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Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Susan Marek wrote:
I think the essential difference between Macs and PCs comes down to this: I use a PC because I have to; I use a Mac because I like to. And I like the Safari browser, too. But I was already using Firefox on my Windows platform and they have a very nice version for the Mac with features not available in Safari (e.g., all the extensions, especially FireFTP, gmail checker, and several others that I rely on heavily).
The Staber washer vs. Whirlpool Duet... hmm, tough call. Both are excellent machines with all the advantages of horizontal axis washers over the old, energy/water hog vertical axis machines.
First, a little terminology. I refer to the Staber as a horizontal axis washer instead of the layman's term front-loader because it's more accurate. All front-loaders are horizontal axis washers but not all horizontal axis washers are front-loaders. For example, both the Staber and the Whirlpool Duet are horizontal axis washers; however, the Staber is loaded from the top, whereas the Whirlpool Duet is loaded from the front. Aside from the Staber, all other top-loaders are vertical axis washers, which are distinguished by an agitator in the center of the tub that beats the hell out of your clothes.
Let's review some other fun facts to know and tell about horizontal axis washers vs. their vertical axis cousins:
Ok, any dufus can see that horizontal axis washers are the only way to go. Recent marketing research has shown that the only people buying vertical axis washers these days live in double-wides, smoke GPC cigarettes, and leave the water running while brushing their tooth. If you fit into that demographic, tell whoever is reading this to you that they can stop now and turn Jerry Springer back on because you're just looking for the cheapest washer you can find.
Let's move on to the specific comparison and contrast between the Staber and the Whirlpool Duet:
Wanna see it in action? Ok, come check out this video of the Staber in action (138 mb). The Staber standard white model HXW2304 is available for just $1,199. This is a delivered price to a business or residential home within the Continental U.S. (free freight). When you purchase your Staber washer through me, you also get these other goodies:
Still have questions? More info at Samurai's Appliance Emporium.
Dude! That Staber video tain't 'vailable no more. "Error 2703: Shared file is no longer available."
I haved owned a Maytag Neptune, and now own a staber, the maytag was great, before it started breaking down, the staber is more of a comercial machine, not alot of bells and whistles, but will keep going and going, example... it has grease fittings on it's bearings, the maytag, you change out the drum assembly $$$$ .
here's a link for staber pics and videos...
I'd be interested in seeing Samurai's BIG video, but it's just not there any more.
Henry, how do you rate the noise level of the Staber compared to the Neptune? Do you find the Staber's cycle/temperature settings comparable?
Working on a re-post of the BIG video. Standby...
noise level is pretty close, maybe a little bit louder when spinning, otherwise pretty quiet. I like the cycles on the staber better than maytag, The staber is more heavy duty to me. I bought it because I want to do minimal repairs, and it is simple, no complex keypad, or leds, just clean clothes. I also started using "Our detergent" It really works well with the staber, and you only use 1-2 oz. per load. between that and hotwater savings, it will pay for itself in couple of years.
What about capacity- the duet seems to be 3.5 cu ft, whereas the staber is only 2.5 cu ft... I would like to buy the staber, but....
also looking into a new machine after disasterous neptune with bearings now gone. makes me a little nervous with repairs to be done by owner on staber. My husband is really handy, but if he wasn't there then I'd have a machine that I needed to fix! Like the simple machine without bells and whistles,though. Also want a quiet machine, with laundry underneath our kitchen. Liked the duet, if only with a little less stuff!
Are there any quiet, commercial machines worth looking at?
The Duet is a sweet machine: runs whisper quiet and has a large capacity. Haven't done much service on them 'cause they don't break down that often. But tear-down was moderately easy during the Whirlpool training class, with one or two tricky spots.
ONe more question. Any idea lifespan generally of a duet? Any commercial machines worth looking at besides a staber for moderately heavy use with 6 people in family.Thanks for all your info!!
