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Legends of Dishwashing: GE Potscrubber
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Post# 928710   3/24/2017 at 20:15 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Many years ago, Roto204/Nate posted a series titled Machines of Ill Repute. He gave a great, deep first hand look in to some of the less fortunate dishwashers ever made. I was captivated by this series, and its inspired me to create my own. A series highlighting the machines that we all love to collect, machines that are noteworthy for their abilities, machines that are sought-after.  Machines where the manufacturer put their best effort in, and smart, talented people designed them. Machines that were legendary


Noise has always equaled power. And no other than GEs Potscrubber dishwashers are a fine example of just that. The shaded pole motor and fan make a loud noise, and couple it with the high volume centrifugal pump that throws water (which you can hear) around, you at least hope that whatever is in there will come out clean with that kind of soundtrack. Good luck holding any conversation in the kitchen.

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Post# 928712 , Reply# 1   3/24/2017 at 20:20 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Many many years ago I read that if you can load a GE, you can load ANYTHING. Too true. This particular machine, made in Canada, has SuperRacks. And they are that for sure. These can take anything, anywhere. The lower rack tines are sturdy, and theres enough space on the left side to fit casserole dishes. Although the wash tower blocks a large area of racking, and creates the famous saucer shelf, the utensil basket is properly placed, forcing you to load dishes in a clever manner. The upper racks, and even on the BOL models, have a shape to them that allows for cutting boards and baking sheets to tuck under them nicely. 


The lower rack also extends in to the door a tiny bit, allowing you to load large plates side by side. Something you cant do on many competitors. 


That being said, if you're not good at loading, this machine can fill up VERY fast. But if you can Bobload, this machine will deliver space.


Here you can see the versatility of the racking. You can really put anything anywheres. 

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Post# 928714 , Reply# 2   3/24/2017 at 20:22 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

The biggest challenge I faced with this machine was the sturdy tines. They didnt allow for much flexibility. If plates are loaded left to right, maybe bowls should be loaded front to back? Well, this realization bought me a LOT of capacity and real estate that was properly used. This is a great trick for these machines as the front to back space between the tine rows accommodates this so nicely for mixing bowls and casserole dishes. The other trick is, large plates on the outer edges, smaller on the inner areas closer to the spray arm. 



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Post# 928715 , Reply# 3   3/24/2017 at 20:26 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

The top rack is also very capable. Although an entire row is a lot higher than the rest of the rack to accommodate cutting boards and baking sheets below, reducing its ability to hold anything deep, it can easily be designated for large spoons, tongs, measuring cups or any other small item. The tines in the middle allow for bowls to be loaded, but the trick here, again SuperRack versatility, is to offset the bowls, allowing for more glasses to be loaded next to them. A small high volume spray arm on the top of the tub showers down on to all the items. 



Post# 928716 , Reply# 4   3/24/2017 at 20:28 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

GE even claimed that their racks could hold more than ANY competition. Ive never done a test myself, but I do think that it could very well give any of the other legendary machines a run for their money. 



Post# 928718 , Reply# 5   3/24/2017 at 20:35 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

At the heart of the machine is a powerful centrifugal pump which throws water everywhere. Although a wash tower could initially be seen as a weak point, never doubt it. Whatever you throw in the top rack will be cleaned. The initial suction strainer has large holes, allowing a LOT of large things to pass though, but they will be met by a small hard food disposer and blade chop up any bits before it enters the suction of the pump. The marcerators screen is made of plastic, but it still does an okay job. The impeller of the pump also has large, wide semi-open faced blades. The large holes in the spray arm almost guarantee that no snots will ever get stuck inside. GE also made a genius idea for an oscillating wash arm that changed its path thanks to a geared drive system. If you spin the wash arm around six times, it will 'reset' back to its starting path. This arm, the Multi-Orbit wash arm, was featured on any high end machine. 


The best sound this machine makes, hands down, is the snapping drain solenoid. The motor remains on during the entire wash cycle. Unlike other brands (save Westinghouse), the motor does not reverse direction to drain. Instead, a solenoid controls a valve which blocks off the discharge of the pump and diverts the water to your sewer. This solenoid makes a loud SNAP! The power this pump has can be felt if youre standing close to it too as the machine fills up with water. 



