I have an old Wringer Washer outdoors in a shed. It's purpose is to wash
my grubby and often greasy work pants, as well as shop rags and other
stuff that is "not allowed" in the house (if you know what I mean).
Personally, I'd rather use one of them wringer washers than the modern
types, and it's even kind of fun to use.
Anyhow, it's an old Maytag, and for it's age, it's in great shape. I
bought it off Craigslist and it only needed a new drain hose. The only
problem I have with it, is that the Agitator sometimes comes off, and
floats to the top. This mostly happens if I have a small load of laundry
in it. I always push it down hard and even bang on it with my fist to
keep it tight, but it still occasionally comes off the shaft.
I'm wondering if there is supposed to be some sort of O-ring or
something around that shaft to secure it better. I've searched the web
but have not found much help. I also asked a few appliance stores and
they said that it's too old for them to have any parts or information.
Do any of you "old timers" have any useful advice about this?
Dont suggest gluing it on. It's supposed to come off, because the drain
hole tends to get plugged with lint and other debris, and that small
hole is under the agitator.
I recall seeing a screw on cap on some old wringer washer that either my
mother, or my grandmother had, when I was very young.
Mine does NOT have that. There's just the shaft in the bottom of the tub
that sticks up about 3 inches. The agitator simply pushes on to the
What little info I found on the web, suggested that one of the biggest
problems people have with these old washers, is not being able to get
the agitator off, and some have destroyed the agitator to get it off.
(They do sell replacement agitators on ebay, as well as hose and the
drive belt, and even the wringer rollers). [these are after-market
I have the opposite problem!
I was thinking about cleaning that shaft real well, and applying a thin
coating of rubber cement or silicone caulk, and letting it dry for
several days before putting the agitator on. But I doubt that would last
Look for grooves on the outside of the stub shaft and the inside of the
agitator spline . They often used a round cross section "snap ring" type
retainer - the groove in one is deeper , the ring stays in it but has enough
tension to "snap" into the mating groove in the other piece .
Get yer mind outta the gutter . Have you ever seen the way inboard CV joints
snap into the trans/diff ? There's a wire ring in a groove in the stub
shaft , snaps into a matching groove in the female spline .
I guess it's a machinist/gearhead thing . Got TIG ?
From his description that or a similar arrangement is the only possibility
if there is in fact a means to retain the agitator . I haven't seen a
wringer machine since my granny got an automatoc machine in the 50's . But
if you can put a nut on a 3" shaft that's buried inside the agitator please
post some photos .
Got MIG ?
There is no way to put a bolt in it. The metal shaft is 10 or so inches
below the top of the agitator.
Just to mention it, those wringer washers sell for BIG money at
auctions. The Amish want them. They remove the electric motor and run
them from a belt going to a gasoline engine.
I paid a fair price for mine and could probably triple my money if I
took it to an auction in an Amish area, but I use it, so I dont want to
sell it. Mine is also in exceptionally good condition. The seller said
it was in a basement of a home that was sold when the owner died, and
the owner had a modern washer so it probably was not used for years. He
was called to remove all the old appliances for scrap metal, and he
thought this wringer was too nice to scrap. I was pleased he kept and
sold it.I was glad he did not know what the Amish pay for them, or it
would have cost 3 or 4 times what I paid.
On Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:42:25 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
There is no cap. There isn't even a hole in the top of the agitator.
Yes, some old machines DID have a cap, but not this one.
This is a Maytag model # E2L. One of the very common and most popular of
their models. There is a smallish groove at the base of the metal shaft.
The plastic agitator has a slight lip at the very bottom of the hole
where the shaft goes. I'm kind of thinking that there should be an
O-ring there, but I'm not sure. I suppose I can buy some O-rings and
just try to find one that fits and see what happens????
Either way, there is NO SCREW ON CAP on this model.
If nothing else, I could probably take a plasttic bag and put that over
the shaft before pushing on the agitator, but I'd have to redo that
everytime I remove the agitator, which is after almost every load of
laundry, (so I can clean the crud that accumulates under the agitator).
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