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Post# 656795   1/29/2013 at 14:22 (2,086 days old) by agitatorboogie (Denver)        

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Post# 656796 , Reply# 1   1/29/2013 at 14:23 (2,086 days old) by agitatorboogie (Denver)        
numero 2

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....but i really wish it would rain Frigidaires!

Post# 656797 , Reply# 2   1/29/2013 at 14:23 (2,086 days old) by agitatorboogie (Denver)        
numero 3

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Maytag console

Post# 656798 , Reply# 3   1/29/2013 at 14:24 (2,086 days old) by agitatorboogie (Denver)        
numero 4

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....let's have a look at her backside!

Post# 656799 , Reply# 4   1/29/2013 at 14:25 (2,086 days old) by agitatorboogie (Denver)        
....time to get those digits

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serial # that is...

Post# 656808 , Reply# 5   1/29/2013 at 14:58 (2,086 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
They are off by a year.

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Built in September 1957.


It sure is a beauty though!



Post# 656809 , Reply# 6   1/29/2013 at 15:05 (2,086 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
57 "tag dryer

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what I just don't understand at all about Maytag dryers---this one looks like a normal sized drum for the era. Why on earth did Maytag ever make those tiny drums in their 606 series? It's ridiculously small inside that huge cabinet. Am I the only one who just scratches my head?

Post# 656811 , Reply# 7   1/29/2013 at 15:23 (2,086 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
Why on earth did Maytag ever make those tiny drums in their

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It wasn't only the 606 series, it was ALL of the "Halo of heat" dryers, from 1959 (or so) until 1976 (or so).


The "huge" cabinets were only used until the new redesigned models came out in 1966. 



Post# 656816 , Reply# 8   1/29/2013 at 16:04 (2,086 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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I wouldn't mind playing with this dryer. Last year of the larger drums (original dryer design, pre-HOH) and auto ignition for the gas. Would be a fun dryer for someone to play with!


Post# 656824 , Reply# 9   1/29/2013 at 16:59 (2,086 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Note the three inch vent.

Post# 656826 , Reply# 10   1/29/2013 at 17:04 (2,086 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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I suppose I should inquire about this one...There isn't room for ONE MORE right now, though.

Post# 656851 , Reply# 11   1/29/2013 at 18:00 (2,086 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Looks well worth the asking price....

Post# 656864 , Reply# 12   1/29/2013 at 18:34 (2,086 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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....For the days when product designers understood styling and the use of bright trim!

You could not mistake a Maytag for anything else on the market back then. Nowadays, just try to tell any of the brands apart.

That is a seriously beautiful piece of laundry equipment.

Post# 656869 , Reply# 13   1/29/2013 at 18:54 (2,086 days old) by appnut (TX)        
Last year ... auto ignition gas

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This is news to me.  I had no idea Maytag ever had an auto ignition gas dryer until after the HOH.  What the h*ll happend that they did away with such a good feature? Also, I note high, medium, and air heat settings.  did they ever offer a model in the seires that had air, low, med, and high? 

Post# 656881 , Reply# 14   1/29/2013 at 21:12 (2,086 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1957 MT gas Dryer

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All MT gas dryers had electric ignition before the weird HOH dryers came out and NO HOH dryers ever had electric ignition, MT was the ONLY company that didn't offer electric ignition on at least some of their gas dryers for all the years that the HOH dryers were produced.


Bob interestingly the identical looking electric MT water condensing dryer that we have has Low, Medium, and High and no air setting.


This is a rare dryer, someone should save it, I don't think that I have ever seen this model in gas.

Post# 656996 , Reply# 15   1/30/2013 at 11:27 (2,085 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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A deal has been made. More details in the next few weeks once the dryer is in the hands of the Midwest Contingent!


Post# 657010 , Reply# 16   1/30/2013 at 12:39 (2,085 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Midwest Contingent:

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Yep, we're trying to bring all the great ones back to their place of birth, where they will live out their days in places of honor.

Maytags - Made in Iowa by Iowans.

Post# 657014 , Reply# 17   1/30/2013 at 13:06 (2,085 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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This machine is located about 5 miles from the farm where I grew up. I bet that it was sold by Bathrick's in Hastings which is where my family bought all of their Maytags from the 1930s on. There is a bit of a mystery unfolding right now about what kind of gas this machine is set for. The nameplate clearly says it is a Natural Gas dryer, but the machine right now is located on a hobby farm about 3 miles out of town, well beyond the natural gas lines from Hastings. Time will tell....

