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Old school may tag washer and dryer - $200 (ne minneapolis)
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Post# 741375   3/12/2014 at 15:01 (2,176 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Ad reads: " This is for an old school washer and dryer line our parents had. These are solid machines with real parts!

$125 each or both for $200.

Dryer is electric. Both are clean and nice. "

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Post# 741377 , Reply# 1   3/12/2014 at 15:03 (2,176 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
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washer/dryer Maytag

Post# 741378 , Reply# 2   3/12/2014 at 15:04 (2,176 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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The dreaded "Automatic" blank. Frown

Post# 741396 , Reply# 3   3/12/2014 at 15:50 (2,176 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Fabric Matic.

Post# 741404 , Reply# 4   3/12/2014 at 16:36 (2,176 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Nothing Wrong....

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....With Fabric-Matic.

My first 'Tag (an LA206) had it, and at the time, my partner was alive and using compression stockings, which were delicate and snag-prone; the manufacturer recommended hand-washing, which I didn't have time to do if I'd wanted to, which I didn't. If compression stockings get snagged, they get runs in them and they won't maintain compression any more. They are also expensive as Hell.

Fabric-Matic washed them perfectly, with never a single snag. It also handled lambswool sweaters and "Silk Wash Only" Lacoste polo shirts.

My present 806 has two speeds, true. But that low-speed Delicate cycle does not do the job one whit better than Fabric-Matic did.

Post# 741407 , Reply# 5   3/12/2014 at 16:59 (2,176 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
that automatic button/fabrimatic....

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i guess it's all in personal preference when it comes to wanting or liking the "fabrimatic" single-speed maytags.

to me, i think that blank "automatic" button would be soooo much more alluring, had it only had an orange glowing light that turned on, when the washer was running. i guess i'm just the lights & buttons kinda person. and (to me) that "automatic" button just seems like a waste of space to have there. maytag should of at least made a light behind that "automatic" button. it would have looked alot better, in my opinion.


Post# 741409 , Reply# 6   3/12/2014 at 17:10 (2,176 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I understand your liking for glamorous touches on appliances - I love them myself.

But I also have a soft spot for appliances that do more than you have a right to expect them to do, due to creative engineering. The 206 is like this - it is a single-speed machine, only one model from the bottom of the Maytag line, yet it has a counterpart for every major feature of the 806.

Delicate cycle? Check.
Softener dispenser? Check.
Bleach dispenser? Check.
Detergent dispenser? Check.

Maytag was doing all that with an inexpensive machine, at a time when you had to go at least halfway up the line to get so many features on competing machines. On some brands, you had to go higher than halfway.

So, the 208/206 may not be the most glamorous machine around, but it will get the job done, and it's engineered to last every bit as long as more expensive Maytags. Can't say fairer than that. And remember, by this time, the only 'Tag with any lights was the 806.

Post# 741427 , Reply# 7   3/12/2014 at 17:52 (2,176 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i hear you on that cuz i definitely LOVE my 208!!! and the more i use it, the more it is growing on me as it is surprising me with it's abilities and capabilities. and i am really loving it!!!

i was kinda turned off by the fact that it was a "standard" sized washer, but just the other day, i decided to wash the bed sheets & pillowcases. and i wasn't sure how much the "standard" capacity tub could handle, of the load of sheets & pillowcases?

so, i first washed the guest room bedding:
full/double size; flat/top sheet, fitted/bottom sheet, and 4 (standard size) pillowcases.

the 208 washed them well, with extra room to spare in the tub, on a "large" load setting.

next, i washed my bedding:
full/double size; flat/top sheet, fitted/bottom sheet, 3 (standard size) pillowcases, and a fitted/bottom (twin sized) sheet {that i use on my egg-crate foam mattress pad.

again, the 208 impressed me with it's abilities to take all that bedding, i fed into it, and wash it on a "large" load setting, without a hiccup or complaint!!!

so, i am still playing/learning with trying to figure out how much is enough & what would be "too much" for the 208.

i guess i got spoiled with the super size capacity of our other washers & am used to washing all the sheets & pillowcases together in one load. but i know i can't do that with the 208.

so, seeing what my 208 can handle, i wonder if it could wash a blanket/cover without flinching????

what do you think???

Post# 741440 , Reply# 8   3/12/2014 at 18:22 (2,176 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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it is suprising what a standard capacity will hold and effectively wash.....

I too am prone for the largest capacity of any machine...and in cases of Maytags, I usually install the LoadSensor agitator on any large cap unit....

the larger capacity is only 2 inches taller....more of an illusion of size....but my theory is I can always reduce water levels, but I can't make a machine bigger...

theres a bigger capacity machine and higher up the line out there, it just hasn't found you yet!

one of our members has an 806 gas dryer, and he installed a blue bulb behind the flame on the panel, that only lights up when the flame is lit.....coolest addition I have ever seen....

Post# 741447 , Reply# 9   3/12/2014 at 18:49 (2,176 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
"theres a bigger capacity machine, higher up the line ou

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there, it just hasn't found you yet!"

yeah, possibly. but in the meantime, i am very happy with my 208. so, if it doesn't "find me", i think i'm ok with that too. but if it falls in my lap, "hey, who am i to push it away"! right??

and "2 inches taller", is that all??? i thought they were bigger than just 2 inches.