I have owned a Staber since 1995, I am currently on my second machine and we are a family of 4...no we don't take in laundry for money and yes we are a normal family of 4! The first machine suffered from weak struts and poorly designed soap / bleach / softener dispenser that plugged, a circuit board issue that required a field motification by yes you the home owner. The good news is that all these items were replaced or resolved under warranty, then the bearings went out...since I live in Ohio I visited the factory and decided that generation 1 was not for me and was offered a great deal on upgrading to the "2000" model in late 1999 as you can guess the above problems were resolved in the "generation 2" design. I installed the new washer and completed my first load of laundry to be treated by a screaming noise when the unit went into the spin cycle. The problem was caused by improperly seated rivets on the washer's drum. When the unit went into a spin part of the drum door seperated...this prompted a call to Staber and they in their defense provided a speedy replacement washer. I was a "Most Happy" Customer for 4 years but allas started having problems with the motor not wanting to turn. This issue was caused by the brushes on the Seymons motor becoming stuck in the brush holder assembly (this must be a common flaw). Since the motor is a very simple design I tore it apart and requested replacement brushes from Staber just to discover that they do not sell them. They also could or would not provide me with a part number or a contact with Seymons...upset customer cloud looming! Since I could find no part number on the motor I was forced to purchase a new motor for $187.00 through Staber; all that for a $5.00 item... To sum it up do you know where I can get brushes to fix my now "spare" drive motor? I can only guess that this issue will be back to haunt me. Now that I have told you all the bad things it would only seem fair to mention the great things about this washer; it cleans cloths like no other machine I have ever owned or used! If you hate
Great comments, Byron, thanks for posting 'em!
My Staber 2000 is 6-7 years old. It cleans wonderfully and the efficiency claims are accurate according to my experience. It is quiet and vibrates less compared to other (top loader) machines we have had, even in the spin/extraction cycle. While it is easy to repair, I have not been impressed with its repair record. The "drum skirt" needed to be replaced two years ago. It was cracked and split and leaked water during the spin cycle. The replacement skirt did not fit well and needed lots of rubber glue and caulking (provided with the kit) to seal it. The cabinet front fits very poorly and is difficult to align with the top into which it fits. The finish on the cabinet is flaking off at the top on the inside and the cabinet and support frame has already rusted a lot in our indoor laundry room. A new leak has sprung behind the drum--it may be the detergent dispenser. Last week the agitate and spin cycle stopped working. Customer service (always very responsive when I call) gave me a "tweak" maneuver to reactivate the brushes and the motor restarted. It quit again today. They also told me the brushes cannot be replaced and quoted me the same price as above for a replacement motor. I have never seen a motor brush that couldn't be replaced, though this may be the first. How about it, Mr. Samurai, can you "brush" up on this motor repair and help us out? Can I just take this to a local motor repair shop and get new brushes installed? Thanks for your help--great website!
I'm in the commercial refrigeration/comm'l appliance repair business, and have always owned front-load washers. My last one was a Kenmore (Frigidaire/Electrolux) with a d.c. motor. No brush problems, but tub bearings wore out. Try typing "Motor brushes" into a Google search-lots of resources out there. P.S. I bought a Neptune 6700-not impressed. I'm getting rid of it and getting a Duet or Kenmore Elite.
Does anyone know how easy/difficult it is to take a Whirlpool Duet repair authorization class, and/or get hold of a shop manual?
We have a Kenmore Elite He3 washer and are now going on our 3rd tub boot (bellow). This flexible piece seems an easy break item from wear/fatigue or washed item snagging and ripping (metal pieces such as buckles, zippers). Replacement cost for parts (front clamp, back clamp, boot/bellow) is about $100-$130, if replaced via service call is $250-$300. As a data point we have a family of 7 and have had the machine for about 3 years. A neighbor with the same machine has also experienced boot failure, I'm surprised to hear all the glowing reports on this machine with no mention of this weak point.
Just a price update on the Staber machines.
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