Post# 657037 , Reply# 18   1/30/2013 at 14:48 (2,085 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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That house full yet, Ben?Sealed

Post# 657040 , Reply# 19   1/30/2013 at 14:53 (2,085 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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None of the Midwest Contingent shall rest until the surviving upper-series machines, including all 906s, are returned to their ancestral home.

Space be damned, LOL.

Post# 657067 , Reply# 20   1/30/2013 at 17:00 (2,085 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Well, Sandy, I kick myself everytime I think of it, but I let a set of 906's(in Avocado) slip through my hands. About 10-12 years ago, I got a set from where I get my trade ins. Both worked perfect, but the washer had one side of the glass broken. So I substituted a piece of Plexiglas, painted white on the inside. Looked acceptable.

 I gave the set to my brother, who used them for a while. Then my dad gave him a set of BD Kenmores, and put the 906's in a rental house he had. He sold the house about a year later.


 I am SO tempted to try and peek through the basement window of that house, and see if they still exist!

Post# 657085 , Reply# 21   1/30/2013 at 18:07 (2,085 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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You have accomplished the impossible.

I now have a reason to lust for Avocado.

This is like Kim Kardashian becoming a nun.

Post# 657097 , Reply# 22   1/30/2013 at 20:02 (2,085 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        
Kenny -

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Remember - this hobby is a disease! I wasn't able to get my prescription of Oneinaoneoutta filled after I ran out a few weeks ago, so it seems I've relapsed!


Post# 657117 , Reply# 23   1/30/2013 at 22:37 (2,085 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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More pictures and details will follow after I take (temporary) possession later in the week.

Post# 657758 , Reply# 24   2/2/2013 at 22:13 (2,082 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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The Eagle has landed in the back of my truck. Pics will follow. Good news is that it was never converted to LP gas!

Post# 657924 , Reply# 25   2/3/2013 at 20:32 (2,081 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Brought it in today and took some "before the spa" shots.
It actually looks pretty clean. It lights up, tumbles and the blower seems alright The real test will be when I look through the gas mechanism and then decide if I will connect it to gas.

Post# 657926 , Reply# 26   2/3/2013 at 20:33 (2,081 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Post# 657927 , Reply# 27   2/3/2013 at 20:34 (2,081 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Ready for her close-up.

Post# 657928 , Reply# 28   2/3/2013 at 20:34 (2,081 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Selector buttons

Post# 657929 , Reply# 29   2/3/2013 at 20:35 (2,081 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Drum, with light!

Post# 657930 , Reply# 30   2/3/2013 at 20:35 (2,081 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Original power cord!!!

Post# 657931 , Reply# 31   2/3/2013 at 20:36 (2,081 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Lint drawer, complete with rusted paper clips!

Post# 657932 , Reply# 32   2/3/2013 at 20:37 (2,081 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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"Automatic Dryer"

Post# 657943 , Reply# 33   2/3/2013 at 22:12 (2,081 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
cool pics

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and thanks for posting. If the lint drawer is on the lower front, then what is the topside door for?

Post# 657944 , Reply# 34   2/3/2013 at 22:18 (2,081 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Access to the gas valve and ignitor.

Post# 657971 , Reply# 35   2/4/2013 at 05:03 (2,080 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        
Wow, something is new around here everyday

Have I just never noticed the tan color in the middle of the timer dial?  It looks like it has a clean out panel in the drum, like we see pictured in the GE combo's.  @Tomturbomatic, does the 3 inch vent tube qualify it as "low air flow".  I can't stop thinking about those "filtrator towels" in Kevin's thread.  Congrats Kenmore71, very nice.  alr2903

Post# 657978 , Reply# 36   2/4/2013 at 05:50 (2,080 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1956 Maytag Gas Dryer

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WOW it looks like you found a good low-mileage dryer, they probably moved it out to the farm 40 years ago and never did anything about converting it to LP so it just sat.


Yes this would be considered a lower air flow- higher temperature dryer and it may indeed produce fluffier towels, a test should be done, Mark. Tom and I have the electric condenser version of this dryer which works pretty well and Tom also has the electric vented version of this dryer, I don't know whether he has ever used it.


