How do the most traditional Amish use wringer washers? Maxwell Hodgkins, who shared posts on how the plainest Amish heat water and the glove-drying rack is back today with some video showing how wringer washers work in these most traditional Amish homes.
The wringer washer is the most common implement the Amish use to do their laundry. But without electricity, how to they run the machines? In these three video clips we see how the plainest Amish power and operate their washing machines.
Engine & Line Shaft
First, we see the Amishman start up the
diesel gas engine which drives the line shaft. The shaft spins and has a series of pulleys which distribute the power to the washer.
Here you can see the pulley mechanism by the washer. The belt at the lower right leads up to the washing machine where it powers the agitator.
Wringer Mechanism & Water Supply
The Amishman also demonstrates the wringer mechanism, which can be pivoted to preferred position. We see the lever which reverses the direction of the wringer, in case something gets stuck, for instance.
He also demonstrates how he can release the top of the wringer mechanism to get any items (fingers?) quickly “unstuck”.
We next see how they get the water for the wash, including the heating setup (similar to that seen in the previous post).
Agitator & Engine Brands
In the next clip, they’ve shut the engine off and the Amishman demonstrates how to engage and disengage the agitator.
They discuss the engine they use to power it, and the Amishman shares his preference as far as engine brands.
Refurbishing a Maytag Washer
Finally, we get a look at another Maytag which as been torn apart and is due to be refurbished. The family here got the washer for free and next need to figure out how to get it up to speed.
They also discuss the option of getting a new wringer washer, which are apparently still available from at least one producer.
For more on how the Amish in general do their laundry, check out this video: