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Extremely Early Maytag A806 Washer
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Post# 1157869   8/25/2022 at 20:03 by Sudslock1 (St Louis)        

Well, Iíve had this set for a few years. Was doing some research on them as Iíve been been thinking of selling them. Found out this A806 is from January 1966. It has Suds Saver and is in excellent shape. The matching electric dryer is from October 1968. Opinions? Someone said this may be one of the earliest 806ís around.

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Post# 1157873 , Reply# 1   8/25/2022 at 20:34 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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They look to be in very low use original condition, what was the story about these Dave ?


John L.

Post# 1157874 , Reply# 2   8/25/2022 at 20:40 by Sudslock1 (St Louis)        

Purchase the dryer in Cincinnati and the washer in Columbus. Both work well and Iíve done some maintenance to the dryer and washer. I used them as daily drivers for a year or so then purchased a Neptune set that I now use(better rinse). I also have a NOS suds saver hose which I was told was the last one Maytag had in stock.

Post# 1157878 , Reply# 3   8/25/2022 at 21:28 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Those look Super.
Bleach dispenser, white tub, light in the tub, and a sudsaver just for fun.


Post# 1157880 , Reply# 4   8/25/2022 at 21:58 by WoodJack99 (Massachusetts, USA)        

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That is indeed one of the first 806s produced, as this generation of Maytags was introduced for 1966. Both machines look to be immaculate.

Post# 1157885 , Reply# 5   8/25/2022 at 23:51 by robbinsandmyers (Conn)        

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I want that lint filter LOL

Post# 1157889 , Reply# 6   8/26/2022 at 00:06 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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That filter does look so clean.  I wonder if it's a replacement?

Post# 1157893 , Reply# 7   8/26/2022 at 01:11 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I believe it might be a replacement but I am not entirely sure. Iíve seen a few other Maytags from the mid to late 60ís while surfing through with that style of lint filter so it might be factory but looks a little too aftermarket to be factory.

Post# 1157904 , Reply# 8   8/26/2022 at 05:52 by Sudslock1 (St Louis)        
It is factory. Maytag branded with part numbersÖ

Here you go. From inside the filter.

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Post# 1157906 , Reply# 9   8/26/2022 at 06:19 by christfr (st louis mo)        

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beautiful set. i just love tags

Post# 1157907 , Reply# 10   8/26/2022 at 07:45 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Beautiful set! And yes, this is more than likely the earliest surviving A806 in the group, and both are in incredible shape. Does the agitator pull out with ease or is it stuck to the shaft?

For those inquiring about the lint filter, Maytag revised the Wash Power series lint filter assembly in Feb 1968. IMO, while they are pretty neat looking, the earlier mesh filters do not perform as well as the later full poly filter.


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Post# 1157908 , Reply# 11   8/26/2022 at 07:57 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Early 06 washer lint filter

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This earlier mesh lint filter actually worked much better but in hard water areas was very difficult to clean weíve all seen what a mess a Maytag lint filter can become with hard water especially if itís not cleaned regularly And the user uses way too little or cheap detergent. Period

This earlier agitator with the separate pumping part below is all so much more effective but unfortunately allowed water to get close to the main seal and caused more failures of a serious nature.

John L

Post# 1157922 , Reply# 12   8/26/2022 at 11:34 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
I still love Tags too, despite disappointments

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I'll never forget the first time I saw these new Washpower Automatic models featured in a Full 2-page ad in one of my Mother's House and Garden (or something) magazines. I was fascinated by the pitch because it was an extremely expensive/well-produced ad, and the 'Tags were dramatically different from the GE's I was familiar with.


The older Tags I had seen at other people's houses seemed like one step away from Wringer washers and just tired. I agree with John about the filters except I never knew the older agitator was detrimental to the machines. Pity; they seem to be more effective. Although I still suspect that the flexing, unattached Power Fins were responsible for a lot of snagging and tearing of some of my clothes.

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Post# 1158209 , Reply# 13   8/29/2022 at 19:01 by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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What a lovely set! A suds saver is on my bucket list.

Post# 1158266 , Reply# 14   8/30/2022 at 15:33 by Sudslock1 (St Louis)        
They are for sale

I have decided to sell them so if anyone is interested let me know.

Post# 1158339 , Reply# 15   8/31/2022 at 18:19 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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So not sure what year these are but theyíre 806s. The washer oddly does not have the model/serial number plate ó it looks like there never was one. Anyway, they are my daily drivers and Iíve had them for a couple years with no problem other than sometimes the washer fill valve will drip when the machine is off.

Can anyone at least provide an approximate year based upon the dryerís model/serial number?


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Post# 1158340 , Reply# 16   8/31/2022 at 18:51 by qsd-dan (West)        

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Dryer is March, 1974.

The washer is probably close to that. The placard was located on the back of the machine from 1949 until 1975 when they changed its location to under the lid for the washers. As you can see, Maytag was already gearing up for that change on this model.

Post# 1158427 , Reply# 17   9/1/2022 at 13:18 by qsd-dan (West)        

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Old style lint filter for those who are looking for it.

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