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|These pictures are
of our Maytag wringer washer. We purchased it at the SIAM show in
June, 2000. We already had the engine. These were sold by the
Maytag Company to rural areas where there was no electricity. They
were sold until the early 1950's.
The motor is of Maytag's own design. It is a single cylinder two-stroke engine. Called a "Model 92" The motor we have was manufactured in March of 1934.
We also have a two-cylinder Maytag which is called a "Model 72"
We mounted the motor under the washer and put the belt on. Then we kicked the starter pedal and it works fine. We added some water and soap and washed some shop towels.
Running the towel through the wringer to get the water out of it.
To drain the washer you simply lower the hose.
Copy of original Guarantee
for washer and motor. It states that the sparkplug is not covered.
For more information visit the Maytag Collectors
Club by clicking on the above logo.
After posting the above pictures I received the following e-mail from Glen Blair firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a testimonial of what it was like to use one of these washing machines and what it meant to the family when they got it. It may seem archaic now but think how much of an improvement it must have been over a wash board. Thanks for sharing your story Glen.
"What memories it brought back to see the old Maytag washer that my parents bought used in the 1930's. Gone were the days of using a scrub board to clean clothes and wringing them out by hand. It saw many hard hours of work to keep the clothing of my parents & sister & I clean. I still remember how it would travel around the basement while it was agitating. Mom used a bar soap called big 60 which had lye in it. She would shave the soap into thin slices & mix it into the washer. Liquid blueing was used to make the laundry appear whiter. We had it tough in the 30's and an automatic washer was a real prize. I still remember how many patches were put in the old hot water tank to keep it running until the day when a new one could be afforded. Laundry day back then in the winter meant several pieces of patched long underwear strung out on the line outside to freeze solid along with all the other apparel. I recall all the gear assembly being dismantled & repaired by my dad. In those days we would take the ringer rollers to the hardware store & get new rubber rollers put on the old shafts.
Thanks for the memories
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