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My 1970 Maytag 806 is lonely!
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Post# 501852   3/6/2011 at 15:50 (2,877 days old) by captainmoody ()        

I bought this Nice Maytag 806 built in January 1970 last year thinking I could find the matching Gas or Electric dryer easily.. Not!
It's been a year, and I have turned up absolutely nothing. Does anyone out there within a reasonable distance have a dryer? Gas or Electric is fine. I would like to find the older one that has the matching chrome strip like the washer.

Post# 501890 , Reply# 1   3/6/2011 at 16:33 (2,877 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Halo of Heat

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You'll be looking for a Halo of Heat dryer. More folks like the electric version than the gas version. The gas version has a standing pilot light.

The gas version of your target dryer is KDG806.
The electric version of your target dryer is KDE806.

There is a DE806 where I live, and I find the performance to be superb.

Good luck,

Post# 501924 , Reply# 2   3/6/2011 at 17:43 (2,877 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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That gorgeous Spanish Avocado specimen you have there is, to me, the quintessential Maytag Washing Machine. I will look for a mate for you, but my territory is the Northeast.

Post# 501937 , Reply# 3   3/6/2011 at 17:56 (2,877 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I have an avocado one in gas, but it's spoken for.....

Post# 501939 , Reply# 4   3/6/2011 at 17:58 (2,877 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Dwight, I have a feeling its mate will show up sooner than you think.  It should be lonely too much longer.  Just like none of us should be alone. 

Post# 501967 , Reply# 5   3/6/2011 at 19:22 (2,877 days old) by captainmoody ()        

For some reason, I always just find either the washer or the dryer!
I was never able to find the match for the Imperial Mark XII washer (with the genuine fake woodgrain front!) and ended up giving it to Jamie before moving.

Post# 501969 , Reply# 6   3/6/2011 at 19:31 (2,877 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Dwight, it's been said a few times around heree, and youu've been a member long enough, that it takes some time for washer or dryer karma to work.  But several people believe that the mate to a washer or dryer will eventually show up, but it may take several years.  I remember when jamie got taht washer, it was always one of my favorites, even when they were new to the market.  And I personall,y, small segment of population, really did like that fake woodgrain front.  I just feel it in my bones that Maytag dryer is going to show up. 

Post# 501971 , Reply# 7   3/6/2011 at 19:36 (2,877 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

Captain! You have a grand vintage machine there. Don't believe I've ever seen that shade of green before. Love it! That particular model of Maytag ran and ran and ran and ran and ran and then ran some more. A cousin of mine had one like your's, but in white and I want to think she had it 20 plus years. Now I don't know how much it got used.

Post# 502125 , Reply# 8   3/7/2011 at 09:03 (2,876 days old) by captainmoody ()        

LOL! I know, I need to have more patience!
Around here the washer is usually the one tossed out first, and the dryer remains.. (or soldiers on) Sometimes for years.

Post# 502141 , Reply# 9   3/7/2011 at 10:02 (2,876 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I was very fortunate to locate an A806S, and DE606 pair for $60 in May 2009.  I wsn't really looking for a Maytag pair at the time, but in my area these don't pop up all that often.  I've been more than pleased with their performance during the time I've had them.  Just have patience, and take Bob's advice about karma.

Post# 504681 , Reply# 10   3/17/2011 at 00:27 (2,867 days old) by autowasherfreak ()        

I have a DG806, but mine is harvest gold, don't know if I will ever get it up and running.


Post# 504710 , Reply# 11   3/17/2011 at 06:55 (2,866 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
about dryers you are right

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i agree with you my grandmother 's inglis whirlpool dryer lasted her for 40 years and i think she hd her dryer since the 70 don't know the exact year she boought it but i was a child when she had this dryer here is a pic of her forty year old dryer that she rplace in fall last year

Post# 504717 , Reply# 12   3/17/2011 at 07:26 (2,866 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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I would love to find a coppertone WP imperail mark 12 washer, I have the gas dryer already, I would also consider other colors as may partner can repaint it at his autobody shop. Bob I also always liked the fake wood fronts, but I also liked a lot of the station wagons with the wood panling. It is the only potion that my old 1994 Chrysler Town&Country AWD minivan did not have.


Dwight I always prefer a gas dryer but the MT HOH gas dryers are a little harder to rebuild than there electric counter parts. But it is not only much less expensive to run a gas dryer but much better for the environment to burn gas rather than coal to dry clothes.

Post# 504743 , Reply# 13   3/17/2011 at 10:06 (2,866 days old) by steve1-18 (Grovetown (Augusta), GA)        

I have an avocado halo of heat Maytag that is not an 806 but would be a pretty close match. Heats good, but it's in Georgia. If you want it, it's yours! Come and get it. Would like to see it go to a good home. Will get out to the storage building later today and get a picture.

Post# 504747 , Reply# 14   3/17/2011 at 10:18 (2,866 days old) by mistereric (USA)        

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Dwight - I feel your pain!   I've had my white 1971 A806 for 2 years now and its still lonely!  Been a chore looking for a gas 806 machine to match.  I've got a DE606 HOH machine that no one wants, that I can't afford to use, and a almond DG309 with only a single heat setting.  Meh.  I've kinda given up, and would take just about any good looking well featured gas dryer at this point, so long as its not a standing pilot model.

Post# 504834 , Reply# 15   3/17/2011 at 18:22 (2,866 days old) by appnut (TX)        
Eric your DG309

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Eric you may think your DG309 is only one temperature.  But the cmoparable HOH back in the late 1960s, it had high temp for the regular cycle and low heat for the Perm Press cycle.  So maybe your DG309 is like that too. 

Post# 504938 , Reply# 16   3/18/2011 at 07:54 (2,865 days old) by mistereric (USA)        

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Hmm... I wonder if there is any literature about that.  I use the permanent press cycle almost exclusively, since it has a cool down.

Post# 505195 , Reply# 17   3/19/2011 at 13:36 (2,864 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

Was your grnadma's Whirlpool gas or electric?

Post# 505199 , Reply# 18   3/19/2011 at 14:29 (2,864 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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it was electric if that answers your question

Post# 505210 , Reply# 19   3/19/2011 at 16:16 (2,864 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

Wow. I am impressed with the years of service she got from that dryer. My aunt died in 1992 and her 1970 GE Filter-Flo and matching dryer were still going. Had never had them worked on to my knowledge!!!

Post# 506882 , Reply# 20   3/25/2011 at 21:48 (2,858 days old) by JaredH ()        

Looks Nice!

Post# 1019871 , Reply# 21   1/2/2019 at 20:06 by Naturalnick (Chillum Gardens, Maryland )        
Maytag Dryer KDE 806


I was just doing a search for my Maytag dryer and came across Captian Moody's post. I have my kde806 available, however I don't see him as active on the site.

Anyone know?

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Post# 1019879 , Reply# 22   1/2/2019 at 20:39 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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CaptainMoody is a good friend of mine, he's not looking for one anymore, the Maytag has since been sold.

Post# 1019891 , Reply# 23   1/2/2019 at 21:30 by Naturalnick (Chillum Gardens, Maryland )        
Maytag Dryer KDE 806


Thanks for letting me know.

Happy New Year,
Dominick aka Natural Nick

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