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Old 06-12-2013, 11:47 AM   #16
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This will most likely out live you.
A lot of good it will do you when you're dead that your washer is still in great shape.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:00 PM   #17
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Boy she picked up on that cue like a circling vulture. Need a better rinse cycle?! Let's get a new washer!!!
Good luck with that(thank the EPA)

Nothing will rinse as good as an old water pig top loader.

If you only have one load a week, why not just go to a laundrymat?
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:09 PM   #18
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Go to Lowes/Home Depot and buy the cheapest one you possible can. It will last pretty much forever and if anything does fail down the road it will most likely be a 3 dollar coupler and not a $500 "control" board.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:43 PM   #19
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If that's all the laundry you generate, just drop it off somewhere and have it done. No equipment or materials to mess with and you pick up a couple of hours of free time.
ummmmm .... shit
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:47 PM   #20
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we've had a Fisher & Paykel for probably going on 6-7 years that has needed nothing and does a great job on the clothes.
Similar experience, ours is going strong. The prices sure have gone up though. Bought mine for $450, now they go for $700+.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:55 PM   #21
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Have you priced those? You should have sold them at least, rather than leave them behind.
Oh no, technically we still have them. We just rent out her old space. She'd have made me take them with us, but they're stacking, and our space lends itself to side-by-side more than it does stacking. I convinced her that it'd be more worth her while to leave it, vs. adapting it & buying another for that space. Apparently that just bought me time before she'd draw the line on using an old, low-efficiency unit that employs a panty-ripping agitator (what's the problem??). I dunno what mine is, but it lasts forever. I've never had a washer crap out in a way that I couldn't figure out and fix myself. So I know eventually we'll just sell it cheap to someone and satisfy her itch just for the hell of it.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:46 PM   #22
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You'd be surprised how easy it is to replace the bearings (look up the cost first). Parts are readily available online and you can most repairs with a basic tool set.
i just replaced my front loader- 11 years old, no problems, until sudden catastrophic failure. took it apart first to see about replacing the bearings. looked easy enough online.

turned out i was going to replace the washer anyway (spider was also broken), but i figured i'd see about the bearings anyway, in case i needed to do it in the future. those mofos weren't coming out, even with a 3 pound sledge and a hardened punch...
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:43 AM   #23
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Hanging basket as in front loader?
No. Front loaders are completely different (and typically more expensive).

Traditional washers have a drum that sits on top of a transmission unit and spins. Hanging ones have a basket that is supported, taking the heavy load off the transmission and thus not wearing it out prematurely. Our F&P actually senses the load and compensates for it not being balanced, so no banging from an unbalanced load during the spin cycle. It makes lots of weird noises (they warned us about that when we bought it) as it levels or whatever, but it works a treat. They reportedly use far less water than cheaper brands, but I have well water so can't tell any difference.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:43 AM   #24
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If you are going to throw the machine away, why not take it apart and try and fix it?

Repairclinic.com is a great resource.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:53 AM   #25
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Mostly because the part was going to run $ 385, I guess. That and the fact that I don't have the time, and more importantly, the skills.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:18 AM   #26
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Mostly because the part was going to run $ 385, I guess. That and the fact that I don't have the time, and more importantly, the skills.
All the more reason to buy a cheap top loader. Cheap parts (if they are ever needed) and easy as shit to work on.

Oh, if it goes tits up in ten years you're only out $250 bucks. to replace the whole damn thing.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:40 AM   #27
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If you don't do laundry a lot, ie are single or a couple, it is so much cheaper to go to the local 'mat. Find a good one and save a minimum of 30% over your own. Mine is a nice place, with a patio, cafe, DVD player/screen, and for those so needing it, a bar next door. I put clothes in, run an errand, come back, start the dryer, finish another errand I'd have done any way. No less than time or trouble than doing it at home. I carry all the laundry in an air force parachute bag that crams between my feet on a scooter.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:01 PM   #28
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If you go the repair route, I'd suggest getting a guesstimate on the labor.
The bearing on ours went out under warranty. Two guys spent 2+ hours on the repair.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:09 PM   #29
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If you don't do laundry a lot, ie are single or a couple, it is so much cheaper to go to the local 'mat. Find a good one and save a minimum of 30% over your own. Mine is a nice place, with a patio, cafe, DVD player/screen, and for those so needing it, a bar next door. I put clothes in, run an errand, come back, start the dryer, finish another errand I'd have done any way. No less than time or trouble than doing it at home. I carry all the laundry in an air force parachute bag that crams between my feet on a scooter.
That definitely scores high on the affordability scale, but pretty low on the convenience scale. It's not only a purchase decision...it's a lifestyle decision. I have to agree with cablebandit; I think at the crossroads between affordability and convenience--depending on the time horizon--is a cheap lasts-forever top-loader.

Too bad my SO doesn't live in that universe.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:19 PM   #30
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All the more reason to buy a cheap top loader. Cheap parts (if they are ever needed) and easy as shit to work on.

Oh, if it goes tits up in ten years you're only out $250 bucks. to replace the whole damn thing.
a front loader can be just about as cheap. the one i bought (samsung something or other) is 'normally' priced (not that there's such a thing as normal price on appliances given the frequent sales- more like sucker priced) at $800. I bought it at a memorial day sale for $580 - $50 instant rebate - $200 water bill credit (the latter two being available only for high efficiency machines, so pushes you towards front loaders) -> effective price of $330. that combined with the water savings over the 10-15 years this thing will probably last...
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