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Troy Laundrite and American dryer
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Post# 1031511   5/1/2019 at 22:08 by Diesirae7 (Central Illinois)        

Had a surprise find in a 1920s building, Troy washers, a Troy spinner, American dryers that use steam for heating. Funny seeing my name all over these lol

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Post# 1031539 , Reply# 1   5/2/2019 at 06:44 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
My idea of heaven

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Are those machines still connected and used?

Steam for heating dryers still goes on for commercial laundry equipment. It never really stopped even after natural gas, electric or propane came on scene.

Laundries already had steam on tap (water heating, heating water in washing machines, heating ironers, for steam irons, etc...) so it was a natural to have dryers that used steam as well.

AMETEK-Troy had lawsuits and paid damages to persons whose arms were damaged or yanked off from those washing machines. Either they didn't wait for cylinder to cease turning before opening door, and or the safety lock wasn't working so they could do so.

We have had lively discussions here in group in past on Ametek-Troy laundry equipment.

Post# 1031552 , Reply# 2   5/2/2019 at 09:48 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
That Troy Extractor Is Too Cool

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Is it for sale, would love to get this to restore for our museum, We even have 3 phase power if needed to run it available.

John L.

Post# 1031609 , Reply# 3   5/2/2019 at 20:09 by Diesirae7 (Central Illinois)        

They are still connected and working! They use them on Thursdays, so today I went to the two large ones and filled them and ran them, they work perfectly, spin to the right, then stop, then spin to the left. Then I went to the smaller single one that's "automatic" ran that one. The laundry lady was there, the two residential washers in the photos aren't working well, Maytag unit wont spin, and the horrible modern "Maytag" (but really isn't) shakes all over the floor and into the back wall. So she loaded the smaller automatic unit, then told me she doesn't like using the Troy spinner at the end. It uses and flat wide belt like things at the Thresherman Reunion, but its stretched too much and slips a lot. I just might know someone from Threshermans who can make a new one. Let's just say, I had a lot of fun in the Laundry room today!
It's actually my third week working at this place, so I will be working on these and fixing the small issues, this place is a museum except they still use everything, most exciting job I've had in awhile.

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Post# 1031639 , Reply# 4   5/3/2019 at 00:38 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Provided one can find parts & kept in good condition

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Those old Troy machines may outlive us all.

Beauty lies in their simplicity I suppose. That and they were built to last.

Say this as one who owns a Simplex ironer from the 1920's that still runs same as when new.

Recall a laundry/dry cleaners for sale somewhere in PA that had a washer, dryer and extractor similar to what is seen above.

Post# 1031649 , Reply# 5   5/3/2019 at 03:37 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Our old local dry cleaner down home had similar equipment.  I remember watching it when I was little, wishing I could see it up close.  Well, back in the 90's, a friend from Alabama and his wife bought the dry cleaners and I was able to go behind the counter to see how it all worked.

Post# 1031739 , Reply# 6   5/3/2019 at 22:24 by Diesirae7 (Central Illinois)        

How old are these washers and dryers? Any idea? I did see 10-18-46 printed on the inside panel of one of the washers, would that make it a 1946?!


Post# 1031774 , Reply# 7   5/4/2019 at 10:27 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Likely 1940's or 1950's, by 1960's things had changed design wise and also "washer-extractors" had arrived on scene.

Post# 1031843 , Reply# 8   5/5/2019 at 02:21 by Diesirae7 (Central Illinois)        

THanks for those links Launderess

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