008 at 10:51 (3,640 days old) by rayjay (Carteret, New Jersey)        

Jamie, Thanks for sharing the website. What a nice line of products.



Post# 308177 , Reply# 7   10/7/2008 at 16:47 (3,640 days old) by maytaga407 (Heber Utah)        
Wringer over Automatic

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Lou, Money saving. I do about 5 loads in the same water and a scoop of tide, veres clean water with every load, and 5 scoops of tide in an automatic. It is alot more work, but I feel they clean better.


Post# 308217 , Reply# 8   10/7/2008 at 23:49 (3,640 days old) by phillygrl ()        

Why would someone want a new wringer washer? If they are buying from Lehman's Hardware, the store from the link, they are probably Amish or Mennonite. The washer would be modified to run from a gasoline engine, not a generator. Lehman's is located in east central Ohio, and caters to the Amish population here. Ohio has the largest Amish population in the USA. They shun most modern convieninces, and live mostly off of the grid. Some are allowed electricity to the barn to run refridgeration for milk. They are also on the cutting edge of adopting solar power. They see sunshine as a gift from God, and see no reason not to use it to charge up their batteries. The Amish are a facinating culture, and good neighbors to have.

Post# 308413 , Reply# 9   10/9/2008 at 09:53 (3,638 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        
U R sew Rite!

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I lived in Baltimore and have relatives in Harrisburg,Gettysburg,Skukhilllhaven,and Pottstown,PA. We'd drive up through the old towns and enjoy the Spring or Fall weather.We'd make shoefly pie at my great grandmother's farm and sit outside snapping string beans getting them ready to be blanched and frozen. we'd also cook and can some.My sister,brother and I would get a "whuppin" if we snuck into the barn and jumped down into the hay(we did it every chance we got anyway)and milking the cows manually was a real treat.Grammy would take the milk and make home made ice cream and some great Milk pie which was similar to a custard pie but more of a liquid than custard is.We lived as though there was no tomorrow and no yesterday.Grammy and her daughter,our Aunt Kerry,lived there till their deaths and when the property was sold,the old 1955 BLACKSTONE wringer washer went along with the 1935 FRIGIDAIRE walk in cooler.

Post# 310746 , Reply# 10   10/21/2008 at 18:22 (3,626 days old) by gmmcnair (Portland, OR)        
New Wringer Washer....

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...if I had the place to have mine out during the cold months, I would probably use it over the automatic. Once you get a routine down with these babies, you can go through a lot of laundry very quickly.

Yeah, it's more labor intensive, but it's over fast. :)

Post# 314385 , Reply# 11   11/11/2008 at 16:37 (3,605 days old) by xyz ()        

My wife has been after me to find her a "pink" wringer washer like the one her moms used up until about 1980. I think it would be a wonderful Christmas gift as well as a shock to her to get up Christmas morning to see one of em in the living room. She says she will continue to wash in automatic but would like to have the wringer for socks and small stuff that could be done rather quickly.

Post# 314679 , Reply# 12   11/12/2008 at 21:51 (3,604 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Great Minds Think Alike

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Your wife is on to something there! *LOL*

Love my Miele, but there are times one wishes to get a small bit of washing ton without all the palaver. Out comes the Hoover twin-tub (ok, not a wringer, but same semi-automatic principle), and can whizz through the stuff with no muss or fuss.


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