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Post# 1099179   12/3/2020 at 17:06 (840 days old) by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        

Hey guys I found these on Facebook marketplace about 60 miles from me, does anybody know anything about these machines? Also they have dryers there as well

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Post# 1099201 , Reply# 1   12/3/2020 at 20:37 (840 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Cissell was and or is a totally different industrial/commercial laundry equipment supplier than Wascator.

Wascator (now Electrolux, but was Electrolux-Wascator) goes way back to early parts of prior century.

Wascator (known as Wascomat in North America) have been staples in OPL, coin-op laundromats, hotels, etc... since after WWII world over. They compete with Speed Queen and Dexter in USA.

Needless to say both washer and dryer you've found are serious bits of kit. Not unheard of for either to keep running for nearly forty or fifty years (or more) with proper maintenance and repairs. Older Wascomat washers are usually taken out of service not because anything is seriously wrong with them, but newer machines offer more options and of course use less water.

Post# 1101568 , Reply# 2   12/21/2020 at 21:45 (822 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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The washer appears to be a 2nd or 3rd generation, early 1980's or earlier. Really a great washer. Since this is not a coin-op or OPL machine, you have some flexibility since it ran with cycle "cards" that could be custom cut by the user to create you own cycles based on the need. Load the washer, select the card for the program you want to run, insert it into the reader (top right of the front panel), press start, and off you go. As the cycle progressed, every timer increment spit the card out of the reader a little bit. Commercial washers used some sort of reader for cards or sheets, depending on the application. Milnor used plastic laminated sheets that were cut by the user and mounted on a drum. You could see all the switches that would be open when in contact with the sheet, and close when it hit a cut out section as the drum turned. The pic below is of an early Milnor with the "Miltron" sheet reader drum mounted above the outer cylinder.

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Post# 1101580 , Reply# 3   12/21/2020 at 22:41 (822 days old) by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
Oh cool

Thank you, I may get it depending if A It’s still available, be if the 1955 Naco washer is unrepairable

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