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Dryer Coins Explained with Image Gallery, Many Pictured, Some Extreme

 
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 Posted 03/04/2013  11:51 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Individual and extreme coins below - first - what actually happens to make a dryer coin?
My Grandfather had laundromats for years.

He found many "dryer" coins b/c he serviced his own machines. First is a group photo of one batch - could not locate the others right now for a larger group photo.



BTW - a common mistake I see concerning these coins is that people think the coins tumble around inside the tub where the clothes are. Since the clothes would cushion the battering of the coins rim, and certainly a person would not repeatedly, accidentally put the same coin back into the dryer hundreds of times to accomplish a battered rim, this does not make sense. So what really happens?

Commercial machines had an inner (clothes) tub, and an outer tub that surrounded the inner.

Coins would slip out of clothing being put into the machine and fall into the skinny opening (at the "mouth" of the machine") between the two tubs and be tumbled through many cycles.

On a front-loading machine, after awhile the coin's thickness could increase enough such that the coin would be rolling on its edge between the two tubs rather than continually being carried upward and dropping back down.



Edited to add three notes:
1. When I say "top loading" on a washing machine, this actually refers to his (possibly old-fashioned now) washing machines that had angled fronts on them.

2. To retain scientific accuracy, which demands observation (by definition - despite modern trends), it needs to be said this is still theory as to how these dryer/washer coins were/are made since there was/is no way to observe the process. Remember the space between tubs was/is hidden when the machine is assembled! Until someone puts a transparent front on one of these machines and witnesses the process, it remains a theory.

3. Actually, the description of the process is a not simplistic as above since the inner tub of a dryer has indented areas in its circumference to help the clothes inside tumble (meaning a cavity on its outside into which a coin can fall); the inner tub of washers had perforations in them that had nubs sticking out in between the gap in the tubs; and also the back of all inner tubs, I believe, have a small space in which the coins might also sometimes enter (?).
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Edited by Earle42
03/05/2013 1:44 pm
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 Posted 03/04/2013  11:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 03/05/2013  12:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great pics and explanation! Thanks, Earle.
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 Posted 03/05/2013  02:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Left to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, never really understood how this worked. Nice detailed explanation!
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 Posted 03/05/2013  02:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jlafever to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great post Earle. I've wondered about this. I assumed these were just loose in a dryer but it never added up. The diagram sheds new light. Now we know. Well done sir! And fascinating photos as well.

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 Posted 03/05/2013  02:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tomtom777 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for sharing and that's great info. I didn't think much about how that happens but I haven't run into that many either. Very interesting.
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 Posted 03/05/2013  05:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SHAFTA9a to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes.. Great explanation Earle.

I guess I really didn't understand how a 'dryer' coin could get beat up so bad, some of your photos shows it quite well.
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Amazing! Nice learning presentation.
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 Posted 03/05/2013  06:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mds308 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
His Name Is Earle42.

Great post. The wide rimmed coins look like racing slicks. If somebody on this forum owns a cement mixer maybe we can get some samples of mixer coins. Cement excluded.
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 Posted 03/05/2013  08:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you can get dryer coins, it follows that you can get coined dryers.
Must be an accepted risk in their operation, and repair bills to be paid for, the repair bill costs added to the cost of using the dryer.

Commercial dryers in Oz are much scarcer than in the U.S., because snowy winters are shorter, and cover much less area.
It therefore follows that dryer coins are much scarcer in Oz.
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 Posted 03/05/2013  08:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mcshilling to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a great post you learn some thing every day,

Thanks Earle42
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Great post... thanks!
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Awesome post, thanks for sharing this info with us!
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