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Post# 928720 , Reply# 6   3/24/2017 at 20:41 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

All good dishwashers have some way of filtering the wash water. GEs is probably the simplest, and for how simple it is, it works. Whirlpool cited GEs design in their patent for the DuraWash system. The idea is that wash water will fall behind the filter mesh and in to a chamber which is open only during the wash cycle. The chamber, albeit small, allows for fine and medium sized particulate to fall out of suspension thanks to gravity. Once they do, they will sit at the bottom of the chamber until the drain solenoid SNAPS! and the machine drains. The pressure from the drain lines close the chambers inlet valve, sealing it off from the tub and flushing out any snots and sediment out to the sewer.


PermaTuff machines had this same design spanning the entire rear of the machine. Mine is a Canadian porcelain delight. Hence the strange filter. 


The patent can be read here:

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Post# 928724 , Reply# 7   3/24/2017 at 20:48 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

I feel GEs approach was simplistic brute force. Both Maytag, Kitchen-Aid and Whirlpool had advanced filtering methods in the early 80s that are on level with industrial water treatment, but GE filtered in a simple, easy method using our friend gravity. D&M? Lets just chop everything super fine and do a whole lot of water changes. All the competitors had smaller impellors, smaller pumps, and even second level wash arms for up top, but GE slapped a large pump that THREW water in high volumes. Simplistic brute force.


Even with disrespectful scraping, Ive had very minimal rejection with these machines. The odd knife or spoon does need to go in for a second round, but 99.9% of the time everything comes out satisfactory. As long as you pay attention to the wash towers needs, this machine will provide. If you load it right, its coming out clean. 


Weakspots? Not many. The simple filtering system is prone to leak underneath a smidge, and the snapping drain solenoids pump fitting can also leak. Its a known thing for GEs to leak a tiny tiny bit of water. But reliable? Very. Clean well? Very. Theyre worth collecting in any BOL, MOL, or TOL offering. The holy grail machines are considered to be the feature, and future laden 2800. 


All in all, with the high water volume noise, superior and versatile loading, masculine designs, and a loud snapping drain solenoid that will send any house guest in to a state of concern, these machines are truly legendary. 

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Post# 928728 , Reply# 8   3/24/2017 at 21:03 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Our 1996 GE Potscrubber has been a real trooper the past 20+ years. Decided to do some maintenance and replace some parts two years ago rather than getting a new machine. Glad I did. Nothing is ever rinsed before loading and everything always comes out clean. And in only 45 minutes. Love to listen to it as it washes.

Post# 928807 , Reply# 9   3/25/2017 at 07:10 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
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Can someone explain to me why the GE Potscrubber dishwasher was at least 400% better across the border in Canada than anything GE offered in its native country????????????????


We didn't have anything like that effective strainer, nor did we have that very nice KitchenAid-style speckled Porcelain tank(that's aesthetic but it makes me wonder why the difference). Not to mention that sturdier and classier control panel. What gives? We had a couple of Potscrubbers and both were relatively lame noisy machines. Wouldn't buy them again.


I will admit that GE rose to the challenge when they designed that new Upper rack; very capacious, useable and versatile. But the bottom rack remained that clumsy, limited design that they rolled out when GE changed from their brilliant Top Loading design to the "drop-down door" Front Loaders in 1962.


Very interesting to me how Canadian iterations of these appliances were almost always better.

Post# 928834 , Reply# 10   3/25/2017 at 10:36 by chetlaham (United States)        
Can't say thank you enough! :)

I've always had a great appreciation (more like healthy obsession lol) for Potscrubbers. This takes the cake hands down. I always wish they offered something like this in the US.

What is the cycle sequence and water usage?

Post# 928848 , Reply# 11   3/25/2017 at 11:43 by appnut (TX)        

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Kevin, you load this dishwasher just like I loaded my GSD1200.  In fact, due to your pictures, you get BobLoad certification.  Space for casseroles was on the right side in my dishwasher.  Have you ever gone to the GE web site and put in your model number and see if the owners manual is available to download?  A couple of months ago, they still had the GSD2800 and GSD1200 models available.  Ken, maybe the PotScrubber models your family had were MOL and not toward the higher end with the multi-orbit wash arms and this filter system.  That made a huge difference in performance.  Although I have to admit, the house I built in late 1984 came with a GE produced Tappan that was pretty much a MOL PotScrubber.  But with water heat turned on, it produced just about as good a results as my laterr GSD1200 and didn't have filter or Multi-Orbit wash arm.  Ken, after seeing the model (or similar) posted earlier, I did too feel a bit cheated.  The porcelain tub and the delay-wash timer.  I believe this also had a sani-rinse option that only the GSD2800 had. 

