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Early Maytag Wooden Tub Maytag Washer


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Old 03-07-2009, 07:53:05 PM
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Default Early Maytag Wooden Tub Maytag Washer

I just picked this up today at a auction and I'm wondering a couple things. As you can see, it needs all new wood. It doesn't look like its ever been outside. It has an electric motor, with a brass tag that reads "washing machine motor". I figured it would say Maytag like all the other maytag electic motors I've seen? But its definately the original motor, no doubt. I always figured a good portion of the Maytag wood washers had engines, since thats all I've ever seen. Do any of you guys have any restoration tips? I know these washers pretty good, but have never completely dismantled one before. It has nice maytag lettering on the wringer and even traces of pinstriping. Anybody have one like this with an elec. motor? I'm sure it will be a project thats going to take some patience but I think I might try and tackle it. I know the engine type washers are quite valuable, but are these? Thanks in advance for the help guys.

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Old 03-07-2009, 08:48:04 PM
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To try to make a long story short, in 1909 Maytag washers came only with electric motors. It wasn't until 1914 that Fred Maytag saw a small gas engine and inquired the owner/builder as to what it was. It was an Elgin, the company that Maytag bought out in 1915. Later in 1915 Maytag was producing their own engines, the 1/2 HP vertical multi motor.
Maytag made the electric machines for city use, people with electricity. Mr Maytag liked the idea of gas engines as rural and non electrified customers needed them. That is why all these stinky, noise makers are here!
You have your hands full, but that isn't a bad thing all the times. Congrats on your new toy, I'm not sure what it's model is.
Larry Benton has done an incredible amount of work on some books on maytag. You need Maytag washer book # 1 I think (I need it too!). Call Larry at (641) 259-2322 for info on the book. It is $35.00 S&H included. If it is like the multi motor book it is worth a thousand dollars in my opinion.
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Default Re: Early Maytag Wooden Tub Maytag Washer

I have a basket case and enougy cypress lumber to build the tub it has a electric motor I am sure I will be able to screw up making 24 pieces with double taper , my motor has a maytag tag on it.
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Is there any way to find out if this is pre-upright or made after 1915? I'd just like an approximate year if at all possible. I know that he bought out Elgin but didn't know that the washers were electric until 1915. I would have thought the engines came before the electric motors. I know roughly how to do it, but is there any tips on making the tub, except patience? Thanks again for the info.

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You need to talk with these guys...

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Default Re: Early Maytag Wooden Tub Maytag Washer

Check the serial number located on the front left leg of the washer. Just look at all the legs closely and you should find a number stamped in the wood somewhere. I think I can tell you the year it was made or pretty close.
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Yes Harry is correct. The weyerts have an extensive washer collection and even have some NOS, used and repro parts. They also have reproduced the decals for many washers.
I believe they would fall into the category of experts also.
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The serial # was on the right leg like the two the weyerts have. It is 171317. If anyone has a rough estimate on the year, let me know. Thanks again for the help.

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Anyboby have an approximate year for me? Also tips on making the tub would be nice, I plan on using some of the original boards. What type of wood did they use?

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Nice find!

I don't know about replacing the wood tub, but try cleaning up around the wringer (carefully) with a cloth dampened in straight household ammonia. I restore antique telephones also, and always use ammonia to restore the original finish on wood parts that don't need refinishing. Try it first on a place that isn't so noticible to see if it will work on the Maytag. Also, be careful around the pinstriping and/or decals, because it will sometimes "eat" certain types of paint and decals. It will usually allow you to clean all of the "grunge" off the original finish, but won't harm it at all.

As for replacing the wood, just look up a good Amish woodworker that makes barrels and/or wood-spoked wheels; they could fashion a new one. Michigan has lots O' great Amish craftsman as you know ;-)

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The tubs are made of cypress wood because of it's ability to hold up very well with water and the wood is hard enough to handle the use/abuse and still hold together.
I have sources that say in 1909 yet in another 1911 they started electric machines. In 1919 they figured out the aluminum tub and in 1920 had a full scale production of alum. tubs being sold. Maytag was very good at selling old stuff off, if there were old materials they were probably still sold as finished washers for a short time while the alum tubbed machines were sold. This is just my best guess on this subject, I'm no expert, but I think it'd pretty close. I just mailed my check for book 1 from Larry on the early Maytag machines. Don't forget to get with Emil (and or his son Eli) Weyerts, they also really know the machines. Let us know when you find out.
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Shelby, I just found a copy of a page that was sent to me by Don Henry? and may be out of Larrys book.
The factory electrics were model 41. The SER # you have, 171317, according to this list falls into 1920 (153876 to 173951).
It shows the wood tub production ending at SER # 206788, March of 1925.
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Thank you very much for the year. I was starting to think no one knew. I have started to disassemble it and sandblast parts. I hope the pictures I took and my memory will be enough to put it back together. I hope to start on the wood within the next couple weeks. Thanks again.

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I have a basket case and enougy cypress lumber to build the tub it has a electric motor I am sure I will be able to screw up making 24 pieces with double taper , my motor has a maytag tag on it.
hi i am working on a maytag model 43 wood tub washer. would you still have any wood side pieces and / or base wood parts for sale i need other parts but this will get me going (ps i'm a newby to all this so i hope this works) thanks Al R
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I believe you have a model 41. Built between 1911-1925. Try info from www.maytagclub.com
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