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  •  We have a Kiwanis Resale shop in town (17+ / 0-)

    Used microwave ovens are marked $10, but they often sell them at half price.

    Don't bother buying a new one, if what you want is one made the way they used to be made.

    •  It can be a lot of damn trouble, but . . . (9+ / 0-)

      searching Craigslist, eBay, flea markets, garage sales and estate sales can get you some solid American merchandise from the Sixties or Seventies. The one thing to say about equipment from that era is that it worked.

      I hear people are kicking around the word "retronomics" for this rising preference for machines from the old days.

      It's going to be easier to make parts soon on a 3-D printer than even go looking for originals.

      But there are, yes there are, still rock solid American companies that do it the old way. We bought a Staber washing maching for $1900 in 2003, and it is still running like a jetliner. It's unique quality is that it's modular -- when this or that part wears out or breaks, you order it from Staber, and put it in yourself. The basket is solid stainless steel, the bearings last forever, and the parts are always cheerfully available.

      The machine is designed to be taken apart down to its bolts by any guy who can work a socket wrench and screwdriver, and it goes right back together again. The repair instructions are clear as can be, and for the benefit of Swedes like me there are pictures of every step.

      If we had bought a $1000 Whirlpool washer in '03, we would have replaced it three times by now. Instead, our repair/replacement bills have been about $200. An outfit well worth looking into.

      "The 1% have no wealth. They have our wealth."

      by antifa on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 04:09:53 PM PST

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      •  WOW! great info. thx. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        Dem Beans

        "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

        by annan on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:13:32 AM PST

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      •  This is how ALL appliances should be engineered. (2+ / 0-)
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        Dem Beans, annan

        Currently, pretty much every model of every appliance has a custom-designed circuit board.

        If that circuit board blows (due to, e.g., a power surge), the technician they send to your house will explain that he can't run the diagnostics, and that removing and hauling the appliance to the shop is a two-man job. So, you're out $60 for the first service call, and probably $100 for the call to haul the thing in. At that point, they'll discover that you need a new controller board, which they will order and install. The price for that custom-designed board will be somewhere between $150 and $250, and you'll pay at least one hour of shop time. You've now spent over $400 to repair a $450 appliance.

        This is despite the fact that every major appliance on the planet could be using one modular-design programmable controller card, containing maybe $50 worth of components, and every such appliance could similarly be designed to make that controller card user-swappable.

        It's insane.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:32:53 AM PST

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