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Old 07-19-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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I have been looking at manual washing machine for over a year. I finally bought the WonderWash but it is made of plastic and the standing frame broke 2x already. Why hasn't anyone made it of metal? Maybe convert a propane tank into one... geez ...but NOT plastic!

I'm now looking at a electrical spin dryers but the two I've seen have mixed reviews of poor coustomers service and break down of the unit with a year or two. They cost too much for that to happen.

Are there any other alternatives out there? Or just going back to the plunger and bucket with a wringer the best over all. Thanks for any help from you all, I've been looking for some time now with no hope in sight.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I have been looking at manual washing machine for over a year. I finally bought the WonderWash but it is made of plastic and the standing frame broke 2x already. Why hasn't anyone made it of metal? Maybe convert a propane tank into one... geez ...but NOT plastic!

I'm now looking at a electrical spin dryers but the two I've seen have mixed reviews of poor coustomers service and break down of the unit with a year or two. They cost too much for that to happen.

Are there any other alternatives out there? Or just going back to the plunger and bucket with a wringer the best over all. Thanks for any help from you all, I've been looking for some time now with no hope in sight.

why???? a clothesline will dry the clothes for free.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:52 AM
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Try Lehmans Lehmans.com for possibilities. They have lots of non-electric appliances. The cost may be higher than you think for what seems to be a simple product. But they are very well made and sturdy, made for heavy use. I have purchased many times from this company and have only ever had good experiences with them. I am not affiliated with the company in any way, I am merely a satisfied customer.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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why???? a clothesline will dry the clothes for free.
I do line dry; just wanted to get MORE water out before hanging
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Try Lehmans Lehmans.com for possibilities. They have lots of non-electric appliances. The cost may be higher than you think for what seems to be a simple product. But they are very well made and sturdy, made for heavy use. I have purchased many times from this company and have only ever had good experiences with them. I am not affiliated with the company in any way, I am merely a satisfied customer.
Thanks for the tip going there now.
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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This manual 5-gallon unit is marketed as a salad spinner, but I bet it would work just fine for lighter loads of laundry. Maybe not towels or jeans, but socks and undies for sure. It is plastic though.

The replacement drive gear is stainless though, and it's sold separately... someone handy could rig something up with it and old perforated metal washing machine drum.

Cranked centrifuge isn't total rocket science You won't get major RPM in a manual like you can with an electric without some mechanical advantage. Higher RPMS could be achieved by linking together several different-sized gears & pulleys/belts to get maximum spin for minimum crank, but that makes the design more complicated and could be easier to break.

I've been knocking around a more substantial design for my Wonder Washer. My frame is still holding, but the plastic pressure adjustment screw on the top has bitten the dust. Either need a way to replace that adjustment screw with something that has some longevity, or figure out how to make the whole thing out of a pressurizable metal keg.

Just a few more things to add to the list of things I need to do whenever I figure out how to clone myself :P
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Janitorial mop bucket is excellent for laundry
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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Why does this PLASTIC cost so much? The spinner cost $99 ...why? No thanks

I posted under SueDemin and I have decided to take her route of doing things the plunger and janitorial mop bucket with wringer...it is the MOST cost effective way to clean clothes manually
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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LOL @ "spin-dry" - why not a hand washer with an attached wringer? If you use it properly (not just shove clothes in, which can lead to breakage and bedlam) it will get out a lot more water.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:18 AM
 
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LOL @ "spin-dry" - why not a hand washer with an attached wringer? If you use it properly (not just shove clothes in, which can lead to breakage and bedlam) it will get out a lot more water.
I will go with the mop bucket for now... too fustrated with these expensive designed washer and dryer
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