Maytag Commercial MAT15MNAWW
It looks like my 1980's vintage Maytag "dependable care" washer may finally need to be replaced. The transmission locked up last night after it filled and started agitating. Over the years, I have only had to replace a pump because an underwire from a bra chewed up the impeller and maybe a couple of belts because it wasn't spinning heavy loads dry.
I am hesitant to buy a High Efficiency washer because nobody I know who has one really likes them. They are complicated, unreliable, and how can a machine that needs to be "cleaned" with special chemicals do a good job cleaning your clothes if there's that much filth left in it.
It looks like even conventional top load agitator style washers have fallen victim to government regulations and are not cleaning like the older models and the mechanisms are not as robust.
My question is if the current crop of Maytag commercial washers use the same mechanism (or better) than my old dependable care. I don't mind paying more, if I know I will get clean clothes and reliable operation.
I guess another option would be to replace the transmission on my current machine - if they are even still available. (I haven't checked)
Thanks for any help and advice!