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Post# 619645   8/23/2012 at 22:58 (4,202 days old) by marks (Tucker, GA)        

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Can anyone identify year/model from this crappy pic? Might go save this one. Haven't had an automatic machine in a while!




Post# 619655 , Reply# 1   8/23/2012 at 23:19 (4,202 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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Looks like it's up toward the top of the line with the larger tub.  Nice machine.


Post# 619656 , Reply# 2   8/23/2012 at 23:19 (4,202 days old) by mixfinder ()        
A806

Large Tub, power fin agitator, most likely sold between 1968 and 1972.  It is the TOL model with everything Maytag had to offer.  I have one like it.


Post# 619657 , Reply# 3   8/23/2012 at 23:21 (4,202 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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That's an A806 which, if the water level switches are original, was manufactured between December of 1968 and February of 1969. If you have a serial number we can date it to the exact month and year.

Post# 619659 , Reply# 4   8/23/2012 at 23:28 (4,202 days old) by marks (Tucker, GA)        

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Sounding more like I WILL go get this one. A matching dryer would be nice, if around! The back light panel is really cool.

Post# 619673 , Reply# 5   8/24/2012 at 01:27 (4,202 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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That looks like an A-806S to me (Suds-saver)


Post# 619686 , Reply# 6   8/24/2012 at 05:23 (4,202 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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That's what I was thinking too. Look at all the buttons on the left-hand side.

Post# 619700 , Reply# 7   8/24/2012 at 06:58 (4,202 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Earlier A806 washer

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Not a SS model those are the three wash temp buttons + the two rinse temp buttons, the SS versions of this machine had a different fabric PB switch set which had the two extra buttons for the SS.


Post# 619774 , Reply# 8   8/24/2012 at 13:11 (4,201 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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If you don't want it. please let me have a crack at it; I've been looking for an A806 of that particular vintage for a while.


Post# 619793 , Reply# 9   8/24/2012 at 14:19 (4,201 days old) by mixfinder ()        
Older

This machine gives you three speed cycle choice buttons for Permanent Press, Normal and Gentle.  Later models like my 1972 offer four choices of spin and agitation speed.


Post# 619816 , Reply# 10   8/24/2012 at 15:49 (4,201 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Not a SS model those are the three wash temp buttons + the two rinse temp buttons, the SS versions of this machine had a different fabric PB switch set which had the two extra buttons for the SS.

 

I think you're right. This is the first early style 806 I have ever seen that had a 4 button tall tub water level switch instead of the common 3 button. This one is REALLY rare!


Post# 619819 , Reply# 11   8/24/2012 at 16:00 (4,201 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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The four speed options came with the introduction of the true Permanent Press cycle with cool-down. This was introduced across the board in February of 1969. Before this, the only machine that offered a true cold-water cool-down was the A906. The Wash-n-Wear speed button simple agitated on High and would spin on low.

Post# 619820 , Reply# 12   8/24/2012 at 16:02 (4,201 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Again as I said above, if the 4 water level switch is original (and these rarely failed) it should have a serial number dating it either December 1968 or January 1969.

Post# 619857 , Reply# 13   8/24/2012 at 18:25 (4,201 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
806s with Four Water Levels

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It is also entirely likely that the WL SW was replaced at some point as someone already pointed out, and it was considered a proper substitution to use the better four level switch on any large tub machine that did not come with it originally. And while WL SWs did not fail that often we certainly did replace enough of them to keep at least a 1/2 dozen different MT WL SWs on each service truck.

 

It is always fun to do a little detective work and if someone here gets this machine they can easily check the date stamp on the WL SW and other electrical parts.


Post# 621333 , Reply# 14   8/30/2012 at 12:39 (4,195 days old) by bpetersxx (laf in on the banks of the Wabash River)        
drifty

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sorry it is not too clear but this is my 806s in avocado that I rescued froma dank dark basement out at the appliance store a few years back


One of these days I'll get a dryer to match it


Post# 621880 , Reply# 15   9/1/2012 at 19:52 (4,193 days old) by marks (Tucker, GA)        

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I'm going to get it next week. Just picked up a LDE309 dryer, and didn't realize that didn't have the back light.

Post# 621896 , Reply# 16   9/1/2012 at 21:08 (4,193 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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That said, if you are all handy with the "Frankensteining" of things, you could somewhat easily make the LDE309 into a back-lit unit if you can find a spare 806 or 808 panel around....

Post# 621913 , Reply# 17   9/1/2012 at 21:38 (4,193 days old) by marks (Tucker, GA)        

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You know, that's EXACTLY what I was thinking... now where do I go about finding one of those?

Post# 621927 , Reply# 18   9/1/2012 at 23:04 (4,193 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Well, hopefully someone here will be reading this thread and offer something. Other than that...it's a waiting game. CL searches, visits to appliance dealer's graveyards, estate sales...that's the thrill of the HUNT!

Post# 621933 , Reply# 19   9/1/2012 at 23:33 (4,193 days old) by marks (Tucker, GA)        

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That totally IS the thrill of the hunt and I'm on it already!

Post# 622001 , Reply# 20   9/2/2012 at 08:00 (4,193 days old) by geoff (Cape Coral, FL)        
Correct me if I'm wrong but,

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when did 806s' have only a 3 button fabric selector?? aside from the temps, the 3 button "Normal-Gentle-Permanent Press" seems very 406 to me. Or was this the first iteration of the 806??

Post# 622002 , Reply# 21   9/2/2012 at 08:02 (4,193 days old) by geoff (Cape Coral, FL)        
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the buttons to the right of the timer are fabric selections.


Post# 622006 , Reply# 22   9/2/2012 at 08:14 (4,193 days old) by appnut (TX)        
Or was this the first iteration of the 806??

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The very very early ones did.  It's kind of a shame, according to my opinion, that there wasn't a model in between the 2-speed 606 and the 4-speed combo 806.  Maybe there at one time had been planened to have one, i.e. a 706 with 3-speed combo.  I don't recall seeing this feature again until the completely redesigned control panel came out in 1980 or 1981.  Had a friend from work buy a Maytag set when she and her husband got married.  It had the 3-speed combo.  For some reason it just kind of irritated me that the only way one could obtain a N/S combination was with the 806.  WP & Kenmore had it quite prominently in their line.  At least 2 GE models offered it as well as Westinghouse and Norge and these weren't necessarily the TOL models either. 


Post# 622026 , Reply# 23   9/2/2012 at 10:23 (4,193 days old) by kENMORE71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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The answer to your questions are already in posts 7 - 13 of this thread.

Post# 622089 , Reply# 24   9/2/2012 at 17:05 (4,192 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Here's a console shot of Fred's early 806 washer that he acquired a while back.

Post# 622707 , Reply# 25   9/5/2012 at 08:14 (4,190 days old) by marks (Tucker, GA)        

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WOW that is nice!

Post# 622749 , Reply# 26   9/5/2012 at 12:48 (4,189 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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Cool machine! I love 806's. Hope you get it, Mark! I have some spare parts for these machines, and I'm in Sayreville.

Post# 623474 , Reply# 27   9/8/2012 at 18:51 (4,186 days old) by marks (Tucker, GA)        

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Got it!!!! I just had to replace the back light bulb and the starter, and 5 loads of laundry! There seems to be a small oil leak coming out from the screw in the belt drive pulley. Is this something I should be concerned about? How can I check the oil level to make sure it's not dry?

Also, anyone have a matching dryer? This machine looks nice!



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