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This is a westinghouse dishwasher I've never seen
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Post# 927909   3/20/2017 at 10:14 by chachp (Conway, AR)        

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I wish they had included pictures of the inside.  The price is right, that's for sure.



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Post# 927920 , Reply# 1   3/20/2017 at 11:04 by appnut (TX)        

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Probably similar to the other rapid-sdcance WCI products of the time I didn't see a timer foal.

Post# 927932 , Reply# 2   3/20/2017 at 12:55 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
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You've heard of pheasant under glass? This is timer dial under plastic, but not rapid-advance. So sad; all of that control panel build-out for such a poor dishwasher behind it.

Post# 927945 , Reply# 3   3/20/2017 at 16:40 by appnut (TX)        

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tom, thank you.  I was looking at this via my phone during a break today and couldn't see the pic very clear.  Now that I can really see it, there's something familiar about this whole arrangement somewhere in the cobwebs of my mind. 

Post# 927965 , Reply# 4   3/20/2017 at 19:01 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

Actually this wasn't a bad machine--had one in an apartment in 1992 or so. WCI had invested in this new design in the very late 80s (the predecessor was dire, but this one wasn't bad). It had very good racks (a couple of looped wires nearest the walls made it excellent at holding cookie sheets/sheet pans). This was when WCI and D&M were different---WCI had all their brands (WW, Gibson, Kelvinator, Tappan) plus Montgomery Ward; while D&M had the low-end Sears and 18" machines while WP had the expensive Sears machines.

Post# 927970 , Reply# 5   3/20/2017 at 19:28 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
WCI Dishwashers from mid 70s till they bought D&M

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Were some the worst DWs we ever worked on, they almost made D&M DWs look good, yes they might have worked ok, but we never saw one last more than a 1/2 dozen years that was run everyday, they literately leaked every place that it was possible for a DW to leak. Add to that pumps were terrible along with detergent dispensers and THEY LEAKED everywhere, did I mention that, LOL.


These WCI DWs got their inspiration from early 70s Westinghouse DWs, and I would hands down give these early 70s WH DWs the award for being the worst DWs ever followed by these WCI DWs and then D&M DWs.

Post# 927971 , Reply# 6   3/20/2017 at 19:33 by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        
Cycle Selections

Why is that cycle called "Light/Heavy"?

Post# 927975 , Reply# 7   3/20/2017 at 19:47 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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It looks like the user leaves that particular button "up" for LIGHT soil and push it in for "HEAVY" soil. I have no idea what you have to do to wash NORMAL soil.

Post# 927976 , Reply# 8   3/20/2017 at 19:55 by Whatsername (Boulder, CO)        

You push the normal button!

Post# 928026 , Reply# 9   3/20/2017 at 22:53 by appnut (TX)        
Light/Heavy button

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that was the button you pushed whether you wanted light soil wash or heavy wash.  the difference was the starting position on the timer dial.  the heavy delivered a 3-detergent wash. I venture the guess the only difference between heavy soil and pot scrub was numerous thermostatic delayed prewawsh and main wash. 

Post# 928030 , Reply# 10   3/21/2017 at 04:35 by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        

Thanks for your answer!

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