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Post# 965955   11/4/2017 at 09:33 by lesto (Atlanta)        

I'm surprised this Hotpoint washer has a safety lid switch for the spin cycle. I didn't think Hotpoint began using that until the late 60's on he models with the blue spiral agitators which were the last REAL Hotpoints before they became rebranded GEs.

Post# 965967 , Reply# 1   11/4/2017 at 10:26 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Lack of a safety switch

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You're right; they didn't have safety switches on their machines until the late '60's and I'm surprised that they got away with that, especially with Consumer's Reports which might have given them a "Not Acceptable". Below is the ad for their TOL from 1967 and there is no lid switch in sight (and they didn't use the invisible switches their parent company used on their washers).


Of course, that's a "Pro", not a "Con" for people like me.

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Post# 965972 , Reply# 2   11/4/2017 at 12:03 by brucelucenta (xyz)        

The POD set was obviously from the late 50's and employed the new design transmission and mechanism that Hotpoint used in their washers up until they became rebadged GE machines. The dryer looks to still be an older design that they changed later to a solid tub design drum. They had not yet made the spiral agitator they used from the 60's on.

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Post# 965973 , Reply# 3   11/4/2017 at 12:15 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Are those variable or set speed AGITATE & SPIN knobs? If those are variable, that would have been SO cool, too be able to pick a medium-slow or medium-fast AGITATE speed!

Of course, I think if I had a machine like this, the SPIN speed would always be set to high-fast.

Post# 966055 , Reply# 4   11/4/2017 at 21:14 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The reason that this washer is porcelain inside and out is that, like with the early Frigidaire washers, the cabinet was the water catcher because there was no outer tub. It was neat to hear the water hit the cabinet walls and heat them up as the Frigidaire spun it out so fast.

Post# 966058 , Reply# 5   11/4/2017 at 21:34 by appnut (TX)        

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Christina, yes the two center blue background knobs were the variable agitate and spin speed knobs. 

Post# 966152 , Reply# 6   11/5/2017 at 08:51 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Pretty fancy--the GE ownership bought out a lot of Hotpoint's personality, only a Lady Kenmore could rival...

-- Dave

Post# 966306 , Reply# 7   11/5/2017 at 22:41 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
Variable agitation speed...

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That is too cool!
I would definitely love to play with that button! Just to see how you could get a medium, medium-low, or medium-high agitation!
That is very cool!

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