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Post# 50052   11/28/2004 at 18:40 (6,950 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Does anyone have one of these? I ahve been thinking about getting one, but I am not sure about it. Whats it like? Can you trip the lid switch? What does it sound like? Is it worth buying? Does anyone have video of it? Info is greatly appreciated!

Post# 50056 , Reply# 1   11/28/2004 at 19:03 (6,950 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Units work well enough, but are "flimsy" compared to spin dryers offered in Europe. Many report an average life span of only about 3-5 years, YMMV.

No, the lid switch cannot be defeated nor should you attempt to do so. Extractors spin at very high rpms and there are many reported cases of arms and hands being literally ripped off by spin dryers/extractors. Consider also the chances of an infant or toddler being injured by someone getting into a unit while it is working or is somehow engaged. Reports of this nature happen also. In fact you rarely see extractors in laundrettes in many areas due to the possibility for injury.

Not withstanding the above, extractors make more sense if one is using a low spin speed top loader or a front loader that has a max final spin of 800 rpms or less. Laundry spun in high speed final spin front loaders like those made by Miele, Bosch, AEG and others that can spin at 1200 and over already extract much water and detergent residue from laundry.


Post# 50069 , Reply# 2   11/28/2004 at 20:33 (6,950 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Well, I think me and my mother have decided to hold out for a used commercial extractor. Thanks for the info!

Post# 50073 , Reply# 3   11/28/2004 at 20:58 (6,950 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I can go along with Launderess--The very fast spinning heavy spin basket can definely take off hands and arms if they get caught in it.I did use a Bock spinner in a laundramat when I was a teen-other folks used it as well-It definely saved time and dimes for the dryer.Using it was sort of fun-It was coin operated-the unit could hold 2 top load washer full of clothes.You put the coins in it and it speed up-sounded like a jet taking off-The unit had a 2hp motor.Yes-I would think with liability these days-laundramats don't want custmers to use extractors any more.I read about the Bock units before-the interlock in the lid is designed to "fail Safe"if the interlock won't work-the machine will not start.Bock now sells these extractors for industrial use now-not for laundry applications any more.I enetreed in a discussion about the commercial extractor for use at home-better for them to use a SpinX machine.A Bock type unit is too impractical to use at home.Size,Bolt down and power requirements.


Post# 50083 , Reply# 4   11/28/2004 at 22:23 (6,950 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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The Spin-X unit may give you years of service, I'm only reporting on "hearsay".

Why not nose around Canada online appliance dealers to see if they sell other spin dryer units besides the Spin X. I suggest Canada as units sold there are likely to run on 120v/60hz power. You "could" try and get a European spin dryer, but do not know even if you had 220v service, it would run on 60hz vs standard 50hz service.

Buying a commercial laundry extractor, but will require bolting down, and likely 220v service and maybe two or three phase wiring. If you are serious about this, take a peek at the eBay listing I've posted for the Unimac 202 washer/extractor. That unit features a wash tub and high G-force extractor and operates much like a twin tub. The auction also includes an older commercial extractor, but think you'll have to bolt it down.


Post# 50088 , Reply# 5   11/28/2004 at 22:49 (6,950 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I do have some concerns about the Spin-X's durability.It can handle a 10Lb load at 3,300RPM.I think that is a heavy mass for a machine that weighs only 25Lbs.I would think even a slight load imbalance and the Spin-X will want to go for a walk.Too-I wonder if the vibration will shake apart its what appears to be lightly constructed cylidrical cabinet.I would have to figure the Unimac style washer-extractor would need to be bolted down(for the spin extractor)rather than the wash tubs.Most appliances like these you can assume they were designed for commercial-industrial use-3 phase power being required to run their motor(s)in the case of the Washer-extractor.Your home is already fed with "2 phase"-the 120-220 volt line that goes to your home.The secondary of the transformer that feeds your house is center tapped-120V on each side of the tap-and 220-240 V across the whole winding.A three pahse feed would require 2 transformers at min(open delta-not used a lot now)to 3 transformers that are connected Y-or Delta depending on the voltage required and the equipment being fed.Most are "Y" type circuits today.I have only seen two open deltas-one at a radio station and another at the trash dump site near me-the circuit feeds the motor in their Marathon trash compactor.It would have amin of a 7Hp motor.Have used these before.

Post# 50226 , Reply# 6   11/30/2004 at 20:37 (6,948 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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The Unimac twin tub 202 runs on either single or two phase power.

Would consider purchasing a Spin X if one came on fleaBay for the right price. No way would I pay $330 or more for one unless I knew the unit would last longer than a few years.

Have considered bringing an spin dryer back from Europe, and hooking it up to a transformer, but not sure what 60hz would do. Either the motor would crash and burn or just spin the unit faster and possibly shorten the machine's life span.


Post# 50247 , Reply# 7   11/30/2004 at 22:31 (6,948 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

More likely-the 60Hz power would cause the overseas 50Hz unit to spin faster.And maybe too fast.Is the European unit direct driven or belt drive?If you are luky and its belt drive you could change the pulleys.That could slow it down.I can agree that $330 is just too much for the SpinX machine.From the pictures of it-whats really there?-just a cabinet,motor,basket and a timer and switches..Oh yes they give you a container to allow the water to drip into while the machine spins the clothes.

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