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Early '70s Kenmore Washer $25 (Sacramento Area)
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Post# 913716   1/2/2017 at 23:12 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I like this machine.  It looks like an older version (style) of the '74 my mom had.  "Still going strong" per the ad copy.   Can't beat the price.


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Post# 913727 , Reply# 1   1/3/2017 at 04:42 by appnut (TX)        

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Ralph, this is a C 1973 to 1974 washer. 

Post# 913749 , Reply# 2   1/3/2017 at 09:01 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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Safe to assume this is a Large Capacity machine?

Post# 913750 , Reply# 3   1/3/2017 at 09:02 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Post# 913779 , Reply# 4   1/3/2017 at 13:29 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
73 or 74

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Thanks Bob.  Out of the two, I'm leaning toward 1973. 


My mom's machine had an entirely different console -- the offbeat rust and gold scheme on the center timer dial (with timer knob that was used into the '80s) and fake wood grain on the two side panels.   According to Gordon, because my mom's machine had its four selector knobs located on the slanted section at the top of the console, that made it a '74.  The '75 models had the selector knobs relocated down to the console panel.


I'm not familiar enough with the entire Kenmore lineup during this period to know if some models retained the older styling while others were updated, but the cycle options and dispenser seem to indicate it's a higher end model, and that's why I thought it had to be a little older than my mom's machine.


Not that year of manufacture even matters to me -- if this machine were closer, I'd grab it for my patio to use for loads I'd rather do in a TL than my FL -- until a nice 806 Maytag or EASY Spindrier came along.



Post# 913807 , Reply# 5   1/3/2017 at 16:55 by appnut (TX)        

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Ralph, one of my two best friends from high school, his mom had this model as brand new when I came home from summer school (1st semester of college) July 1973 or for home coming fall of 1973.  This is a standard capacity machine.  The people that built the house next door to ours at our lake house has this matched set in their laundry room.  That was like fall 1973 or a bit later.  And they also had the GSD950 PotScrubber II just like in today's POD in their kitchen. 

Sounds like your mom's washer was one of the first with the true center dial and 2 auxiliary little knobs on either side of the timer dial that was large capacity and the transition to the new style.  I think your mom's washer came out a little bit later than this model above. 

Post# 913824 , Reply# 6   1/3/2017 at 18:19 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Yeah Bob, I agree that my mom's washer was an early iteration of the style that was used into the '80s.


Thanks for confirming the capacity on this green one.  I was wondering about that.  And I'm feeling fairly certain that it doesn't have a Penta-Swirl either.

Post# 913859 , Reply# 7   1/3/2017 at 23:31 by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
'72 Kenmore 700

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This is a 1972 Kenmore 700.

The 1972 KM line was vast with models, starting with a 200 series entry single speed model, to the final standard capacity Lady Kenmore 900, and probably a dozen models in between. The KM "plastic panel" debuted this year on at least three machines --- the panel that many folks love to hate.

Virtually all the Kenmore models that year were standard capacity machines except two new large cap models that replaced the last of the original KM 518 group that started four/five years earlier. Both of these models are quite rare today as large cap machines in 1972 were included in the "off beat" section with the portables and the space saver 24-inch machines.

This particular model was very popular, as were most 70/700 series models. It features a water powered detergent dispenser, a quiet pak system (the skinny belt etc), and one of the more complicated quick-disconnect timers that had been recently introduced --- with a second rinse at the normal cycle and a full 30 minute Pre-Soak and Pre-Wash. It also had a gold Super Roto-Swirl agitator and incandescent lighted panel.

This model was produced for at least three full calendar years, as I have seen newer models of this machine made as late as 1974.


Post# 913861 , Reply# 8   1/3/2017 at 23:42 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Thanks Gordon -- particularly for confirming what I suspected -- the Quiet Pak option. 


This would be a sweet machine, even with standard capacity.  


Hey Todd -- maybe Woodland isn't too far a drive for you?

Post# 913874 , Reply# 9   1/4/2017 at 01:39 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

How many shots of the control panel do we need to see????I want a drum MONEY SHOT!!!!

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