With being a registered electrician/appliance technician for nearly 50 years, old washing machines were DANGEROUS. Old washing machines were designed for the older style materials: ie, cotton and denim. Modern machines are designed for modern materials such as man made materials. Old machines were made with dangerous materials...... Asbestos and carcinogenic oils.Old machines such as wringer washers were dangerous as well..... getting our hands caught in the wringer. Old machines used a lot of energy and labor to produce and operate. Old machines used a lot of electricity and water, plus the waste water. A modern machine is FAR more economical and efficient in energy and waste products. I remember my grandmother washing clothes on an old gas fire copper. She filled the copper full of water, scraped some home made soap MADE OF FAT into the water, Turned on the gas heater and waited for the water to boil, then, in went the clothing and then turned with a large stick. Then, empty out the water, put clothing through the hand operated wringer, refill copper with water and rinse the clothing..... then put clothing through the hand operated wringer again, then hang them to dry. After drying, iron them.Wash day was often 4-5 hours of work.With a modern machine, we just press a button then go and have a cup of coffee. A modern machine USED CORRECTLY is a far better option.