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Post# 521637   5/31/2011 at 13:31 (4,575 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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My black Maytag Bravos steam dryer finally arrived today! On my birthday too! :D

It's a HUGE dryer, very very quiet, and GORGEOUS!!!! I had to remove the back panel, the vent tube, and the water valve in order to get it to fit through the door! It was a big pain and a lot of work but WORTH IT!!! I love this dryer! More pics to follow shortly!

Post# 521639 , Reply# 1   5/31/2011 at 13:32 (4,575 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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All installed, polished up and lit up!

Post# 521640 , Reply# 2   5/31/2011 at 13:33 (4,575 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Lit up in the dark!

Post# 521641 , Reply# 3   5/31/2011 at 13:33 (4,575 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Control panel shot

Post# 521642 , Reply# 4   5/31/2011 at 13:35 (4,575 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Nice big drum!

I've got a load of towels drying in it right now! I'll let everyone know how it does!!!

Post# 521643 , Reply# 5   5/31/2011 at 13:36 (4,575 days old) by the7 ()        

Congratulation on your new dryer. Could you tell us more about its performance.

Post# 521646 , Reply# 6   5/31/2011 at 13:45 (4,575 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Congratulations on your dryer and birthday!

Have fun.

Post# 521653 , Reply# 7   5/31/2011 at 14:43 (4,575 days old) by whirlpolf ()        

what a dream machine! love the lights, the display and all that.
I wish I could get hold of one of these, too.
A Cabrio style washer and a dryer, all in black. (Now do I sound too much like Audrey? Sorry ;-))
What a dream.
Cabrio gods be kind! *praying*

Congratulations to your find. Enjoy and have fun with it.

Post# 521654 , Reply# 8   5/31/2011 at 14:46 (4,575 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Happy Birthday Jamie!

Very nice birthday present you got yourself there. We are expecting a full report ofcourse!


Post# 521665 , Reply# 9   5/31/2011 at 15:20 (4,575 days old) by vintagesearch ()        

Happy birthday!!!! And as for the dryer I find it to be sexy! Can a appliance be sexy? It actually invokes the thought of abandoning line drying and tumble dry everything!!!!

Post# 521666 , Reply# 10   5/31/2011 at 15:24 (4,575 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        
Well, it's official.

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I have a new favorite dryer ever. It has all the capacity of a 29 inch Whirlpool and the convenience and performance of a 27 inch Whirlpool and then some! My favorite dryer ever up to this point was the 27 inch Whirlpool machine.

The machine is VERY quiet and smooth. It's also very quick! I love the window and the drum light! If you turn the drum light on during the cycle, it'll stay on until the cycle is done! I was a little worried about the giant blower making it loud but it seems even quieter than the regular Whirlpool machines!

The first load that came out of it, a load of towels, came out VERY soft and extremely fluffy, as you can see in the pic below!

I love the controls! They are flexible without becoming overly complicated. I dry everything on either medium or low heat and the Normal cycle only lets you toggle between those 2 temperatures which is PERFECT for me! It also remembers the last settings you used on a cycle and automatically comes on with those settings in place from the last time you used a specific cycle. I love all the cute little beeps and tones it plays while you set things!

My only pet peeve with this dryer, which is very minor and easily dealt with, is that the dryness levels are different from what I'm used to. If you want things to be dry, as in completely and throughout, you need to select "more" on the dryness level. There are 5 settings though so it's not much of an issue: damp, less, normal, more, and very dry.

Post# 521699 , Reply# 11   5/31/2011 at 19:46 (4,575 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Jamie, first of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  It's hard to believe I met you almost 9 years ago this summer!!  2nd of all, I noticed the dryer windows (with the light on showing it's square dimension) reminded me very much of the Kelvinator/AB-O-Matic dryer which Lighted Controls has in pink, the set.  That dryer window was pretty much the same shape as what is viewable on this dryer.  3rd did you notice in the manual you are able to adjust degree of dryness--increase it by 30% (I think last time I looked), which may rseult in the dryenss level you are expecting from a "normal" dryness setting.  4th  That is a very beautiful dryer.  Bob

Post# 521707 , Reply# 12   5/31/2011 at 21:11 (4,575 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

Happy Birthday! SWEET DRYER!! Where is the lint trap at? In the front of the door? It doesn't look like a typical Whirlpool set up, and I know nothing about the new MTs.

Post# 521708 , Reply# 13   5/31/2011 at 21:20 (4,575 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Happy Birthday!


That is a sexy dryer - love the black.  I was contemplating that dryer, gas in the silver color that was on clearance at the Mart a couple of weeks ago.  I like the 27" WP platform, it really is a great dryer. 

Post# 521709 , Reply# 14   5/31/2011 at 21:20 (4,575 days old) by spiralator60 (Los Angeles)        

Happy Birthday Jaime! How long did it take to dry the load of towels in the photo?

Post# 521726 , Reply# 15   5/31/2011 at 23:23 (4,575 days old) by A440 ()        

Happy Birthday Jamie!

Nice good looking dryer!

I hope you had a great day.


Post# 521730 , Reply# 16   5/31/2011 at 23:44 (4,575 days old) by mixfinder ()        
Thanks for Sharing

I am thrilled you have the ability to buy all the latest new machines I can't afford but wonder if they're an improvement.  Even cooler is how you trip the safety switch and let us all watch while you video.  Truly I admire how hard you work and all you're able to accomplish for a man so young.

Post# 521752 , Reply# 17   6/1/2011 at 06:54 (4,575 days old) by GadgetGary (Bristol,CT)        
Happy Birthday Jaime!

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Enjoy your new toy!

Post# 521758 , Reply# 18   6/1/2011 at 07:57 (4,575 days old) by georgect (Fairfield, CT)        

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It sure is's a shame they don't use a stainless steel drum.
Shiny stainless & black would look top notch.
Best of luck.

Happy B-Day!

Post# 521761 , Reply# 19   6/1/2011 at 08:10 (4,575 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

On your new dryer and HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!!!!!!

Post# 521765 , Reply# 20   6/1/2011 at 08:16 (4,575 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Happy Birthday Jamie

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and congrats on your new purchase. Is that charcoal, graphite or black? Love the window! It would contrast nicely with my Neptune...hmmmm


Oh! Remember you don't want things too dry as they won't go well through the Ironrite in your future!


Post# 521768 , Reply# 21   6/1/2011 at 08:18 (4,575 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
That daylight shot

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makes it look like one of Robert's vintage TV's!



Post# 521786 , Reply# 22   6/1/2011 at 10:06 (4,575 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        
Thanks for all the congrats and birthday wishes! Now I can g

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Bob, first, thank you! It has been 9 wonderful years and I am so glad to have known so many collectors for so long now! Second, you're right! It does! One of my cousins also pointed out to me that it looks very much like an oven too. Especially the picture in the dark with all of the dryer's lights on! Third, I hadn't even read the manual yet... Thanks for the tip! I bumped it up to level 2 which is 15% more dry, we'll see if I need to bump it to 30%! Did you know that it doesn't even come with the drying rack? There is a little slip of paper that came in the plastic bag with the manual on how to order one! A $1,300 dryer and it doesn't come with a drying rack! (Not that I paid anywhere near that much!)

MaytagA710, the lint trap is up front, it's the same filter as the 27 inch Whirlpool machines!

Greg, isn't it gorgeous? I was debating on whether or not to get the red one but, it turns out the red is more of a maroon color and it's got the "pearly" paint. BLECH! If it was a glossy blood red, I would have gotten that color for sure! But I am very happy with this glossy jet black! It's almost the same as the Electronic touch pad DD Kenmore machines! I can't wait to see how they compare next to each other!

Spiralator60, the load of towels in the picture was the very first load so I hadn't learned about the dryness setting yet, when it was done everything was still damp so I had to start it again. I think it ended up taking about 50 minutes. I'll time it next time! (Those towels were only spun at 710RPM and dried on low heat!)

Mixfinder, thank you! I do work very hard and earn every cent myself to pay for these machines! Let's just say that as someone who is now 21 years old, I have spent over $1,000 a year on washers and dryers... Since my tenth birthday.

