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Post# 985563   3/6/2018 at 17:07 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Post# 985568 , Reply# 1   3/6/2018 at 17:26 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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When did WP switch from belt drive to direct drive?

Post# 985575 , Reply# 2   3/6/2018 at 18:03 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I may be off track by a year or so...

Direct Drives...or as it was first called D2000, was introduced around 1981-2....only as a 24" model...

belt drives were phased out around 1985 as the full size direct drives were introduced....

some places pushed their belt drive units out before displaying the direct drive platform....

Sears was a bit more aggressive into the change over, as they were offering all belt drives at half price to move them quickly....I could have had the Ebony Limited set at that time for less than the price of the new DD LadyK washer.....but I wanted the new design...

Post# 985578 , Reply# 3   3/6/2018 at 18:16 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Thanks for the info.

Post# 985606 , Reply# 4   3/6/2018 at 20:59 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Design 2000.  Sears had 24" DD Kenmores a year or so earlier than WP offered them, yes?  I think KenmoreGuy64 has said the last BD rolled off the line sometime in 1986.

Post# 985612 , Reply# 5   3/6/2018 at 21:48 by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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My first post here was about my mother's old WP DD Design 2000 set, full size.
Now all I have left are the manuals.

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Post# 985613 , Reply# 6   3/6/2018 at 22:05 by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Last belt-drives

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I used to think that production of the BDs ended in Fall 1986, and that is true to a large degree as the majority of Kenmore's line was concluded then along with many of the WP models. But, a few years ago I ran across an LA7800XP that by the serial tag was made in spring 1987. Not long after a collector here reported having one from 1987 as well.

Through a Whirlpool friend I met here on the site, I learned that a small isolated production line was kept open in the Clyde plant beyond Fall 1986 to make a model or two of American domestic machines alongside the coin ops that were still being produced. The reason for this was to have stockpiled inventory of upper end belt drives, hence the LA7800, to appease the occasional direct-drive customer who could not be made happy with their purchase any other way. I suspect that Sears may have done the same with a Lady Kenmore model.

The newest Kenmore belt-drive I have ever seen was made in week 35 (September) 1986.


Post# 985650 , Reply# 7   3/7/2018 at 06:47 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Introduction Of The DD Washers

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Under both the WP and KM brands happened at about the same time, the restored WP DD we have in the museum was built in mid 1981, I think that I once saw a KM model that had a serial # in built in late 1980.


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