Opportunity to purchase an old Maytag wringer washer

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  1. KCM

    KCM Well-Known Member

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    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?


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  2. Old Vet

    Old Vet Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

  3. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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

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  4. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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

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  5. KCM

    KCM Well-Known Member

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    Looks very much like that, except it is White!

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  6. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    the stainless steel inside is probably worth at least $40 for scrap.
     
  7. Deb&Al

    Deb&Al Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  8. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  9. sammyd

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    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.
     
  10. Okie-Dokie

    Okie-Dokie Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  11. FreightTrain

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    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
     
  12. CraftyDiva

    CraftyDiva Is anybody here?

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    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.



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  13. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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

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  15. Old Vet

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