Nearly eight years ago, the laundry at St Benet’s Hall in Oxford was equipped by Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems with two Schulthess washer extractors and a Huebsch stack dryer. One of the washers reached the end of its life recently – but up until that date, according to Mike Davey, Catering Manager for the college, none of the machines had ever broken down, and the other machines are still going strong. He has now replaced the machine with the latest Schulthess 7kg model which he is absolutely delighted with.
St Benet’s is a small, Catholic theological college housing about 25 students and monks. Outside of term time the hall is used for functions and conferences. The laundry is operated during the daytime by two housekeepers who handle all bedding, towels, kitchen clothes etc together with table linen for functions. In the evening it can be used free of charge by the residents to do their own personal laundry. The equipment is likely to be in use for at least seven hours at day, and quite often this can extend to up to 15 hours. “The reliability of this equipment is exceptional. It’s amazing that the machines can work that hard for 7+ years and never break down once”, Mike Davey said. “I wish I could have them for home!”
The Schulthess 8120 is a superbly engineered Swiss machine offering an exceptional range of features and programmes. These include a high extraction speed resulting in only 43% residual moisture, so saving a great deal on drying time and drying energy costs.
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