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Post# 519569   5/21/2011 at 18:54 (4,585 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

I went to a few buy and sell places in my city today, looking for anything unusual and interesting. I certainly found something. The tech at the buy and sell said he was surprised to see it, that hes never seen a "new style" Maytag with suds return. Its a model LAW9406AAE, and in some of the Maytag brochures I have saved, I can't seem to find anything on it. Pardon the pictures as they were taken from my phone, but I wanted to share it with everyone.

Post# 519570 , Reply# 1   5/21/2011 at 18:55 (4,585 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

Here's a wider view, the top of the timer is where the return cycle is, after the Delicates cycle and before the Normal cycle. You can also see the long hose too.

Post# 519577 , Reply# 2   5/21/2011 at 19:34 (4,585 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I thihnk this is the same model Polkanut has!!! 

Post# 519597 , Reply# 3   5/21/2011 at 22:28 (4,584 days old) by amyswasher ()        

I think it had to be special ordered from Maytag.

Post# 519598 , Reply# 4   5/21/2011 at 22:43 (4,584 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Yes,  I remember Tim saying it had to be special ordered. 

Post# 519675 , Reply# 5   5/22/2011 at 10:05 (4,584 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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IIRC this was on Maytag's website in 1997. I didn't know what suds return was...

Post# 519701 , Reply# 6   5/22/2011 at 11:43 (4,584 days old) by gmmcnair (Portland, OR)        
I always wanted a suds saver model...

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...but I have never had a laundry room with proper space for a laundry tub. I think they make sense, especially if you lead a low-soil lifestyle.

Post# 519709 , Reply# 7   5/22/2011 at 12:21 (4,584 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

I should have bought it just as is, before they fixed it up. It is a unique machine, and in my basement I have the space for a laundry tub. Drat.

Post# 519747 , Reply# 8   5/22/2011 at 15:56 (4,584 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
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IMO, Maytag's Load Sensor Agitator is the only DAA worth having. Quiet and Powerful!


Post# 519789 , Reply# 9   5/22/2011 at 19:13 (4,584 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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I have the exact machine at our warehouse and it could be yours. As is $100.00 needs center seal and tub bearing, fully fixed and cleaned up and tested $295.00. I bought it from a recycler because I though it was worth saving. I also have one of the last KM DD washers with the water saver feature that allows saving either the wash or rinse water and either the first 16 gallons or up to the full 23 gallons. It is $245.00. I also have a 1986 MT 2 SP washer with suds saver that works fine for $145.00.


Suds saver washers are getting rare and are a great way to enjoy a regular top loading washer with killing the bank and without guilt. Who knows you may even be able to talk the local utility into an energy star rebate.

Post# 519870 , Reply# 10   5/23/2011 at 04:42 (4,583 days old) by askomiele (Belgium Ghent)        
What about...

Saving both wash and rinse water?
Or only the rinse water (without conditioner)?
So you could pre-wash / soak with the saved suds and 'wash' with the rinse water. My guess is it would improve the results...

Post# 519890 , Reply# 11   5/23/2011 at 07:27 (4,583 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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They never made one that could save both automatically, but the KM DD machine did let you chose either the wash or rinse water.


Most suds-saver washers just saved the wash water as this is where your washing money is invested. In most of the US the most expensive part of washing a load of clothing is the cost of the detergent used, the 2nd cost is heating the wash water, the 3rd is the water itself and usually last is the cost of the electricity to run the machine.

Post# 520115 , Reply# 12   5/24/2011 at 02:45 (4,582 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Suds Saver washers

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Almost all automatic washing machines built in Australia up till the early 1990's had a suds save feature, whether it was manual or automatic.

Here's a video of my 1977 Wilkins Servis having the suds returned to the bowl.


Post# 520952 , Reply# 13   5/28/2011 at 05:13 (4,578 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thanks, That was fun to watch. When I save suds, I just drain one washer into another.

Post# 522469 , Reply# 14   6/4/2011 at 16:02 (4,571 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        
Hey guys!

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Sorry I'm late to the party, but YES, we have that exact same washer as our daily driver.  We received this washer with the matching dryer from my parents as their wedding gift to us in 1998.  Bob is correct that these had to special ordered from Maytag.  These were made towards the end of Maytag's production of suds-savers.  The only trouble we have had with the washer was that the first two tub seals split at their seams.  Otherwise, they've provided trouble-free service for nearly 13 years coming up in July.  The suds return feature is used every week.  When we moved our laundry up from the basement, we brought the suds tub up as well.  One of our friends says we're cheap, but I say why waste perfectly good wash water.  Isn't that being "green"?


P.S., Kevin, what was the asking price?

Post# 522856 , Reply# 15   6/6/2011 at 11:31 (4,569 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

Hey Tim! I don't know what the asking price of it was, because it just arrived within the last day or two of me visiting. Usually they ask around $300-$450 for a MT Dependable Care...

Post# 523701 , Reply# 16   6/10/2011 at 09:18 (4,565 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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I still have the two MT SS washers, the KM DD SS and the 1867 WP SS washers are spoken for. Doesn't any body want MT DC washers any more?

Post# 760801 , Reply# 17   6/1/2014 at 17:43 (3,478 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Do you still have any MT DC SS machines for sale?  What would be your rock bottom price with the center seal and bearing fixed?

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