These earlier style MT dryers looked to be reasonably well built and durable dryers, the only real weak point I am aware of is the all pot-metal blower assembly and blower bearing was a real weak spot.

Post# 657987 , Reply# 37   2/4/2013 at 07:59 (2,080 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Ha! Good save, guys - a very interesting machine. This same dryer model was in an appliance shop in Newton, in pink, for quite a long time along with a PA700 washer. They wanted a fortune for it, IIRC.

The Maytag sickness was rampant this weekend - saw this lovely 606 on CL and just couldn't rest until it was in the garage. It's amazing how much "heavier" this is built than even the later '08 series machines.

Post# 657988 , Reply# 38   2/4/2013 at 08:00 (2,080 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Money shot - this was in an apartment building basement, sitting for a few years. The current tenant said it was there when she moved in to her unit, after an old lady had vacated and left this behind. They thought it didn't work and pushed it aside.

Post# 658004 , Reply# 39   2/4/2013 at 09:49 (2,080 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Wow, the dryer looks to be pretty good shape. Will be curious to hear how the gas system has held up over the years.

Many moons ago I noticed a pink Maytag dryer at the local St. Vinnies warehouse. I inquired about it and was told to just take it. The dryer was a 740C, but it had sat outside for several years and was not worth getting up and running again. I saved parts from it but I'm not sure if I held on to much.

Greg - nice save there on the 606!



Post# 658017 , Reply# 40   2/4/2013 at 10:28 (2,080 days old) by agitatorboogie (Denver)        
thanks for saving it Mark

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....even if its temporary

Post# 658022 , Reply# 41   2/4/2013 at 10:39 (2,080 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Interesting you should say that about 06-series machines vs. 08-series machines. I'm getting that exact impression as I work with my "new" early 806 pair. The later machines I've had aren't quite up to the same standard in terms of finish. In particular, the porcelain of the dryer drum was replaced by paint in the switch from HOH to the big-door format. And the bleach dispenser setup on the washer is nothing but a funnel and hose on later machines, of course, but the difference between the early bleach dispenser fill funnel and the later one is pretty substantial. I'm not talking the design difference - I'm talking the heaviness and quality of the part.

And at that, Maytag didn't indulge in '70s cheapening to nearly the extent that some other manufacturers did.

Post# 658030 , Reply# 42   2/4/2013 at 11:20 (2,080 days old) by joefuss1984 (Little Rock, AR)        

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Greg, have you determined the age of the A606 yet?

Post# 658034 , Reply# 43   2/4/2013 at 11:38 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        
More pictures...and a MOVIE!!!

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I took the back off this morning and this is what I found. I think Ben will be PLEASED!

Post# 658035 , Reply# 44   2/4/2013 at 11:39 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Another view.

The guy I got this from said that he had pulled the back off and vacuumed it out before he listed it on CL. That would explain the generally good condition!

Post# 658036 , Reply# 45   2/4/2013 at 11:40 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Close-up of gas valve and burner.

Post# 658037 , Reply# 46   2/4/2013 at 11:43 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Post# 658038 , Reply# 47   2/4/2013 at 11:45 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Post# 658041 , Reply# 48   2/4/2013 at 11:50 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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For those who are wondering...

Here is a scan of the parts catalog page where you can see the dryer from behind with the cabinet off.

Post# 658048 , Reply# 49   2/4/2013 at 12:13 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Here is an air-flow diagram from the service manual.
Not many manufacturers used this kind of air-flow design for their gas dryers.
I know Speed Queen also had their burner at the top of the drum for a time. Were there any others?

Post# 658056 , Reply# 50   2/4/2013 at 13:05 (2,080 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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That is remarkably clean inside. It makes me wonder if it's been wrapped in plastic somewhere for the last fifty years.

Post# 658057 , Reply# 51   2/4/2013 at 13:06 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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In doing some more research through my stash of service literature, here is the information on the thermostat. As John mentioned above, this would definitely qualify as a "lower airflow, high temperature dryer. In the image below you can see the thermostat temps. Compare that to a year later when the thermostat temps on a Halo-of-heat dryer would be 155 degrees and 135 degrees!

