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Post# 1017556   12/10/2018 at 07:07 (196 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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This is one contraption I've never seen before.  It looks like it was a royal PITA to use.  I wonder how long it was made.  Anyone know?

Post# 1017559 , Reply# 1   12/10/2018 at 08:59 (196 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I've seen this ad come up before and thought it looked like a sump pump... LOL

Post# 1017563 , Reply# 2   12/10/2018 at 09:50 (196 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I have seen a picture of a later AMP suds saver washer with two fill flumes so at some point they managed to integrate the feature with a separate suds pump into the washer while it was still basically a solid tub machine and had to return the suds from above, not below, which brings to mind Madeline Kahn's song  "I'm Tired" from Blazing Saddles where she laments that she's had her fill of love from below and above. 


Other than the electric pump, this is not that different from the tub-located suds savers in Whirlpool's Design 2000 washers except that they used the washer's pump to pull the saved wash water back into the machine.

Post# 1017655 , Reply# 3   12/11/2018 at 01:42 (196 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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A typical evolutionary stage where you can later get all that to become smaller, lighter, and much more compact enough to fit in the machine... Isn’t that a weight, too, up-front, on the face of it? The whole thing almost looks like a camera, I mean, it’s on what’s one-more leg added to a tripod, and that...


I'd one long ago read about GE and Sears putting Suds Savers in their washers (& at that time maybe not printed there, but likely Whirlpool, too) in a Consumer Reports magazines or buying guide paperback, before either there, or here, later hearing about and seeing Maytag also offering it, in the cabinet, like those makes, as well...




— Dave

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Post# 1017657 , Reply# 4   12/11/2018 at 02:11 (196 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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>It looks like it was a royal PITA to use.

It's not the most convenient solution...but I wouldn't mind having this gadget. It looks like it could add the ability to save and reuse wash water to any washer, which would be nice.

Of course, having a Suds Saver washer would be better...but that assumes one can find such a washer. I'm not sure they'd be very common where I live, for example.

I once actually toyed with the idea of rigging up a pump system to so I could save and reuse wash water (with manual shifting of the drain hose to accommodate the rinse ). That would have been less convenient than the Maytag Savasuds. I remember talking about the idea with someone at a hardware store (I think I was asking if they had access to electric pumps that might work), and he indicated he didn't think it would be very practical. Then, of course, came the how "wonderful front load washers are, and how little water they use!" pitch. (At least, he probably had no benefit of me buying a new washer--this store didn't sell washers. So it wasn't like a big box hardware store where they might say: "That's a terrible idea! Forget it! Just to Aisle 13, and drop two grand a new front load washer!!!!")

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