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Can anyone tell me about gasoline wringer washers?

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We used to wash our clothes by hand with one of those Lehman's plunger style washers and a wringer, but we lost those items in a fire. Now that we are finally able to replace them, I'm wondering if we should buy a gasoline washer wringer instead. I need more information before I can decide.

First of all, how much is 14 lbs of clothes? How many gallons is that? Is that comparable to a 15-18 gallon galvanized washtub? Is that half a standard load or what? We used to wash our clothes by hand in 15 gallon plastic containers and that was about half a standard load.

The next thing I need to know is how these washers work. I know they have an aggitator and a wringer, but do you crank the wringer or is it more or less automatic feeding? Then how do you rinse? Do you empty the dirty, soapy water and refill with clean water...or do you rinse in separate containers?

Last of all, how much gasoline do these things consume per load? We are thinking of buying a Speed Queen from Lehman's with a 14 lb. load capacity.

Thanks for the information!
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I have a 1937 maytag wringer washer. It is basically the same size as the 40s/50s ones, but green, and instead of having a red kknob push pull control of the agitator, it has a lever that turns left to right. The wringer is somwhat of the earlier pattern then the 40s models. BUT, it has cross bracing down low on the legs to support a gas/electric motor. It had an OLD electric motor that finally gave up and I repaced it with a new one. I bought the last wringer rolls for it (so the dealer said) outa St Louis. If you buy a washer without this bottom bracing, and you intend to run it with a gas engine, u might have your work cut out. Leamans probably sells theres with this in place considering their line of customers. In washing overhalls, hook them to the bibs and loop them over the dasher. Keeps the buckles on the straps from getting down under the dasher and scoring the tub
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