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Anyone seen a non-standard mains plug like this on a standard domestic washing machine? Why would you do it? Any reason not to replace with a standard 13A plug?

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That is an Electrak plug it can't have come with that on originally but yes you can put a 13A plug on. Those plugs are also fused like a 13A plug.
 

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I have seen this plug before, I think it is a foreign plug/socket but cant remember what country it is from.

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looks like I was beaten to it and I was wrong. sulking now!!
 
They come in different colours red often used for EPOS circuits. There is a plastic key way by the brass pins which has a varied position so a red plug only fits a red socket, a white plug will not fit a red socket. Used to be common on retail installations.
 
Aye seen them in retail environments.

I presume their use is intended where the cost of them being accidentally being pulled out could cause problems.
 

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First time I’ve seen those plugs for 25 years..
Back then we were using them for the likes of dedicated socket outlets
 
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Are you saying you purchased the WM from a U.K. retailer with that plug top ?
Don't know full history, but plumbing in for customer in new house. She used it for years in old house, but never unplugged it so never knew it had non-standard plug. Presumably old house had appropriate socket. Still don't know why!
 
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