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Post# 557090   11/16/2011 at 18:20 (2,558 days old) by lebron (Minnesota)        

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Since I havent been active here as of late, and I haven't had much for vintage machines in my life lately, I decided to make a Kenmore thread! Post pictures of your belt drive Kenmores! (or someone elses ! ) I'll start off, this is my only Kenmore.

Post# 557092 , Reply# 1   11/16/2011 at 18:22 (2,558 days old) by lebron (Minnesota)        

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Post# 557106 , Reply# 2   11/16/2011 at 19:17 (2,558 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
One and only...

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For your one and only, that is one of the finest models ever to have worn the Kenmore badge.


Post# 557114 , Reply# 3   11/16/2011 at 19:59 (2,558 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Kenmore 600!

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Lets try this one!

Post# 557122 , Reply# 4   11/16/2011 at 21:16 (2,558 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Oh good lord!

I'd better go find something else to do or I'll be on here for hours. Hopefully the rest of you all will exhaust the viewers with enough KMs that I don't have to dig out my many dozens of pictures!


Post# 557130 , Reply# 5   11/16/2011 at 22:42 (2,558 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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I realize that I just posted this pic in my own thread a few days ago but I am proud of my new "child", a 1967 Kenmore 800. It is purty when it's all lit up!

Post# 557133 , Reply# 6   11/16/2011 at 22:55 (2,558 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
From which day? I forgot...!

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There was yet another Kenmore as Pic Of The Day not too long ago--this one a Top O' The Line!

With the Triple-Dispenser & even available in "Tawny Gold", in addition to the White/Avocado/Copper-standard available colors & White w/ Suds Saver!

Florescent Light, Off-Balance Switch & Alarm, Self Cleaning Lint Filter--And All...!!!!!!

-- Dave

Post# 557139 , Reply# 7   11/16/2011 at 23:29 (2,558 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Mi Mquina:

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Here is "the incidental Kenmore laundry" that came w/ the house!

The Washer:

Wonder why if it's a "Ninety-series", that there is NO laundry detergent dispenser, nor even a fabric softener dispenser?!

Just a "well" for my bleach...

-- Dave

Post# 557142 , Reply# 8   11/16/2011 at 23:32 (2,558 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
My Dryer:

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Gas, also a "Ninety-series"... Even an electronic moisture sensor & a "discovered"-drum light, after thinking it was without:

Don't like how the thing starts & stops after the Auto Dry cycle, though; to me not "completely" automatic if I need to run to the basement to shut off the timer after it gets done drying...!

-- Dave

Post# 557143 , Reply# 9   11/16/2011 at 23:39 (2,558 days old) by supremewhirlpol ()        

ALL my Kenmores except for one got sent away. The Catalyst is about to get a refresh.
The triple dispenser system was let go for the non-lady Kenmore and non-Electronic sets about when Kenmore went with the curvier console design and changed the Kenmore logo to that horizon-curve-swish thing, about 1995-1996 or so. I think the 90 series comes from the "quiet pak", 3 speed motor, intermittent agitate, and one or two extra cycles that the 80 series does not have. I had the same machine, just not with the temp degrees written on the console.

Post# 557147 , Reply# 10   11/16/2011 at 23:47 (2,558 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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Don't like how the thing starts & stops after the Auto Dry cycle, though; to me not "completely" automatic if I need to run to the basement to shut off the timer after it gets done drying...!
That's not a malfunction, the machine is running as intended. The Wrinkle Guard feature tumbles (without heat) for ~30 seconds every 5 mins for a period of time if the load isn't removed immediately to ward-off wrinkles that may occur if the items were left sitting stationary in the drum. It will shut off after the intermittent tumble period runs out ... usually between 45 mins to 2.5 hours depending on the machine's configuration.

I have a similar Kenmore 90 washer in almond (but with a replacement white lid), same controls & settings except 4 water levels instead of infinite. An agitator-mounted softener should have been included, probably lost or tossed out by the previous owners. The friend who gave my machine to me didn't have a dispenser with it but I bought one so as have it fully outfitted, cost $6.

Post# 557149 , Reply# 11   11/16/2011 at 23:58 (2,558 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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The never-used Kenmore

Post# 557150 , Reply# 12   11/16/2011 at 23:59 (2,558 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Never used LK dryer - love this dryer, one of the best I've ever had.

Post# 557151 , Reply# 13   11/17/2011 at 00:05 (2,558 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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1972 = this is a really nice, quiet washer.

Post# 557153 , Reply# 14   11/17/2011 at 00:48 (2,558 days old) by lebron (Minnesota)        
Great so far

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Keep em coming. LOVE the shine on that unused Kenmore, amazing!!!!!!!

Gordon, NO Kenmore thread would be comeplete without some of your machines, lets see em! ^^

Post# 557168 , Reply# 15   11/17/2011 at 04:07 (2,558 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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My aforementioned Kenmore 90. Kinda not a classic, but kinda a little it is.

Post# 557180 , Reply# 16   11/17/2011 at 06:36 (2,558 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
Gansky ( 1972 Kenmore )

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That is an amazing machine as well. Shame there aren't enough of them for each member to have one!


Post# 557229 , Reply# 17   11/17/2011 at 11:47 (2,558 days old) by rickr (.)        

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Here is my Kenmore from 1956

Post# 557231 , Reply# 18   11/17/2011 at 11:48 (2,558 days old) by rickr (.)        

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And a close up

Post# 557244 , Reply# 19   11/17/2011 at 12:20 (2,558 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
How 'bout another green

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Post# 557246 , Reply# 20   11/17/2011 at 12:23 (2,558 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
All aswirl

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returning suds

Post# 557316 , Reply# 21   11/17/2011 at 15:13 (2,558 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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And here's a little '64 Coppertone for your viewing pleasure...

