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My now working Maytag 806 pair
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Post# 861789   1/14/2016 at 10:05 (984 days old) by Sudslock1 (St Louis)        

Finally after some small fixes and adjustments my Maytag A806S washer and DE806 dryer are working. Had to replace all light bulbs, ballasts, air hose for the water level switch and get the suds saver hose connected and in place. They both work very well and I'm excited to see why people loved Maytag. Only thing I need to do is rebuild the suds valve as it leaks when "saving suds". Also, the original owner was a "keeper" and a Maytag only lady as you can see by the collection of Maytag memorabilia she had when I bought the set. She even kept the Clorox booklet she got for her "new bleach dispensing washer". In the earliest full line brochure there is even mention of the Maytag Combo.

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Post# 861791 , Reply# 1   1/14/2016 at 10:15 (984 days old) by revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        

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That is, and those are really awesome, CONGRATS Dave!  



Post# 861798 , Reply# 2   1/14/2016 at 11:04 (984 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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Classic beauties! Could I persuade you to open that very rare and unusual brochure on the Maytag Lint Filter Agitator so we could get a good look at all its pages????

Post# 861802 , Reply# 3   1/14/2016 at 11:26 (984 days old) by Sudslock1 (St Louis)        
Of course...

The cup of kindness....

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Post# 861806 , Reply# 4   1/14/2016 at 11:54 (984 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Beautiful, beautiful set.  The early 806 set will always be my favorite, and this set is no exception.  Does the washer still have the early 8 fin poly agitator?


And a cup of kindness?  That's a new one on me.  How sweet of Maytag!  ;)



Post# 861809 , Reply# 5   1/14/2016 at 12:02 (984 days old) by Sudslock1 (St Louis)        
I believe it does. Here is a "money shot".

Here you go

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Post# 861827 , Reply# 6   1/14/2016 at 13:59 (984 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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That's a very early set in remarkable condition, and a suds saver too. Quite a score on your part. Vintage Maytags are my favorites and I expect that with a little care you'll have many years of service out of them. With that in mind be sure to set aside a small collection of spare parts while they're still relatively easy to find.

Post# 861828 , Reply# 7   1/14/2016 at 14:01 (984 days old) by Classiccaprice (Hampton, Virginia)        

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Those are lovely!

Post# 861830 , Reply# 8   1/14/2016 at 14:07 (984 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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set - congratulations on a pair of really nice Maytags. Our lesser models do not disappoint, either.

Post# 861838 , Reply# 9   1/14/2016 at 14:27 (984 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
So Nice!

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Sometimes I miss my Maytag.


Post# 861844 , Reply# 10   1/14/2016 at 14:49 (984 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Those are BEEEEEAUTIFUL!! They look brand new! And thanks for the GREAT pictures. WOW, I know you've got to be over the moon about them!

Can you show a closer, clearer picture, of the set of buttons on the right side of the center-dial? I don't think I've ever seen the buttons on an early 806 and especially not on an 806 suds-saver model.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful 806 set.

Post# 861846 , Reply# 11   1/14/2016 at 14:58 (984 days old) by Sudslock1 (St Louis)        

Clearer picture of control panel

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Post# 861851 , Reply# 12   1/14/2016 at 15:27 (984 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
very very nice!

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Thank you for adding the extra picture of the buttons. That is too cool!

CONGRATULATIONS on getting this set, up & running.
Doing a "happy" dance on this side of the computer for you

Post# 861862 , Reply# 13   1/14/2016 at 17:10 (984 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Aferim with envy!

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Thanks for the pictures. Beautiful score!

Post# 861875 , Reply# 14   1/14/2016 at 18:38 (984 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Wow! They are gorgeous all lit up. I'm a fan of suds-savers, as well. The 806 line is Maytag's most flexible, too. Congratulations and may you enjoy many trouble-free wash loads.