Post# 928863 , Reply# 12   3/25/2017 at 14:19 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Thanks for the feedback, guys! And it's an honor to be Bobload certified! And Ken, wait until you see the PowerClean review if you want to be jealous.

The washes offered on this specific machine are:

Potscrubber: Prewash (10), prewash rinse (5), wash (10), quick rinse (2), rinse (5), final high temp rinse (5)
Heavy wash: Prewash (5), wash (10), quick rinse (2), rinse (5), final high temp rinse (5)
Normal wash: Prewash (10), wash (10), rinse (5), final rinse (5)
China/Crystal (air educted): Prewash (5), wash (10), rinse (2), rinse (5), rinse (5), final rinse (5)

The sani option turns on during the wash and final rinse portions of any cycle. It extends the wash by almost 10 minutes, and same goes for the final rinse. Regardless if you select sani or not, on the heavy wash and Potscrubber cycles you get a timer controlled hi temp rinse.

The delay timer only works after you start the machine. Select a cycle and start it, and then turn the timer to whatever delay you need.

Post# 928910 , Reply# 13   3/25/2017 at 20:06 by cuffs054 (GA)        

Didn't some of the domestic GE's have a similar filter set-up? I could never figure how it worked and even with the explanation I still don't get it. With the filter in the back and pump return in the sump how did the cooties get to the back filter?

Post# 928914 , Reply# 14   3/25/2017 at 20:16 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

The PermaTuf machines had a very similar setup, although their filtering system ran the entire span of the rear bottom tub. 


Wash water falls in to the filter by the normal washing in the machine. Once it falls in there, it has a small retention time where gravity allows for any snots to settle to the bottom of the filters trap chamber. Keep in mind this trap has a valve on the top thats open during the wash cycle which allows for the snots to fall in. In order for the good water to flow back in to the sump for the pump, it has to pass through that mesh screen. Whats left behind is a pile of snots, or cooties, and when the machine drains, the drain line is routed through the trap chamber, and the pressure of the drain lines close the traps inlet valve, flushing all of this junk down the sewer. 

Post# 928921 , Reply# 15   3/25/2017 at 20:38 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Don't know why,

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But ever since heard the word have loved "Potscrubber" dishwashers! *LOL*

Have always assumed the name was derived from the marketing department at GE wrapping their heads around what was Mrs. American Housewife's largest gripe with her dishwasher. By the 1980's or so it was likely that she still often had to pre-rinse before, or scrub pots after they had been in dishwasher.

Have also always had a soft spot for GE's 1980's "We Bring Good Things To Life" adverts. Who knew by the 2010's General Electirc would ditch appliances all together and focus on those jet engines, locomotives and other things.

Post# 928954 , Reply# 16   3/25/2017 at 23:12 by appnut (TX)        

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The firs commercial is not a North American dishwasher.  I cannot imagine just a 10 minute main wash on PotScrubber.  On mine, main wash for that cycle was 45-50 minutes, including extension for heating water.  Normal and Light Soil, with heating extension, was 30 minutes. 

Post# 928970 , Reply# 17   3/26/2017 at 00:21 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

the second video made really miss my old 2800.  Got years of use out of it, made me a confirmed GE DW owner.  I'm on my second one since then...

Post# 928999 , Reply# 18   3/26/2017 at 04:08 by Brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

The first video is an Aussie potscrubber.

We had one in my early teens. It had a wash arm under thebupper rack and a manual clean filter. It was a good performer but it was like having a truck in the kitchen. After having had a Dissshhhhhhhhlex it was a shock how loud it was.

It had a stainless steel tub and a lot of the parts seemed to match the dishlex.

Post# 929012 , Reply# 19   3/26/2017 at 08:08 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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Hi Kevin, thanks for sharing this interesting DW with us, it looks like it would perform as well as the early 80s GE high end DWs here in the US like the GSD1200, GSD2500, 2600 and the 2800.


