DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER?
It doesn't appear to matter to the manufacturers of Laundromat equipment when it comes to putting
a label on their machines. The old Laundromat experts used to ask "Are we talking about 30 pounds
of gold or 30 pounds of feathers." It took me a few years to realize the veterans were saying the vol-
ume of the washer is only important to the product being washed. Here's a few items you might not
1. There is no rating agency controlling or advising manufacturers to label their machines based on
any standard. In reality, the manufacturers label their machines as they deem proper and with a view
toward making their machines sell better.
2. Thirty years ago, manufacturers were purposely trying to keep the poundage down on their wash-
ers because of local building codes that limited the size of "large capacity" washers in certain com-
3. At the same time, there was a commonly held belief among manufacturers that customers would
avoid using a washer that was too big. "Oh my Lord, I don't have 30 pounds of dirty clothes." I guess
the same principle applies when people want shoes a few sizes smaller than would be comfortable,
so the actual size of shoes has edged up while the shoe size numbers have remained the same.
4. An example of this was found in the classic Milnor washer. It was sold under the Borg-Warner
name as a 20-LB washer. Later it became a 25-LB washer, a 30-LB washer and finally a 35-LB washer
when the customers (you as the Laundromat equipment buyer) decided larger capacity on the label
of the machines was a good idea. It was easier to change the brochures being used than change the size of the washer. Today the Milnor classic model is sold and labeled a 40-LB washer. It comes in at 6.14 cubic feet and equals the size of many competitor's models who label their machines 40-LB washers.
5. Let's take a look at another example going to the other extreme. In order to qualify for Energy Star rating, manufacturers have to submit their product data to the government. The Dexter company submitted their 18-LB and 25-LB washer (models WCVD18KCS and WCVD25KCS) with claimed capacity of 2.536 and 3.467 to the government. This information is taken from the official Energy Star information. However, the Dexter sales brochures for these machines showed they had a capacity of 3 cubic feet for the T-300 and 4 cubic feet for the T-400. This appears a little excessive to round up both sizes, but marketing is not always bound by reality.
Perhaps the best way that manufacturers should rate their machines is the actual
interior capacity of the washing cylinder. To the best of my knowledge the size of
the Dexter T-400 drum has not changed since it was first produced, but now it is
labeled a 30-LB washer and called a T-450 in the medium speed 200g force con-
figuration. So what poundage do you really have and what do the manufacturers
brochures really reflect?
UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF MARKETING
ARE THERE OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER?
Speed is also important. Mechanical removal of the water is much faster. When
DEFINING A HIGH SPEED WASHER
Most offer their models in dual single or three phase owner selectable versions, including
REFERENCE CHART FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES
THE REAL SIZE OF A FRONT LOAD WASHER
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A special thanks to Energy Star for some of the information
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