Post# 557331 , Reply# 22   11/17/2011 at 16:00 (2,558 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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And this charming 24"-er.

Post# 557338 , Reply# 23   11/17/2011 at 16:52 (2,557 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
1986 Kenmore Limited

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The only Kenmore set in my Collection. 1986 Electronic Limited Edition. This is the first production run of a 27" DD electronic control machine. An Intersting fact I learned from Gordon when corresponding about the set when I bought it is that this machine was made before his 86 Electronic BD. The washer is all original and the dryer has only had a PCB board replaced.

Post# 557339 , Reply# 24   11/17/2011 at 17:00 (2,557 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
1986 Kenmore washing

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Powerful DAA agitation.

Post# 557341 , Reply# 25   11/17/2011 at 17:16 (2,557 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the Limiteds are beautiful......

I had the 1988 and the 1995 versions........

what I liked about the 88 was that you could select a cycle, press start, after the dispenser minute, the tub would fill.....hit the water level to the lowest, once agitation starts, press the water level again to raise it, the washer will continue to agitate while filling until full.....this was great for a concentrate of detergent scrubbing, like socks, as it fills add more laundry.....

the 95 would not allow this, but I did like it for the "asterisk" that allowed you to override the detergent dispense.......

also the dryer with the 2 buttons, for the five second tumble to bring the clothes to the front for unloading.....your also missing the clothes hanger rack!

Post# 557345 , Reply# 26   11/17/2011 at 17:34 (2,557 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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1978 "60"

Post# 557346 , Reply# 27   11/17/2011 at 17:34 (2,557 days old) by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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Post# 557347 , Reply# 28   11/17/2011 at 17:36 (2,557 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

Gansky1 that '72 Kenmore in post 557151 is a beauty, really well styled. I'll post a picture of my BD Kenmore later on, I will get a new picture for everyone. The rest of the photos will be of Canadian machines. I saved the photos from Kijiji. Enjoy!

Post# 557348 , Reply# 29   11/17/2011 at 17:37 (2,557 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

That last machine was Early to Mid 80s.

This is a Mid 80s to end of production for BD. I believe these were produced in Canada up until 1990ish, thats when they changed the control panel design.

Post# 557349 , Reply# 30   11/17/2011 at 17:38 (2,557 days old) by MaytagA710 ()        

This would be a mid to late 70s machine here. BOL.

Post# 557350 , Reply# 31   11/17/2011 at 17:40 (2,557 days old) by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        
Here's mine...

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1966 Lady Kenmore set.

Post# 557395 , Reply# 32   11/17/2011 at 20:41 (2,557 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
OK my turn............

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My 1967 KM (full size - Um, the washer anyway) portable set.

Post# 557396 , Reply# 33   11/17/2011 at 20:42 (2,557 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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The always popular..... interior shot.

Post# 557397 , Reply# 34   11/17/2011 at 20:45 (2,557 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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My "garage door" Lady K set.

Post# 557398 , Reply# 35   11/17/2011 at 20:46 (2,557 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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I do like this shot.......

Post# 557400 , Reply# 36   11/17/2011 at 20:48 (2,557 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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My 1963 KM 70 set in the always wonderful.................

Post# 557404 , Reply# 37   11/17/2011 at 20:51 (2,557 days old) by supremewhirlpol ()        

Here's part of a Kenmore.

Post# 557405 , Reply# 38   11/17/2011 at 20:53 (2,557 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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1 of 2 1959 Kenmore Eighty washers floating around.

Post# 557406 , Reply# 39   11/17/2011 at 20:53 (2,557 days old) by supremewhirlpol ()        

Here's part of a dead Calypso

Post# 557408 , Reply# 40   11/17/2011 at 20:54 (2,557 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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My BEAUTIFUL 1970 KM 800!

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Post# 557411 , Reply# 42   11/17/2011 at 20:58 (2,557 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Kenmore 600!

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Like the above post 557404

Post# 557412 , Reply# 43   11/17/2011 at 20:59 (2,557 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Kenmore 600!!

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Post# 557413 , Reply# 44   11/17/2011 at 21:00 (2,557 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Kenmore 600!!!

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Post# 557414 , Reply# 45   11/17/2011 at 21:01 (2,557 days old) by supremewhirlpol ()        

13/15 dead, will be getting some mods soon.

Post# 557415 , Reply# 46   11/17/2011 at 21:02 (2,557 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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And finally..... my '59 Lady Kenmore Combo!



Post# 557416 , Reply# 47   11/17/2011 at 21:03 (2,557 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I didn't realize you got the LK Combo running!!!

Post# 557417 , Reply# 48   11/17/2011 at 21:04 (2,557 days old) by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
Well, I better jump in here

My daily drivers, 1951 Kenmores and I have another set in the garage.

Post# 557421 , Reply# 49   11/17/2011 at 21:24 (2,557 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        
WOW Brian... those are PURRRRDY!!!

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OK, the last one... my $10 1963 Lady Kenmore 800 washer!



Post# 557422 , Reply# 50   11/17/2011 at 21:29 (2,557 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Wow, this thread has two of the machines that were on my street at the "new house" in 1961.  The 1959 LK Combo was next door and then down the street was the 1963 LK 800 in yellow.  My ocusin had the KM 700 like Gansky1 has and one of my oldest sister's boyfriend's parents had the 1963 Kenmore 70. 

Post# 557469 , Reply# 51   11/17/2011 at 23:55 (2,557 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

The washer posted in Reply # 15 above is the exact Kenmore model my parents got in 1999. The only difference is theirs was white. I loved that washer.

