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No more belt drives?
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Post# 980954   2/2/2018 at 09:10 (256 days old) by wishwash (Illinois)        

I've casually kept my eye out for a Whirlpool or Kenmore belt drive for a while now and don't notice any popping up on the local craigslist. On the other hand, Maytags pop up all the time and even the occasional GE filter flo. Are these machines long gone, or am I just having bad luck in my neck of the woods?

Post# 980967 , Reply# 1   2/2/2018 at 10:30 (256 days old) by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        
Dream Machine

I agree. Hardly ever see them. Just today's POD. That would be my "Dream" Machine. Would love to find one exactly like that with the Manual Lint Filter!

Post# 980968 , Reply# 2   2/2/2018 at 10:33 (256 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Belt Drive WPs have not been built since around 1986

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GE FFs were built almost a decade longer and MT DC machines almost 20 years longer, yes time takes its toll the odds of finding many good BD machine is getting smaller and smaller, that said we just picked up a good KM BD from 1982 if you want to come get it, it does have an outer tub leak but runs well otherwise.

John L.

Post# 981007 , Reply# 3   2/2/2018 at 13:38 (256 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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There are 2 BD KM's at the place I pick up at. No interest in them. There was just a BD Whirlpool for FREE in Chicago.

Post# 981038 , Reply# 4   2/2/2018 at 17:50 (256 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
keep in mind

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While GE and Maytag built belt drives decades past Whirlpool/Kenmore, the sheer number of WP/KM's sold through the decades means there's still some out there. Keep your eyes peeled, don't be afraid to drive a bit and do some repairs, and be patient.

Post# 981096 , Reply# 5   2/3/2018 at 10:10 (255 days old) by wishwash (Illinois)        

I do see a lot of the dependable care Maytags. Oddly enough, I see even more of the 1980s machines judging by the control panels. I've never seen one of the 90's filter flos pop up. It surprises me that no KM belt drives sell since quite a few houses in my area have them.

Post# 981102 , Reply# 6   2/3/2018 at 11:58 (255 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

There are many beltdrives out there,a sh**load in fact.Keep looking on Craigssh**list and you will find one.There are many in shoppers square to be found as well.From personal experience it is worth getting the one you want and driving to get it which is fun,half the fun is the hunt or have it shipped which is what I do. I like your user name very catchy.

Post# 981110 , Reply# 7   2/3/2018 at 12:56 (255 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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What are you looking for in regard to age, styling, and features in a belt-drive? I have quite a few I'd like to move on to new homes.


Post# 981122 , Reply# 8   2/3/2018 at 15:48 (255 days old) by Imperial70 (******)        

What are you using for search criteria? If you are putting something in like "belt driver washer" the only ones you would find are ones listed by members perhaps. Your search is going to be going through many "washer/washing machine" listings.

Post# 981188 , Reply# 9   2/4/2018 at 01:01 (254 days old) by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        
No More Belt Drives

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Hey Gordon,

I have sent you two texts thru the AW message center.  I am still waiting for your reply on how best to proceed with repairs on my Kenmore Limited Edition Washer.  Did you receive the messages?  Message center shows messages sent to your e-mail address, but me and tech do not always mix.  Thanks for your willingness to help.  Tommy

Post# 981190 , Reply# 10   2/4/2018 at 01:07 (254 days old) by Maytag85 (SoCal )        

I have seen a couple of Whirlpool/Kenmore belt drive washers on Craigslist in SoCal, but Maytags seem to be EVERYWHERE in SoCal. Maytag must have dominated the washer market back in the day since they sold so many. I have seen a couple of GE FilterFlo washers, but I always see Maytags on Craigslist.

Post# 981213 , Reply# 11   2/4/2018 at 09:43 (254 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
One of the joys and frustrations

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Of collecting is just this - there are dry periods and then there are periods of way too much!

I passed on an appliance about five years ago. The car was nearly full, we had a long drive home, it was $12.00 not $10.00 as usual and I didn't want to encourage the trend at Goodwill to raise prices.....

With the result that I didn't see a single, solitary one of that particular appliance again until two days ago.

I collect Presto pressure cookers. Would love to find a 2qt. Passed on a 2.5qt. fifty years ago - sure I'd find millions more of them.

Well, I found two this summer. After looking continuously and diligently for fifty years.

Your belt-drive will show up. One suggestion: Expand your search parameters. Most non AW members haven't a clue that the newest Whirlpools are belt-drive, most have no clue that all were belt-drive until the mid-80's. ALL have no clue how old their appliances really are - I am looking into a Flair this coming week. It's a mid-1954 model!*

*While it's true there are a few early ones from '61 with date stamps of 1959 on the parts, there just weren't any on the market in the 1950s.

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