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Post# 931959   4/12/2017 at 06:48 (408 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

A mid 50's solid tub GE. Their great claim to fame was the filter flow lint filtration. I remember the lady across the street from us when I was young had a set. She used to wash black fuzzy socks with towels and linty things. I guess she thought that would keep them from picking up lint. Her loads were never very full, so she didn't have much trouble with linting. They were good washing machines and cleaned, rinsed and spun fairly well.

Post# 931969 , Reply# 1   4/12/2017 at 08:06 (408 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I have this model in white (a 1957) but wow, what I wouldn't do for the turquoise one pictured!  I'd take pink in an emergency...  LOL 

Post# 931970 , Reply# 2   4/12/2017 at 08:12 (408 days old) by HiLoVane (Columbus OH)        

When I was little, my family lived in an apartment complex, so we didn't have our own washing machine and dryer. Occasionally, two of my aunt's would invite my mom over to do laundry in their machines; one of them had the same GE Filter-Flo washer yellow. First time I ever saw ANY appliance in a color other than white. Loved the sound of these machines during the wash & rinse cycles.

Post# 931980 , Reply# 3   4/12/2017 at 09:38 (408 days old) by golittlesport (California)        
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GE Filter Flo's always had a tendency to oversuds and one can only image the mounds of suds that early Tide formula produced in them.

This era of GE's had a suds-kill cycle --- after washing the tub would spin out most of the water and then shut off, coasting to a stop and sit, giving the sudsy foam some time to dissipate and prevent the pump from suds locking. After a few minutes it would resume the spin and complete the cycle.

Post# 931991 , Reply# 4   4/12/2017 at 11:09 (408 days old) by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        
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My aunt had a '57 GE Washer. It was close to the BOL - Had the timer and two wash temp settings (Hot & Warm) and the water saver switch. I do remember the spin stopping and starting back up but didn't know the reason. I did do some loads of laundry in it.

Post# 931995 , Reply# 5   4/12/2017 at 11:41 (408 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Neat - I didn't think the '57 did that still.  The '51 and '53 do, but since I haven't restored the '57 yet, I didn't know if it did or not.    This will potentially prevent me from trying to 'correct' something that was not a problem to begin with... LOL 

Post# 932396 , Reply# 6   4/14/2017 at 14:42 (406 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The solid tub machines did that. Our neighbor's 1960 model did that. With the solid tub machines, the suds floated over the top of the tub so it did not stay to make suds cakes like in the V-12 models where it had nowhere to go except out around the lid. GE did that by keeping the motor running through the water level switch through the first spin. When the water level switch reset because the water level in the outer tub dropped enough to cause the reset, it interrupted the spin. The timer motor,  kept running and advanced the timer into the rest of spin without going through the water level switch.

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