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  1. #1
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    Default Washing Machine as Extractor

    We were replacing our older washing machine to try to conserve water. The older machine still works.

    Has anyone ever modified a washer to work as an extractor? If so, how?

    Not too mechanical myself, but it seemed like something to consider before I got rid of it.

    Thanks,
    Drake

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    I know a guy who spins cappings in an old washing machine. I haven't seen this particular set up to determine exactly how he's done it.

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    I would imagine it would work........ You'd have to remove
    the pump and let gravity do it's thing. And you would have
    to figure out a speed control system.

    Send up pics when you are done!!

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    I have heard of this before, and it may date back to the gas powered Maytag washers being rigged to run an extractor. My grandfather ran his ice cream churn with one.

    I personally don't think a modern machine would make a good extractor. I repaired my 18 year old Maytag a few years ago and you would not want to process honey through it.

    The best thing the old washer has to offer is a decent open frame two speed motor. Lots of stuff can fall into them but they can be useful if you like to tinker.
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    I'm thinking about the years of accumulated soap scum. Yummy.
    “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau

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    Default Old washing machine

    The perforated basket makes a great fire container

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    Too many nooks and crannies to get it clean and too many to keep it clean.
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