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So June is Maytag A50 month?
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Post# 1078934   6/27/2020 at 19:54 (1,337 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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This little guy popped up on craigslist. Always wanted an A50.

The lid will need some retrobrite but overall, it looks good. Spinner and impellers, timer all seem to work.

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Post# 1078941 , Reply# 1   6/27/2020 at 21:09 (1,337 days old) by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
Good for you!

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Very nice! Congrats!

Post# 1078958 , Reply# 2   6/28/2020 at 02:34 (1,336 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
Maytag Twinny

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Congratulations on a great find, for a small compact twinny it aint half a heavy beast. I managed to find one here a few years ago from an RV coach rebuilder in Blackpool, Northern England, who was refitting a road van with a compact Zanussi automatic washer.

Enjoy the Maytag, looking forward to more pics !!

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Post# 1078981 , Reply# 3   6/28/2020 at 07:16 (1,336 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Oh nice! Always wanted one. Congratulations!

Post# 1079064 , Reply# 4   6/28/2020 at 20:07 (1,336 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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Had a chance to clean her up a bit, an to investigate. The belt is fine so far and aside from some cracks in the back of the lid, the only major issue is the diverter. The cable and pulley are still there, but there must be a part of the diverter valve that has rotted away.

I'm very impressed, nevertheless. This thing is MASSIVELY heavy, for its size, stable, and quiet. I can't wait to find the part and get this little bugger in regular use.

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Post# 1079604 , Reply# 5   7/2/2020 at 18:25 (1,332 days old) by unclejohn (Can)        

Great find.

I bought one, late in February, which I now use for small laundry loads - i wash bigger loads in our large Maytag (Whirlpool) MATPD-14 top load commercial washer.

When i got mine's, it had the belt in place but it was in extremely bad shape. I searched for a brand new belt that would fit and eventually found this :

3L510 v-belt (Gates Truflex 1510, Ind Nr 6751, 3/8'' x 51'')

Works fine, as far as i'm concerned. Flat V shaped belt instead of the usual round belt. V belt sits perfectly in the pulleys and everything turns without a hitch!

A quick look at the serial nr of your unit shows, according to Appliance411, that it was manufactured most likely in March 1970. Interesting. And still working after all these years !

I wish you hours after hours of pleasure doing laundry with your A50


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Post# 1079610 , Reply# 6   7/2/2020 at 19:07 (1,332 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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Hope you’ll get lots of enjoyment out of this A50.  I owned one from 1977 to 1985 that I bought brand new and used exclusively for my laundry from 77’ until mid 81’.  


When I lived in an old duplex in 1978 ( built about 1915) I soon learned that I couldn’t do the wash after dark.   The spinner draws a lot of current, and this old duplex had old fashioned screw in fuses, only two 30 amp circuits.  And every time the spinner was used the fuse blew out.


The fuse box was outside, under the eaves, covered with Ivy and there was no  outside lighting.  I didn’t have a ladder and the only chairs I had were 3 legged chairs that went with a Danish Modern round dining table.  I had to take one of those 3 leg chairs outside, in pitch black dark, trying to hold a flashlight and a new fuse, meanwhile unscrew the  blown fuse without dropping the new fuse and the flashlight.  I did this twice, and after that I washed the laundry before dark.  The last time I did this precarious fuse change it had just rained, the Ivy was wet and I was scared that I was going to get electrocuted. 


I later gave it to my sister.  David and I hefted it into the trunk of my 67’ Buick Skylark and tied down the trunk lid, then had to carry it up a rickety flight of wooden stairs to my sisters apartment.  It was pretty heavy for such a small machine.  Built like a tank.  And it sure washed clothes great, and fast.  A weeks worth of laundry could be done in an hour.  I loved that little machine.



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