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Post# 928846   3/25/2017 at 11:14 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Typical Sears washer and dryer advertisement. I always thought it strange that they had so many models of the 24" wide machines. I actually didn't know there was a slight difference in the tub size from the 24" to the 29" models, since they both used the same agitator, I saw the difference when I had two tubs I had removed from two different machines and saw the difference in them.

Post# 928940 , Reply# 1   3/25/2017 at 21:58 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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I'm getting old and cannot remember approximately what year(s) Sears had this look with a belt-drive system. The console looks "newer" but curious about what approximate year this ad is...

Post# 928944 , Reply# 2   3/25/2017 at 22:20 by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
1981 Kenmore

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Todd -

This is a 1981 model. Other related models had a DA agitator and/or a self cleaning filter. There was a re-release of this model and one similar model in 1983, which was the last year for a major issue of belt-drive models.

Yes indeed, there were a number of 24-inch models, in fact in 1981 I can think of at least six, with a couple others released in 1982.

Usually there was a BOL, a very decent MOL, and a TOL 24-inch model. The TOL being among the rarest of almost every model year's releases. Not long after the release of the 81 models a parallel line of 24-inch direct drive models made the scene in 1982 and 1983.

The line was greatly expanded though in 1981 to accommodate the withdrawal of all the 29-inch standard models in the Kenmore line. There had been four 1980 standard models, and a couple hold-over 1979 machines that wound down the 29-inch standard belt drive Kenmore in summer 1981. The new console styling seen here came about at the time for the new models. Moving forward, we had the 24-inch "Regular capacity" and the revised Energy Saver Large capacity machines. For the first time the 24-inch machines were sold as mainline machines not as specialty models for unique installations.

I think most every buyer opted for the large cap machines except those who had only space for a 24.

Interestingly, this was not done at Whirlpool, as 29-inch standard washers continued there through 1986.


Post# 929004 , Reply# 3   3/26/2017 at 06:45 by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        
'81 Kenmore

This truly is one of my dream machines! I actually printed a copy of this ad from the last time it was shown on 7/24/15 & have it in my office at work. Love it & would love to have one.


Post# 929009 , Reply# 4   3/26/2017 at 07:54 by Kenmoreman ( Southern NH)        
Pod 3/26/17

Are these Canadian?

Post# 929026 , Reply# 5   3/26/2017 at 09:23 by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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yes the picture of the day are canadien kenmore washer dryers

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