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Vintage MAYTAG WASHER works better than a new one - $60 (West Mesa)
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Post# 726269   1/8/2014 at 20:52 (2,276 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Ad reads: " I would like to sell this nice washer is old but works great, I was surprised when I was testing it. It really does the job.

call/text if interested"

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ovrphil's LINK on Phoenix Craigslist

Post# 726416 , Reply# 1   1/9/2014 at 11:18 (2,275 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        
Hey Christina (hippiedoll):

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Better go get it.

Post# 726441 , Reply# 2   1/9/2014 at 14:14 (2,275 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        
Oddball Model Number?

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I've never seen one with the fabric selector buttons.  I presume they function more or less as wash/spin speed buttons would.

Post# 726442 , Reply# 3   1/9/2014 at 14:23 (2,275 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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I believe this is an A408, and yes Ralph, I suspect the buttons fabrics button dictate the wash/spin speeds, much like an early A806.

This post was last edited 01/09/2014 at 15:09
Post# 726449 , Reply# 4   1/9/2014 at 15:04 (2,275 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
what a beaut!!!

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i can't thank you enough for posting this craigslist find!!!

i just called the seller but they didn't answer. so i left a message with my name & number & mentioned that i am interested in the maytag washer. so, hopefully i hear back from them soon. i'm hoping to be able to go pick it up tomorrow!!!

keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

thank you for posting this ad ovrphil!

and thank you for the "heads-up" ken!!!

lots of love,

Post# 726471 , Reply# 5   1/9/2014 at 16:18 (2,275 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
just made contact with seller...

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seller said that she is not the original owner of the washer. she said she bought it at a yard sale. and there is no owner's manual. which isn't that big of a deal to me anyways. i mean, i have & use my A208 with no problems & didn't have the owner's manual either.

and plus, looking at the picture of the dial, it doesn't seem to get any simpler!!! one side is the washing cycle and the other side is the soaking cycle, which goes all the way up to 20 minutes!!! i don't think i would use the soaking cycle, but i'll never say never.....

i guess for the speed buttons, you can push in normal or gentle and also have the permanent press button pushed in or not? i don't know if i would use the permanent press button or not though??

i asked the seller what model this maytag was & am waiting to hear back from her when she gets home. but the model number isn't too important to me. what is important is the washtub size and the wash cycle options. which seems perfect for me. i'm just curious to find out the model number!!!

Post# 726484 , Reply# 6   1/9/2014 at 17:04 (2,275 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Theres one thing for sure...

It will wear out anything built today!

Post# 726503 , Reply# 7   1/9/2014 at 18:15 (2,275 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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The CL post has been deleted!


Looks like Christina got herself a dream machine!


Hazarding a guess re: the fabric button speed combos.  Regular (or button on the left) = normal/normal, Permanent Press = normal/slow, and Delicate (or button on the right) = slow/slow.

Post# 726509 , Reply# 8   1/9/2014 at 18:25 (2,275 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
Fabric Matic

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My aunt bought this washer (in white) to replace a TOL late 60's Speed Queen solid tub washer.  For whatever reason, she never bonded with her Maytag and replaced it with an TOL Amana when they came out a handful of years later.


It had only a single speed motor and the cycle was modified by the buttons.  I can't remember exactly how other than intermittent agitation for delicate and perhaps the cool-down spray on Perm Press.  Mark will know :-)

Post# 726510 , Reply# 9   1/9/2014 at 18:28 (2,275 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
craigslist deleted.....

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i haven't exactly closed the deal with the seller just yet. i just told her that i was interested in it and was planning to come look at it tomorrow. so HOPEFULLY, she deleted the posting because i expressed interest in this washer!!!

keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

thanks again for alerting me to this maytag. i hope she deleted the craigslist posting because of me!!!

Post# 726518 , Reply# 10   1/9/2014 at 18:59 (2,275 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
i just heard from the seller...

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she deleted the listing because somebody came to look at it and they are going to take it. so, i guess it wasn't meant to be.

oh well, i'll just look at it as, it wasn't meant to be.....

Post# 726526 , Reply# 11   1/9/2014 at 19:19 (2,275 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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I believe that is a one speed HA408 with cycle modifier buttons for different fabric types.

Post# 726531 , Reply# 12   1/9/2014 at 19:46 (2,275 days old) by DigAPony ()        
somebody came to look at it and they are going to take it.

I've learned that one the hard way= First come, first served.

An "appointment" to see a washer (or anything for sale) means little. If you really want it drop it everything and get over there ASAP.

