We sell speed queen at our store. I haven't worked on one yet, but the Mechanics of this machine are identical to the Amana platform washer or the SAV model Maytag. If they have the same or similar seal compared to the older Amana's I would see them being an ok machine. If the seals are similar to the fiasco with the triple lip seal. I would never buy one.
I did a quick search on the LG's and Samsungs, I like the idea of the direct drive motors they use. Although, if the bearings were to go out, that would make the repairs that much more complicated. Their warranty's arent quite as good as SpeedQueen, but still worlds better than Whirlpool. What features do they have that you would recommend them first?******************Bearing failures on LG & Samsung front load washers are rare.I had ONE bearing failure on an LG washer that was (7) years old.This LG was the pre-TRUE BALANCE model (balance ring on drum) and was installed on a wood floor which caused excessive shaking/vibration.For the Samsung also--a single bearing failure. This one was a pre-VRT model and was also installed on a wood floor. The amount of shaking/vibration in this case was fairly severe. The customer was never happy with it for this reason. She bought a new VRT model Samsung and the difference is profound--no shakes at all.If Speed Queen front loaders had a similar balance feature--I would recommend them for wood floor laundry room use. Speed Queen tub bearings are *very* robust. A few customers with the SQ front loaders were complaining of shakes/vibration and walking even though the washer is on a concrete floor. This was attributed to overloading the tub (packing too much laundry) and I have found that this tends to occur because of the smaller tub capacity. Having serviced front loading washers since the 80s--I have had the priviledge of working with some absolutely horrible designs.LG is the easiest to service--followed closely by Samsung.The warranty team (service management) has been very accomodating towards customers. This may seem par-for-the-course in the appliance business but it is NOT. The negatives for both brands would be:Possible difficulty finding an authorized service center in your area.If a service center is available--technicians may not be knowledgeable enough to resolve problems.Possible difficulty obtaining replacement parts.
Sledneck, you must be an auto mechanic, to delve into this on your own. I used to do automotive, and these types of repairs are a daily occurrence. As a matter of fact, I just ground a wheel bearing off one of my Explorer's spindles, and replaced it last month.So, did the repair using the old seal work out for you? I don't touch this job because usually the seal is the cause of the bad bearings, and last I looked, Whirlpool won't sell anyone the seal, with out the outer tub. Also, the shaft gets messed up and grooved, so most times you also need to replace the shaft too ensure there aren't any future problems. This gets the price WAY up there.The seal should never leak water into the bearings in the first place. A bad seal is what usually takes the bearings out. I would never do this job, as a professional service, without access to a new seal.
The seal might be a little overpriced but it's still a lot cheaper than a rear tub. Of course, you can just buy the bearings somewhere else for cheaper. If you can find the seal anywhere else for a lower price, let me know.