Post# 741451 , Reply# 10   3/12/2014 at 19:18 (2,176 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
In My Opinion, Christina....

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....There can be a downside to large-capacity machines.

It is this: They hold so much that machines that are routinely run really full can wear faster than a sensibly-loaded machine of smaller capacity. Larger motors are often used on large-capacity machines, but there's still a lot to move. Some of the really giant top-loaders (the ones with tubs that seem to go all the way down to the floor when you open the lid and look inside) have to be moving several hundred pounds, taking the weight of the water into account.

There's nothing wrong with keeping things at a sensible size.

Post# 741459 , Reply# 11   3/12/2014 at 19:50 (2,176 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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We regularly washed California king size bedding in our standard tub Maytag:  Flat and fitted sheets, two king size and two standard pillow cases.  It all fit in the tub fine.


The companion electronic control DG806 dryer did a flawless job on those loads just like the washer did.

Post# 741477 , Reply# 12   3/12/2014 at 21:32 (2,176 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
sandy & rp2813....

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i hear where you're coming from. i have to get myself out of the mindset of "trying to get it all done as soon as possible". and just "keep things at a sensible size".


thanks for sharing that your standard sized maytag, could handle & wash your california king sized sheets & pillowcases just fine. that is reassuring to know.

i'm telling you, i'm liking my "lil" 208 more & more!
hm hm hm.....

Post# 741496 , Reply# 13   3/13/2014 at 00:39 (2,175 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Lg. Capacity Longivity:

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Thanks for the tip... Guess the thing is to wash the most a Std. Cap. can wash in a Lg. Cap. (or Ex. Lg. Cap.) then...

And use "Large", as opposed to "Ex. Large", though I'd like to think my extra space in my "Super Size" comes in handy for the bedding I often have to do now & then...

-- Dave

Post# 741618 , Reply# 14   3/13/2014 at 13:57 (2,175 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
i wonder.....

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if my A208, would be able to wash one of them furry heavy blankets? it's about the size of a full/double size bed. i usually will wash 2 blankets at a time, in my mom's extra capacity, newer, whirlpool with no problem.

so, if the newer, extra capacity whirlpool can wash 2 blankets at a time, the standard capacity maytag 208 should be able to wash one blanket at a time with no problems, right??? like yogitunes pointed out,
"the larger capacity is only 2 inches taller....more of an illusion of size".

and i think 2 inches isn't going to make that much of a difference from 1 blanket to 2 blankets. did that make sense??? i hope who ever reads this message understands what i'm trying to say here. cuz i think i just confused myself!!! LOL.....

before i try to wash a blanket in my 208, is there any warning signs i should look for, just in case the one blanket is too much for the standard capacity 208 to handle???

Post# 741628 , Reply# 15   3/13/2014 at 14:37 (2,175 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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throw in a towel ot two on the opposite side of the basket, to help even things out during spin. King sized stuff is beyond my furniture size, but all my double bed blankets go in the "Tag no problem. Just stick around while spinning in case the out-of-balance switch kicks in. Level the load around the tub and start her up again.

Post# 741636 , Reply# 16   3/13/2014 at 15:17 (2,175 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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This is an enigmatic washer.  I'm inclined to say that this is an A107 which was produced from 1973 - 1980.  That would explain the Sun-glo gold trim without the spun aluminum timer dial.  The A107 was a standard capacity (16 gal.) single speed fabric-matic machine.  


This is not a matched set technically since the washer has the gold trim and the dryer has the turquoise.  The Dryer is likely an earlier DE306 (the pilot light is the give-away).

Post# 741637 , Reply# 17   3/13/2014 at 15:28 (2,175 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Sandy, not to be difficult, but there never was a Maytag LA206 manufactured (at least not in any literature that I have).  The A206 was a standard capacity, 2-speed machine manufactured from 1966-1972.  "L" means almond and that didn't arrive on the scene until 1977.  The original run of the A206 still used the older 54 stroke transmission and and a black polypropylene gyratator agitator.  This was changed over to the 63 stroke transmission with a power-fin agitator in Nov. of 1967.


Is it possible that you had an LA107 (standard cap. fabricmatic) or an LA408 (large cap. fabricmatic) in almond from between 1977 and 1980?

Post# 741666 , Reply# 18   3/13/2014 at 19:13 (2,175 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thank you for the tip.

i usually hang around the maytag while it's washing, or am in ear shot distance, so that i can hear when it kicks into the different stages of the washing cycle. the reason why is that when it does that first spin out with the spray rinse, i use my hand to cup the water and direct the flow of water over all the clothes, up against the side of the wash tub.

it's just that for some reason, i don't dig the way the water sprays onto the agitator. i feel like the water needs to spray on the clothes & the clothes on the top half of the washtub aren't getting any water spun through them, if i don't try to guide the water along the side of the washtub to hit the whole length of clothes spinning.
i know, it's probably my O.C.D.!

thank you again akronman.


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