I love all of the photos. This is definitely a fun thread.

Have a good one,

Post# 557507 , Reply# 52   11/18/2011 at 05:55 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Hey Jed,

THANKS for the awesome comment. I'll get a bunch of pics added to this thread for sure. I have some great ones that are on my computer at work (which may have to wait until Monday) but for now, here's a few.

First, no thread with my washers would be complete without the master washer that started me in rebuilding and now collecting - my 1979 model Kenmore 80 series. Bought for my sister used in 1989, AND now residing in my laundry room after being the first washer I restored in 2008 after finding Pictured here in my garage at the second set of connections I have, James and I simply refer to this machine as the "'79-eighty"

Post# 557510 , Reply# 53   11/18/2011 at 06:01 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Here's the 79-eighty in my laundry

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Just taken moments ago as installed next to my '86 Kenmore dryer which I purchased new in college.

Post# 557512 , Reply# 54   11/18/2011 at 06:03 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Here is my 1986 Kenmore 70 washer

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Also purchased new in 1986, and is the newest belt-drive washer that I am aware of in our wonderful club. I adore this machine. It is out of service as it needs centerpost bearing seals, but I'd have to disconnect the '79 to put it back into use, so I'm in no hurry (no way it's going in the garage).

Post# 557513 , Reply# 55   11/18/2011 at 06:05 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
I have almost never shared pics of this machine on the site

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But here's a lid open shot.

I'm thinking of having a second washer box added to the laundry room so I can have both the 79 and this machine connected inside the house.

PS - don't ask about the nick in the console - I shuddered for weeks when I did going to have a buddy at Dent Wizard fix it.

Post# 557516 , Reply# 56   11/18/2011 at 06:15 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Wall of Kenmores

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In my garage, with my new cabinets above, which are full of BD parts

Post# 557517 , Reply# 57   11/18/2011 at 06:16 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Here are the active KMs in my garage

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1979 Kenmore 500 (aka Annie), another 1986 Kenmore, this time a higher-up 70-series, and my well used 1977 dryer.

Post# 557518 , Reply# 58   11/18/2011 at 06:18 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Close up of the 500

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This is one of my favorite washers, bar-none. Not totally sure why, it just is.

Post# 557519 , Reply# 59   11/18/2011 at 06:20 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
500 plastic top

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This machine was housed in my storage trailer for about 10 years, and also was restored in 2008.

The marks on the front cabinet are from the energy guide, which finally came off recently.

Post# 557520 , Reply# 60   11/18/2011 at 06:21 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Remember the GB?

Post# 557521 , Reply# 61   11/18/2011 at 06:25 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Here's my motly Robo-Washer

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Totally rebuilt in 1995 from a complete piece of sheet (aka junk), it was only 10 years old, but had been left outside in a field for long enough to have ruined the motor and basket drive. The trans was disgusting (it had been leaking water through the center for a long time), and the pump and timer were locked-up. Totally worthless to anyone but me, I rebuilt it using only a new pump. Everything else I pieced together using parts scavenged, etc. The timer came from my Mom's washer (very similar) and the original, which I spliced together using parts from both. I put it in service in 1997 and I'd bet it has done over 1,000 loads since then, easily.

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Post# 557523 , Reply# 62   11/18/2011 at 06:31 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
What's this?????

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My 1993 Kenmore DD 70-series.

Hardly used, I did about 200 loads with it from 1993-1997, then it was out of service completely until 2006, when again taken out of service when the 79-eighty took over inside the house.

This machine was a gift from the store where my buddy and I were able to help Sears decommission their compactor (Yay!) by taking all their haul-backs. As you can see, it has some serious dents from a mishap during delivery. Instead of it going on the scratch-and dent floor (in this case "smash and bash" would have been more appropriate), Sears gave it to me so I could learn the nuiances of DD washing so I'd be prepared for the day when BDs were no longer around. Blasphemy! I do love the machine though. This pic hides the dent over the timer knob, which I smoothed out, along with a new lid, when I got it home.

Post# 557524 , Reply# 63   11/18/2011 at 06:36 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Here's a special washer

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This is a 1972 Kenmore 200. I believe the most BOL washer for 1972, this is a fairly decent machine really, but the early to mid-70s was a period of feature laden models for Kenmore.

1-speed, three bizarre cycles (Normal, Short, and Pre-Soak), two water levels, it has a straight vane agitator like my '79 model, no filter, and no porcelain on the top.

This washer was found by Austin Wilder in Houston and he wanted me to have it. I am keeping it near. Not a high-mileage washer either, as Austin found a sock in the pump which had clogged the machine many years earlier and prevented further use.

Post# 557526 , Reply# 64   11/18/2011 at 06:39 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
On a lighter note

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Here is something totally cool. My never used 1962 Kenmore 70 dryer.

Acquired this summer, it had been in a Connecticut basement since delivery. The house it was in was being renovated by a flipper/realtor. She told me there were clothes lines everywhere inside and out, which explains the non-use of the dryer. I expected it to be nice (she said Mint) but I did not expect it to be only dusty, but totally devoid of any lint or any signs of ever being used!!!!!!!!!!

Post# 557527 , Reply# 65   11/18/2011 at 06:42 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Here's a cool one...two featured washers in one pic

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A 1963 Kenmore 700, just like the washer in Robert's Kenmore "see it wash".

Acquired from Bygted, this is my only Turquiose washer. It doesn't look like there are a lot of miles on this washer, but it's loaded with detergent residue. Fun stuff to clean one day...

I am looking for a 'Filtering' light for it if anyone knows of one.

