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Post# 930286   4/3/2017 at 05:17 (440 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

GE had an interesting machine when they re designed this one. It still had the old style suspension system they had with the solid tub machines, which was unusual for a perforated tub machine. It used a great deal of water for the size of tub it had. The inner tub was the only one that had a suspension system, which is why it needed more room inside the outer tub and why it used so much water for a load. They did a pretty good job cleaning, rinsing and spinning. Kind of noisy and even with the FF lint filter they promoted lint when washing, like many other machines. The V 12 was what my parents replaced the '57 Norge washer with and had it a number of years with no real problems. My father always consulted consumer reports and they rated high at the time, just under Maytag. They obviously didn't want to spend the extra money for a Maytag and got a GE. I never much cared for it myself. It was not till much later in life that my mother bought a Maytag set and had the best washer and dryer she had ever owned.

Post# 930304 , Reply# 1   4/3/2017 at 08:20 (440 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I have a particular fondness for the GE washers of this era because we had one for as far back as I can remember! I'm going to guess this is a 1963 model in the picture - the high-console design of the 1250 model was stunning. 


I seriously miss the 'mini-basket' option, too.  I am sure it would not pass current government water-use standards, but I sure liked to be able to do a smaller load using significantly less water than a full tub.  

Post# 930328 , Reply# 2   4/3/2017 at 11:14 (440 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I always wondered about TOL GE washers and the one cycle instead of the normal cycle and the short cycle on models beneath the TOL. How did GE cope with the long spin, rinse agitation and final spin periods, even at reduced speed, as opposed to the machines with the short cycle which we used for delicates, at slow speed? I guess we had been spoiled by the 58 Lady's shorter Delicate cycle. The 1960 Custom Imperial Frigidaire actually changed the timer speed to modify the length of agitation and spin for delicates to make different cycles out of the single complete cycle on the timer. 

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