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12-11-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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## Washing machine capacity question

I've been using a small laundromat that has Maytag commercial washing machines. I looked them up and found that the capacity is only 2.5 Cu. Ft. That seems very small, I guess they want you to do multiple loads so you keep feeding the quarters into the machine.

Anyway, I will be buying a front load machine with a 4.2 Cu. Ft. capacity. Can I realistically put almost twice as much clothing in as I did with the 2.5 Cu. Ft. unit? Are the Cu. Ft. ratings real world numbers that I can judge the load size off of? Thanks!

12-12-2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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The drum of a washing machine is essentially a cylinder. If you want a real world understanding, take a tape measure and measure the diameter and the depth of the drum.
volume(of a cylinder)= 3.14(Pi)*radius squared(1/2 the diameter)* depth(of the cylinder.
See how that compares to the stated volume.
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12-12-2010, 09:43 AM   #3
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 Originally Posted by Ron6519 The drum of a washing machine is essentially a cylinder. If you want a real world understanding, take a tape measure and measure the diameter and the depth of the drum. volume(of a cylinder)= 3.14(Pi)*radius squared(1/2 the diameter)* depth(of the cylinder. See how that compares to the stated volume. Ron
I guess I didn't explain it correctly. What I am basically wondering is if the CU FT capacity of a washer doubles, can I realistically double the amount of clothes that I put into it?

I know this seems like a no-brainer type question, but I just want to be sure. Also, I'm not sure how CU FT translates between load sizes when comparing top load to front load machines.

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12-12-2010, 10:54 AM   #4
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 I know this seems like a no-brainer type question, but I just want to be sure.
Ayuh,... With my ole washer I can load 10 pairs of jeans, 'n it'll run just fine...
If I only put 4 or 5 pairs in it, they come out cleaner...

You'll have to be yer own judge...

12-12-2010, 11:01 AM   #5
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 Originally Posted by Bondo Ayuh,... With my ole washer I can load 10 pairs of jeans, 'n it'll run just fine... If I only put 4 or 5 pairs in it, they come out cleaner...
What is Ayuh?
What I am asking is this: I can put 5 pairs of jeans in the machine I currently use (2.5 CU FT). Can I put 9 pairs into a 4.2 CU FT machine and have them come out just as clean?

12-12-2010, 03:31 PM   #6
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 Originally Posted by General What is Ayuh? What I am asking is this: I can put 5 pairs of jeans in the machine I currently use (2.5 CU FT). Can I put 9 pairs into a 4.2 CU FT machine and have them come out just as clean?
Not quite as clean, but you'll never really know, will you.
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12-12-2010, 04:47 PM   #7
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 Originally Posted by Ron6519 Not quite as clean
OK, so that would mean cubic footage isn't a determining factor in how much clothing can be put in a washer?

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 Originally Posted by General OK, so that would mean cubic footage isn't a determining factor in how much clothing can be put in a washer?
Ayuh,... 'course it does, but it depends on how Hard ya pack 'em in it...

12-12-2010, 06:23 PM   #9
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 Originally Posted by Bondo Ayuh,... 'course it does, but it depends on how Hard ya pack 'em in it...
Wow....

If you packed them both the same...?

Ayuh Ayuh.

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