Washing machines come in many different models these days, and they are a far cry from the hand cranked washers your great-grandmother may have had. In the world of commercial laundry equipment, today’s machines come with many features made to make installation, use and repair easier. There are so many options that you may not know which one to pick. Let us help. We’ve been around for 40 years, so we know commercial washing machines here at T & L Laundry Equipment.
Most commercial washing machines are hard mount washers, but there is another option that has become popular recently – soft mount washers. So, what’s the difference? Let’s take a look. If you're searching for the best Continental Girbau and Speed Queen Dealers SC has to offer, save time and money by calling T & L. You'll love our prices.
Soft Mount vs Hard Mount Washer Extractors
Hard Mount Washer
Most washers are solid mount, meaning that they do not have springs or shock absorbers. The machine is bolted to the concrete floor. In some cases it is bolted to a concrete or steel slab, which is then bolted to the floor. They can’t be used on hardwood floors or in basements unless there is steel or concrete placed underneath it because the foundation needs to be fortified. Otherwise the flooring will crumble fairly quickly. Ever watched the washer in your home shake when it’s off balance? Imagine how much moving and shaking a washer with more force would do if it weren’t bolted to the floor.
A hard mount washer has an extraction rate of 50 to 250 g-forces so it needs to be bolted on solid ground. They can also only be on the first floor of a building. The vibration of the washer when it is extracting water needs to be tolerated by the flooring it is on and the bolts used to secure it. Otherwise when the washer is in extraction mode, it will shake and vibrate and could cause the unit to fail. For more information about the different types of hard and soft mount washers available, call one of the best Speed Queen dealers SC has to offer. Call T & L today to learn more!
Soft Mount Washer
Soft mount washers are becoming more popular because they are easy to install and may not require a concrete or steel slab. Soft mount washing machines are built in a cradle that contains springs and shock absorbers. It isolates the drum from the frame of the washer. A soft mount washer removes up to 97 percent of the free vibration. The rest is sent to the floor and building. This type of washer includes the frame and other components, so it does make it more expensive than a traditional hard mount washer. A soft mount washing machine is about 30 percent more expensive.
But keep in mind that because they do not need to be installed on concrete or steel, they are easier to install in places that may not be able to house a hard mount washer. They can be installed on floors above basements, so upper levels that weren’t possible before could be utilized. However, wood floors should be avoided with these washers, as well.
Speed Queen Dealers SC | T & L Laundry Equipment
From replacing old units to helping you build a new facility, our years of experience and knowledge can help you make the right choice for your business. Our solutions are customized based on your business’ needs. For over 40 years, we’ve been providing excellent service and support in the commercial laundry industry. Give us a call today to learn more about the best Continental Girbau and Speed Queen has to offer. We are your dealers in SC!