It is interesting how they added a passive filter in the corner of a Porcelain On Steel tank, we never saw a filter on these Hot Point style machines in the US, but it looks like it would probably work about as well as the much larger passive filter that the US plastic tank DWs used.


The POS tanks were cheaper to make and GE continued to use them in the US into the early 90s, interestingly they had a lot of rust issues and were also much more likley to leak around the door and at a few other places where screws had to go through the tank walls.


The GE ad proclaiming how much more you can fit in this GE DW is a little miss leading, while it is impressive that the regular size GE broiler pan a grid will fit in the GE DW you have to keep in mind that GE designed all their DWs to hold their broiler pan. By tring to put that BP in these DWs it really cut down what else could be put in a load.


It would be easy for any DW manufacturer to come up with a load that fit their DW well and would not fit in a competitors machine, Maytag and Kitchenaid did ads like this as well.


All in all a very cool machine, I would expect it to be a little louder than the plastic tub machines and overall a little shorter lived with the POS tank and the plastic control panel, but at least it may be less of a fire hazzard if something goes terribly wrong and the machine is more easily recycled with a higher metal content.


John .

Post# 929044 , Reply# 20   3/26/2017 at 12:06 by chetlaham (United States)        
10 minutes?

This I can not imagine... though I am not saying you are incorrect. In the US the Potscrubbers cycle was often 45 minutes long on average. Even the BOL models (without the extender) after 1982 had a 25 minute main wash. I just can't see 10 minutes being sufficient enough to remove backed on foods.

What temp is this machine rated for filling? Does it do thermal holds in the main wash?

Post# 929051 , Reply# 21   3/26/2017 at 13:14 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

It surprised me too that the main wash on the Potacrubber cycle was only ten minutes, the total wash time is about 45. I figure the prewash being 10 minutes, and a five minute prewash rinse is how GE got away with a shorter wash. It's similar to how Maytag programmed the cycles on the RR with the mainwash always being 13 minutes, just adding more prewashes on the front end. Normal and Heavy are only about 5 minutes apart in length, it's finished washing in little over 30 minutes for heavy.

There are timed thermostatic holds on Heavy and Potscrubber on the final rinses, main wash during Potscrubber has a timed thermostatic hold as well. If you add the Sani option, you're extending the whole time by about 20 minutes. I've never used heated dry on Heavy or Potscrubber as the thermo hold does so well.

Post# 929068 , Reply# 22   3/26/2017 at 15:00 by chetlaham (United States)        
Timed thermal hold

How long is the timed hold? I'd imagine that might help you get away with the 10 minute main wash. But in all honesty if your machine is that fast it makes me love it even more. FWIW, I could be wrong, but that heater looks more powerful then the heater in US porcelain tub Hotpoints.

Post# 929071 , Reply# 23   3/26/2017 at 15:09 by chetlaham (United States)        

And oh, US GEs usually did 3 on the Potsmasher and normal cycle. Between 1979 and 1985 it was two final rinses and then it went to 3 for about 20 years.

Potscrubber and normal used 11.4 and then it went to 12.1 on the 7 fill machines.

Post# 929084 , Reply# 24   3/26/2017 at 16:14 by appnut (TX)        

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What water temperature is your water heater set at? Mine was always 120 to 125.  Once I moved it all the way up to 155 and it still didn't shorten PotScrubber or Normal.  I will admit, PS was a little bit longer in winter than summer. 


As described above, my prewash was bout 5 minutes at most, then a 4 minute prerinse, then a 6 or 7 minute prerinse, and then on to the main wash on Normal and PotScrubber.  On light,  the 6 or 7 minute prerinse was eliminated. 

Post# 929087 , Reply# 25   3/26/2017 at 16:33 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

I haven't measured my incoming temp, I will when I'm home later this week. I remember seeing another Potscrubber post a while ago where the cycle chart was shown for US machines, my Heavy Wash is your Normal wash.

I plan on doing this as series on every legendary machine, up next will be the Power Clean machines.

Thanks for all the feedback though guys, this is a great community.