Post# 861887 , Reply# 15   1/14/2016 at 19:42 (984 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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I saw the "S" after the 806 and knew I'd be Extra impressed.  Those are buootifull ! smile


And I really love the amazing way you've made your laundry room look like an authentic, Midwestern, painted cinder block basement.  Complete with cast iron piping, exposed utilities, a 1950s cement laundry sink (perfect for using a sud-saver), and fluffy bath rugs on the cement floor.    Brings back so many memories.  

Post# 861897 , Reply# 16   1/14/2016 at 20:35 (984 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Just beautiful! I never saw the eight-vane agitator before. About how long were those around? Must provide more vigorous agitation!

Post# 861969 , Reply# 17   1/15/2016 at 08:14 (983 days old) by whitetub (Montreal, Canada)        

Beautiful machines.... I would kill for

I noticed that the buttons say Small, Medium and Large. No Xlarge.

Is it a regular size tub, or the bigger tub with only three water levels?

Again, gawrgeous pair.

Post# 862021 , Reply# 18   1/15/2016 at 11:45 (983 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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That three position fill switch (small, normal, large)was original to these machines when they were first introduced. The later four position switch was an improvement, but the tub size on early and late machines was the same.

Post# 862045 , Reply# 19   1/15/2016 at 15:25 (983 days old) by whitetub (Montreal, Canada)        


Post# 862069 , Reply# 20   1/15/2016 at 16:48 (983 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        
Nice, Nice, Nice

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Beautiful set, nice early model details, and suds saver too. It's too much happiness.

Post# 862083 , Reply# 21   1/15/2016 at 18:14 (983 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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I keep forgetting; what does a "scoots" button do on a keyboard Kenmore from the early to mid 70s?

Is this the button one pushes to get the panel door to slowly close like a garage door, complete with the sound of a motor and the squeaking sounds?
was this the button one pushes to order a martini while doing laundry?

Post# 862170 , Reply# 22   1/16/2016 at 10:42 (982 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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excellent score of a set......beautiful.....

interesting change out of buttons in exchange for a suds saver....

I would have liked to see a regular 806 setup.....and the suds buttons worked into another slot on the left hand side....

but nice just the same....

Post# 862181 , Reply# 23   1/16/2016 at 11:30 (982 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        
Solid Dependability

....along with style and elegance.

So happy for you.

Minus the suds saver, I've got a pair from same vintage in HG; makes me want visit my storage unit. Lol.



Post# 862261 , Reply# 24   1/16/2016 at 20:20 (982 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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What a beautiful set! I just LOVE Maytag!

Post# 862270 , Reply# 25   1/16/2016 at 21:12 (982 days old) by mjg0619 (Scranton, Pennsylvania)        

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Absolutely GORGEOUS pair! If you're able, I'd love to see a video of them in action!

Post# 862303 , Reply# 26   1/17/2016 at 07:41 (981 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Excellent job:

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You found a very nice set and nice work getting them working. Enjoy that Nice Maytag.

Post# 862324 , Reply# 27   1/17/2016 at 10:26 (981 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Can't get enough of this set.

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Hey Dave, does this machine have the lint filter with the honey-combed surface? If so, how well does it work?

Post# 862330 , Reply# 28   1/17/2016 at 11:00 (981 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Beautiful Set Dave

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Those early 8 vane Power-Fin agitators were actually more gentile on clothing and more effective at turning over big loads.


Unfortunately Maytag quickly cheapened the agitator a year or so later. The newer PFA in addition to loosing the extra four vanes lost the skirt underneath that really made the lint filter really work better by pumping more water through the filter.


The problem with these early PFAs was the two piece construction allowed water to get up and on the agitator shaft and seal area, and as a result the durability of the agitator shaft seal and therefore the transmission was much worse.


MTWs of this time period also had a lot of problems with the cheap O ring oil seal in the bottom of the transmission which caused most of the washers to have a serious oil leak underneath.


Dave your New washer and Dryer were probably very low use, Congratulations on a cool find, but unfortunately just like low use WPs, KMs etc from long ago they won't run many years if you use them much without serious repairs.


John L.

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