Post# 726533 , Reply# 13   1/9/2014 at 19:47 (2,275 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
one speed maytag.....

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well, although i kinda felt heavy-hearted that i didn't end up getting this maytag in phoenix, it makes me feel a little better about not getting it, knowing that it was a single speed washer. as what i'm really wanting to get is definitely a 2 speed for the delictate cycle.

so, these messages do make me feel a little better

like i said, it just wasn't meant to be....

Post# 726534 , Reply# 14   1/9/2014 at 19:51 (2,275 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
very true....

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digapony, very true....

but for some reason, it just didn't happen for me. and i believe i'm gonna find the "right" maytag out there when the time is right.

as for now, i'll keep using & enjoying my maytag A208. so, it's not all that bad, that i didn't get the one up in phoenix. cuz i still have this one here!

Post# 726567 , Reply# 15   1/9/2014 at 22:45 (2,275 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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hippiedoll- I just read this for the first time- so you're welcome and I'm sorry it wasn't a two speed. Hope something else comes up - usually does.


Post# 726573 , Reply# 16   1/9/2014 at 23:00 (2,275 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Don't worry, Sweetheart. Your Karma will bring forth a two-speed Maytag before you know it. This wasn't the right one. Keep the faith, Dear.

Post# 726578 , Reply# 17   1/9/2014 at 23:31 (2,274 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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I was a little worried that it might be a one-speed machine if my speculation about the fabric buttons was incorrect -- which it was.


Single speed would be a deal breaker for me. 


You were spared some time and trouble.  The right machine will find its way to you.

Post# 726586 , Reply# 18   1/10/2014 at 01:46 (2,274 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
ovrphil, mickeyd, rp2813...

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don't be sorry it wasn't a 2-speed. it happens. i just greatly appreciate the post you made. cuz i didn't know myself. and at least we got to find out before i actually drove all the way to phoenix!!
hm hm....


thank you love. those are my thoughts exactly too!!!


a single speed is a same deal breake, for me too!! and yes, i was definitely spared time, trouble, AND GAS for the trip to phoenix!! LOL....

i know i'm going to find my extra large load, 2-speed maytag with the exact choice options that i want real soon. especially with all the help from you great members here!!! i mean, the more eyes, the better the chances!! and with the wealth of knowledge that you all possess here, you can help me pick the right maytag. so far, i think the maytage i am really wanting is the A608. that is the washer that has the exact same options as my GA208. if i remember correctly, i think the A606 was the other model number that also was a 2-speed and had the extra large load & similar choice options. kenmore71 posted the control panels & told me which they were but i'm pretty sure it was the A606 & A608. the difference being that the A606 only had 3 wash water temperature choices that i think only had cold water rinses. and the A608 had the temperature choice of hot & warm rinse as an extra option (if i remember correctly??).

sorry for the long message, but i tend to get lengthy when i'm interested in what i'm writing about.

lots of love,
hippiedoll/christina :o)

Post# 752125 , Reply# 19   4/23/2014 at 12:43 (2,171 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Missed a lot this winter. Lots of catching' up to do.

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I think I  read recently in one of  the active threads that  you have a Maytag. Did I read right ?


If so, would you direct me to the thread that tells the story. I'd love to hear about it.


Thanks, Doll!

Post# 752154 , Reply# 20   4/23/2014 at 16:46 (2,171 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
hi mickeyd!!!

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yes, i did buy a maytag center dial model: GA208
(2-speed, standard tub) washer.

i actually bought it from some guy, who's parents had it in a storage unit and were wanting to sell it. i only texted with the guy and had my dad & cousin, go meet the guy at the storage unit to pick it up for me. it was in california (where my dad & cousin live) and i was here in arizona.

they picked up the maytag washer for me and my cousin held it at his house until my dad was coming to arizona, about a month later, and he was going to bring the washer to me then.

i don't think i ever said how i found this washer or got it here. but here is the first thread i made about it, so that you can read about it.
it is Thread Number: 49204

i was asking alot of questions in that thread cuz i wanted to make sure that i could use my maytag without any hang ups or problems.

i hope you get a kick out of my "naiveness" about washing machines!!!
heck, i'm still pretty naive about washers!!
hm hm hm.....


Post# 752174 , Reply# 21   4/23/2014 at 18:17 (2,171 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
So glad to hear, Hippiedoll

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Got a little anxious when I saw your name thinking maybe you didn't get your Maytag automatic and felt bad because I'm up to something later tonight about Maytags,  but now I'm relieved after reading your interesting story and so happy to hear you got one. I'll check out the thread later after I get finished with this Spring rebirth of washer stuff.

