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Post# 519594   5/21/2011 at 22:19 (4,585 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

today, cruising the swap shops,found a fisher&paykel top load agitator type
"ecosmart" washer asked about it and they said it wasn't for sale because it didn't
work-anyone have one of these or know about them?-thinking about trying to get
it "as is"and fixing it...Is this one of F&Ps"direct drive"machines?
Its a nice,compact,almost portable size.

Post# 519599 , Reply# 1   5/21/2011 at 22:49 (4,585 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I can tell you pretty much anything you'd need to know. ALL F&P washers on the U.S. market are of their SmartDrive direct-drive design. (There were belt-drive agitator machines on the NZ/Aus market in the past.) What specific model is involved? The EcoSmart name extends over several model changes, although there's not much difference between them. GWL10 has a different electrical design. "Doesn't work" can cover a range of issues from a completely dead machine to several specific malfunctions ... and even just misunderstanding about how it's *supposed* to work.

Post# 519602 , Reply# 2   5/21/2011 at 23:25 (4,585 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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I'll bet you it's the door latch/lock.Without one,they'll do absoltely nothing other than the readout.

Post# 519605 , Reply# 3   5/22/2011 at 00:00 (4,585 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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That's not necessarily true. Depends on the model. GWL11 and IWL12 (and presumably IWL15) lock the lid only during spin. They'll run with the lid open during during fill, EcoActive, agitation, and drain.

GWL10 (the first EcoSmart model) doesn't have a locking lid. If its lid switch control (magnetic reed switch) is the same as the predecessor GWL08, it'll stop during any function that involves basket rotation (fill, EcoActive, drain/spin), but will run with the lid open during agitation (after water level sensing is finished, since fill does involve basket rotation).

GWL15 and later, I believe, do lock the lid at all times.

Post# 519607 , Reply# 4   5/22/2011 at 00:06 (4,585 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

Hmm...i think i will get this washer to play-that would be cool if it was only
door latch/lock problems(store did not give specifics on "doesn't work")
Even if it is FUBAR for some reason will still be an interesting"technical
examination"with the"smart drive"motor

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