Also in the shot is a 1973 Kenmore 60-series. This washer is in remarkable condition, courtesy of my washer pimp in Arizona. It's totally unrusted, anywhere, and like new, just dirty. Seems to need a motor. This was the first gold washer in my collection.

Post# 557530 , Reply# 66   11/18/2011 at 06:48 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
I'll close for now with this - kissin cousin to Jed'

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I'll post more pictures later, but I figured this would be very cool to post to go along with Jed's LK picture.

This machine has a cool story I've shared before of rescuing it TWICE from imminent death by Krusher.

Post# 557600 , Reply# 67   11/18/2011 at 13:10 (2,557 days old) by jaxsunst ()        

What year did they change Kenmore timers to pull out to start instead of push in?

Post# 557601 , Reply# 68   11/18/2011 at 13:18 (2,557 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Kenmore timer change

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The shift from push to start to pull to start didn't happen all at once. It began as new timers were developed for new models. The first were available in 1974 models. The last of the old ones were used in 1976 models (in VERY few models). So the change happened between 1974 and 1977.


Post# 557602 , Reply# 69   11/18/2011 at 13:22 (2,557 days old) by jaxsunst ()        

Two pics up, I had the Harvest Gold set that looks like the one next to the turquiose washer. They were ugly, but it was the best set I ever had. It had the push to start timer.

Post# 557624 , Reply# 70   11/18/2011 at 16:51 (2,556 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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There were A LOT of the 1972/1975 era plastic top washers like the Gold one I have. These were very good sellers for Sears. I sold several of those in White in the 90s, and had one in Avocado recently.

There was at least 7 different variations on that model, from BOL-ish 500 series with timer set temps, to a 60-series with many bells (not so many whistles) and even a Roto-Swirl. One of the models was an 18lb. machine with the large capacity Roto-Swirl. I'd love to find one of those.

Post# 557712 , Reply# 71   11/18/2011 at 23:51 (2,556 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

Gordon, the garage is looking great as always. Just like a Sears store from the 70s/80s. Annie is one of my favorites too along with the GB, and the 79-eighty. Glad you posted the 86 to the site, and it is great to see Lady amongst others.

Looking forward to more,


Post# 557842 , Reply# 72   11/19/2011 at 14:12 (2,556 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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This is my Aunt's 1966 portable - excellent washer.

Post# 557845 , Reply# 73   11/19/2011 at 14:20 (2,556 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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This is one of my favorates.
From 1965.

Post# 557934 , Reply# 74   11/20/2011 at 00:58 (2,555 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Great washer in 557523

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Gordon just go back to the 1988 cycles and add ATC and an almond cabinet to this washer and you have the Kenmore I spent most of my childhood/young adulthood with. The dark panel 27" DD Kenmores are some of the best in my book.

Post# 557989 , Reply# 75   11/20/2011 at 08:00 (2,555 days old) by jaxsunst ()        


Mine had all the cycles, 5 temp choices, three water level choices. If I recall, it had the straight vein agitator and a huge softner dispenser. I moved out of state and had to sell them, broke my heart.

Post# 558008 , Reply# 76   11/20/2011 at 09:30 (2,555 days old) by bravos4me ()        

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Post# 558026 , Reply# 77   11/20/2011 at 10:24 (2,555 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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My addition to the thread :-)

Post# 558185 , Reply# 78   11/20/2011 at 21:57 (2,554 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

Okay..... here are MY addition(s) to this WONDERFUL thread.

Thanks "LeBron" for getting it going. Let's keep it going. I want to see some more Kenmores!!!!

My "Late" Childhood (as in Teen Age Years) Washer.... The 1976-78 Model 70 (we got ours in August 1978 to replace the 1967 24" BOL Kenmore)

Post# 558186 , Reply# 79   11/20/2011 at 22:02 (2,554 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

My childhood Dryer (the 1975 "All-American" Dryer).


Post# 558188 , Reply# 80   11/20/2011 at 22:22 (2,554 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

And, my early adulthood Laundry Pair that I used when I was renting my first apartment from my Grandmother (bless her heart)(the 1986-88 Kenmore Direct-Drive Model 80 Set).

Here's how these were acquired.

Strangely enough, we ended up getting the Dryer first. At the time, the Washer was a 1967 Kenmore Model 600 that closely resembles the White Washer in the second row that is behind the Tawny Gold Washer that is pictured in "Kenmore64's" (Gordon's) Picture in Post# 557527.

Then, when the 1967 Kenmore Model 600 died in 1990, we then ended up getting the Washer used at a Sratch & Dent sale at a local Sears Outlet. And that's was how we ended up with a matching pair.

On this page, we had the first Washer in Letter A, and the first Dryer in Letter B (both in White). The Washer was replaced with a Kenmore Elite Oasis with a Stainless Steel Tub and Dual-Action Agitator back in 2007. The Dryer was still going strong when we sold our house a year ago, and I had to move and relocate. Now, I am using Coin-Op Speed Queens. But Lord, I sure miss using Kenmores a lot (not to be knocking the Speed Queens. The Speed Queens aren't bad either. They might be Coin-Operated Commericial Washers, but they do have Two-Speed Motors though).

I think someone on here may regard these as "Shreadmores". But I had no such issues with them when I was using them. And I have used all the cycles that were featured on that Washer. Got my clothes nice and clean too.

Great Washer in my opinion.


Post# 558189 , Reply# 81   11/20/2011 at 22:23 (2,554 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        
All American;

There it is...the exact dryer one of my aunts had paired with a 1973/74 plastic top like the model next to the Turquoise 64 washer that Gordon posted above. Both of hers were white.

