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Any information on the Hotpoint Super dryer 1731
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Post# 538676   8/22/2011 at 03:26 (2,372 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        


Iam new here please dont bite

At home we have a Hotpoint Super dryer 1731

The top is a little rusty and the front grey door has slats broken off.

It works fine though.

Where can i obtain a service kit for this classic dryer.

In the end I want to restore it to as new condition.

My mum purchased it new in the 1970's

All info about this dryer is greatly appreciated

James Stephenson

This post was last edited 08/22/2011 at 03:43

Post# 538722 , Reply# 1   8/22/2011 at 09:38 (2,372 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        
Hi James!

That's a very nice model of dryer, from 1978 I believe. Unfortunatley spares are hard to come by these days. My best bet would be to find a similar model of dryer and strip it for parts, they were all similar up until the mid 80's. Beware of the asbestos insulation though.

I have the handbook for this model too.


Post# 538916 , Reply# 2   8/23/2011 at 01:51 (2,371 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

Hello James

Thankyou for your reply

Mum says she bought it new in 1980

Will it contain asbestos and if it does what can be done about it.

Can i be cheaky and ask for a scan of your handbook


Post# 538963 , Reply# 3   8/23/2011 at 11:05 (2,371 days old) by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        
Model 1731

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Hi James.

Your mothers machine was a Best Buy version of the core range compact Liberator dryer model 1730 and was introduced to the market in January 1979.

Spares wise, I would agree with James in keeping your eyes peeled for a donor machine, of any version so long as it vents out of the front.
The basic construction style of your mothers machine was in production from 1978 through to early 1984 and came in the forms of model 1730, 17221, 17230, 17330 and 17332, though the latter was an almond cabinet machine.
They all come up on ebay every now and then.

Also, try and find a long established repair shop as they might harbour spares in the back room.

I am pretty sure that you need not worry about asbestos with your mothers machine. I have a feeling that the safety implications had been acknowledged by that time and alternative materials were being used. If I am wrong, then someone please say!

If I was you, and the machine is working fine, I would just give it a vac out internally and concentrate on restoring the outside.

When the time comes that you really want to get your hands dirty - let me know and I will photograph and post the servicing instructions for you either here, or mailed to you direct.

Good luck and let us know how things go.
p.s re the doors - they all go yellow and the chances of finding a brilliant white one, old new stock or just old, is slim. So if you do come across one, but are put off by it being yellowed, I would definitely grab it nonetheless.

Post# 538964 , Reply# 4   8/23/2011 at 11:07 (2,371 days old) by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        

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Below is Mike King's preserved example of model 1730 Liberator Dryer E.
Your mothers machine is a Best Buy version of this model, but without the 2 heat setting switch.

Its also a useful picture as it shows how all the doors go..

Post# 538970 , Reply# 5   8/23/2011 at 11:29 (2,371 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Ihave recenyly taken this appart. help appreciated

Post# 539020 , Reply# 6   8/23/2011 at 14:31 (2,371 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

Hi folks

Thanks for your help

Aquarius do you intend throwing that machine away. If so can i buy some of the bits from you

p.s i tried the machine today and all i get is a whiiring noise i assume the belt had perished and what i hear is the motor spinning at full no load speed. it gets warm inside which means it heats up yay


Post# 539029 , Reply# 7   8/23/2011 at 15:19 (2,371 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Ihave been on holiday, kept what i want as it is broken and left the wreck behind.(320 miles from here!)

Post# 539060 , Reply# 8   8/23/2011 at 16:55 (2,371 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        


Is there anything you could spare at all.

I really need a grille like the one on the door and its complete.

Just need to repaint the top as over the years damp clothes were put on there and its gone rusty (surface rust only)

Can anyone advise what the part number is the for a new belt


Post# 539065 , Reply# 9   8/23/2011 at 17:25 (2,370 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        
Some new facts about the 1731...

Contrary to the great info supplied by Paul, the 1731 appears to have been introduced earlier than 1979 in the Super Buy range. My handbook for the 1731 (a copy will be sent to you soon James if you can email me at the address in my profile) brands it as a Liberator and upon further investigation, on the rear cover it's dated November 1978! The 1730 must have been a pre-production machine or something Paul?


Post# 539081 , Reply# 10   8/23/2011 at 18:19 (2,370 days old) by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        

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Hiya James.

Have posted the official dates for the compacts, through to the New Generation compacts, in the picture below.

The 1730 was deffo the core range purple compact, but did only run for a short space of time, before being replaced by the 17230.
The compacts were a very late arrival to the range and so didnt last long in purple form, before being replaced by the silver/greys in 1979.

The 1731 could be termed a crossover machine by virtue of its silver/grey styling, whilst still retaining the purple dials. - had a foot in both camps, so to speak.
Thankfully the 1731's facia didnt yellow, as they did on the full size 1700 dryer and 1827 washer, both of which looked awful after years of service.

The instruction manual was probably a quick rewrite of that for the 1730 and signed off before the machine was released onto the market. I doubt they put much effort into the Best/Super Buy's and, as with the machines themselves, chose to adapt a manual rather than script a new one from scratch.

Officially stated dates can be wrong however, with contradicting evidence, and this instruction manual versus servicing manual is a good case in point. Why cant manufacturers be consistent? Still, it keep us on our toes:-)


Post# 539146 , Reply# 11   8/24/2011 at 02:36 (2,370 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        


I have the door + filter

Post# 539147 , Reply# 12   8/24/2011 at 02:45 (2,370 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

Hi aquariuos

Please tell me that door is for sale please please.

Did you get my email James


Post# 539148 , Reply# 13   8/24/2011 at 02:50 (2,370 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

I am not selling it yet as it is rare but really if I want some prropper space than it will go!

