Opportunity to purchase an old Maytag wringer washer - Homesteading Today
Homesteading Today

Go Back   Homesteading Today > General Homesteading Forums > Homesteading Questions


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average.
  #1  
Old 06/16/07, 08:37 PM
KCM KCM is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,133
Opportunity to purchase an old Maytag wringer washer

My wife and I went to some yard-sales today. At one sale, the person had an old Maytag wringer washer. It was a tub type with agitator, 4 legs, and of course the rollers. The guy said it was new during the mid to late 1950's. That would make it at least 50 years old. The unusual thing was that it is still in nearly mint condition. There is not even a scratch on it, and it still has original luster. We do not need a washer, but it just looks so shiny and new. He wanted $75 for it. As it is, we did NOT buy it because I did not know if $75 was worth it.

I have been known to buy an occasional antique just for future value, but just had never run across such a good looking wringer washer before.

If anybody has experience with old wringer washers, is $75 too much to pay for the antique value of an almost mint condition 1950's era Maytag wringer washer?


__________________
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06/16/07, 08:47 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 9,962

I have one and I payed $25 for it. It is not anywhere near mint condition but $75 is a fair price. It only soled for $75 new but that was in the early fiftys.

__________________

God must have loved stupid people because he made so many of them.

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06/16/07, 09:04 PM
Cabin Fever's Avatar
NRA LifeMember since 1976
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Between Crosslake and Emily Minnesota
Posts: 13,423

These are photos of the one we just sold. We sold it for more than the price you are talking about.



__________________
This is the government the Founding Fathers warned us about.....
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06/16/07, 09:10 PM
Meg Z's Avatar
winding down
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NC
Posts: 3,471

I want one!! Tell me where that one is for $75 so I can go get it!

Meg

__________________

All life requires death to support itself. The key is to have an abiding respect for the deaths that support you. --- Mark T. Sullivan

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06/16/07, 09:31 PM
KCM KCM is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,133
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cabin Fever
These are photos of the one we just sold. We sold it for more than the price you are talking about.




Looks very much like that, except it is White!

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06/16/07, 10:51 PM
MELOC's Avatar
Master Of My Domain
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 7,209

the stainless steel inside is probably worth at least $40 for scrap.

__________________

this message has probably been edited to correct typos, spelling errors and to improve grammar...

"All that is gold does not glitter..."

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06/17/07, 04:47 AM
Deb&Al's Avatar  
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 506

i have one just like it, works like a dream. except the cord exterior must be made of some type of soft plastic because it has line cracks in it.

does anyone kionw, can the cords on these old appliances be changed out for new?
deb

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06/17/07, 05:02 AM
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,514

I Love them and I wouldnt have even hesitated.I have one I got for $25. in case of an emergency .It could be run on a generator.It doesnt look like that.I grew up with one and my MIL had one, so I fit right in.I cant give it up so to say.

__________________

Zone 6

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06/17/07, 05:22 AM
sammyd's Avatar  
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Central WI
Posts: 4,934

I had a girlfriend who used hers all the time to wring everything before it went into the dryer. She said it saved a bit on the electric bill. Getting harder to find.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06/17/07, 06:14 AM
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 146

Bought ours in Oklahoma City from an older lady that got it new. We paid $25.00. Works like a charm and still looks new. Awful color though. Pink.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 06/17/07, 08:15 AM
FreightTrain's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Sullivan County Pa
Posts: 630

i got mine for $33 on ebay and picked it up local... runs as smooth as silk..... mine is a 1940 or so model all origional including motor.. think they were called Gyro-tater wringer washers. mine is also all THICK aluminum rivited together like an old battleship... im thinking of converting it to run off a small gasoline engine

__________________

The Journey -IS- the Destination

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, Its about learning to dance in the rain....

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 06/17/07, 08:20 AM
CraftyDiva's Avatar
Is anybody here?
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 3,340

I still use the one that belonged to my mother (bought in the 50's), still runs like new. I often see these on the roadside for trash day.

Try contacting the guy and see if he still has it and ask if he'll go lower on the price. If he wants it out of the way, he just may lower the price. Or you could keep an eye out to see if he just tosses it after the sale. Some folks will just put out what doesn't sell for the trash.



.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 06/17/07, 08:41 AM
big rockpile's Avatar
If I need a Shelter
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Ozarks
Posts: 16,412

Last one I bought I paid $75,but that was with Tubs and Stand.The Washers with the square Tubs are the better ones.

big rockpile

__________________

I love being married.Its so great to find that one person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.



If I need a Shelter
If I need a Friend
I go to the Rock!

Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 06/17/07, 10:40 AM
FreightTrain's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Sullivan County Pa
Posts: 630

here it is

__________________

The Journey -IS- the Destination

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, Its about learning to dance in the rain....

Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 06/17/07, 10:25 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 9,962

Deb&Al Yes you can replaced the chord on one. Just make sure it is the same size as the origional.

__________________

God must have loved stupid people because he made so many of them.

Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:36 AM.