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Just Acquired a KDS-20
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Post# 983433   2/19/2018 at 16:50 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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So far I'm impressed with it's performance. Here is a video featuring it and what it replaced.

Post# 983436 , Reply# 1   2/19/2018 at 16:58 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Excellent! Can you show us some interior shots? Bobloads? Great find. Im in love with KA machines.

Post# 983440 , Reply# 2   2/19/2018 at 17:13 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
Bobload maybe,

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but I have a light load inside now that has a SS frying pan that was used to cook sausage links, I'm not expecting full success but I'm sure it will be a massive improvement. I will take pictures when it comes out, I used the Soak & Scrub/Pots & Pans cycle.

Post# 983575 , Reply# 3   2/20/2018 at 10:41 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Great find, Richard! While there is a general consensus that the 18 is more mighty than the 20, both machines are wonderful in my book and are the pinnacle of Hobart/KA domestic dishwashers before the Whirlpool buyout.

I recently swapped out a tired KDS-17A for a KDS-20 and I keep asking myself why, why did I not swap the two out sooner!


Post# 983633 , Reply# 4   2/20/2018 at 20:16 by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        

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I have to say--I love my KDS20 as well. No one else who comes over does, though. "It's SO LOUD!"....hahahah. I like the sounds of clanging solenoids and rushing water. It's the sound of work being done. And QUICKLY compared to this new 2-hour cycle machinery...

Post# 983639 , Reply# 5   2/20/2018 at 21:32 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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Great!  I wish that KDS-20 was in my kitchen.


I love the "on the last leg" door spring sound of the builder-grade Whirlpool...I had one in an apartment that was like that.  Always expected it to break at any time!

Post# 983644 , Reply# 6   2/20/2018 at 21:52 by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
I replaced a BOL builder DW with a KA Superba as well:

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Our house came with a BOL Magic Chef that I replaced with a KA Superba KUDS-23. So much nicer to have a vintage KA in the kitchen.

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Post# 983677 , Reply# 7   2/21/2018 at 05:46 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
Can I get a BobLoad cert.?

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My mother scoured the last tiny reminants out of the pan that no DW could ever remove before I could get an after picture of the pan I mentioned.

All is not lost for you dishwasher aficionados, I spent 25 minutes yesterday trying to cram as many items in as possible. The top rack is latched in the top position so I could get the pan and copper strainer in. That made upper rack loading a puzzle.

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