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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 02 May 2014 2:46 am

Strong Eagle wrote:
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rajagainstthemachine wrote:your comments are right about 2nd hand washing machines, its a buyers market out there, and then after buying a brand new one I noticed a place which sold old ones by the dozens and I went to check the place out of curiousity and found that I could buy a fairly decent one around 180+ but then again some were in pretty disgusting condition, but if you do look hard enough you can get a really nice one.
I might consider a 2nd hand dryer though.


How do you know what's decent and what isn't? By how shiny the outside is, or how clean the lint filter is? Or are you actually opening it up and looking at the motor, belts, springs, etc and inspecting them for fatigue?


Most people aren't going to let you take their washing machine apart to check it out.


I know that. It was a rhetorical question.

I'm sure you can successfully purchase used washing machines. The comparison was to an LED TV; My point was just that with moving parts you're going to have failures eventually. Other than broken buttons, the TV likely won't have a failure if you're not doing something crazy like operating it inside of a washing machine. :)

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 02 May 2014 8:05 am

zzm9980 wrote: I'm sure you can successfully purchase used washing machines. The comparison was to an LED TV; My point was just that with moving parts you're going to have failures eventually. Other than broken buttons, the TV likely won't have a failure if you're not doing something crazy like operating it inside of a washing machine. :)


I've done it before. In the UK it would be called a 'reconditioned' machine. It gets taken back to the manufacturer, overhauled, cleaned up, and re-sold. It's usually about half-price and just fine to go into a rental.

There's a limited amount that can go wrong with a WM anyway. I've only ever had do two repairs, a) a drum-belt (like a fan-belt) and b) replacing the motor brushes.

On the flipside I don't think I'd want to start taking a TV apart, and suspect it's going to me mostly PCBs and the like.


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