Georgect, If I wanted the TOL version, I could have gotten the Whirlpool Vantage dryer, that has a stainless steel drum! But I'm not about to spend $2,500 on a dryer. lol

Jon, the dryer is jet black! Very pretty! Also, I don't iron. That's why I bought this steam dryer. :P A friend of mine is a real estate agent locally and he sends me pictures of all the vintage washers and dryers he sees when he shows houses. The other day he sent me a picture of a beautiful Ironrite 95 that appears to have been kept in the living room of someone's house all it's life! Not a hint of rust and it appears to still be used! He asked me, "What the hell is THAT thing?" lol

Post# 521789 , Reply# 23   6/1/2011 at 10:17 (4,575 days old) by Toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Congrats on your b-day and the dryer!

Post# 521797 , Reply# 24   6/1/2011 at 12:03 (4,574 days old) by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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Very cool dryer Jamie, and Happy Birthday! The window in the door reminds me of an old console tv. Kind of looks like a picture tube! Very nice!

Post# 521805 , Reply# 25   6/1/2011 at 12:47 (4,574 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Happy Birthday!

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Very nice and Happy Birthday

Post# 521811 , Reply# 26   6/1/2011 at 13:06 (4,574 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Happy New Dryer day!!!


I too wondered why Whirlpool/Maytag doesn't use a stainless drum in their dryers.  Bummer.


Post# 521878 , Reply# 27   6/1/2011 at 21:18 (4,574 days old) by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

Happy Birthday and congratulations on the new dryer!

Post# 521884 , Reply# 28   6/1/2011 at 23:05 (4,574 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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And happy 21TH BIRTHDAY I was just talking to a friend in Florida tonight who sells appliances at Lowes, and he asked what I thought of these large WP built dryers and I told him that they are probably the best dryers ever built for home use. Is yours gas or electric? A year and a half ago I gave my mother the WP version of the steam dryer in gas and she just loves it.


I think it is generally a waste of money and precious resources to make dryer drums out of SS as the power coated drum will last at least 50 years, I think it is better to put the money into thing like the four roller drum support for the drum unlike the junk that GE and Frigidare build.

Post# 521888 , Reply# 29   6/1/2011 at 23:13 (4,574 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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My dryer is indeed GAS! I prefer gas dryers when it comes to performance, but electric dryers are just so much easier to install/uninstall and there is no worrying about a gas leak and they can be vented indoors! Sadly though, I already have 4 220V appliances in the laundry room and there isn't enough space to add yet another 220V outlet on the circuit breaker panel! :S

I have gotten the hang of gas dryers though and I'm pretty confident about installing them now. :)

Post# 521894 , Reply# 30   6/1/2011 at 23:37 (4,574 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
early TVs

that 1st photo reminds me of a Ca.1950 TV too...
Happy 21st BTW!

Post# 522043 , Reply# 31   6/2/2011 at 15:24 (4,573 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
Stainless Steel Dryer Drums are a waste of resources???

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Me don't understand.  Is nickle in short supply?  Will to world soon run out of Stainless Steel?  Does anyone still have a Delorean they can recycle?

I just says'n that at $1,000 for a dryer, I would like mine to sparkle inside, that's all.


Post# 522139 , Reply# 32   6/2/2011 at 22:11 (4,573 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Beautiful dryer, Jamie! You are so going to love the steam refresh feature for getting wrinkles out of pants and shirts that haven't been worn enough to warrant washing.  If you can add steam to a regular cycle, you'll find loads of shirts emerge less wrinkled, too.  

Post# 522196 , Reply# 33   6/3/2011 at 07:41 (4,573 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Yes nickel is in short supply and a large % of it comes from China. So often when it is used for things like dryer drums it ends up being so thin that it is noisy and gets little dents in it easily or gets bent out of round. On the Samesung dryers it is so thin I have seen several that crack and split where the drum rides over the support rollers. And Samsung won't cover the part after the first year, they want over $300.00 for it so every dryer I have seen do this has ended up getting crushed for scrap.


If you do want a real SS washer and dryer SQ has an all SS pair that is made of a really good grade and thickness of SS including the dryer drum and bulkhead. They don't work a bit better and cost another 1,500.00 extra for the pair, but they are cool looking if you don't mind sending all the cash to China.

Post# 522226 , Reply# 34   6/3/2011 at 11:53 (4,572 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
I don't send cash

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They prefer I use my debit card.  Or American Express.

