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.