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Post# 959085   9/25/2017 at 18:06 (364 days old) by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        

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Combined it with MML going on in Saugatuck (see DL for more info on that). Had a great time visiting Mike and his beautiful home and amazing collection in Grand Rapids. Of course I brought laundry and used the Coppertone Kenmore pair and the Maytag stack unit. Thanks again for the great visit!

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Post# 959094 , Reply# 1   9/25/2017 at 18:37 (364 days old) by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        
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Post# 959099 , Reply# 2   9/25/2017 at 18:42 (364 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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WOW! What a great collection!

Post# 959102 , Reply# 3   9/25/2017 at 18:51 (364 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Love that 30" stove. I would love to find one like that close to here. Our Kenmore gas and kerosene stove had the same knobs as a kid. I want a CP one with center simmer burners.

Post# 959107 , Reply# 4   9/25/2017 at 19:30 (364 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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very nice collection.......

would like a close up of the 806's buttons.....

OK, it's settled, that's the location of our next event....."Mike's Leather and Suds Wash-In"

Post# 959115 , Reply# 5   9/25/2017 at 20:00 (364 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Oh, that's a nice collection and a warm looking household. Love the laundry room decor!

Post# 959130 , Reply# 6   9/25/2017 at 21:38 (364 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Bunch of nice things there.

Post# 959132 , Reply# 7   9/25/2017 at 21:46 (364 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Thanks for sharing, nice to see the collection - all through the house. Very nice appliance choices!

Post# 959135 , Reply# 8   9/25/2017 at 21:56 (364 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
A Wonderful Visit!

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Happy :) you guys had a Great time - real nice appliances!

Post# 959165 , Reply# 9   9/26/2017 at 04:37 (363 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Always nice to see pictures of members visiting eachother. Nice collection indeed, both older and newer!

Post# 959166 , Reply# 10   9/26/2017 at 05:16 (363 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Very nce collection Mike.  Jerry glad you got to go and share with us.  I keep forgetting our Kenmore 800 was the 2nd version of this basic style--Mike's being the 1st with Vari=Flex agitator and just Prewash.  Ours with Super Rotoswirl, Enzyme Soak and Soak Only/Soak & Wash rocker switch option.  The last version having the modified tempt/water level knobs. 

Post# 959208 , Reply# 11   9/26/2017 at 07:41 (363 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I would love to see that Gold Maytag 906-set in action!!!! Did you Video it????

-- Dave

Post# 959308 , Reply# 12   9/26/2017 at 17:08 (363 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

Very nice collection,some of my favorites there.Like the maytags alot.Outstanding coppertone Kenmore 800 saw many years ago.Similar to my 1970 lady Kenmore which is coppertone.I would straighten the lid hinge and raise the water level those machines always had a stingy water level never knew why but it caused a lot of performance problems.

Post# 959340 , Reply# 13   9/26/2017 at 20:41 (363 days old) by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Nice collection Mike

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Yes I like the mix of new were an older machines, too bad there aren't more Maytag however, LOL

There are so many cool vintage washers out there, I'm laying out my ultimate home laundry room and will try to work on it this coming year when I stop traveling so much.

One thing for sure with all the cool machines out there I'm not going to have more than one of any particular machine.


Post# 959425 , Reply# 14   9/27/2017 at 12:20 (362 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Thanks for sharing the pics, Jerry! And Mike ...

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...nice collection! It's been a while since we've corresponded, so it was nice to see that you're keeping well in GRR! BTW - love the miniatures on the shelf above the model 32 Maytag wringer!

Post# 959444 , Reply# 15   9/27/2017 at 14:28 (362 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Those are some great pictures!
Thank you for sharing so we could see everything.
Very cool!

And yes, need a better pic of the 806 buttons. I couldn't make out what they said?

Post# 959478 , Reply# 16   9/27/2017 at 17:10 (362 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Great collection! Loving that coppertone Kenmore 800 with the Vari-Flex and timed dispensers. Thanks for posting all the photos, Jerry.

Post# 959505 , Reply# 17   9/27/2017 at 21:11 (362 days old) by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
Hello Everybody!

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It has been much fun to finally get to meet people from this site. The weekend was marvelous. Jerry and I had much to talk about on our 40 min. trip from Douglas/Saugatuck to Grand Rapids. We're both Pennsylvania boys! And What fun to have a companion to do laundry with!!! (Next time Yogitunes it will be a 3-some I promise). My collection is "Maytag-heavy" but I cherish my KitchenAid set (Thanks Martin for sending me the correct agitator). The coppertone Kenmore pair are gems. I love all my machines!. And I feel at home with my friends at

(I added a pic of my Hardwick-built Maytag gas range and a close-up of the A806S buttons. One of the sets of buttons is not original. I know the Maytag experts will know which one).

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Post# 959508 , Reply# 18   9/27/2017 at 21:38 (362 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
So just to confirm...

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About the 806s buttons:
This the 1st version of the 806 model, right?

And with the cycle buttons, if you want to mix the speed of the wash & spin, can you push the REGULAR ACTION to get a fast spin after doing a GENTLE ACTION wash & rinse? The speeds seem to be like a 606/608 & a 206/208.

Post# 959512 , Reply# 19   9/27/2017 at 21:58 (362 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I am going to say the cold/warm/hot buttons are not original, as 'wash' is missing...

but I also thought all 806's were the don't have the flexibility on this one for separate wash/spin speeds options...

interesting as well through the years at how they flip the buttons around....mine seems odd as the temps are to the right of the timer...

and then the swap out of water level designations.....small, medium, normal, large

had to replace the pump on mine, a normal change out for most models, and something you wouldn't pay attention to, until you have to drill out the port for the bleach dispenser....

Post# 959514 , Reply# 20   9/27/2017 at 22:27 (362 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I'll keep my '84 511 Fabric Matic. Has the original everything but the one repair for a motor pulley, which was the original time I found this site and so many members knew just what the problem was and it still works like it just came out of the box new. Water level always on EX high, temp on Hot as hot goes cold so I get warm, regular fabric wash and everything comes out fine.

Post# 959541 , Reply# 21   9/28/2017 at 07:00 (361 days old) by Doug (West Virgina)        
Small maytag Neptune washer

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Is that small maytag Neptune washer a bank or just a display model? Does the door open on it?

Post# 959742 , Reply# 22   9/28/2017 at 21:01 (361 days old) by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
Hey the buttons........

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Hi Hippiedoll,
The A806S was introduced in 1966. Mine was manufactured in 1968. There was no official Permanent Press cycle on Maytag until 1969. However the "Permanent Press" button gave you Regular agitation with Gentle spin. In 1966 that button was labeled "Wash'n'Wear" So in essence it was a "3-speed select" with "Regular /Fast" "Gentle/Slow" and "Regular/Slow"

Yogitunes: The "Cold" Warm" Hot" "Cold Rinse" "Warm Rinse" was original.
The original 806 had 3 water levels "Small "Normal" "Large". Someone replaced the water level switch before I bought the machine.

Doug: The small Neptune in the pic is a piggy bank. The door is just for looks.

Post# 959754 , Reply# 23   9/28/2017 at 23:06 (361 days old) by Doug (West Virgina)        
Mini Neptune washer

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That's neat, a cool item to have in a collection

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