Post# 658058 , Reply# 52   2/4/2013 at 13:15 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Actually, to all who are wondering about the story of this dryer here it is:

This machine was purchased by the son of the guy I bought it from at an estate sale in Apple Valley, MN. It was in the home of a little old lady. The son then moved half way across the country and lost interest in trying to move the dryer with him. Dad decided it was too nice to scrap and thought he'd try to get out of it what had been paid for it.

As to the aforementioned little old lady, I'm guessing her husband bought her this dryer new in 1957 or 1958. She probably line dried 99% of her clothes so that this machine was only used for "fluffing" line-dried towels and perhaps drying a few loads in the deepest cold of winter. I bet this machine only actually dried a few dozen loads of laundry a year. And, as is often the case with "old lady" dryers, it likely saw no use at all during the last years of her life since laundry was likely done by family members at their homes.

I know this situation from personal experience. My grandmother (now 99) has a late 1960s Kenmore "Match-all" dryer that looks almost as if it came off the catalog store floor! As a child, I helped her wash in the Maytag E2L and then everything was hung outside or in the basement. If it was a particularly still summer day or in the winter, towels and jeans would get a 10 minute air tumble in the dryer before folding so that they were not "stiff as a board" as my grandmother would say!

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Post# 658091 , Reply# 53   2/4/2013 at 18:02 (2,080 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Hamilton dryers also had a gas valve at the top of the dryer. There was a built in mirror you used to light the pilot.

Post# 658127 , Reply# 54   2/4/2013 at 23:34 (2,080 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

I think i am lost again.   Congrats is in order to Ben,  Kenmore71 pulled off the save.  Well congrats to everyone! @Greg the 806 is beautiful IIRC, thats the one the Home Ec. dept had in high school. I still remember the demo, by the instructor. arthur

Post# 658130 , Reply# 55   2/4/2013 at 23:45 (2,080 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Why are you lost?

Post# 658132 , Reply# 56   2/5/2013 at 00:19 (2,080 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Kenmore71,  after rereading the post I think you picked it up for Ben, Someone was kidding,about his basement being full. I became confused, its a very nice dryer is all i really wanted to say. arthur

Post# 658166 , Reply# 57   2/5/2013 at 07:04 (2,079 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
Nice catches, Gentlemen!

I'm wondering where the gas input might be found. In the shots, I don't see anything I recognize as an input.

When we got our A208, I really wanted an A608......Ma thought about the A308, so we compromised on the 208. My Dependable Cares from 1997 don't seem much flimsier than the 208. However, modern Maypools seem like "tinsel and spit" in comparison.


Post# 658170 , Reply# 58   2/5/2013 at 07:36 (2,079 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Early Gas Dryers

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Many early gas and electric dryers had the heat source at the top like this. I think that MT and others borrowed this design from the inventor of the modern dryer Hamilton. In addition to Hamilton and MT Blackstone also used this system on their early gas dryers and several makes like GE and Frigidaire did this on their early electric dryers, GE and FD did not have gas dryers till the 1960s.



Greg good save on the MT A606, they really were not that much heavier you are just getting older and weaker, LOL.

Post# 658175 , Reply# 59   2/5/2013 at 08:08 (2,079 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Older and weaker! That's funny. The young soccer player for Iowa Western College (you should have been there!) that helped me carry it out of the basement and to the parking lot commented on how much heavier the Maytag was than the Kenmore they just moved out of the basement to their new place.

Radial-heating & exhaust patterns seem like a very efficient way to dry clothes tumbling in a drum. I still would like to have one of the ADC built machines they did for KitchenAid right at the end of the KA laundry era.

Post# 658418 , Reply# 60   2/6/2013 at 08:30 (2,078 days old) by A440 ()        

What an awesome find!
It looks so well preserved.
Thanks for the scans and pictures of the dryer with the back taken off.
Will you be using this dryer? I bet it would be great with towels and heavy fabrics.

Post# 658686 , Reply# 61   2/7/2013 at 09:50 (2,077 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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This is what it looks like when connected to gas!!!

Post# 658688 , Reply# 62   2/7/2013 at 09:55 (2,077 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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And a little home movie...


Post# 658715 , Reply# 63   2/7/2013 at 11:57 (2,077 days old) by A440 ()        

Awesome Video!
How long did it take to cycle the burner off the first time?
I love this dryer!

