Many of the newer high effeciency washers use a on board inverter and VFD to drive a 3phase motor.
Yep, they sure do. Part of the water and energy saving crap that's been foisted on us. Plus, engineers seem to worship VFDs.........
I have never seen one and don't know the HP, voltage, frequency or RPM they operate at but I'd be surprised if it's a standard 230 volt 3Ø 60HZ 1800 RPM.
I'd also be surprised if it has a nameplate stating these values.
If you can find out this info, then we can tell if an basic VFD will work or not. In any case, it'll likely be a bear to program. Also, how many wires does it have? I'm guessing 5, maybe 7.
After reading the link posted above, I have 4 thoughts;
1) The link is a thinly veiled advertisement for a new technology.
2) The VFD in question here is grossly over designed, very likely to the point of being unreliable.
3) Given the operating algorithm, I'm not surprised that the drum bearings failed.
4) The motor in the link is 2 pole (3600 RPM) and 180 volts. The torque limit pencils out to roughly 1.5HP, but this is a maximum limit, not a continuous rating. Continuous HP would be more like 1/2 or maybe less.
This may or may not be the motor you have.