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Long Live the BOL (bottom of the line) Whirlpool Portable Dish Washer
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Post# 696145   8/12/2013 at 21:55 (1,717 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Never fully appreciated this machine till today. Had a big party for the first time in 3 years, and did not expect noteworthy performance from a one-dial wonder that does not heat the water nor do anything extra beyond the normal cycle. Nevertheless, I gawked when I opened the door. Needed another utensil basket for all the forks. The WP Portable took it all in one load, but the plates and bowls were hard, Sabert throwaways.

The Menu: Dueling pots of spaghetti sauce for the pasta, hot Italian sausage, meatballs, summer salad,+ the tomato basil mozzarella one ( forget the name right now ), garlic toast. Hot fudge sundaes for desert. Thirty-three people. The machine is 25 years old.

Again, no heat boost, no Clorox, washed and rinsed in a half hour, dried in about a quarter. Perfect.

It just made me happy in a way that only YOU, fellow clubbers, would understand. Thank You.

Just remembered: Caprisi

Post# 696146 , Reply# 1   8/12/2013 at 21:56 (1,717 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Post# 696147 , Reply# 2   8/12/2013 at 21:57 (1,717 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Post# 696154 , Reply# 3   8/12/2013 at 23:06 (1,716 days old) by retropia (Central Ohio)        

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Can you imagine washing all that stuff by hand? Thank goodness you had your Whirlpool portable dishwasher ready to go.

Post# 696155 , Reply# 4   8/12/2013 at 23:20 (1,716 days old) by Aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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With a true Power wash system how can dirt & food escape !
Truly clean.
Mike are there any side clips in the lower basket,
in the front for the silverware basket to clip on ?
Darren k

Post# 696168 , Reply# 5   8/13/2013 at 01:38 (1,716 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

MickeyD,  nice pictures.  They had to have been pretty durable machines I remember seeing your machines built in siblings in apartment complexes.  Thanks Arthur

Post# 696201 , Reply# 6   8/13/2013 at 08:38 (1,716 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Looks like a good party, wish we could have been there!

Post# 696214 , Reply# 7   8/13/2013 at 10:23 (1,716 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You mean that two-bit entry-level one-knob box can clean just as well as my full-featured 2009 Maytag? (LOL)

That IS an amazing dishwasher, there!

-- Dave

Post# 696224 , Reply# 8   8/13/2013 at 11:55 (1,716 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I had a portable 1987 Whirpool (but mine had some cycle buttons) for about a year and a half. Didn't like the lower rack tower, but it was a great cleaner.

I've forgotten about the 45-minute wash cycle. My long-cycle LG dishwasher wants to know what the Whirlpool did for that extra two hours it had free, LOL.

Great-sounding menu, as well, mickeyd.

Post# 696225 , Reply# 9   8/13/2013 at 12:00 (1,716 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Dave, That's exactly the point. I need a new built-in, and I've been shopping around looking at these glitzy things that eat leftover food, perc the coffee, etc, and here I have a totally able miracle on wheels.

Greg, one of these summers, I hope you will be, and Boy! does spaghetti & meatballs, etc, with salad & garlic bread ever work for a summer party. Piece of cake, and surprised smiles everywhere.

Art, yeah, some smart contractor had to have bought the siblings of these by the pallet. It sat in the garage here for 15 years, and then I used it off and on, and now always, After the 15 year hibernation, it started right up as if it had been used only yesterday.

Darren, it just fits in wherever you want it. Usually, I actually set it right along side the door to make more room, only this time the main item was silverware and serving spoons. I'll get a pic up later of where the basket typically goes. No clips, just fits.

Glad you all got it. I loaded it, went about chores, and in a blink, I had spotless, dry dishes! Shocking! ;'D

DOUG: Washing all those forks would have really stuck me. (Chuckles)

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Post# 696228 , Reply# 10   8/13/2013 at 12:27 (1,716 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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It just sits pretty grooming itself and being a handy catch-all extra counter.

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Post# 696230 , Reply# 11   8/13/2013 at 12:42 (1,716 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Darren ~

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Here's where it usually goes. When there's room inside, I stick it wherever--a very versatile basket.