Post# 658735 , Reply# 64   2/7/2013 at 12:50 (2,077 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Didn't pay attention to how long before the burner cycled off.

I did dry two loads of laundry in it and I have to say that I'm impressed! It dries HOT and relatively fast. A load that would take 60 minutes in the HOH was dry in 50 in this dryer. And the towels seemed fluffier. Maybe that's just because that's what I wanted to believe but I think it's true. There also seemed to be the faintest "filtrator-esque" smell to everything. Mind you, there is no ozone lamp on this dryer. Yet.

Post# 658839 , Reply# 65   2/7/2013 at 22:10 (2,077 days old) by A440 ()        

Very interesting Mark about the drying performance.
I find the burner set up is like commercial coin op machines.
I wonder why manufactures quit using this type of set up, with the drum that is perforated. I am sure it had something to do with cost.
You found a gem!

Post# 658883 , Reply# 66   2/8/2013 at 07:45 (2,076 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1956 Maytag Gas Dryer Burner operation

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Thanks for posting the video of the ignition sequence Mark.


Maytag and many other gas dryer makers used this same system for many years, WP-KM used this system through 1963.


When you first start the dryer the pilot valve coil is opened and the Platinum 2 1/2 volt glow coil are energized, this lights the pilot flame which starts heating a mercury filled sensor bulb that in centered in the pilots flame. Once the mercury filled bulb is hot enough to flex a diafram and push a switch at the other end of the sensor to the hot position it then completes a circuit that allows the second and main gas valve to open and 18,000 BTUs worth of gas flows to the main burner.


These systems were fairly relibible and most gas dryers left the polet flame burning the whole drying cycle and just cycled the main burner. My friend Bob in Ohio found this same dryer last year and after fixing a few things on it has been using it as one of many machines he has.

Post# 659015 , Reply# 67   2/8/2013 at 17:03 (2,076 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

I wonder why Maytag "digressed" and went to a standing pilot for the HOH dryers.
Seems backwards to me....maybe cost???

Post# 659026 , Reply# 68   2/8/2013 at 17:30 (2,076 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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The issue of the standing pilot in the HOH dryer has been discussed here before. I'm not sure that cost was as big of an issue as PERCEIVED reliability issues by the service techs in the field. I really don't know if there were many issues with the electric ignitor systems in the field, but the pilot light is certainly simpler!

Post# 982680 , Reply# 69   2/13/2018 at 16:19 (245 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Apologies for necroposting - does anyone know what model numbers the pre-"Halo of Heat" perforated-drum Maytag dryers were given?

Post# 982754 , Reply# 70   2/14/2018 at 07:36 (244 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Even after

Having such terrible luck with Maytag products, and really hating them...I have to admit, they are really well built and beautiful.Im glad they are being preserved.

Post# 982761 , Reply# 71   2/14/2018 at 08:23 (244 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Sure - dryers listed from 1953 through 1957 that are lower than the *41 models are pre-HOH dryers, with the exception of the two digit 65C/75C Highlander models from 1956, which were the first HOH dryers.


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Post# 982835 , Reply# 72   2/14/2018 at 19:25 (244 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Thanks! What do the B, C and W suffixes indicate?

Post# 982863 , Reply# 73   2/14/2018 at 21:22 (244 days old) by kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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I don't have a definitive answer for you, but perusing the trove of Maytag service and promotional literature that I have I'm going to make some guesses:

C = "conventional" dryer, flowing air that requires an exhaust vent
W = "water" dryer, a condensing water dryer that is not vented, but requires a cold water supply and drain
B = I have no clue

Post# 982873 , Reply# 74   2/14/2018 at 23:00 (244 days old) by Maytag85 (SoCal )        

I almost got a early 60's Maytag A902 set, but someone beat me to it. The dryer was not a Halo Of Heat, but it was a push button electric version of your 1956 Maytag gas dryer. I don't have that big of a collection, but I do have a early 80's Maytag A810 set, and I also have a mid 80's Lasy Kenmore portable belt drive washer and dryer.

Post# 982903 , Reply# 75   2/15/2018 at 07:41 (243 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Maytag A902 Washer

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Would be a 1965 model. the matching dryer would be a HOH style dryer.


John L.

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