Vended laundry owners know all too well what can happen when
screws left in clothes find their way into drying tumblers. Screws
often catch in the cylinder holes and cause extensive damage to the
metal surrounding the cylinder. This leads to reduced efficiency
and added expenses for replacement parts.
Speed Queen, however, has reduced the risk for such damage with
its redesigned tumbler cylinders utilizing a patented oval hole
The company recently was issued this patent for "laundry dryer
with improved tumbler airflow passage openings." The cylinder
design enables certain size screws, most commonly used in home
construction, left in clothes to fall harmlessly out of the
cylinder and on to the top of the lint screen.
"Our patented design, another example of Speed Queen taking the
lead in the industry, will be a huge benefit to coin laundry
owners," said Bill Bittner, Speed Queen national sales manager.
"These new perforations will reduce damage caused by drywall screws
and maintain fast, efficient drying performance versus tumblers
with standard cylinder holes."
The new perforations are standard on Speed Queen axial airflow
drying tumblers, including the popular T45 stack tumbler and new
slim 55-pound unit, which fits through a 36-inch doorway.