Easy To Work On
Spins Clothes Dry
I've just been through a 14-year ownership cycle with one of these, and wanted to write down what I now know which I think a potential buyer should know. During my ownership, I've replaced the timing unit, belt, re-glued the drain attachment to the tub, replaced the drain tube several times, and was looking at a bearing assembly replacement ($150) when I saw signs of cracks in the tub. That was when I realized that I would be buying a new washer.<br /><br />The unit works, and does an average job of washing clothes. With your family, and certainly with your guests, smaller items of clothing will fall into the space outside the cage (which holds your clothes, and is what lets you top load into a horizontal axis washer) and inside the tub; and then it either gets shredded between the cage and tub, or (more often) will drop down and block the drain outlet. Each time, you have to take off the front panel, and then dismount the drain tube and pull the item out. Of course, water is built up behind the blockage, so you will get a torrent as soon as your clear the item. If the item wasn't shredded by the washer, it will be shredded by you pulling it out through the drain hole.<br /><br />The washer is noisy--VERY noise during spin cycle. As it gets older, it will get louder. I've tightened everything, replaced the belt, checked the motor--nothing wrong. It's just loud.<br /><br />Taking into account purchase price and freight delivery, I realized that buying from a local big-box retailer would be break-even if the replacement unit lasted 3 years. I believe the average lifespan is 7, and since I'm handy it might last out to 10 years.<br /><br />Quieter, much cheaper, bigger capacity, convenient home delivery and take-away of the old unit included. I'm afraid the Staber product is very hard to justify when compared to a big name brand delivered from a local big home supply store.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.