A recent item handed in for recycling at the Always Buying Scrap yard is a vintage Maytag Model 72D two-stroke gasoline engine. The twin Maytag Model 72D was introduced in 1937 and powered their outdoor washing machines. Many stories were told about the dependability of these small Maytag engines.

They filled a need in reducing the workload of women in rural areas and on farms without electricity and were fired up by kickstarting them.

 

For the Maytag Company, those engines opened the door to sell a new washer and when electricity arrived on the farm, many electric Maytag washers were sold because of the outstanding performance of the gasoline Maytags. The engines were also useful in teaching the basics of internal combustion engines to farm boys.

A few twin engines were sold with 110 volt or 6 volt generators for portable lighting and some washers had an auxiliary belt driven generator for battery charging. In addition, a few twins were sold to a company that made them into a rotary lawmower. The engine continued in service, largely unchanged, until 1952 when Maytag dropped the engines and started using Briggs and Stratton engines on gasoline washers.

A few twin engines were sold with 110 volt or 6 volt generators for portable lighting and some washers had an auxiliary belt driven generator for battery charging. In addition, a few twins were sold to a company that used them on a rotary lawnmower.

Maytag 72-D washing machine engine

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