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1970 Maytag Literature
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Post# 439131   6/2/2010 at 15:22 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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To continue on with the scanning...turns out that 1970 Maytag A806 washer I just got also came with all of the original literature! Here we go!

Post# 439132 , Reply# 1   6/2/2010 at 15:23 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
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beautiful photos

Post# 439133 , Reply# 2   6/2/2010 at 15:24 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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Which Maytag am I? Definitely the harvest 806!

Post# 439134 , Reply# 3   6/2/2010 at 15:25 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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Post# 439135 , Reply# 4   6/2/2010 at 15:26 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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Simple yet superb agitator

Post# 439137 , Reply# 5   6/2/2010 at 15:27 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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they make it sound like it's timed bleach. Is it?

Post# 439138 , Reply# 6   6/2/2010 at 15:28 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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If only they were built like this today...

Post# 439139 , Reply# 7   6/2/2010 at 15:29 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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Think you could get a 5-yr warranty today?

Post# 439140 , Reply# 8   6/2/2010 at 15:41 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
806 info pamphlet

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This was inside the brochure.

Post# 439141 , Reply# 9   6/2/2010 at 15:43 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
Maytag 806 Ops Manual

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This is just the cover page

Post# 439143 , Reply# 10   6/2/2010 at 15:44 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
Operating instrucions A806

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I didn't know what to do with this machine until I consulting this manual! Whew!

Post# 439147 , Reply# 11   6/2/2010 at 15:47 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
Page 2 of the ops manual

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Again...what would I have done without?

MikeyD, Notice how they got around adding detergent to the main wash? I suppose you'd still need to use a Downy ball though huh?

Post# 439148 , Reply# 12   6/2/2010 at 15:47 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
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Post# 439218 , Reply# 13   6/2/2010 at 18:58 (3,724 days old) by maytag63 (South Berwick, Maine)        

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Nice, thank you for sharing the literature.

Post# 439273 , Reply# 14   6/2/2010 at 21:37 (3,724 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        
Boo Boo at the Printers

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If you look at the 1st pic of the A906, the reflection is wrong. Someone at the publisher goofed, and this was long before the days of Photoshop. The A906 has a center dial reflection in it :) Maybe the 906 wants to be just like the other tags after all.

-Exhausted Tim

Post# 439277 , Reply# 15   6/2/2010 at 21:44 (3,724 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        
By The Way...

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I really enjoyed these, I didn't want to sound like I was harping :)


Post# 439278 , Reply# 16   6/2/2010 at 21:45 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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Glad you liked them. I didn't even notice that reflection thing. I was too fixated on everything else on that A906. That is such a neat looking washer!


Post# 439285 , Reply# 17   6/2/2010 at 22:05 (3,724 days old) by A440 ()        

Great Scans! Thanks!

I just sigh when I think that Maytag is now Whirlpool!

I can't even bring myself to look under the lid of "Maytag's" now when I am in appliance sections of stores.


Post# 439290 , Reply# 18   6/2/2010 at 22:28 (3,724 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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As with many of you, I collected washer literature as a kid, and I had this one! Great to see it again after many years.

Good eyes, macboy: I would have never noticed the center dial reflected in the top of the 906!

Awesome washers, no?

Post# 439292 , Reply# 19   6/2/2010 at 22:37 (3,724 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Hi Jon. Thank you!

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Well, that's a creative use of the rinse dispenser, eh!

But for the not so heavily soiled, they tell you to start at soak which includes a drain & refill, but no mention of additional detergent. Interesting.

OR, if you select soak does that trick the timer into moving from soak to wash without draining?

I'd rather hear from your experience when you have the time to test out these cycles; the text doesn't tell enough.

Your cool scans show the 806 to be a very talented, able-bodied washer. "Everybody wants one" ~ a lyric whose title escapes me.

Post# 439294 , Reply# 20   6/2/2010 at 22:41 (3,724 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Geeze, all of these fine lookin women and Maytags.....

Time for a cigar (don't care for cigs).

Post# 439295 , Reply# 21   6/2/2010 at 22:53 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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I've had a chance to run all of the cycles after this past weekend. I had a ton of laundry to do! So PreWash is just that, a 4-minute agitation followed by a short spin. Washer then fills for the soak/wash cycle. Soak is just brief agitation, brief soak, then agitation returns once the timer hits the 10-minute mark at the start of the regular cycle. There is no spin/drain between Soak and Normal Wash.

One thing I noticed on mine that seemed odd was the Permanent Press cycle. On the LA308 I have (which is a 1-speed) does a partial spin/drain, partial fill with cold water, then immediately goes into the rinse spin with no agitation.

The 806 is different though. There is a partial drain, fill, ANOTHER partial drain and fill, brief agitation, and THEN goes into the rinse spin. I also noticed that all of the spins were in the PermPress cycle were fast, not slow even though I selected slow. They were just really short spins. Does this sound right?