Post# 539149 , Reply# 14   8/24/2011 at 02:52 (2,370 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Oh, sorry i havent said allready but welcome to the club!

Post# 539150 , Reply# 15   8/24/2011 at 02:55 (2,370 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Bad day, if you want the fan can be sold!

Post# 539151 , Reply# 16   8/24/2011 at 03:25 (2,370 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        


Your cool :-)

How much for it :-)

Where are you based

James :-)

i will take a pic of it fitted when it arrives

Post# 539172 , Reply# 17   8/24/2011 at 07:38 (2,370 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        
You lot have kindled my love for Hotpoint compacts!

I actually want one now, it would be a useful machine to own as it will quickly dry the clothes from the twinny's and in Winter it could be used to heat the wash house.


P.S. James I've emailed you.

Post# 539208 , Reply# 18   8/24/2011 at 13:38 (2,370 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

Here is the serial number. more to follow

Post# 539209 , Reply# 19   8/24/2011 at 13:39 (2,370 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

Here is the front. more to follow

Post# 539210 , Reply# 20   8/24/2011 at 13:43 (2,370 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

Here is the rusty top Thankfully only very very minor surface rust

Post# 539211 , Reply# 21   8/24/2011 at 13:47 (2,370 days old) by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        
Date code 23!

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Hi James.

see what you mean about the top but, as you say, a respray will sort that out in a jiffy.

Your mothers machine rolled off the production line in November 1979!
Tallies perfectly with being purchased in 1980.


Post# 539212 , Reply# 22   8/24/2011 at 13:48 (2,370 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

So now you can see why i want to restore this beauty :-)
She is a 1979 Model according to matchboxpaul's changelog

Mum Bought her in early 1980 from a local shop called Dillworths in port street Evesham which sadly closed 5-6 years ago.

She has hardly been used.

I just need to match the paint for the cabinet and then sand down the surface rust on the galvanised steel rear as it has surface corrosion


Post# 539256 , Reply# 23   8/24/2011 at 16:16 (2,370 days old) by SuperElectronic (London, UK)        
Liberator Dryer E 1730

My Mother bought the very similar 1730 just before I was born in 1979; it lasted until 1998 when the timer would only work occasionally and then one day it started blowing smoke. I'd been trying to give it a bit of an internal defluffing around the heater area days before and came a cropper when a lot of the sealing tape crumbled away. That's what you'll need to be careful of if you start unscrewing the back!


They're a nice piece of Hotpoint design history but don't get excited thinking it will perform well: these are really only suited to small items - ours was mostly used to finish and fluff pants and socks. Anything much larger is liable to crease, especially with the unidirectional tumbling...think 2 shirts maximum! Oh, and towels will dry OK but the fluff filter grille can snag the loops so you get areas of pulled threads (mind you, this can happen in a lot of dryers).


Watch out too for the door switch - it's a little strip of metal behind that hole in the door and can get dislodged to one side.


On the plus side, the polypropylene drum doesn't get too hot to touch if you open the door mid-cycle.


Good luck in the restoration. I think sealing tape for the back panels is still available...or at least was in the last couple of years when I checked out of curiosity.


Interesting to see the service about cutting back on the features: first the door seal (though suppose with an open front vent there's not much point) then the wheels (not good in a little compact you might want to shift around)!



Post# 539393 , Reply# 24   8/25/2011 at 02:28 (2,369 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Ooh that needs some T.L.C.

If i sell the door then will you want the filter?

Post# 539395 , Reply# 25   8/25/2011 at 02:33 (2,369 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Filter pic...

Post# 539399 , Reply# 26   8/25/2011 at 02:38 (2,369 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        


Post# 539401 , Reply# 27   8/25/2011 at 02:40 (2,369 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

P.s I have hooverd the door out but there is some still in there.Grrr....

Post# 539403 , Reply# 28   8/25/2011 at 02:44 (2,369 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

And I do not have the belt. that is off the wd61

Post# 539405 , Reply# 29   8/25/2011 at 02:45 (2,369 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

cool thankyou aquarius

How much do you want for it.

I have the filter but its up to you.

my email address is

James :-)

Post# 539407 , Reply# 30   8/25/2011 at 02:47 (2,369 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Ill check tonight with my dad the price as he is good at that.

Really if you want the filter please do ask, you are welcome!

Post# 539426 , Reply# 31   8/25/2011 at 06:49 (2,369 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        


I look forward to hearing from u shortly then :-)


Post# 539483 , Reply# 32   8/25/2011 at 11:37 (2,369 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Yea,just beware I am going on holiday for a week from sat so I will have to post it after the hols. sorry for the delay!

Post# 539492 , Reply# 33   8/25/2011 at 12:05 (2,369 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

Its ok

has ure dad said how much yet lol

also do you have an idea on what kind of white i need to purchase (halfords)


Post# 539513 , Reply# 34   8/25/2011 at 14:49 (2,369 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

I have sent you an e-mail.

Post# 540122 , Reply# 35   8/28/2011 at 10:55 (2,366 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        


Does anyone else have any information

Maybe a service manual etc


Post# 540767 , Reply# 36   8/31/2011 at 02:19 (2,363 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

anyone here

Post# 541159 , Reply# 37   9/2/2011 at 03:18 (2,361 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

I now have a belt of a 17230(the same one!)

Post# 542742 , Reply# 38   9/10/2011 at 09:43 (2,353 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

Any news on that door i have been waiting weeks


Post# 542743 , Reply# 39   9/10/2011 at 09:52 (2,353 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

sorry for the delay.we are going to take them down to the p.o tommorow.

and with the door do you want the things thatscrew onto the door to the machine

Post# 982046 , Reply# 40   2/9/2018 at 15:37 by ssnjimb (Broadway)        

aquarius8000 are you still around ?

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