Australia-based machinist Ed Jones runs Ed Systems, a "Strange and somewhat crazy hobby shop that specializes in anything electrical, industrial, automotive, and anything in-between." A metal shop engineer by training, Jones' stock-in-trade is production machining, welding, injection molding, electrical work, you name it. As part of his work he needs to disassemble machinery for recycling, so when it came time to break down a Whirlpool, Jones opted for an easier method than de-wrenching it:
To be clear, Jones isn't do this (purely) for fun. "[The] machine was donated by one of Dad's friends, who happens to be a fan of [my YouTube] channel and wanted to see it die again. It was a power surge victim with a leaky drum unit, so its not a waste to scrap it. New ones are about $400, so it's not [a] big deal."
Another thing he can't do
To pull it off, Jones hacked together the wiring and pulled some key parts out. "Concrete counter weights were removed from [the] outer drum unit, and a few other mods applied to keep it together long enough." And by the bye, he's quick to point out he didn't devise this method himself. There is an entire subgenre on YouTube dedicated to the engineered self-destruction of washing machines, and Jones fingers YouTuber Photonicinduction as the gent who popularized the movement. (You can view the latter's original seven-minute-plus video here.)
This, by the way, is a sort of trailer for what Jones' channel is all about: