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Post# 951535   8/4/2017 at 06:04 by brucelucenta ()        

GE joined in the variable speed machines with this one. It appears to be before they introduced the larger tub machine. I cannot say that I have ever seen or used one, so I am not certain of how they designed this one. I do think that it might have made a fairly good design more problematic and complicated as far as servicing. But I really don't know. Variable speed machines always sound good on paper. I do know that GE FF washers were good machines that lasted quite a while. They washed, rinsed and spun out quite well. They did tend to over suds with high sudsing detergents though. I think the run they had with the FF washer was almost as long as Maytag had with their dependable care machines.




Post# 951544 , Reply# 1   8/4/2017 at 07:31 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Used a GE Versatronic on a few occasions as well as a variable speed late 1960s Frigidaire. They were great fun to play with, but as Bruce mentioned, trouble-prone due to reasons that are magic to me, LOL.

Would it have been better to provide, say six clickable speed settings? It would retain a lot of flexibility but would it have been any more reliable; or would that many settings cause more headaches than they would be worth?

A GE perforated tub trait: Several GEs I used, including the coin-op machine in the laundry room my freshman year in college, tended to push water up through the holes at the lid hinges as well as over the top of the small-items guard and back into the tub during the spin-drain, especially when the water level was set at the maximum position. Was this normal behavior or an undiagnosed problem?


Post# 951576 , Reply# 2   8/4/2017 at 11:12 by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        
A GE TRAIT

ALL GE WASHERS WITH A PERF. TUB I EVER USED SPINS THE WATER UP TO THE TOP AND BACK INTO THE TUB UNTIL THE WATER LEVEL GET LOW ENOUGH IN THE OUTER TUB. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT OVER THE YEARS CRUDE WILL BUILD UP UNDER THE LID AREA AND HAS TO BE CLEANED. I JUST GOT A FF AND IT HAD A FUNKY SMELL. AFTER POPPING THE LID I HAD TO CLEAN ALL THE GUNK AWAY - NOW NO FOUL ODOR.
BOB


Post# 951583 , Reply# 3   8/4/2017 at 12:44 by brucelucenta ()        

Not only that, they tend to rust out badly too. Many a GE I have seen is rusted on the top and tubs tend to be rusty too more than other brands.




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