Non Electric Washing Machine

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This non electric washing machine is made out of high grade stainless steel with a galvanized lid and pine legs.

You let the clothes soak in hot water and soap and swish it back and forth for cleaning. It drains easily from a faucet at the bottom and has a 17 gallon capacity.

It also has a “deluxe hand wringer” that is made of rustproof all-steel framing.  It has maple bearings that never require lube and a one screw pressure adjuster.

This electric free washing machine is apparently so cool that there is a 4 to 5 month wait for it.

The price?  *gasp* $449 for the washer and $179 for the wringer.  It seems like a high quality product but has just one review on the website.

Learn more and/or order your own non electric washing machine AKA James Washer at Gaiam. (Link opens in new window)

Photo credit: Gaiam

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  • davidrc June 5, 2010, 1:15 pm

    This new comment protocol is very problematic.

    While I'm not old enough to have any direct experience with a rig like this, I do remember visiting my Grandparents place and seeing a couple of washers of similar type (sans the stainless steel) and one operated by a Briggs and Straten gas engine. Not in use, just in the back of the house after the gas engined one had been replaced with a more familiar type available at the time, the sixties. Yes, those 3 were always used outside. Sadly, I wasn't old enough then to know what they were.

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  • davidrc June 5, 2010, 7:15 pm

    This new comment protocol is very problematic.

    While I'm not old enough to have any direct experience with a rig like this, I do remember visiting my Grandparents place and seeing a couple of washers of similar type (sans the stainless steel) and one operated by a Briggs and Straten gas engine. Not in use, just in the back of the house after the gas engined one had been replaced with a more familiar type available at the time, the sixties. Yes, those 3 were always used outside. Sadly, I wasn't old enough then to know what they were.

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  • Thomas Ward January 31, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Unfortunatly I m old enough to remember washday of the farm, helping to shake the clothes clean. Mom had the wringer and dual rince water tubs on a stand ~ Wash and wring into first tub, transfer wash back to washer for the first agitated rince, wring wash into 2nd tub, repeat agitated rince sysle then wring again into laundry basket to take out to the clothesline for drying. How ever if the second rince cycle water was murky or still had suds, more agitated rinces were needed. It doesn’t take much soap to get clothes clean this way, but it can take quite a few rinces to get all of the soap out of the clothes – something that you learn real quick.

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  • SteveR January 31, 2012, 10:42 pm

    You can get an old washer for $10 or even free. I always wondered about taking the old stainless steel tub out of it and making a washer like this. $449 seems steep, but the demand obviously seems to be there. How long before imitations show up? I can’t imagine there is a patent on this design, it’s as old as the hills.

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  • donald saaf July 6, 2012, 1:28 pm

    Warning: I just signed up for the free tiny house plans advertised on this page, but it only leads you to another page of plans that cost a good bit of money. I believe it’s just a scam to get an email list. I’d love to be proved wrong, though.

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    • Alex July 6, 2012, 4:52 pm

      Hey Donald, I understand your skepticism but if you check your email though and also the spam folder just in case it ended up there you’ll find the free plans in pdf form. Thanks for leaving your input, I’ll think of some changes to help people know to check their emails for the plans.

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      • Donald Saaf July 8, 2012, 10:00 pm

        Yes, they were shuffled into my spam mail.
        Got it, Thanks very much.

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