Post# 696231 , Reply# 12   8/13/2013 at 12:57 (1,716 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
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I knew a chef like you would appreciate the menu. It came in a moment of inspiration. Unusual for a summer deck diner but it worked like a charm. Very little time demands except for the Garlic Toast. Even the pasta was pre-cooked and we simply heated it up with simmering water from a big soup pot on the burner of the outdoor grill. The sauce was in Crock pots, and the meats were warmed on the grill in throwaway aluminums. Another piece of cake....well, I should be saying bowl of ice cream. ;'D

Post# 696243 , Reply# 13   8/13/2013 at 14:25 (1,716 days old) by nmassman44 (Boston North Shore Massachusetts)        

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That dishwasher does clean well and in no time. The one I had in a house that I had with an ex of mine was very similar. It did not heat the water so I had to make sure the water was piping hot at the sink. It was a built in and it was not quiet when it ran.
I did find myself mentally rearranging the dishload in the above pics. I could have got alot more in there. That upper rack does hold alot and I am surprised you did get any breakage of glassware. The bottom rack holds a ton of dishes as well. But you did fine.

Post# 696402 , Reply# 14   8/14/2013 at 07:45 (1,715 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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This is a really cool model. I didn't realize this BOL had the in the door silverware capability. I know in the 90's WP switched to that dura wash series for their BOL models which I felt had a poor rack design. The loading on these was simple and the cycle time was great. I had the power clean portable which I loved.
The only thing GE had over WP for these BOL models at the time was that they had 120 degree wash temp capability that WP didn't get until later on their BOL models. On my power clean I was able to boost the wash and rinse temp.
Best Wishes,

Post# 696414 , Reply# 15   8/14/2013 at 08:18 (1,715 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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This looks like this manual will go with this machine


Post# 696415 , Reply# 16   8/14/2013 at 08:19 (1,715 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Sorry I couldn't attach it but it is listed as DU7200

Post# 696425 , Reply# 17   8/14/2013 at 09:52 (1,715 days old) by Aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Mike thanks for the photo.
Love the baby blue racks & silverware basket.
I place mine in various areas as well, but mostly in the front of the lower basket.
Maybe this model does not have the front clips,
that came in later models.

Hey where's the the model you have has a
nice shine on the wash arm gathering it is stainless.
Then they went with the dull lightweight aluminum
wash arm, which was a let down.
But I'm sure it cuts costs cheaper material.

Here are the clips in front of a 2004 model,
The front to me gets more water and cleaner.
But the back when in the door with this basket,
seems to catch particals and food at times.
Since there is no holes in back stuff can get in door,
and can't get loose.

Post# 696426 , Reply# 18   8/14/2013 at 09:59 (1,715 days old) by Aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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2. Basket sits on the clips.
Also its not that sturdy, don't pull on it in this position.
Darren k

Post# 696446 , Reply# 19   8/14/2013 at 12:18 (1,715 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Thanks, Guys.

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Pete, I can't wait to read the manual. Thanks so much. Couldn't get it the first time, but that's typical, LOL....

And you're right, the basket in the door is from some random machine. That's why Darren, there are no clips like on your nice pix. It's not attachable.

Pete, when I want to boost the temps, I turn the dial to dry right after the wash fill or even at the end of the wash if I forget, and after the dry cycle is complete, I turn back to the wash cycle, at 12 o'clock on the dial. But I didn't do any of that for this load and it came out as clean as the loads I play around with. That's why it was so cool and happy-making.

Darren, I'll get a money shot for ya later.

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Post# 696452 , Reply# 20   8/14/2013 at 12:39 (1,715 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        

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I grew up with the built-in version of that model circa 1986.  Ours had a silverware rack in the lower rack with no place to mount it on the door.  It was the 1st DW I encountered with an upper wash arm.  My mother never washed pots and mixing bowls in the DW, so the lower rack's tower wasn't a problem.  The lack of heated water was a problem, but it was all we knew, so we didn't realize it was an issue.  It held a fair bit, but the MT from the later 1990s that replaced it held more and washed better.  The BOL WP didn't do the best job on silverware and was known to leave some yibbles on the tops of glasses.  Toward the end, the mechanism was fine, but the detergent dispenser latch failed and the wheels broke off of the lower rack.


I'm enjoying the memories of which this post has reminded me,


Post# 696525 , Reply# 21   8/14/2013 at 18:18 (1,715 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
You guys got me goin' good. Thank you.

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When Mike said he could fit it more dishes, something pinged in my memory bank, and I couldn't get it forward, but wait; it finally came.

Mike, that's all I had after scouting the house and the property. I was amazed: one load after a big party, never before. What luck. This again, was part of the joy. Normally, I'm a total Bob-loader, to the max and more.

Then when Darren and Pete remarked about the silver box, I realized that the one I use is NOT the one that came with the machine. The extra one I put in for all the forks, etc. was the original.......Or so I thought.

