View Full Version : doulbles and triple front load washer
04-03-2004, 10:28 PM
does anyone have a oppinion or sugestion to what is the best bang for your buck on type of machines to buy.I like the wascomat. but there are many others what machines work best for you guys !!!!!
04-04-2004, 12:45 AM
You will probably get a lot of different opinions on machines, so here is my opinion.
I have a Maytag store and have been open for 18 months with no problems with my Maytag 35 or 50 lb machines. Not even a drain problem. Maytag also has a full 5 year parts warranty if you do have a problem.
04-04-2004, 03:39 PM
Yes maytag builds a good machine but where I am located the people who deal there product I do not feel confortable with and parts are very high price.
I have over 20 maytag top loader that are getting tiered and old on a mission to find good replacement at reasonable cost.
My problem is do I want to do the remodel for the front load doulbles concrete work, plumbing or strickly replace top loaders I am unsure because people at our mat like the old fashion top loaders the cost savings to replace would be substancial.
On another topic which top is better whirlpool or maytag. The price difference is about $450.00 cheaper for the whirlpool.
04-04-2004, 03:55 PM
A good compromise would be the Neptune. It is about 50% larger than a top loader, uses much less utilities, can fit into the same area as a top loader and you won't need to do much alternation to the foundation except for maybe a 6" base.
People also switch over from loads to Neptunes easier since they look very similar and controls are similar.
Just replace half with Neptunes for people to get use to them and do the rest later on.
Another thing to consider would be total wash pounds. If you increase your total washing capacity you may then need to put in extra dryers. With the Neptunes you maybe able to get by with the dryers you have since they have a high spin extract that cuts down on drying time.
I know what you are saying about distributors. Luckily I have a good one that takes care of me.
How old are your Maytag top loaders? Maytags are more money, but will last a lot longer and you won't have to worry about parts for the next 5 years (if you need any).
One last thing. When doing comparisons between brands, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Make sure everything is in the quote including: The equipment, taxes, shipping, installation, materials (hoses, bases, etc.) Warranty in writing and order to delivery time.
04-04-2004, 11:25 PM
whirlpool has a great waranty 3,7,10yr 3yr is everything parts and labour 7yr is main parts 10yr is bearings and finish (rust)
I think its great warranty the maytag is parts only for five years.
Our maytags are mostly 15yrs or older mechanical mostly vertical 5 slides we have some quarter drop that are digital and they never work they are a pain. digital quarters bad technoligy mechanical much more dependable.
What do you think of the wascomat triple generation 6 the new models I think I am going to purchase 2 of them.
I also need some feedback on doulble soft mount and hard mount for the price I feel would be better getting hard mount and spending the extra money. Yes I know plumbing cost concrete work for the base what manufactures do you reccomend. I unfortunately have to stay away from maytag but there are many others Dexter,continental,heibshe,wascomat this is my top 4 which is best bang for buck last the longest with minimal repair.
Any feedback would be geatly appreatiated.
04-05-2004, 03:09 AM
Good luck with your remodel. I personally prefer Wascomat washers for fronts. I hope I never have to buy asnother toploader, however in any case I know Whirlpool in general builds crap. I have owned several non laundry appliances by them and found them to be the cheapest crap available. Furthermore several distributors in Los Angeles that sell them also deal in other "crap" brands adding skepticism to the product. I would definitely never try to save money this way. Better to buy a top brand and beat the distributor down to a reasonable deal.
04-05-2004, 06:32 PM
I can't comment on other brands since I only own Maytag. If I wasn't happy with Maytag I would look at Wascomat as my next choice. The only thing that I have heard about Wascomat is they get a lot of blocked drains. The design of Maytag helps reduce this problem. I have not had a drain problem yet with Maytag.
There are pros and cons of each brand, you will need to decide what works best for you. And as you mentioned, it also comes down to the distributor. A good distributor can make a bad product better and a bad distributor can make a good product bad.
04-05-2004, 08:38 PM
A lot of blocked drains with Wascomats, I think not - unless you consider 4 or 5 a year in a laundromat a lot.
04-05-2004, 11:27 PM
Ok, for toploads Speed Queen is the best bang for the buck. Yes, Maytag is a good reliable, well known brand, but is more expensive, and scored lower in washability tests, and parts cost more. Speed Queen is the #1 selling commercial topload in the world. Second, Maytag does not make their own solid mount front load washers. I believe they are made by sombody like Primus? or someone else, so they don't have the Maytag quality, as do the tops. Wascomat is your best bet in the long run for frontload equipment. If you are planning on operating your store for a while, it will pay to equip it with quality machines that have history, have been proven in the field, and are able to find affordable parts easily. I have a store with 14 W-73 Wascos installed in 1978 (vended at 75 cents back then) that are 26 years old this year. (and the frequency of repair on them is no more than new equipment. I just put a new drain valve on one today, that hasn't needed serviced since 1996) Do I need to say more?
04-06-2004, 03:54 AM
I agree the wasco is a fantastic machine I have four triples that were made 1977 and three made in 1974 they just go like a tank I found some used machines I need two more I have a great demand for there use on weekends the two I found were made in 1977 excellent shape inside out look like new I dont know where they came from but I can tell by comparason too mine these ones are like new what do you think is good price on used I have been quoted $2500 canadian each compared to $5000 new seems fair.
04-06-2004, 08:46 PM
Wow, they are asking about half price for a machine that has definitely seen more than half its life. You will also have the costs of installation to figure in also. The only way I would consider the deal is if just about everything on the washer was replaced or rebuilt. (like new panels, drain, water valves, bearings and seals door lock assbly, relays, ect. I'm sure that there are people out there taking Wascos of that vintage to the scrap yard. If you could find someone scrapping them out, and they are still structurally sound, it may be worth your while to do the refurbishing yourself.
04-07-2004, 02:40 AM
Hi there everyone. The wascos I seen were like new inside and out I have very little problems with the ones I have now almost 30 plus years old replace a drain, water valve, door seal minor problems they go like hell yes they are antiques that keep on ticking. I do not need to replace when is just minor maintenance. $2500 canadian converted U.S.$1800 for a W123 wasco In great shape mayby $150 to $200 for install plus have freind to make concrete base but will have to add a pump for the drain have some plumbing issues but it should work then I will have a total of nine tripples this will help my weekends greatly.
In our mat we replaced some dryers with the wascomat td30 30 stacked dryer the customers like them very much they dry quickly this has also brought in the door new customers more traffic we have had no real problem with them. We have a waranty issue but that is going to taken care of from wascomat very good people to deal with.
04-07-2004, 03:16 AM
The new Turbo wash models from Maytag have a big water savings. The 18# hard mount uses about 17 gallons. I would put these in long before the Neptunes. Most hard mount 18# use around 35-40 gallons.