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Early 60s ge dishwasher
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Post# 969287   11/21/2017 at 18:22 (185 days old) by carolinacat (north carolina)        

What can you guys and gals tell me about it. It's close to me and I figure why not.

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Post# 969288 , Reply# 1   11/21/2017 at 18:27 (185 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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With the racks in the way, it's difficult to get a clear view of the area around the sump to see if there's rust.    I'm surprised this is still around, unless it wasn't hardly used at all.   this is like a 1964 to 1966 I think.

Post# 969298 , Reply# 2   11/21/2017 at 19:31 (185 days old) by carolinacat (north carolina)        

I'm thinking it must not clean too good and they didn't use it much or like washing dishes by hand. Guy said the rest of the kitchen were newer appliances. Not new new but you know what I mean.

Post# 969304 , Reply# 3   11/21/2017 at 20:46 (185 days old) by Norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Oh. They wash fine. But

They sound about like a chainsaw running

Post# 969323 , Reply# 4   11/21/2017 at 22:21 (185 days old) by carolinacat (north carolina)        

Better or worse than my spintube. Haha

Post# 969326 , Reply# 5   11/21/2017 at 22:54 (185 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Better than the spin tube.  You can put pots in the bottom rack!!

Post# 969359 , Reply# 6   11/22/2017 at 07:02 (184 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Last Of The 1/3 HP GE DWs

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This DW is around 1965-7, these washed just ok it would be a toss-up with a FD spin-tube machine.


The GE is more conventional in loading.


This GE appears to have never really been used, many people still just do not use DWs for many reasons.


If anything goes wrong with the pump or motor on this DW they are very difficult to fix as there are just no parts around for this pump and motor style anymore, but you could be lucky and this low use machine could run for a number of years.


If you put it in service be sure to lubricate the motor start relay, these relays often would stick on these DWs and it will burn out the motor in a matter on minutes.


John L.

Post# 969376 , Reply# 7   11/22/2017 at 10:25 (184 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Would the tub on this have a porcelain or plastisol surface?

Post# 969399 , Reply# 8   11/22/2017 at 12:53 (184 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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I believe GE was strictly Plastsol from the time of the Princess/ Empress and from then on all the front load models and Mobile Maid series.

I think Hotpoint was the only machine in the GE family that offered Porcelain Wash Chambers.

Post# 969415 , Reply# 9   11/22/2017 at 16:00 (184 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Thanks for the info. Guess I forgot GE went to the Plastisol tub that early. So for 20 years, give or take, they used that crappy coating. As if they didn't know early on the potential problems it created. What really doesn't make sense is at the same time their Hotpoint division was producing porcelain tub machines.

Post# 969457 , Reply# 10   11/22/2017 at 21:23 (184 days old) by carolinacat (north carolina)        

I'm gonna go take a look at it the weekend I think. I mean they don't want much for it. And it's local. Why not.

Post# 969469 , Reply# 11   11/22/2017 at 22:26 (184 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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I just don't get why PSC motors were not used earlier- no start relay to stick.

Post# 969539 , Reply# 12   11/23/2017 at 11:20 (183 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
A GE SD-200A

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We owned this exact model, bought new in 1965. Compared to our Custom-4 GE Pull-out built in, it was a lame penny-pinching choice. My Mother had decided, since she hadn't bothered to learn what "all the buttons were for" on the Pull-out that she never wanted to spend money on anything but a basic machine.  I can't speak to how well a cleaner this machine was because she hand-washed every plate and glass that went into it and never put anything that wasn't tableware into it, but it was a little noisier than the Pull-out and the racks were pathetic in comparison to the Pull-out. The Plastisol lining never failed on any of our GE dishwashers. GE started using a solid plastic tub in the late 1970's (and they were the quietest dishwashers I had ever experienced at that time). Mom insisted it was easier to load and unload than the drawer-style machine.


I feel nostalgic about this model but I wouldn't spend much money on it and I wouldn't use it as a daily driver.

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Post# 969603 , Reply# 13   11/23/2017 at 20:21 (183 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

GE sold a gazillion of them anywhere builders-grade machines were needed. Apartment complexes in the sixties and seventies were full of them.

Sounds like a circular-saw (without pause) with snapping solenoids and has no serious filtration. You pretty much had to pre-wash everything if you expected clean dishes and glasses. Flatware had to go in the basket handles-up if you expected them to come clean.

Most people tended to start them when they left the house, especially if there was no kitchen door to close.

Post# 969739 , Reply# 14   11/24/2017 at 20:11 (182 days old) by Syndets2000 (Nanjemoy, MD)        
Style n design

The apartment complex we lived in for a year used these units from the start of their construction, which began about 1961-62... knowing friends from all three buildings, plus the garden apartment complex gave me an overview of how these machines changed over time...I tend to like this particular style of the door handle escutcheon....then I noticed the difference in the control dials, once flat then with a smaller handle in the
center..the units above us had little blue floats in the corner, along with that small plastic protector on the door...those had the blue silver ware basket with the tall handle...and the words General Electric went from being embossed on the door handle to the flat escutcheon panel above the dial...
Then, in my dad's townhouse, the racks were blue, the flat escutcheon was gone, and the flatware basket was blue, but without the handle...the detergent cup wouldn't retract like the earlier ones...these still had the reversing great aunt had the 1/4 hp motors, which was about 1968...funny all those little details I remember from back then...

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