Besides, I already own Maytags.


Post# 522689 , Reply# 35   6/5/2011 at 16:01 (4,570 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Cash to China??

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SQ I thought was built right here in the USA??? Whats the skinny??


Post# 522744 , Reply# 36   6/5/2011 at 20:21 (4,570 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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For the nickel to make the SS.

Post# 522765 , Reply# 37   6/5/2011 at 22:32 (4,570 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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Not that it really matters, but it appears that Russia is the No. 1 nickel producer, followed by Canada, Australia, Indonesia, New Caledonia, and Columbia.


Post# 522789 , Reply# 38   6/5/2011 at 23:54 (4,570 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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China has made significant increases in internal production levels in the last three years and is snapping up mineral mining rights all over the world. They control approx. 97% of the rare-earths mineral deposits (you can't build a computer without the Chinese) and they have more coal than you can shake as stick at.  China is the Saudi Arabia of minerals and is saving up the S&H Green Stamps we're selling them to buy Africa


I know a couple of people that have the Samsung dryers mentioned before, even at only a year old I can hear the lack of solid construction and cheap materials.  I bought a two year old Whirlpool Gold 27" gas dryer with the steel, powder-coated drum  and the noise level is half that of the Samsung.  LG isn't much better.  Time will tell, but if you're looking for work ...

Post# 522829 , Reply# 39   6/6/2011 at 07:37 (4,570 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Are not Samsung, and LG Korean companies?

Post# 522968 , Reply# 40   6/6/2011 at 19:49 (4,569 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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Gansky, nickel isn't one of the rare earths, and the while the Chinese do currently produce 97% of rare earths, by dint of their willingness to ignore environmental matters, they only control about 37% of the world's rare earth deposits. There's a big opportunity for other countries to ramp up rare earth production if it is in their interest; Molycorp is doing that in California now. As with so many other things the Chinese cost advantage is a problem.

I agree with your concerns about Africa. One can see parallels  with the Japanese"Greater Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere" of the 1930s.


Post# 522975 , Reply# 41   6/6/2011 at 20:05 (4,569 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Smile   I know nickel isn't a rare-earth, just trying to illustrate the point about China's growing dominance in the mineral markets. It's interesting that they are able to control so much of the market and are buying into mines all over the world and their influence even in South America is ballooning too. It's not unusual for industrialized countries to seek out raw materials all over the world but backed by our IOU's, their money has brought about their transformation so fast. Cheap, inexhaustible labor makes their cost advantage almost unbeatable. China and India will be fascinating to watch in the coming decades if they can sustain the levels of growth they must to maintain their new standard of living. I read a brief article the other day that China's economy is more of a "ponzi scheme" than meets the eye, an interesting theory, we'll see.

Post# 523064 , Reply# 42   6/7/2011 at 06:19 (4,569 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Oh I am seeing cracks already in China

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Greg I think you told me workers are demanding larger wages. And so the government is just closing the costal factories and moving them inland to the farming districts where people will work for less. Foul the nest and move west as my Dad used to say.


I hope China does not implode back to poverty, I hope its people benefit for the long haul from the new transitions. They need a lesson in European history, Rome wasn't built in a Day.


Also the central government has never valued the average everyday Chinese in the street. My perception is our government used to do that but doesn't now however but I could have blinders on.


Li Na stated on NPR yesterday she fought the government for better wage relations, they were taking 95% of (her) women's tennis earnings and she pushed them down to  12% and now that she has won the French Open she has real bargaining power and she hopes other young girls will take up the racket too.


Education Education Education, can't say or do that enough!

Post# 523399 , Reply# 43   6/8/2011 at 16:55 (4,567 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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Hadn't heard that about Li Na. Funny.


Demographically, the Chinese are facing a severe problem due to the longstanding one-child policy. Like the Japanese, they're facing a future in which suddenly everyone is old and there may not be enough young people to maintain the economy's momentum. We shall see.

Post# 523503 , Reply# 44   6/9/2011 at 07:48 (4,567 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
The Chinese

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are also facing problems due to the one child policy where they selectively aborted the females so they would have a male aire.  Unfortunately when they did that they eliminated the females for the males to carry on the family name with.


Often the great solutions are shortsighted.


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