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Post# 966303   11/5/2017 at 21:51 (319 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

just rotated my 2010 cabrio into use(displacing '82 SQ "marathon")got reminded these have pathetic wash performance when run with smallish loads- some pants got stranded at outer edge and not washed at all...When this load finished,left it in machine,added a couple more jeans and towels-this run got good bloom,and everything got washed this time :)spin performance is pretty good though,noticably better than the marathon(that I think suffers from too few holes in the tub)Though not a fave of mine.I like the cabrio as a historical artifact and early VMW machine :)Will be in service for about a week,then will get rotated out to make way for '95 24" DD or '09 GE hydrowave.

Post# 966518 , Reply# 1   11/7/2017 at 00:49 (318 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

I know what you mean about the wash action of these machines. A few pair of jeans in my old Maytag Bravos X and many times a pair would get pushed to the side of the tub. These machines wash better with more clothes as the load blossoms more.

I just wish the control board had been reliable. Despite that machines light but relatively good build quality I actually grew to like it quite a bit. I learned quickly how to use it when I got it and it performed well for the most part.

It was so different from anything I had ever used. Excellent at cleaning my grimy white socks and I do remember it being an excellent rinser. Spun well but vibrated noticeably during spin, probably because of how light the machine was. For a belt driven machine it was a very decent performer WHEN the electronics worked.

cfz2882,.. was your cabrios the DD version or the belt driven one ?

Post# 966564 , Reply# 2   11/7/2017 at 10:09 (318 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the direct drive unit is a better machine/choice overall.....plenty of water used for washing, and a sprinkler, which could be 'on' more than it is...

the belt drive worked well, but wasn't the best, a sprinkler/waterfall would have helped had a choice, add some more water for better performance, or pour a gallon of water over the load before starting, tricking the machine in to thinking there was a larger load...also found this version to play around 'pausing' a lot for each function...they could have easily shaved off 10 minutes of the cycle from all that playing around....

but as newer models got built, many concerns were addressed, they were getting better and better....

Post# 966568 , Reply# 3   11/7/2017 at 10:19 (318 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

belt drive.When I obtained the machine,it was broken down with control board problems-motor would not run right,washer would fault off and flash control lights when the motor would try to run for initial load size estimate "bump" Motor ran good ran straight off the line on a cheater cord.The "assembled in China"PC board had a 1000uf/6.3v capacitor that had gone bad (c182 IIRC)-replaced that with a quality replacement and all fixed :)

Post# 966572 , Reply# 4   11/7/2017 at 10:26 (318 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

I would do that with the Bravos. Experiment to see what the machine would do. Drain it and then start over again with the wet wash. It would then fill a few inches above the impeller depending if I was using normal or power wash. The wash action improved greatly with very good reverse rollover.

I never had a problem with items not getting wet for as little water as that washer used on the normal cycle. If people would load according to the manufacturers directions and use the proper cycle for the type and size of load they would have gotten better results .

Post# 967168 , Reply# 5   11/10/2017 at 13:32 (315 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
put to the test :)

saved up a load of nicely soiled work clothes:all kinds of dirt,diesel grime,carbon dust...dumped this in the cabrio and it all came out impressively clean :) Machine is a washing SOB-as long as load is large enough to get circulation.Uses about twice the water my He3 uses for equivalent load,but half what the '82 SQ uses.Generates about twice the lint as the SQ and ~4x the lint as my FLs do though...

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