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NOS(ish) Maytag Dishwasher / FREE / San Diego
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Post# 948886   7/18/2017 at 23:45 by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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What's the verdict?

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Post# 948913 , Reply# 1   7/19/2017 at 05:02 by appnut (TX)        

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Someone better get this.  This is the model right under the all-pushbutton one.   This would have been my preferred choice if I'd bought one of these when new.

Post# 948916 , Reply# 2   7/19/2017 at 06:10 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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The price is certainly right and these machines perform very well!   This one seems to be missing the cutlery basket, however... If anyone here grabs this and can't find one locally, let me know.  I have a spare or two....

Post# 948944 , Reply# 3   7/19/2017 at 11:29 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Oh yeah,

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I'm going for it.


I miss my Maytag Reverse Rack; nothing could accommodate and clean big bulky stuff like these machines. And I always wanted this particular model.  I may use it as a second commercial style dishwasher. I miss having a cycle that lasts less than 30 minutes. It'll likely cost me 200 dollars to ship it here, but it's worth it. And I have about 12 assorted Jet-Clean cutlery baskets myself, so that wont be a problem.


I'm still and forever looking for the elusive Maytag WP-600 (preferably an early model with the two pumps and the dual-detergent dispenser).

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Post# 948946 , Reply# 4   7/19/2017 at 12:19 by appnut (TX)        

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Yay Ken!!

Post# 948949 , Reply# 5   7/19/2017 at 13:19 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Yay, glad you're going to save it, Ken. 


Less room for an SU-70 or an Empress when one finally surfaces.... Mwwaahaaahaaa!!

Post# 948964 , Reply# 6   7/19/2017 at 15:41 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
You always know which of those 4 cycle buttons to push!

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(The pink button on the left should read: "DAILY LOADS/HEAVY SOIL", but when I export the Adobe Illustrator file into a JPEG to post it here, I lost the white letters and the colors go all goofy).

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Post# 948966 , Reply# 7   7/19/2017 at 15:55 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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LOL!!   I should label the cycle pushbuttons on the '62 Mobile Maid as follows:  Noisy Long Hot Wash, Noisy Shorter Hot Wash, and Noisy Shorter Not-So-Hot Wash...  


Just an aside, I have a Repair-Master for GE dishwashers that has a timer chart for the elusive SU-70.  I'd  be happy to scan it for you - just let me know.  

Post# 948971 , Reply# 8   7/19/2017 at 16:21 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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That's the same Maytag I installed when I bought my house in 1991. It could clean anything and quickly but it definitely was on the noisy side of the scale. I liked that all the tines on the upper rack could be folded flat. The cup shelves on the lower rack came in handy many times also.


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Post# 948982 , Reply# 9   7/19/2017 at 17:30 by appnut (TX)        

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Paul, I'd love the timer chart for the SU70 also. 

Post# 948983 , Reply# 10   7/19/2017 at 17:33 by appnut (TX)        

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This model is late enough in the life cycle that Temp Boost thermostatically holds timer during main wash phase until 140 degrees is reached.  Also, the little orange light should go out during that temp hold.  I think the difference between Sani Wash and Normal wash is that the heating element is energized during all water circulation periods on Sani Wash and not just during the main wash period as is on Normal Wash. 

Post# 949242 , Reply# 11   7/21/2017 at 08:32 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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Thanks Bob. I was trying to figure out what the difference was between SANI WASH and TEMP BOOST. Badly named buttons.


Paul-the noise difference between the Mobile Maid portables and the built-in pull-outs is huge. They lined the insides of the cabinets with insulation panels and I think just having the airspace muffled a lot of sound. Our SU-70 was pretty quiet.


When you say SU-70 cycle chart, do you mean this:

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Post# 949243 , Reply# 12   7/21/2017 at 08:34 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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or this:

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Post# 949244 , Reply# 13   7/21/2017 at 08:41 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Les deux!  I should have know you'd already have this info, Ken.... LOL  


I still found it interesting that as early as 1960 they offered a short-ish cycle for dishes that did not have heavy, dried on soils.  I wonder why that did not carry over to the 'Maids??  

Post# 949681 , Reply# 14   7/23/2017 at 18:12 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
The "Maids" had 3 out of the 4

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They did in their own way.


The cycle the "Maids" never had, I think, was the HEAVY SOIL choice that the Custom-4's offered. Again, this was the longest cycle that used the high fill and was the one the user was supposed to use if they didn't pre-rinse and loaded the machine up with stuff with dried-on and difficult messes. This was the cycle where the user was directed to load the detergent dispenser, manually dump it, and then refill and cover it for the main wash. One of the reasons I'd love to find one of these machines again would be to put that cycle to a test.


The TOL-ish "Maids" featured the Pots 'n' Pans cycle and the China cycle. Both were short cycles with little or no activation of the Calrod for the drying cycles. The difference between the two was the clever difference between amount of water in the cycles that didn't carry over to the later "Maids", I'm guessing, because it worked with the bow-ties but not with the spray arms. The Pots 'n' Pans cycle was GE's first NO HEAT DRY cycle.


The Pots cycle used the higher fill for a more vigorous spray paired with the heater on for the water, but not at all for drying so as not to bake on leftover soil (which they USED TO admit would be the result of washing cookware in the machine, but the idea was that the housewife could "process" all of the stuff from dinner and just had to do a little "touch-up" when all the stuff came out of the machine. Exactly how it works for me when I do pots and pans in any dishwasher where I can do a no-heat dry.


The China cycle was similar but drew the smaller fill for a gentler spray. There was a small heat period for the dry cycle. The China cycle was the first LOW ENERGY, LOW WATER cycle.


This was the ONLY other cycle my Mother ever used for her fine china until later in life when she must have just said, "F-it", loaded the machine and threw the lever. She refused to buy and put in more Rinse Agent after the free sample was used up. For some reason she had an aggressive disinterest in following the instructions on any machine and then she would whine like a little spoiled princess when things went wrong. Not someone who would have ever enjoyed this club.


Ironically, unlike a lot of later machines, each of these cycles was pretty useful--with 20/20 hindsight they should have been renamed maybe. My family never bothered to read the manual so they decided early on that the "buttons" were bullshit. Obviously they weren't the only ones. Active ignorance always annoys me.

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