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Post# 965570   11/2/2017 at 10:44 (325 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

This is the nicest looking of the AMP series Maytag washers made up to that time. As it states, you have the tub within a tub and both spun letting the water out at the top like the solid tub machines. As consumer reports pointed out, sand and sediment would get trapped in the outer tub and redeposit on the clothes. This machine was built like a tank and had a fairly small capacity. It was adequate at washing, rinsing and spinning out the water for a machine of the time. No great shakes though and it was kind of annoying to load and unload because of the small opening to get the clothes in and out of and the heavy lid which contained the water level control. I also know of at least one person who had problems with sheets spinning up too close to the top and it rubbing a small slice in them as it spun. There was one more machine in this series that looked like the later machines made by Maytag which were the best, most dependable and durable machines ever made. The bolts in this machine were stainless steel and did not rust or snag anything to my knowledge. The bolts held the two tubs together.

Post# 965575 , Reply# 1   11/2/2017 at 11:17 (325 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

This picture shows the weird hole pattern in the tub with the blank portions of the tub wall. These solid tub portions were in front of the solid ballast things on the outside of the tub which did something, but I can't remember what. They were not like the ballast tanks on the outside of the fiberglass tubs in some other brands, like APEX. Somebody explained it long ago, but I can't find the explanation. 


This generation also saw the first two cycle timer available with the short cycle for delicates.

Post# 965585 , Reply# 2   11/2/2017 at 12:16 (325 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Mine is kind of like the Norge. Bulky items fill the tub up fast. You can wash a good-sized load of smaller items and it does a very good job of cleaning. It was definitely intended for permanent installation as it must weigh 300 lbs. I've never poured a bucket of sand into it to see how well it disposed of it.

Post# 965593 , Reply# 3   11/2/2017 at 12:45 (325 days old) by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        

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What does AMP Series mean when referring to Maytag washers?

Post# 965596 , Reply# 4   11/2/2017 at 12:47 (325 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

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Post# 965707 , Reply# 5   11/3/2017 at 00:54 (325 days old) by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        

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Post# 965751 , Reply# 6   11/3/2017 at 09:25 (325 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The gravity drain machines were AM (s) for Automatic Machines. You can see that Maytag did not put a lot of deliberation into the formulation of model designations at this point. I sort of wonder if it were not for the competition changing models and introducing new features every year how long Maytag, left to their own conservative devices,  would have gone on with the original automatics.

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