This Aussie YouTube user seems to take some satisfaction from seeing old washing machines meet untimely ends, and this video doesn't disappoint. Here's what he had to say about the specifics of his "experiment": Motor Direct powered with a Yamabishi 10A Variac at 300V max. amp meter barely hit 6 amps at max load!
I have to admit — there's something strangely fascinating and hypnotic about the speed at which the machine kills itself.
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