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View Poll Results: What is your opinion of a wringer washer?
I have one (or used to have one) and love it 49 42.98%
I have one (or used to have one) and hate it 4 3.51%
I would love to buy a used one if available 49 42.98%
I would never consider owning such an old fashion machine 4 3.51%
No opinion 8 7.02%
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Old 09/08/11, 02:13 PM
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Maytag wringer washer

With all the modern conveniences, wringer washers really seem like a thing of the past. Not only is a wringer washer usefull for cleaning clothes, but I have heard that some people use them outdoors to wash vegetables from the garden (of course, you don't need the wringer for that!)

I am wondering who uses a wringer washer and how you like (or not like) it. Most wringers nowadays are powered by electricity, does anyone have one powered by a gasoline engine. Are there any of you who would purchase a used wringer washer if the price was right....say around $50?
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Old 09/08/11, 02:16 PM
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They work very well for mixing calf milk replacer for a large group of calves.
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Old 09/08/11, 02:17 PM
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I bought one at a garage sale a few years back. It was in great shape and thought it would be worth something. I gave $10.00 for it and found that I couldn't give the thing away!
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Old 09/08/11, 02:18 PM
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I have one of the old Maytag single cylinder motors that runs. Just need an old Maytag to hook it up to.
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Old 09/08/11, 02:34 PM
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I used one years ago, mainly in the summer. It would take me all day to do 3 loads of laundry, what with draining water, running water and mothering young children.

I liked it a lot--one thing I do not have now is a manual wringer for clothes if they have to be done by hand.

There have been several on CL lately.

I told my husband that getting a washing machine changed my life more than anything else...except for hot running water.
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Old 09/08/11, 02:39 PM
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Dh just bought me one for washing wool, not that I would turn it on. But if I wanted to felt something, I could plug it in. $25.
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Old 09/08/11, 03:43 PM
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I used to help my GM do laundry with hers. I am trying to find a good used one but the only ones I find are on ebay and in another part of the country. One of these days I will find one though.
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Old 09/08/11, 03:53 PM
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I too used to help my grandma do laundry in hers. She had an old gas-operated one and "upgraded" to electric in about 1963, the same year she got indoor plumbing, lol.

I'd love to have one, but the only ones I find close to me are junk or outrageously priced! I have hopes of finding one someday.
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Old 09/08/11, 04:26 PM
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We own both an electric and a gas powered one. I still use one to do heavy blankets and bed spreads rather than do the wear and tear on our regular ones.

Never thought about using one for milk replacer. Have to put that one into the remember file.
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Old 09/08/11, 04:28 PM
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I have a Speed Queen that I use for wool processing. paid $35

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Old 09/08/11, 04:33 PM
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Grandma had one. We used it when her washer broke down. It was an old hand crank one in excellent shape. It disappeared before she passed away or I would have bought it at the estate sale. You couldn't run coveralls or jeans through the wringer but it would have worked wonderfully for pillows, comforters and stuffed animals.
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Old 09/08/11, 04:46 PM
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Wash your 'good' clothes first, and drain the wash water into a laundry tub. Your work clothes can presoak in that tub. Saves water and detergent. Also, wring between wash & rinse cycle...that also saves water...less soapy water to rinse out.
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Old 09/08/11, 04:56 PM
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I recived an brand new HE washer and given the choice I use the old ringer washer on the back porch. Time being what it is I use the new machine but I enjoy the process with the wringer washer..I got mine at auction for $5.00
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Old 09/08/11, 06:15 PM
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I've been using my Maytag for almost 2 years now. It's set up outside, with an old wash tub alongside. I have a a big muck bucket inside the wash tub, I rinse in this (the tub is scuzzy, but I like the way it looks on the outside, so I "lined it" with the muck bucket).

I fill the washer and tub with a garden hose. I wash socks and underwear first, followed by my shirts. Rinse in the bucket by hand. Hang on the line to dry. Towels and sheets next. Nothing is really very dirty so the wash water is fine for all 3 loads. Keep in mind it's just me, so I can easily go a week or two waiting to make a full load of socks and underwear, and I will only have 2-3 towels, etc. I enjoy the process of doing laundry outside.

Sometimes I'll take jeans and work pants to the laundramat, it's so much easier.

I use the laundramat all winter. My Maytag is electric and in excellent shape. I paid $100 for it.
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Old 09/08/11, 06:20 PM
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I still have a maytag with the maytag gas motor, used it all the time at the off grid cabin. Uses a lot of hot water compared to our little washer/dryer combo we use here at the cottage. Fill washer and 2 rinse tubs. Do the personals, socks and shirts then drain and do the overalls. Bedding different day by themselves, then towels and then rugs. Now cold water and auto until dry, no mess no back breaking work....James
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Old 09/08/11, 06:24 PM
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My childhood babysitter had a Maytag wringer washer that ran on electricity. It died around 1980 or so and they were able to order a new one from Montgomery Ward. I'm sure that folks thought that they were crazy but it was what they were used to using and they were getting older and didn't want to learn to use newfangled things.

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Old 09/08/11, 08:44 PM
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We had an electric one when we were kids. My sister and I powered the kiddie pool rinse cycle! For us, summer laundry days were a blast.
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Old 09/08/11, 09:49 PM
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Ohhhh I love them. I have three that I use (my own personal laundromat) One belonged to my Grama, one belonged to my mil and I bought one at an auction for $5.00.
I use them along with my regular washer. I'll use the reg. washer to rinse and spin and funnel the rinse water into the wringers to wash. I don't like the wringer on the washers, but I do have a manual wringer on the rinse tubs. When I only had the one wringer, one day outside I did about 10 loads of laundry but it only took me about three hours.
For drying, I hang outside whenever possible and I hang clothes on hangers and hang them on a curtain rod over the bathtub and use my 4 drying racks. I do have an electric dryer, but use it very rarely. It's outside in a shed. I would really love to have one of the small salesman samples of the wringer washer. But the one I saw for sale was about $400.00. A lot too much for me.
Ahh well, my laundry load has become much, much lighter now that it's just dh & me again.
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Old 09/08/11, 09:53 PM
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I have a 1937 green Maytag. It has the older style wringer, but the modern? style tub. I dont use it as I have to haul my water, and its just easier to do the laundry at my DDs.

As someone said, If I ever get my barn built, I want to run a waterline in iot and a hot water heater and use another one to mix calf replacer. milk
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Old 09/08/11, 09:57 PM
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I have used them and I *can* do it, but honestly I dont care for it.
Sure, it is fine in the medium heat part of summer, but as a sole source of clean clothes?...NO THANKS.
Especially for truly dirty (dairy cows dirty) barn clothes.
Or for washing tons of grimy kid clothes.
Diapers? BTDT.

The wringer washer is better than a washboard and tub, but I like the fancy spin cycle on my modern style washer much better.
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