When I set up for the pic for you guys, I noticed that the color was totally not a match with the racks. Oh, it's been in the basement and changed color like the lids on the Haier machine, I thought. But then it dawned on me: THAT CAN'T be the original rack. That's not a fade; it's a totally different color.

To Dave's point about silverware: not only that, but I realized I removed the original silverware box because it was too small, didn't do too well, and have used this giant box, keeping it in the door, which allows way more room in the "tub," and a ton more silver in the box.

Scratching my head," Where the heck is the original?" Back to the basement, rummaging helter-skelter, behold (in a minute), I found it. SO TINY. Why, my brunch utensils alone would fill that little box up, (smiles).

The extra green one is pretty though, and putting it in yesterday, never noticed the colors didn't match. I'll never ace an Aesthetics Exam, (snicker).

Post# 696526 , Reply# 22   8/14/2013 at 18:22 (1,715 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Gigantississ on the left

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Midgee, the original, on the right. What a difference. Now I understand what I did way back whenever. Pinggguuueeee

And, for the next party, I'll offer real knives, and have enough boxes to wash them in the BOL Pool.

Post# 696528 , Reply# 23   8/14/2013 at 18:35 (1,715 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I have a TOL Convertible UltraWash with the center tower...and found a spare without the tower as a backup when the first one goes.....

I got it brand new from Sears in sits next to the sink permanently hooked up.....

there is NOTHING these machines can't handle....

I'll have to get a pic of mine....

Post# 696553 , Reply# 24   8/14/2013 at 21:04 (1,715 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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Glad you are enjoying your WP  DW again Michael, the 1980s were about the best WP DWs ever and I will go even further and say that some of their 1980s were the best DWs ever made for home use, I have never used or had any other DW that I would trade for my 1987 WP Power Clean DWs. The older blue in-door silverware baskets were a better design than the thinner ones used in the 1990s plastic tub DWs. I have never seen or used any DW that had a better designed system for holding and washing silverware. The blue SW basket is the easyist to load and unload system, you can lay it flat on the counter open it up and unload every item without even touching any part of the SW but the handles, but best of all you can load the basket by the hand full and never get your fingers messy.


The DW itself is the simplist most reliable DW ever built and when service is required it is the easyist machine to repair ever built. These DWs easily out did GE, MT and even KitchenAid for reliability.


Michaels WP DW is still the model with the filter in the bottom although we could drop in the Power-Clean pump and motor module in this model, this model while it does not do a thermal hold to heat the water it does have an 800 watt heater that runs throughout the main wash and final rinse that does boost the water temperature about 10 degrees in the main wash, so this machine will do an outstanding job with incoming water at anything over around 120F.

Post# 696574 , Reply# 25   8/14/2013 at 23:21 (1,714 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
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John, I love the ease of sliding the SW basket on its back across the counter, but had no idea it opened. Thank You. What fun and how sterile to grab them all by the handles. It's so elfin' easy that I want all the wasted minutes back that were lost yanking them out the hard way. Actually, I usually just dump them out in a big layer. And yes you can indeed stuff them in by the handful.

And thanks for the info about heating. Often times have opened the door to find the water hotter and steamier at the end of the wash cycle than at the beginning. So it is indeed heating. Wondering if the coil is working during main wash and final rinse, even if the heat switch is on AIR rather than HEAT. I'll know soon.

Martin, I swore I bought mine in 88, but the copyright in Peter's Whirlpool Manuals and Literature link reads 89. Possibly no change between years.

Peter, the model number for this "dish" is DP3000XRN1, and the link loaded up in seconds and opened in Adobe just like Ephemera, and it was a great read. Thank you. I've been loading cups all wrong; they're supposed to go in sideways. They also tell you how to remove the filter the easy way, (smiles). Interested readers, hit Peter's link and type in DP3000XRN1 for the fascinating doctrine.

Maybe not NIB, new in box, but definately NOB, never opened before. Amazing, thought the metal loop was for swinging and lifting, Sheesh!

Post# 696582 , Reply# 26   8/15/2013 at 00:28 (1,714 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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I had the DU8700 Portable and it was the best dishwasher I ever owned. When I made a new kitchen in 2001 I put in a Kenmore tall tub that lasted 1 1/2 years and sears swapped it out after a few repairs for a GE tall tub I still have. I like it but nothing is like the Power Clean!!


Post# 696712 , Reply# 27   8/15/2013 at 20:29 (1,714 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
All we need now, Peter,

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is lots O' lights, and it'll be WP DW Heaven. I'm sure Maritn will get one rigged for us to imitate just like he did for the full-flume spray rinse on the GE washer.

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