The dryer had a very quiet motor which was completely drowned out by the washer when they were running simultaneously. When it reached 10 years of age the door safety switch stopped working, causing it to keep running when the door was opened. I do not remember it ever requiring service until it was replaced in the early 1990s.

Have a good one,

Post# 558190 , Reply# 82   11/20/2011 at 22:31 (2,554 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

Oh.... about the Model 70 in Post # 558185?? Ours was the Sud-Saver Model as well.

Great Memories......

Too bad, it doesn't seem like today's Kenmores doesn't live up to the lofty standards of the old ones (Belt-Drive and Direct-Drive). When I get my Condominium in about three years, I think I might be getting an LG Stainless Steel Front-Load Set (which would be the latest versions that would be out during that time).

And that would be the case unless I can cut me a deal with Gordon on a set of renovated Belt-Drive Kenmores (hey Gordon, when I finally close on that Condo, I'll look you up, okay (LOL)).


Post# 558191 , Reply# 83   11/20/2011 at 22:31 (2,554 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        
@ chaskelljr2

It's funny Charles, your dryer is the perfect match to my aunt's, and the 1967 600 you had is the exact model my neighbor across the street from me had when I was growing up. She used to invite me over from time to time to do wash with her, and those are some of my fondest memories. Gordon also has this model in his collection.

Post# 558193 , Reply# 84   11/20/2011 at 23:03 (2,554 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
@ 70 Series....

You mean the Gold Washer that is in front of that White Washer that is in Gordon's Photo?? That Washer does closely match that All-American Dryer. I wonder why my Mom didn't think of that when she was in the market for her second Washer???

I do believe though that the White Washer that is in that same photo is probably a 1965-66 Model 70 (or 700)(I'm sure Gordon will verify what model(s) this/these is/are). I know that "Gansky1" (Greg) has a later version of the Model 70 (the 1968 Kenmore Model 700).

The only one I don't have a picture of is the 1967 24" BOL that I grew up with as a young child. But however, we'll see that one again. It is sometimes featured right along with five other 1967 Kenmores as the POD. That POD is topped off with the 24" Push-Button Model that Gordon and I raved about sometime back.

I hope to see that one again sometime soon.


Post# 558201 , Reply# 85   11/20/2011 at 23:50 (2,554 days old) by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        

What year did Kenmore change the Permanent Press cool-down process?

The first process was slow-speed drain, simultaneous fill & agitate, fill only at the next timer notch, low agitation, then repeats the process at the next two nothces.

The second process was high-speed drain (aprox. 45 sec), pause, cold fill (at next notch), and high agitation. This process does not repeat.

Post# 558204 , Reply# 86   11/20/2011 at 23:58 (2,554 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

And finally, the here are the other Kenmores that were in my extended family.

(01). The 1963 Lady Kenmore Model 800 seen in Reply #'s 19, 20 and 49 (my Maternal Aunt had a Matching Set in Pink from 1963 until 1980, and my Faternal Grandmother had the Washer only in Coppertone from 1980 until 1981 (she got it used from a family friend)).

(02). The 1966-67 Lady Kenmore Set in Reply # 31 (my Faternal Aunt (which was my Faternal Grandmother's Younger Sister) owned a set of these in White (and my favorite out of all of Keyboard Ladys that were out during the 1966-75 era)) from 1966 until 1985. And they were a treat to use too.

(03). The 1967-73 Kenmore Portable in Reply #'s 32 & 33 (owned by my Father's Baby Sister and later her mother (my Faternal Grandmother), replacing a 1961 Kenmore (one was pictured here in the club with the top missing sitting in a junkyard) back in 1970. It was paired up with a Westinghouse "Cross-Vane Tumbling" Dryer (same vintage)) from 1970 to 1973 (Aunt) and from 1974 until replacing it with the 1967 Kenmore Model 600 (Grandmother). Date unknown as to when the 1967 Kenmore Model 600 was acquired.

Looks like we weren't the only ones keeping Sears in business during this time period. But it does look like I was fortunate to grow up in a "Kenmore" family, so to speak.


Post# 558210 , Reply# 87   11/21/2011 at 00:07 (2,554 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

In the last post, my Faternal Aunt has replaced the 1967-73 Kenmore Portable (in White) with a 1973 Kenmore Large Capacity Washer (the one with all the controls in the center of the console that looked like the Low-End/Entry-Level Kenmores of the era.... when one of them finally gets posted, I'll identify it).


Post# 558234 , Reply# 88   11/21/2011 at 06:06 (2,554 days old) by appnut (TX)        
Premanent Press cool-down process

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There was actually more changes in the sequence than you describe above.  What you describe as the 1st was more actually the 2nd process.  The first being a series high-speed drains and then cold water fills.  There was no agitation inbetween any of the drains and fills.  This was the sequence for the very first models with the wasn-n-wear cycle that was introduced in 1958.  Your "2nd process" was actually the last version.  I'm not sure exactly when this came into existence.  However, I do asssociate it with the large capacity models that came out in 1975 or 1976 when they also did the major panel redesign and put the timer in the middle of the panel.  Gordon or Tom might be able to shed some light on this.  Makes me wonder if the 18 pound capacity Kenmore & Whirlpools of the late 1960s also did the cool-down with the agitate while filling or simply just filled iwth water and hten agitated like its future sibbilngs that were the large capacity. 

Post# 558259 , Reply# 89   11/21/2011 at 09:41 (2,554 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
He of lousy Kenmore Karma

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Some of those machines are just fab   u   lus.


Although I still have to admit some of the Kenmore BOL's are so ugly, in the words of Moms Mabley, they hurt my feelings.