Post# 929090 , Reply# 26   3/26/2017 at 16:53 by appnut (TX)        

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There was an updated version of the GSD1200 (seen in online manual) and the cycles were PS, Heavy (my Normal); Normal (my light soil) and the rest were the same.  I always used Light and tough stuff was PS.  I'd use energy saver wash for soil that hadn't sat for more than a day or if I was doing a lot of baking/cooking. 

Post# 929105 , Reply# 27   3/26/2017 at 18:27 by chetlaham (United States)        
Cycle times

GE tweaked those a lot. Literally ever 4 years the cycle sequence was tweaked, fills added or eliminated, time tinkered with and timed thermal holds shorted or extended. Some models would add heat in the last rinse on Potscrubber others would not. If anyone is curious I can post the cycle times to several 1980s perma-tuff machines.

Post# 929109 , Reply# 28   3/26/2017 at 19:17 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

If you wouldnt mind posting them, that would be neat.

Post# 929113 , Reply# 29   3/26/2017 at 20:34 by appnut (TX)        

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I'd love to have that posted too. I'd like to see if the modifications could be show chronically as you said things changed every 4 years or so as time went on.

Post# 929147 , Reply# 30   3/26/2017 at 22:09 by Dustin92 (Jackson, MI)        

The lower end models were total crap, we had one in our old house, a 1999/2000 almost bottom of the line, and it demanded dishes be thoroughly rinsed, preferably washed before loading, or else any leftover food would be ground up and splattered all over everything. Needless to say we left it there! We now have a 1997 Maytag Jetclean that will wash anything you throw at it!

Post# 929172 , Reply# 31   3/27/2017 at 09:16 by chetlaham (United States)        

The late 90s/2000s BOL models were pure trash. I had one in my apartment, it was horrific to say the least. This era was GE's rock bottom in the appliance industry. These machines had no filters, greatly reduced water levels, Normal wash where light wash would start on top of that, and these happened to go on recall since I first discovered that after only three years in use, filling the rinse aid dispenser would cause it to literally drain out all over the floor. At first I did not know that, because it started gradually (progressively) getting worse and would dribble down (from the inner door into the tank) while the machine was running causing it to froth and suds to spill. At first I thought it was residual detergent leftover from hand prewashing (you had to literally scrub every food particle away or it would redeposit itself all over the top rack) until I made the connection that filling the rinse aid resvoir would cause the next few washes to overflow. So I thought I was over filling the thing, or spilling it without knowing it... Until eventually I gave up, only to try at a latter time with RA dripping down the toekick. Thats when I knew it was not me lol.

Immigrants. Remember how it has been said here that BOL GEs got immigrants and new users hooked into automatic dishwahsing? Not these turds. Being that a lot of immigrants in the apartment complex, for many it was their first time with a DW. Boy did they think it was a gimmick. Those who tried it would say 'why do people even bother, when you have to wash them anyway' 'whats the point of this?' I do not blame them. Sadly when they would bring this up with US Home owners they would get a two headed look, and some even assumed that Americans ate with dirty dishes at first. (For many it was difficult to fathom that not all DW were created equal)

One immigrant couple had the same problem I did with the RA. First few times they used their machine they used regular dishsoap not knowing better. Of course it caused a ton of suds. Not knowing what they were doing wrong I told them they needed something like Cascade, and of course to fill the RA dispenser, prewash, use the Heavy cycle, expect mediocre results being a BOL GE, ect. It worked out for them, until their machine started doing the same thing as mine: sudsing from leaking RA. Of course they did not know that and could not figure out what they were doing wrong. They returned detergents, tried you name it, until finally giving up. Everyone including myself at the time thought they were somehow getting dishsoap into the machine- they couldn't figure it out- even thought we might be lieing to them. All this was before others started having the same problem.

I swapped the RA dispenser on mine after experiencing it much latter (wish I called the landlord, I latter found out they were replacing the whole machine with RA leaks). Finally before moving out I received a call from the rental office about a major recall regarding "detergent residue and electrical fires" and that maintance simply needed a weekday access to my apartment to resolve it. It was then when I Googled it, and where I thought it had just been a small freak set of manufacturing defects effecting a small batch of machines my complex got stuck with, turned out to affect millions of machines.