Post# 439303 , Reply# 22   6/2/2010 at 23:15 (3,724 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Can't Speak For Maytag

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But the method to their maddness for PP is to make darn sure the water/textiles are cool enough before spinning to prevent thermal creases. Since the machine spins faster than "slow", this is very important.

Polyester, despite being often washed in cold water, really needs warm to slightly hot water sometimes to shift oils, especially whites as the fiber does tend to hold onto certain soils. There is nothing wrong with this approach long as the machine isn't over loaded and again the temperature is down to cool or cold before being spun.

Post# 439306 , Reply# 23   6/2/2010 at 23:19 (3,724 days old) by strongenough78 (California)        

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That sounds about right, except for the spin speeds. What you described sounds exactly like the PP cycle on a belt drive Whirlpool. The only exception was the spins were slow short spins and not short fast ones. And there is agitation after the first partial drain and fill on a WP.

Post# 439312 , Reply# 24   6/2/2010 at 23:39 (3,724 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Yay - keep the scans coming everyone, it's so worth the effort to see these brochures.

When I was about 11 or 12, my aunt gave me this brochure from her file of her A606 washer literature. I could only look at the instruction books and service records, but I got to take this treasure home. Lost years ago, it's really fun to see it again!

Post# 439315 , Reply# 25   6/2/2010 at 23:46 (3,724 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Thanks again for posting

Post# 439341 , Reply# 26   6/3/2010 at 05:47 (3,724 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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What color is your "new" 806?

Post# 439347 , Reply# 27   6/3/2010 at 06:39 (3,724 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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MT usually did use the hi speed on the PP cycle. I think the first 806s with a button for wash and ware with the speed selections was the only one that used a slow spin for PP loads. I could never figure what they were trying to do maybe some here knows. The PP cycle on the WP BD washers always did a much better job of leaving a load wrinkle free.

Post# 439349 , Reply# 28   6/3/2010 at 06:49 (3,724 days old) by cycla-fabric (New Jersey)        
Maytag PP Slow Spin

Maytag’s went to the slow spin speed on PP cycle when they changed models with the brown control panels. CR noted that the Maytag’s fast spin on PP cycle wasn't ideal and a slow spin speed would be more appropriate. And even thou you have slow speed selected it would automatically choose a fast spin speed as the timer controlled the spin speed.

Post# 439356 , Reply# 29   6/3/2010 at 07:17 (3,724 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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How is the water level selected on the A906?


Post# 439366 , Reply# 30   6/3/2010 at 08:20 (3,724 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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Like many of you have already said, this was the first, the very first appliance brochure I ever sent away for. It is so great to see it again, complete with the "Maytag Girl" in so many housewife guises.

"I also noticed that all of the spins were in the PermPress cycle were fast, not slow even though I selected slow. They were just really short spins. Does this sound right?" I remember this from some brochure back then; this was one of Maytag's counter-conventional wisdom designs. It's also what happens on my A606; I use the PP cycle as a quick cycle with a "sort-of" extra rinse.It didn't last long though.

...and now, to sound totally greedy, do you have the dryer brochure as well?

Post# 439368 , Reply# 31   6/3/2010 at 08:23 (3,724 days old) by turnamat (Germany)        

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Great scans!

The first time,I got into contact with a top-loading agitator automatic was when I stayes in the US(Minneapolis/St.Paul)for a student exchange program 1981.A completely different way washing clothes.And so quickly!Spent a lot of time looking for them in shopping centers and still have some brochures,-but not this great Maytag one-,and a Sears catalogue,I only know the pages with washers&dryers;-)!


Post# 439378 , Reply# 32   6/3/2010 at 09:35 (3,724 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
Thanks guys!

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I love this feedback. Hope I don't miss anyone here as I respond...

I have the Harvest Gold 806 exactly as it's pictured in this brochure. I don't have the brochure for the dryer unfortunately because the gentleman who made this purchase only bought the washer. He continued to use his 54' Westinghouse dryer which was the one I posted about a couple of weeks ago.

I too am curious about how the water levels were on the A906 machines. Obviously full load would be the highest water level but how much did they fill for the "partial" load? Medium? Also, how did the special "wool" cycle work on the A906. I know that model of machine would drive me nuts not being able to modify cycles and stuff but wow that would have been cool to walk into one of those!

Glad you all like the scans! It is a really neat brochure and I was pleasantly surprised when I got a call from the couple saying they had the booklets for the washer.


Post# 439380 , Reply# 33   6/3/2010 at 10:10 (3,724 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I think club member Fred Nelson has a 906 set, maybe he can enlighten us about the water levels.

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Post# 439386 , Reply# 34   6/3/2010 at 10:48 (3,724 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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I remember from yet another brochure that the "Partial" cycles used what was the "medium" fill on the other machines. I also remember that this was one of CU's big complaints of the TOL's, that lesser machines offered more choices and settings.

Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, the 906 would have been the perfect automatic for people like my Mom who didn't give a c**p about the laundry. No different than setting our dishwasher to run, really.

Do any of you have any data on how reliable the mechanicals of the 906 washer were? Seems like a lot of stuff for one button to accomplish in the days before digital solid-state controls.

Post# 439404 , Reply# 35   6/3/2010 at 11:37 (3,724 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Nice scans John! More than likely this is the last brochure to feature the 906. Certainly is a favorite.

Ken - the beauty of the original rapid advance timer mechanism is it's simplicity. It is no wonder that Maytag used the same set-up for almost 10 years, before going to a simplified set-up on the later 906's (69/70). MUCH more simple compaired to the 59/60/61 Kenmore Lady K timer. That thing is a MESS!

It consists of a timer with about 8 cams, a rotisserie motor, and a long coupler shaft to connect the two. There are positioning switches to help determine when to engage the rapid advance motor located on the motor, besides the actual push buttons which active certain cams to determine how far to advance the timer. The original pressure valve consisted of a single diaphragm with solenoid to active the partial water level setting.

The later version included a Kingston timer with a simplified rapid advance mechanism, and a dual diaphragm pressure valve. Much, much less cluter in the control panel on the later machines.

A few years ago I scanned the supplement document for the rapid advance machines and had Robert post it. Very cool read!



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Post# 439434 , Reply# 36   6/3/2010 at 14:25 (3,723 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        

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Thanks for that post Ben. That permanent press cycle outlined on page 2 of the "revised" cycles is exactly how my A806 cycle is. I thought it was odd that it involved two spin/drains in the cooldown portion of the cycle but apparently that's what it was supposed to do. Also the fast spins are apparently defaulted in that cycle. Very interesting setup considering there are speed selectors on the machine. You'd think they'd want it to be as flexible as possible by letting you choose speeds on every cycle.

Funny how Maytag added that slight degree of hand-holding when it came to designing the cycles of some of their machines.


Post# 439441 , Reply# 37   6/3/2010 at 14:57 (3,723 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        

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Beautiful scans from a cool brochure. Thanks for sharing them. I can't wait to see the machine in person.

Post# 439462 , Reply# 38   6/3/2010 at 17:09 (3,723 days old) by turnamat (Germany)        

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I would love to see the machine in person,too!

But it´s so far away:-((((((!


Post# 439481 , Reply# 39   6/3/2010 at 18:18 (3,723 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Thank you Ben!

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I enjoy all of these scans but the PDF scans always give me lots of interesting reading. I know, as Bruno Kirby would have said, deep in my heart, I will find a 906 pair one day.

Post# 439607 , Reply# 40   6/4/2010 at 14:34 (3,722 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
I don't think this machine is going anywhere...

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So even if you live across town or all the way over in Germany, you are welcome by anytime. :-)


Post# 439646 , Reply# 41   6/4/2010 at 18:38 (3,722 days old) by turnamat (Germany)        

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In Germany,but I would love to see it!

Post# 439714 , Reply# 42   6/5/2010 at 03:23 (3,722 days old) by rollermatic (cincinnati)        
really enjoyed the maytag material

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copied it all for my files. especially interesting to me since i just aquired a maytag 606 recently. love using it!


Post# 439747 , Reply# 43   6/5/2010 at 09:59 (3,722 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
Glad these scans will be permanent

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Thanks for all of the great feedback!!!

I have a favor to ask now (as always right?). The washer was missing the fabric softener dispenser cup (turquoise). The one I placed in it is off of my BOL Maytag. I checked with the local Maytag shop just knowing they'd have one but they didn't.

If someone has a spare fabric softener dispenser cup please let me know because I may want it from you. :-)

The other thing is my BOL Maytag lost all of its rubber pads on the leveling legs. Those things are EXPENSIVE now so hoping some has some of those or knows what kind will work. Without those the washer will walk during a spin unless I'm there to hold it in place.

Any feedback on this is greatly appreciate!


Post# 439762 , Reply# 44   6/5/2010 at 11:12 (3,722 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Wish I had a cup for ya!

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So the Soak skips the water throw but the pre-wash/ soak sequence does the throw. This is the stuff I love best: mastering then tricking the cycles and switches. I have this condition so bad that I thought a 906 would teach me some discipine in my egregious cycle manipulations. Big handsome Ted is holding the RIP 906 he featured a couple months back, until I get down there or have it shipped.

I can't wait to see what each cycle does, and tell everybody about it, and then learn self-control in holding back on playing with the buttons. Good luck 906 :>

The most amazing and exciting thing about this 906 is that I found out weeks after I bought it that the machine is a BLESSED HOLY SUDS-SAVER. Amen.

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