Maybe someday the Kenmore gods will take pity and send me one like yours, Tuttle. Just love those color-keyed buttons, those awesome dispensers and that lovely white porcelain tub with its over-the-top out-of-control nut job agitator. Oh, and I always forget the garage-door control panel covers that make absolutely no sense at all unless the engineers at Kenpool were trying to outfit their appliances with an attitude of modesty.

Post# 558278 , Reply# 90   11/21/2011 at 10:59 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Here are a few more

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1980 TOL mechanical timer model. Only higher in the line were two electronic models.

Post# 558279 , Reply# 91   11/21/2011 at 11:00 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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My 1965 Lady K in Coppertone.

Post# 558280 , Reply# 92   11/21/2011 at 11:01 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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The pair

Post# 558281 , Reply# 93   11/21/2011 at 11:02 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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1974 Kenmore 60 series. The second major Kenmore in my life.

Post# 558282 , Reply# 94   11/21/2011 at 11:02 (2,554 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
"Control Panel Shot of my Dryer & commentary on my "

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I think on that count, a Radio-Dial model, or two--Washer AND Dryer--definitely needs to be added!!!!!!

-- Dave

Post# 558283 , Reply# 95   11/21/2011 at 11:03 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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My 1965 Kenmore alphabet 70

Post# 558284 , Reply# 96   11/21/2011 at 11:03 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
1975 Kenmore 70

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In my garage keeping the Mustang company

Post# 558285 , Reply# 97   11/21/2011 at 11:04 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
1975 Kenmore 500

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Love the Avocado, but the cabinet looks odd in the all-light color to me.

Post# 558286 , Reply# 98   11/21/2011 at 11:06 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
By suggestion/request by James

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Here's Moppy, the resurrected mop washer, now in better times. 1977 Kenmore 70.

Post# 558287 , Reply# 99   11/21/2011 at 11:08 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Gotta go to lunch, but I have even more to post later.


Post# 558288 , Reply# 100   11/21/2011 at 11:09 (2,554 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Ah heck....

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Since this is reply number 100, I'll take it!

1981 Kenmore 200 BOL, and no Ken, it's NOT ugly....LOL

Post# 558343 , Reply# 101   11/21/2011 at 14:58 (2,554 days old) by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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Hey Bajaespuma, awesome artwork with the 71 Lady K's. Those are my dream machines right there!

Post# 558346 , Reply# 102   11/21/2011 at 15:24 (2,554 days old) by mtn1584 (USA)        
Through the years...........................................

Kenmore had some beautiful machines, I never realized that even their BOL machines were beautiful in their own way (I think there's a song in there LOL). Even up to the bitter end their conventional Direct Drive machines were beautiful. Kenmore quality! Pity though, that you will never find another machine like these in any Sears store. I like the look of the Kenmore badged LG front loader, but they are made in Korea, is the quality there? I don't think so. Anyway thanks for the trip down memory lane. I saw alot of these machines growing up in people's homes, and in the Sears catalog, which I always had open as a kid to look at the center dial machines of the mid to late seventies.

Post# 558363 , Reply# 103   11/21/2011 at 17:15 (2,553 days old) by supremewhirlpol ()        
1990 Kenmore 80 Series DD

Thanks SOOO much for posting the above picture. It brings so many memories for me back in 1990-1992. Looked at all those Sears catalogs when I was in preschool-Kindergarden! When to the Sears store almost everyday after school! Do you have anymore scans of the washers/Dryers in the Sears Catalogs?

Post# 558388 , Reply# 104   11/21/2011 at 19:31 (2,553 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
A Chacun son gout

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Just to be clear, for whatever reason, the Kenmores I still consider most offensive, especially after the amazing and imaginative varieties of Lady Kenmores through the years are the ones I saw most in people's houses, the homely plain cheaper ones with the dial in the middle like this one:

Post# 558389 , Reply# 105   11/21/2011 at 19:40 (2,553 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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Post# 558425 , Reply# 106   11/21/2011 at 22:33 (2,553 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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In your words "just to be clear" Ken, I'm not sure where in here anywhere, in all these replies, where anyone querried you as to what you find offensive! In fact, I am sure nobody asked....

If you want to start a GE thread where everyone can explore all the wonderful things GE, by all means... This one however is for those who enjoy Kenmores. For those such as yourself who don't, be a grown-up and leave your comments unsaid.


Post# 558427 , Reply# 107   11/21/2011 at 23:07 (2,553 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

#558251, I have posted before we had this one and Mom loved it.  The capacity in these new machines REALLY changed, the number of loads most people washed.  The lg. cap Kenmore replaced a std tub Tag.  It was amazing how much more the Kenmores washed and dried at one time.  It's always nice to see Greg's  "Sears Best" tag intact,  and Rickr's. beautiful machines,  RevKevs pink combo is like an urban myth.  I am so happy that so many have been saved and preserved.  alr 

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Post# 558431 , Reply# 108   11/21/2011 at 23:37 (2,553 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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A few questions for you Ken:  


1. About the "damn stupid lids".   What is so stupid about them?   OK, they don't lay flat, but so what?   Do they really need to?   Is the lid somehow in your way when you are adding or removing laundry from the machine?    How would it be "useful" if it lays flat?    Why is it such an issue? 


2. The agitator.  What is your issue with this one?   Is it only the color?   Or maybe the shape?   Who the hell cares WHAT the agitator looks like?    As long as it does it's job and gets your clothes clean, what difference does it make?   We are not talking about a piece of art here, it's a machine with a specific purpose... and that is to get your dirty laundry clean.   Or am I missing the point here? 


