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Post# 943745   6/16/2017 at 09:37 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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A mid sixties Norge. I can believe all they say about it too. Those washers would wash the heck out of stuff! They were really a good machine and larger in capacity than anything else out there at the time. In fact, they pretty much held that title for several years. They did a great job at washing, rinsing and spinning out the clothes. They were just kind of noisy.

Post# 943770 , Reply# 1   6/16/2017 at 11:11 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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While there wasn't a Norge dealership in the tiny town I grew up in, one of our neighbors (who owned a heating/air conditioning business) had the same machine pictured in today's POD. I recall being startled the first time I heard the 'clunk' of the brake. Also remember being very impressed with the tall console and remote cycle dial control.

Post# 943778 , Reply# 2   6/16/2017 at 12:36 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I remember there seemed to always be one or two of those machines at "the trough"...the testing area of the service department where I worked. Perhaps the complaints had to do with noise although I doubt the store would have gone to the expense of bringing a machine in for repair for a non-fixable problem. The other machines I remember as being problematic were top-load Westinghouse's and Hotpoint's. Of course there were many Frigidaire's but the store sold tons of them. Not all that popular ($$$) but break-down prone was the Frigidaire with variable speed control. The electronic motor module was complex, but the machine itself was spectacular with these cool vertical controls and of course a lighted console. The picture in my mind is Poppy.

Post# 943978 , Reply# 3   6/17/2017 at 10:39 by appnut (TX)        

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This was the successor to our late 1964 DispensoMat washer.  Same 15 pound capacity.  There were two additional cycles as compared to ours.  Theonly one of those two I remembered (because I would have killed for this cycle over what ours had) was a wash'n'wear/durable press cycle with warm wash/cold rinse and normal agitation/slow spin. 

Post# 944037 , Reply# 4   6/17/2017 at 20:27 by agiflow2 (iselin, nj)        

Looking back. If I could have my mother's early seventies Fedders Norge 20 lb. capacity washer again I would. That machine was loud but a workhorse and a half. Lots of dirty grimy denim to wash and it cleaned like a champ.

It was one of those things not appreciating what you had at the time but hindsight is 20/20.

Our Norge had the white burpilator with that very large agitator base where low and extra low water levels were truly what they described. Not half a tub full for "low" water levels on some other makes I so enjoy.

I remember my mother telling me shortly before she passed saying that Norge was the best washer she owned.

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