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DD Stainless Steel Wash Baskets?
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Post# 979210   1/20/2018 at 18:09 (269 days old) by trappn (Illinois)        

We are shopping around for a used 2nd washer.


Prefer one of the Whirlpool/Kenmore-type direct drives that existed before the high efficiency madness.


We know we'll be able to find one, but was wondering if any came with stainless steel baskets?



Post# 979215 , Reply# 1   1/20/2018 at 18:25 (269 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I don't think so.  I don't think Maytag even offered one before the end of DD washers. 

Post# 979219 , Reply# 2   1/20/2018 at 18:51 (269 days old) by Brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

The Maytag Centennials we got in Australia had a SS bowl on the TOL model. The rest of them were enamel. It was one of the ways they differentiated themselves from the Whirlpool

Post# 979228 , Reply# 3   1/20/2018 at 19:33 (269 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Yes some Maytag branded WP built DD washers

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Had SS wash baskets, You can buy one through parts channels and install it in any of the full sized WP DD washers. I have saved a few from MT DD washers that we have recycled.


John L.

Post# 979229 , Reply# 4   1/20/2018 at 19:35 (269 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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There was a Maytag DD model with a SS basket.  I have MTW5800T noted and 8579546 as a part number for the basket (NLA).  Maybe there were others.

Here's a thread, someone replaced a porcelain DD basket with the SS version.

Post# 979334 , Reply# 5   1/21/2018 at 13:51 (268 days old) by trappn (Illinois)        
Lots Of Good Information.......

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.  Also, that was a very interesting read on the SS basket replacement.


We gave away our last Whirlpool D.D. to a needy relative.  As it turns out, the rusty basket has the spiral holes.  The written warranty offers the limited lifetime replacement.


Wonder how successful they would be in getting a free replacement tub? 

Post# 979401 , Reply# 6   1/22/2018 at 07:16 (267 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Free Replacement Wash Basket

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We are still getting them from are WP distributor, you need a WP model and serial #, there is no extended warranty on the KM versions of this washers tubs.


John L.

Post# 979414 , Reply# 7   1/22/2018 at 09:48 (267 days old) by trappn (Illinois)        

It's a WP. Will be approaching the original dealer, this week.

Not sure how cooperative they will be, since I'm a civilian (not a certified repairman.)

Post# 979417 , Reply# 8   1/22/2018 at 09:54 (267 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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So I am guessing the white basket pictured would be considered "spiral"...emiright?

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Post# 979421 , Reply# 9   1/22/2018 at 11:15 (267 days old) by trappn (Illinois)        
Spiral Hole Pattern

Yes, believe that is one of them.

Wonder if there's a number we're supposed to call for the warranty. Bought mine before the Speed Queen (same dealer.)

Post# 979434 , Reply# 10   1/22/2018 at 12:29 (267 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        
As dumb as it sounds

Just try to call the recent WP service number and tell them what you want, maybe for once they will be good for anything...

Post# 979480 , Reply# 11   1/22/2018 at 18:51 (267 days old) by trappn (Illinois)        
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It was like pulling teeth, but Whirlpool issued an order # for the inner tub warranty replacement.


There will be no warranty on the replacement, because I didn't order their service.   This was expected.


What wasn't expected was when they requested a "Repair Clinic" part number for the item.  That's right.  You will have to have a Repair Clinic item number, before they will agree to send the part.


Hope this helps someone.  Thanks for everyone's input!







Post# 979489 , Reply# 12   1/22/2018 at 19:27 (267 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Free Replacement Wash Basket

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The replacement wash basket will be covered by the orignal washers tubs life-time warranty, The warranty statement that came with the washer did not say anything about your only being allowed one replacement.


The Only way WP can get out of this warranty is by giving you a new washer and taking the old machine away and scrapping it.


John L.

Post# 979501 , Reply# 13   1/22/2018 at 20:10 (267 days old) by trappn (Illinois)        
Thanks, John.........

I'm sure you're right; but, right now, I feel fortunate that a nearly $200 part will be heading this way based on my word, alone. 


In the meantime, I'll be digging for my seldom-used spanner wrench.


Thanks, again, for the tip!



Post# 979915 , Reply# 14   1/25/2018 at 17:11 (264 days old) by trappn (Illinois)        
Warranty Part Arrives.........

Well, that was quick.  New tub & balancing ring assembly arrived, today.  Machine is still in the family, so will be installing it, soon.


As for us, will be on the lookout for a DD with a stainless steel basket.  Sounds like there may be a few out there, somewhere.


Who knows?  We may decide to allow the Speed Queen to play second fiddle to a new F&P WashSmart.  That idea is starting to grow on us.  We're in no hurry.

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