3.  How does the black control panel "offend" you?   Do you see unpleasant nude images when you look at it?   Do you see curse words instead of "Hot, Warm, Cold, Normal or Delicate"?  Is it an issue of prejudice since the panel is black? 


So you don't miss understand MY intent, I am only trying to understand your point of view and why you would post such negative comments in a thread that is otherwise very positive.



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Post# 558436 , Reply# 109   11/22/2011 at 00:10 (2,553 days old) by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
Im with Kevin

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on this one all the way. This is a fun thread, that I am enjoying.


Post# 558448 , Reply# 110   11/22/2011 at 04:06 (2,553 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Yay for all the Kenmores! I took them for granted as I grew up with one (1960 pushbutton Model 80) and I always had acute Frigidaire envy. Now I appreciate the old belt drives much more.

Speaking of the pushbutton models---I know there are 1959 and '60 pushbutton models in the AW family; any chance we can get photos of them, guys?

Post# 558477 , Reply# 111   11/22/2011 at 07:24 (2,553 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
@ Frigilux....

Frigilux (Eugene):

I do in fact have a picture of the 1960 All-Push Button Model 80 (as well as the 1960 and 1961 Lady Kenmore All Push-Button Models -- well.... the 1960 Lady Kenmore is really a Toggle Model). I will scan those and post those this evening when I get home.

Now, what I want to see is the model that's proven to be elusive and a mystery to all of us.... the 1962 Lady Kenmore. I don't have a 1962 Sears Catalog, so I don't know what the 1962 Lady Kenmore looks like.


Post# 558496 , Reply# 112   11/22/2011 at 08:19 (2,553 days old) by rll70sman (Hastings, Minnesota)        
Yay Gordon and Kevin!

Thanks for speaking out against those who always try to sabotage our beloved Kenmore memories! I'm thoroughly enjoying this thread!


Post# 558619 , Reply# 113   11/22/2011 at 20:05 (2,552 days old) by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

I just love Kenmores for many reasons including the centerdial ones,they are all special in their own way.I have been enjoying this thread greatly also as I have known all these machines at on time or another going all the way back to my childhood.

Post# 558678 , Reply# 114   11/23/2011 at 02:00 (2,552 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
DaveAMKrayoGuy's Additional KENMORE KOMMENTARY:

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Well, I didn't mean to be excessively critical on my Kenmore dryer's "Fabric Master" 'auto-dry' control in terms of it being a "malfunction" or to convey my being nit-picky...

Just that the Moisture Sensor which I'm lucky for my dryer to have is much easier to use in terms of judging my degree of dryness, as opposed to the guess-work involved in deciding how many minutes a load requires on a timer (although I have pretty much mastered a load of towels needing FIFTY-MINUTES & on the highest heat setting, and of course the 'Touch-Up' area showing the remaining Fifteen-Minutes on the dryer timer for loads 'not-completely-yet dry' is useful, so I have really NOT eliminated the use for my manual timer; nice to give that 'Sensor' a break once-in-a-while, though)...

I just, like my washer lacking a fabric dispenser, (which I would probably seldom, if ever use in this day 'n' age) or being disappointed it doesn't have for a '90' being that 'high-endy', feel a dryer (also a '90') probably needs a switch to turn off the "Wrinkle Guard", or wish it was just in another portion of the timer area...

I'm not that unappreciative of the feature, I do like to know to take my clothes out to prevent wrinkles, although many is the time I put clothes wrinkled from HANGING in my dryer for a few minutes (with the manual timer) along w/ my hard rubber dryer ball, or a damp wash cloth...

Just that I don't go for the "phantom spins" of the dryer starting up again & turning off & of course, I have the alarm set to highest volume... --There's something I like about my dryer buzzing to let me know it's done, and I respond if & when I can get to it; it's down a flight of stairs at the end of the house under the bedrooms, while I'm normally in the house right above it!

I'm sure a lot of people bought high-end dryers w/ that feature & did pay for an extra knob (to get Frigidaire's 'Press Guard' or GE's 'Extra Care', for instance), just to get another feature of two unavailable on a lesser model, so that's how this dryer is viewed...

Regarding the lid on my Kenmore washer, since that had been brought up: the only time it would be in my way is watching my washer during filling & having to adjust the Water Level; I have to turn that knob to "Reset" to make any changes, so I have to briefly lower the lid if I want to use less water or can see a load requiring more water during a fill, that's all there...

A lid that would lie flat would be right on top of the dryer, which would need a door that opens to the left (a Maytag, in the case of it being a vintage machine) or why a Kenmore w/ a drop-down opening door (which more Whirlpool dryers also have) was chosen, much like a left-opening lid that doesn't lie flat (which CONSUMER REPORTS cites as "Hampers access to the left") or a lid opening to the back would be appropriate in accordance to the installation requirements of my laundry (did take a few pics of my laundry area w/ my camera phone & don't think I have 'em there, but I put 'em on my Facebook page so I'll see if I cvan someday find a way to post 'em here)...

Still like my Kenmores, & the many others here, too, fancy or utilitarian, Top-, Bottom-, or Mid-Line, whether washer, dryer, or machine that does both, and no matter what era or what year...! And even if "everyone had one", as opposed to any "underdog" brands, such as Hamilton, Franklin, or Blackstone...

Or even Gibson, Kelvinator, Westinghouse, Norge, Wards, or Frigidaire; of which at least like GE, Whirlpool or Maytag, would at least be seen in the kitchen, whereas in my case, the washer & dryer would be a Sears Robuck catalog # _______ (Insert Here)...

The best appliances of their time!

