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Vintage Waste King Dishwasher 1958
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Post# 912253   12/23/2016 at 04:51 (546 days old) by PanAmerican747 (Palm Springs CA)        

Was this WK first dishwasher? 300.00 LOL. It would be nice to have for 50.00.Ebay #262773087199


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Post# 912254 , Reply# 1   12/23/2016 at 05:12 (546 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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I'd pay $30, not $300

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Post# 912260 , Reply# 2   12/23/2016 at 05:59 (546 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Yes, this was Waste King's first dishwasher. 

Post# 912261 , Reply# 3   12/23/2016 at 05:59 (546 days old) by PanAmerican747 (Palm Springs CA)        
Thank you akronman!

There has to be a lots of vintage appliances treasurers here in Palm Spring! Itís the Mecca of 1950 and 1960 homes! That some were only occupied in the winter months, by snow birds!

Post# 912266 , Reply# 4   12/23/2016 at 06:54 (546 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Hmm... probably a good thing I 'm not on the west coast... LOL 

I'll bet the seller will realize that the dishwasher is worth less when they've had it hanging around for another 3 or 4 months.

Post# 912271 , Reply# 5   12/23/2016 at 07:44 (546 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
An interesting brand with a checkered past

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It sure looks interesting and has unusual racking arrangements but I have a cousin whose parents had one of these in the Sixties, maybe newer, in their kitchen and they didn't like it. And this was back in the days when, if you bought an appliance that proved not to be what you hoped, you lived with it until it broke beyond repair (no one put dishwashers up for sale on eBay because "the wife wants stainless steel"). What I remember most about it was it had, instead of a dishwasher detergent dispenser, a lame little plastic cup that held the powder only until Aunt Sona, with an assist from her knee, heaved the heavy door up to close it and start the cycle.

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Post# 912285 , Reply# 6   12/23/2016 at 09:21 (546 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

There is one of these in pristine condition stored in the Beltsville collection. It has a one wash and two rinse cycle with dry. The most interesting thing about the cycle is the long spray purge following the wash to kill the foam left on the filter after the wash drain.


It is amazing how they used aluminum for components exposed to dishwashing detergent. I think that might be one reason so few early Waste Kings are still around.


The next generation, which we also have, switched from a porcelain tank to Plastisol. That is probably another reason so few are seen.

Post# 912325 , Reply# 7   12/23/2016 at 14:02 (546 days old) by lotsosudz (Sacramento, CA)        
The Ceramics Kiln from hell

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My parents inherited the same model in about 63. Not a bad washer, with soft water, and dishwasher ALL. the only disadvantage was the dry cycle was so hot, that any lighter weight plastics, ended up a molten mess. Eventually the timer starting sticking at the beginning of the dry cycle. My father tried to fix it, never to work right again. LOL. It was very fast though!

Post# 912328 , Reply# 8   12/23/2016 at 15:16 (546 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

The rack structure is interesting--bottom rack suspended from the top rails, with (it appears) only a front set of wheels. This must have been only the second spray-arm dishwasher out there (after KA and before Whirlpool) I right? Late 50s would have been impeller (GE, Westinghouse, Hotpoint, D&M), arm (KA, WK) and tube (Youngstown, Frigidaire)...right?

Post# 912387 , Reply# 9   12/24/2016 at 05:28 (545 days old) by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Full wash arm dishwashers

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Whirlpool introduced their wash arm dishwashers in 1958

Post# 912391 , Reply# 10   12/24/2016 at 06:10 (545 days old) by LVbearAM (Henderson, NV)        
Not The Best Dishwasher In The World

In 1971 or '72, my parents remodeled the kitchen of our Southern California home and finally bought a dishwasher. I thought they would get a Sears Kenmore (since most of our other appliances came from Sears), but for some reason they purchased a BOL Waste King. On the plus side, it had a nice stainless steel interior that looked similar to the 1958 WK in the picture above. But no matter how you loaded it, or which detergent you used, it was not the best at cleaning. We regularly had to flick off food particles from the dishes and glasses (and yes, we pre-rinsed). Plus, the timer was sealed, so you couldn't change the cycle while it ran. No wonder why Consumer Reports ranked that particular Waste King model last in its '71 dishwasher test (a Maytag received a check-rating and a BOL GE model was rated as a Best Buy). My current Bosch is light years ahead of that Waste King in every respect, especially cleaning. But then, the WK was avocado green. Ah, memories.

Post# 912424 , Reply# 11   12/24/2016 at 11:12 (545 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

In some WK dishwashers, if you looked closely, there was a way to lift that plastic lens off the timer.

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