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    Question Washer/Extractor brands

    We were fortunate enough to get funded for a washer/extractor and equipment dryer. I'm having some trouble finding what I need though. Besides Unimac and Milnor, who else is there that manufactures equipment like this that is specific to the fire service?


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    Quote Originally Posted by joehale2317 View Post
    We were fortunate enough to get funded for a washer/extractor and equipment dryer. I'm having some trouble finding what I need though. Besides Unimac and Milnor, who else is there that manufactures equipment like this that is specific to the fire service?

    We have a Wascomatic Extractor at HQ.
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    Dexter is another brand

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    Here's the list I have on washer/extractors:
    Milnor
    Continental
    Speed Queen
    Maytag
    Unimac
    IPSO
    Cissell
    Wascomat
    Dexter

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    We purchased a unimac 2 years ago.

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    We have a Milnor from the 2006 Grant. Love it, and have never had a problem with it.

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    Look at UniMac.

    Whatever brand you look at. Stay away from those (an option) with a pump to lift grey water up to a wall mounted drain (like on your home washer). Maintenance you don't want to buy into. Stick with gravity drain version.

    In other words pay particular attention to apples/apples specs and bids that reflect your utility plan for draining off used wash water. Water and electric supply are realitively easy but nothing you do is going to make grey water flow uphill to your sewer/septic. To get unit at proper height for your drains you may have to place (buy) on a base that lifts the washer off floor level so drain it can to a trough or pipe (or sump with sump pump/bad). In any case elevating the washer is not a bad thing as will make using it more convient but heavy duty bases (what you need) are not inexpensive.

    Get the mfg installation guides and understand completely. Remember you will have expense of running water/drain/electric utilities that are not part of the equipment cost.

    You may also have some expense in installing chemical/detergent dispensing equipment from your supplier service for such. You're not planning on using the boxed/bottled stuff from Walmart are you (see NFPA stds for TO gear care)?
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    We're not going with any regular detergent. It has to be compliant with NFPA standards.

    The response I've gotten here has been fantastic! Thanks everyone for all of your help. Now I have a lot more leads to go check on.

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    One of the departments I helped with purchased a Maytag and they love it. The good thing about the Maytag was they were able to purchase it from a local vendor and spend some of that Fed money in their own back yard.

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    We just ordered a Continental. The regional distributer's office is two-doors north of the fire station, so it made it easy...
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    Gear Washer:

    Wascomat Super Senior W640

    Gear Dryer:

    FRC DryGear Professional

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