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IS this BD or DD?
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Post# 985677   3/7/2018 at 10:44 by chetlaham (United States)        

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I know, asked all the time lol. Also anyone know the agi/cuft/and story behind a 24 inch wide?

Post# 985678 , Reply# 1   3/7/2018 at 10:45 by chetlaham (United States)        
Ok never mind lol

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Just noticed "design 2000 on the top"

But with that said anyone know the year/history? Does it spin drain?

Post# 985680 , Reply# 2   3/7/2018 at 11:02 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Post# 985687 , Reply# 3   3/7/2018 at 11:52 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Thank you :)

Must be one of the first DDs I guess.

How long did the Spin drain period last (in the number of machines produced)?

Post# 985691 , Reply# 4   3/7/2018 at 12:57 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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I have a 1985 machine and its a belt-drive. I think the 2000 series was still belt-drive...1986 was the year the DDs starting coming out?

Post# 985703 , Reply# 5   3/7/2018 at 16:02 by appnut (TX)        

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Design 2000 was initial DD.  IO believe Glenn's grandmother had design 200. 

Post# 985727 , Reply# 6   3/7/2018 at 19:43 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Design 200?

Post# 985728 , Reply# 7   3/7/2018 at 19:49 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Design 2000 name

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Was DDs only, the Design 2000 name was given to the new design washer because they knew it would last through the year 2000, the initial designing and testing of the Design 2000 started in the early 70s.


John L.

Post# 985742 , Reply# 8   3/7/2018 at 20:52 by chetlaham (United States)        

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They knew what they were doing, thats for sure! I have to say the DD is one of the most well thought out consumer products in existence.

Post# 985748 , Reply# 9   3/7/2018 at 21:16 by Imperial70 (******)        

I remember there was a mistake made with the literature in my 1986 Imperial Seventy belt drive.I had an insert that mentioned this was a design 2000 machine. That I could probably use shorter wash times. It was confusing to me at the time. Only cleared up years later by this website. But it was truly a belt drive with the access panel in the rear, the double duty super surgilator, the snubber, and D shaped tub opening. Oh and of course the wooo wooo wooo wooo....

Post# 985754 , Reply# 10   3/7/2018 at 22:02 by chetlaham (United States)        

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If it walks like a duck... Probably inserted by accident. Or a manual that takes multiple machines into account.

Post# 985786 , Reply# 11   3/8/2018 at 04:53 by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        

Is it a one-speed or two?

Post# 985890 , Reply# 12   3/8/2018 at 21:10 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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John and Bob, thanks for explaining the 2000 series. I guess I never looked in one, just assumed it was a belt-drive. Not a fan of DDs but I guess they have indeed lasted a while...

Post# 985895 , Reply# 13   3/8/2018 at 21:53 by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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Design 2000/direct-drive was a large change from the 30+ years well-known Whirlpool/KM belt-drive design. Much faster agitation (180 & 120 SPM vs. 68 & 46) with shorter stroke. Deeper, narrower basket. Slightly faster spin (640 RPM vs. 500/515). Different operational sounds. Motor/machine shut off completely when opening the lid during spin vs. dropping into neutral drain. No visible recirculating lint filter. Pauses in the cycle for motor reversing where there were none previously.

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