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Title: Best washing machine
Post by: PhilM on May 19, 2012, 09:01:50 AM
So for all you repair people and all in general posting out here what would be your recommendations for the best bang for your buck on purchase of a new washer in the mid price range. We are on a tight budget at this time. :rofl:
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: AJ on May 19, 2012, 09:07:07 AM
I still like the Whirlpool top load direct drive washers the best.

Whirlpool made them for something like 25 years. They are cheap to buy compared to a front load washer.
They are easy to work on, parts are cheap and easy to get.

Here is a video showing how to disassemble one. Not that you will have to do that with a new one, but it may give you a better idea of what I'm talking about.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlAFQnkapLM
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: bigbuck on May 19, 2012, 09:31:14 AM
I agree with a j, best out there to work on, and it's reliable,

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Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: tgoods on May 19, 2012, 10:15:53 AM
Problem is, they're not being made anymore.  All of the Whirlpool topload washers are the VMW design now.  You may be able to find some new old stock or you will have to buy used.
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: AJ on May 19, 2012, 10:37:07 AM
Problem is, they're not being made anymore.  All of the Whirlpool topload washers are the VMW design now.  You may be able to find some new old stock or you will have to buy used.

That's true. I don't know how hard they are to find anymore.
What do you recommend tgoods?
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: Bailey on May 19, 2012, 10:38:39 AM
I went to Lowes and bought a Roper washer to install in a rental. I ordered it online. When they were unloading it off the truck it was tipped back
and I got a shock. Instead of the familiar transmission, I saw a little motor and a splutch. I talked to a local tech who works out of his house as a factory
tech on Whirlpools tech line and he says you can still purchase the direct drive under the Amana and Inglis brands.
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: PhilM on May 19, 2012, 10:51:41 AM
   AJ  what is a VMW ? :-\
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: PhilM on May 19, 2012, 10:56:05 AM
Ooops, sorry that question about VMW was to tgoods. Thanks
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: JWWebster on May 19, 2012, 11:13:46 AM
Amana Washer at the home depot is what I would get:

http://www.homedepot.com/Amana/h_d1/N-3n2Z5yc1v/R-203160356/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051


A vmw washer is siting in my back yard dead right now with the new lid locked down.

Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: JWWebster on May 19, 2012, 11:19:24 AM
Vertical modular washer has electronic controls. An electric pump. Locking lid switch and is belt driven. The one I have is fairly new, was in a home for disabled people. It had tons of soap powder in the bottom and was full of clothes. The lidswitch was bad. We got another one for $45 and installed it. Now I cannot get it to show any signs of life and the lid is locked.The tech sheet is 50 pages of nonsense. To program the control you move the timer knob back and forth x amount of times to reset the machine. It is a piece of crap. My opinion.
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: AJ on May 19, 2012, 11:21:18 AM
   AJ  what is a VMW ? :-\

Vertical Modular Washer


http://verticalmodularwasher.com

W10329932 L-84 Whirlpool Vertical Modular Washer Service Manual (http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;down=323)
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: PhilM on May 19, 2012, 01:51:53 PM
What about the new Kenmore's low end non HE agitator style 3.4 cube ft. I think they are still made by Whirlpool but not positive. Any feedback on those?
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: niobrara on May 19, 2012, 02:05:13 PM
Top load LG or Samsung I work on all brands and have the least issues that I see and I like the way they wash.
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: theoldstoveguy on May 19, 2012, 02:30:31 PM
Crosley makes a VMW with an agitator, so beware if you think since it has an agitator it is OK. For the money Speed Queen but their prices just jumped $100 so are expensive,still worth it.
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: dab147315 on May 19, 2012, 05:47:43 PM
Even the direct drive washer like roper new at lowes the one that has the coupling we are all use to is different in that it does not fill all the way to the top with water like the old ones because of the 2011 law that says you have to make a washer use less water. Go to lowes web site and look up roper that is a direct drive then down load manual and you we see what i mean .
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: theoldstoveguy on May 19, 2012, 07:26:22 PM
Crosley claims it fills to the top of the tub,but still uses VMW tranny and such.
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: dab147315 on May 19, 2012, 09:13:06 PM
Hi J.W. that model washer at home depot is a VMW washer.
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: JWWebster on May 20, 2012, 09:21:50 AM
NTW4501XQ1 Appears to be a direct drive to me  O0
The reason I knew it was is because a vmw washers controls do not flip up like a direct drive does. You have to remove the rear panel of the control panel and then slide the top forward and the top raises up. That is how I changed the lid switch. The direct drives top does not pop up.
 
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: dab147315 on May 20, 2012, 09:35:06 AM
 look up model at marcone or sears part and you will se parts break down
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: dab147315 on May 20, 2012, 09:42:32 AM
If you click on NTW4501xq1 model it take you to Appliance Pro parts and the model is a NTW4500vQ1 and that model is direct drive.
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: AJ on May 20, 2012, 09:44:06 AM

Here is the Sears link, being APP don't show this particular model.
Model #NTW4501XQ0 - Amana Automatic washer (http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Amana-Parts/Washer-Parts/Model-NTW4501XQ0/1268/0153200?searchedModel=NTW4501XQ1&blt=)
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: AJ on May 20, 2012, 09:47:10 AM

If you click on NTW4501xq1 model it take you to Appliance Pro parts and the model is a NTW4500vQ1 and that model is direct drive.


Seems JW posted one model, but linked to another. I fixed his link so the model he posted goes to the correct APP page.


It's really easy to post model and part number links in your topics now.


http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=9983.0

Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: dab147315 on May 20, 2012, 10:00:46 AM
I,m like J.W  and you A.J i wish the direct drive was still there main washer but it is not.What kills me is that VMW washer is not front serviceable.
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: Bailey on May 20, 2012, 11:53:25 AM
I wonder if the coin op machines will be the vmw?
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: JWWebster on May 20, 2012, 01:25:36 PM
Yeah yall are right. Geez. And the control is $120 bucks, part # W10442493
I guess that is why I ain't got that mutha fixed yet. Got some good parts on it though. LOL
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: JWWebster on May 20, 2012, 01:26:37 PM
At least I got one to practice on. LOL Might take it all apart and make a movie of the autopsy. LOL
Title: Re: Best washing machine
Post by: dab147315 on May 20, 2012, 02:29:53 PM
Whats said to is marcone ,first source servall wants a 35 dollar core charge on most of any board now.