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Return of Belt Drive Top Loaders?

pgtr

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Oct 23, 2006
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Location
TX
Model Number
WTW4800XQ
Brand
Whirlpool
Age
Less than 1 year
According to this video, he is claiming that the Whirlpool WTW4800XQ is a "belt drive" washing machine like the belt drives of old. He also mentions the model is equivalent to the Kenmore 2110 and Maytag 200x if I heard him correctly. I clicked through some of the comments and I saw where it was posted that this type of modern belt drive does not use a transmission but rather the motor reverses and is connected to the agitator by a belt...? I also saw mentioned some comparisons to Speed Queen?

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Q: Can anyone confirm this is a belt drive model?
Q: If so how can one easily identify others Whirlpool (Kenmoores, Maytags) that are also belt drive?
Q: Are they correct - is this similar to the Speedqueen design?
Q: Are they correct - belt drive is preferrable to direct drive?
 

Jake

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Interesting, yes model is a belt drive I didn't know about.

I guess you won't be able to tell in store on display unless you tilt the washer back and look underneath.

I don't know if its a similar design to the Speed Queen, I haven't seen a new Speed Queen in about 10 years.

No, direct drive is far superior to the belt drive.

Jake
 

jeff1

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2 cents worth....

I saw where it was posted that this type of modern belt drive does not use a transmission
Sure does, called a "gearcase" W10006378

This monster looks kinda like the "world washer" :eek:

jeff.
 
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