As for longevity these did not even come close to the 80s and mid 90s GEs. Being that this was a 1000 unit apartment complex that also had several other satellite properties it had a 24hr in house maintenance team. When ever they threw out water heater or appliances they would set them over by the bulk trash dumpsters where residents could drop of old couches, televisions ect. Needless to say I got to see two dozen machines a week if not in a single day- over the course of several years. Nearly every single one of these late 90s/early 2000s GEs had rusted or calcified drain solenoid brackets. A lot of them also had failed timers according to maintenance. This was of course side by side to 80s perma tuffs and porcelain Hotpoints which looked like they could have gone another 30 years. Why were they being thrown out? Simple, the properties from the 80s were gradually being renovated. Thats not to say that the older machines did not break, but the build quality was vastly different, ie the pump seals from the 80s machines were better with ceramic wear rings were as the 90s were thinner with already rusting metal wear rings.

Post# 929175 , Reply# 32   3/27/2017 at 09:36 by chetlaham (United States)        
Cycle Sequnce

Give me some time to post them all. But here are the first set. An early 1983 GSD500D (notice the reduced fill times) GSD500D (normal fill times, 1985 machine) GSD600G (extra post main-wash rinse, tweaked water fills, 1989) and GSD500X from 1996. All these are BOLs.

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Post# 929176 , Reply# 33   3/27/2017 at 09:39 by chetlaham (United States)        

Mid 2000s BOL, and 2010 BOL with filter. I have the 1998 BOL (the one after GSD500X) also but need to find the tech sheet for that and take a picture of it.

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Post# 929178 , Reply# 34   3/27/2017 at 09:41 by chetlaham (United States)        

GSD600D (1984), GSD600G (1987) and a GSD900? (I think) from 1993 ish.

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Post# 929179 , Reply# 35   3/27/2017 at 09:44 by chetlaham (United States)        

BOL porcelain Hotpoint, 2 final rinser, 1984. I had the tech sheet to the latter models which took away one pre-mainwash rinse and moved it to the post mainwash rinses.

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Post# 929180 , Reply# 36   3/27/2017 at 09:46 by chetlaham (United States)        

This ones for you Appnut! :) Not mine but from a member who posted it a while back.

Post# 929217 , Reply# 37   3/27/2017 at 12:51 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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And as always... When Potscrubber's come up in discussion

I have to post Nate's Version of the Potscrubber's Re Designed Marler's Cycle Compilation...

(Thanks Nate, this always crack's me up)

Post# 929218 , Reply# 38   3/27/2017 at 13:02 by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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I love this thread. Thank you.
Grew up with GE dishwashers.
I know they weren't "the best"....they were more a clunky, brute force style machine, but I do miss them.
Not that I'd go back to one....but they mostly did the job.

Post# 929224 , Reply# 39   3/27/2017 at 13:48 by joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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GE def had some cool washers in the day. I'd love to find one of the 80's electronic models. I remember them as a kid and thinking they were so cool! But back then, digital anything was cool LOL.

10 minutes for a wash cycle is what my Hobart does too...for at least the wash segments...then rinses are 5 minutes. But considering how much more water these older machines use, that seems to be plenty of time. I guess depending on the machine, there are varying number of each segment within each cycle.

Post# 929235 , Reply# 40   3/27/2017 at 15:24 by fisherpaykel (BC Canada)        
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Wow Kevin, thanks for your very in depth informative review. A great trip down memory lane, the snap of the drain solenoid, the aerated china/crystal cycle, upfront square cutlery basket, and the early introduction of the slant front control panels with rounded corner frames and accent lines. I've always thought GE,Hotpoint,Moffat,and McClary appliances from this era had the best looking control panels. I had a 1981 Hotpoint SC810, just prior to the multi-orbit,super-rack era and it gave me 25 faithful years service until I jumped to F&P's drawers. I hope your Medallion 850 serves you even longer. What is its' history?, appears a low use machine as the interior looks brand new, just excellent,thank you and looking forward to your next review.

Post# 929302 , Reply# 41   3/27/2017 at 22:00 by stainfighter (Columbia, SC)        
Solenoid SNAP!!!

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Our Nautilus would clean a trailer hitch to a brilliant shine! The SNAP could be clearly heard in the upstairs bedrooms which was a deal breaker. Replaced with a Whirlpool TT and never looked back.

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