Post# 752186 , Reply# 22   4/23/2014 at 18:58 (2,171 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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We're all just learning, Christina. You have enthusiasm and pick it up..the experts here didn't learn in a few months, either.

Post# 752207 , Reply# 23   4/23/2014 at 19:41 (2,171 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
thanks mickeyd....

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hmmmmmm, ok mickeyd now you've got me curious....

i do have my maytag GA208 automatic washer. and i really do like it, but i am thinking about "upgrading" to an A806, just for the versatility of being able to have & choose a "GENTLE" wash cycle with a "NORMAL" spin. which is not an option available on my GA208. so, i have to keep an ear out & catch the washing cycle when it is spinning & switch it to "NORMAL" when it is spinning. and hope i remember to switch it back to "GENTLE" when it starts filling up for the rinsing. or else it agitates on "NORMAL" during the deep rinse. :o/
and of course, the BIG tub on the A806 doesn't hurt either, to have as an extra option.
hm hm hm......

Post# 752208 , Reply# 24   4/23/2014 at 19:43 (2,171 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
thanks ovrphil....

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for the vote of confidence.

i've picked up, what i have cuz it's been pretty easy. but i definitely dread if i should come across a more complicated problem with my maytag. then i would probably be so lost!!! let's just hope that day doesn't come!!!
hm hm hm...


Post# 752217 , Reply# 25   4/23/2014 at 20:18 (2,171 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
You're welcome!

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NP - it's the school of hard knocks - you learn by doing and making mistakes in life, right? But as the saying goes here, you have others who will help guide you through some of the darker tunnels....

Post# 752247 , Reply# 26   4/23/2014 at 22:25 (2,171 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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that is definitely comforting to know!!

thank you ovrphil........


Post# 752340 , Reply# 27   4/24/2014 at 09:45 (2,170 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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I hear ya, Hipppiedol. I use gentle agitation with normal spin quite a bit. So now you can work  your charm & Karma  to find an 806.

All the buttons give you infinite choices, and they're so much fun both to play with and experiment with, creating unusual new cycles.


You GO, Girl !!!!!


806 is the way to go. 

Post# 752360 , Reply# 28   4/24/2014 at 11:44 (2,170 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
thanks mickeyd....

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at first, when i was just wanting the bigger washtub for larger loads & blankets, i was on the huntdown for:
first, an A608
(cuz it has the exact same washing options/choices like my A208) just that it has the larger sized tub for the "EX LARGE" wash loads.
or as a second, i was willing to go with an A606
(for the fact that it had the larger sized washtub for the "EX LARGE" wash loads and was still a 2 speed) maybe it wasn't as high on my priority list to find as the A608 because it had 1 less button on the temperatures. but if i really think about it, it's not really that big of a deal to me anyways).

but since i've found out that the A806 can have different wash & spin speeds, that is probably the winning ticket for me to really want to go with an A806.

although, i am seeing that my A208, can really handle a nice sized load and i am very impressed with it's capabilities. i am happy with my A208. but if the chance comes up to "upgrade", to an A806, than i would definitely try to get it. just for the fact that i don't think i would ever use the slow spin, unless i was doing something super light & thin.

but for now, i am smiling about & with my GA208!!!


Post# 752364 , Reply# 29   4/24/2014 at 11:56 (2,170 days old) by easy (Boston, Mass)        
gentle wash with fast spin


Not sure if you knew, but I believe all center dial two speed maytags provide fast spin on the permanent press cycle regardless of the wash speed selected. I know that my 806 does.

You will waste some water, but it may help you not to keep running to the machine to change the speed setting.

Good luck finding a pair of 806's - I love mine!

Post# 752484 , Reply# 30   4/25/2014 at 00:07 (2,170 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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no, i did not know that the permanent press cycle, on the center dial maytags, had a fast spin. even if you had the "GENTLE" speed button pressed in. i thought if it was in "GENTLE", the spin would be slow???

thank you sooo much for the information easy. i really do appreciate you letting me know that, no matter what speed you have the maytag set at for washing, in the "PERMANENT PRESS" cycle, you will get a "FAST" spin!!!

that is GREAT to know!!! and i really appreciate you messaging & letting me know (and so do my ears, and neck, and legs!!!).
ha ha ha......

something new i learned about my GA208, that makes me like it even more!!!


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