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Post# 966765   11/8/2017 at 06:43 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I remember these very well. They were pretty quiet, and thorough washing machines. The agitation was pretty aggressive, though, so I understand why they came out with that double-dong agitator. They were prone to sudz-lock as were most machines of this era. The stupid lid-lock was an annoyance for sure!

The glaring issue with these machines was the pump located directly above the motor! DUH!
I guess they assumed nobody would ever question that feat of engineering. Rightfully so. Who ever asked a salesman to take the panel off so you could see the inner workings? Certainly not most people.





Post# 966767 , Reply# 1   11/8/2017 at 06:57 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I still kick myself for giving up on the Westinghouse top-loader I briefly owned in the mid 90s.... It was a mid-range model, with the matching dryer (and both in Harvest Gold) that a co-worker gave me; the set was in the house she bought but she wasn't keen on keeping it.  I managed to get nearly 6 months out of the washer when it started dispensing transmission oil during the wash cycle.  I very stupidly assumed the machine was not repairable and scrapped it.   Sigh, if I had only known about this site back then....  


Post# 966769 , Reply# 2   11/8/2017 at 07:01 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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your right....most people wouldn't ask a salesman to see inside a machine...I have!

and 'have' I did, I was at Sears checking out the Fridgemore at the time, and I needed to know if I could adjust the water level if needed.....

luckily Craftsman tools were across from the Lady Kenmores.....a phillips screwdriver was all I needed to open the top....

talk about freakin out a salesman.....

but bottom line, if they wouldn't let me see inside, some other place would.....no different than buying a car, its a big purchase, I want to see under the hood!


Post# 966770 , Reply# 3   11/8/2017 at 07:02 by westingguelph (Guelph. Ontario Canada)        

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IMHO the control panel is beautifully designed and quite user friendly. Westinghouse in certain products might not have been the most reliable but they sure had a knack for style and innovation.

Post# 966777 , Reply# 4   11/8/2017 at 07:43 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Robert Perdue

In Roanoke has one, they wash like everything!, really a great performer.My Cousin had one when I was a kid, it was a 65 and I think they had it until about 85 or so,

Post# 966785 , Reply# 5   11/8/2017 at 08:13 by Glhturbo2 (Greensboro, NC)        
Speaking of Robert P.

Here is when we suds locked his Westinghouse when I was in Roanoke about 2 weeks ago. I visited and stayed with Steve, we then went to Roberts on Sunday. That was an experience in itself, so much neat stuff there. I had a blast, thank you Steve for introducing us.

-Tyler


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Post# 966796 , Reply# 6   11/8/2017 at 09:58 by kd12 (Arkansas)        
HD X-mission

That's some thick steel in the transmission housing. Heavy duty all right. Had no idea they were that heavy.

Post# 966806 , Reply# 7   11/8/2017 at 10:58 by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

I would love to see this washer in action.

Post# 966839 , Reply# 8   11/8/2017 at 13:07 by agiflow2 (iselin, nj)        

This POD was the exact washer we got used after our Norge quit in 1983. This was a pretty good washer but coming from a 20 LB.capacity Norge, the tub was noticeably smaller. It washed well and created a lot of splash with those spiral fins.

Other than my current Speed Queen this washer had an excellent suspension system. The only washer we ever had with a panel light too. Great for basements with not the best lighting. It had a long spray rinse if I remember correctly on each spin.

Does anyone remember these having a white tub or off whitish tub because I remember ours did. Maybe I am remembering that wrong, but I'm pretty sure it was off white.


Post# 966852 , Reply# 9   11/8/2017 at 14:37 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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thanks to our own DanMan, that agitator can be seen in action in a Speed Queen....







Post# 966861 , Reply# 10   11/8/2017 at 15:30 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

I have a soft spot for these machines, I desperately want to fine one with a matching cross-tangle, err I mean cross vane, drying.

Post# 966914 , Reply# 11   11/8/2017 at 20:11 by brucelucenta (xyz)        

You should be able to find one. They were everywhere not too many years ago.

Post# 966931 , Reply# 12   11/8/2017 at 21:21 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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An appliance truck was delivering a fridge to the hospital I worked at & what should be in the back of it, but a Westinghouse washer & dryer (don't remember gas or electric--maybe it had the little door on the front) just like that one in the P.O.D. and I think in Harvest Gold, too...

I sure wish, despite whatever frail qualities, that the set discarded, back in (what was my good, though short-part of) the '90's, is still living its second life somewhere...



-- Dave





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