It was intended that this product
would solve seasonal slumps in the farm equipment business and fill the
need for a home washing machine. The 1907 "Pastime"
washers had a wooden tub with a hand crank that turned an dolly inside
with wooden pegs, which in turn, pulled clothes through the water and
against the corrugated tub sides.
About this time in the company's
L. Maytag became sole owner of the company. Improvements on
the first washing machine were steady. A pulley mechanism was added so
the machine could be operated from an outside power source, in 1911 a
model with an electric motor was unveiled.