-- Dave

Post# 558683 , Reply# 115   11/23/2011 at 03:45 (2,552 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

That version of the gold straight vane in the portable washer is my favorite agitator. It may look plain, but it sure does not wash plain. Turnover is great on a full water level, and on a lower one it is probably the most dramatic. The long lower fins do an awesome job.

The 1970 Model 500 is one of my favorite models with this.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Post# 558730 , Reply# 116   11/23/2011 at 09:42 (2,552 days old) by joefuss1984 (Little Rock, AR)        
offensive kenmore?!

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I would just like to say that everybody has their own opinion of what machines and styles look good and which ones do not.  I for one happen to Love the look of the machines that were found offensive.  I am still waiting for my trip out to Gordon's place to get one Cool.  However, there is no need to bash what one person likes or doesn't like, the different bodies, control panels, etc all make up the rich history of the brand name.  




Post# 558740 , Reply# 117   11/23/2011 at 10:09 (2,552 days old) by stainfighter (Columbia, SC)        
Moppy memories :)...

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our neighbor next door bought this exact version to replace a mini-console WP (where the console dial, etc were all to the right in a small boxy tower)...LOVE the styling of this dial and the pointer on the timer, thanks Gordon!!!

Post# 558883 , Reply# 118   11/23/2011 at 23:57 (2,551 days old) by areuoneto ()        
76 Lady Kenmores

I should have posted these years ago I keep them at my office for a display. They came from a vacation home here in Seattle. I have so many people wanting to buy these from me, I just smile and say there not for sale.

Post# 558885 , Reply# 119   11/23/2011 at 23:59 (2,551 days old) by areuoneto ()        

Picture #2

Post# 558887 , Reply# 120   11/24/2011 at 00:20 (2,551 days old) by Autowasherfreak ()        

AWESOME Kenmores! I wish I had a pic of the set I had in the early 90's (92 or 93) TOL with the dual auction agitator and triple dispenser.

Post# 558900 , Reply# 121   11/24/2011 at 02:14 (2,551 days old) by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        
Time for me to contribute to this thread.

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I still have this Kenmore sitting in my garage.
I just love the color of the control panel!

Post# 558903 , Reply# 122   11/24/2011 at 02:22 (2,551 days old) by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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A better shot of the Lady.

Post# 558912 , Reply# 123   11/24/2011 at 05:16 (2,551 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
@ Frigilux....

"Frigilux (Eugene)":

As promised earlier this week (sorry for the delay.... had a couple of late days at work.... yep.... even leading up to the holidays), with qualifications, here are the scans of the 1960 Kenmore Model 80, and in the next frame, the 1960 Lady Kenmore.

But because I cannot seem to locate my 1961 Sears Catalog (I think I am getting another one), I won't be uploading the 1961 Lady Kenmore. But trust and believe, if you follow the POD, the 1961 Lady Kenmore Dryer is shown as the POD sometimes. Well, the panel of the 1961 Lady Kenmore Washer is an exact duplicate of the Dryer.

To you and all of my family, Happy Thanksgiving....

Thanks and Enjoy.....


P.S.: First up..... the 1960 Kenmore Model 80!!!!! Here's Image # 1

Post# 558913 , Reply# 124   11/24/2011 at 05:17 (2,551 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
@ Frigilux....

Kenmore Model 80 Image # 2


Post# 558917 , Reply# 125   11/24/2011 at 05:31 (2,551 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
Introducing..... THE 1960 LADY KENMORE SET!!!!

1960 Lady Kenmore Set Image # 1


Post# 558918 , Reply# 126   11/24/2011 at 05:33 (2,551 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
Introducing..... THE 1960 LADY KENMORE SET!!!!

The 1960 Lady Kenmore Set Image # 2


Post# 559043 , Reply# 127   11/25/2011 at 05:08 (2,550 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        
Kenmore Washers !

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Greg ( gansky )...Which I never forget said , That all washers have there beauty !

And I agree from the top of the line to the bottom Kenmore washers had the most styles as well as agitator designs then any other brand.


Gordon the three cycle model is my faverite we had this model in my family for 10 yrs and one of the strongest Kenmore's

I encounterd , the pump on that machine was so strong you can feel the floor vibrate !


All of you guy's kenmores or so speacial and beautiful !


Here are mine...


This model is my friends which I made him get out of the garage swapped out from a modern 2004 GE for now... the agitator

grooves whore out need's a replacement.


So I cleaned up this Solid State electronic model and that's what's running now.

Ben ( Swestoyz ) also had this machine , I'm not sure if he sold it yet.



Post# 559044 , Reply# 128   11/25/2011 at 05:17 (2,550 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Pic 2. My 1964 and my best Kenmore.

Classic Tilted Lid.

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Post# 559045 , Reply# 129   11/25/2011 at 05:32 (2,550 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Pic 3. Washing.
Thanks you Laundress without your tactful postings I would have not gotton this goldmine of a washer , you have made me soooo happy with this washer !
Hopeing you well and healthy !

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Post# 559046 , Reply# 130   11/25/2011 at 05:38 (2,550 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Pic 4. Two years ago I picked up this model deep in the burbs in Philly.

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Post# 559047 , Reply# 131   11/25/2011 at 05:46 (2,550 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Pic 5.
The odd model.
Love this washer pretty modern for it has the Roto-Flex agitator with step-down

Post# 559048 , Reply# 132   11/25/2011 at 05:50 (2,550 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Post# 559049 , Reply# 133   11/25/2011 at 06:01 (2,550 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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The agitator is my faverite... the only baseless agitator's that I know of.
And it is really gentle.
Check out the floating sock on the left side of the tub.
I call this washer The Screeming Woo Woo !

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Post# 559050 , Reply# 134   11/25/2011 at 06:05 (2,550 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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For Bob ( appnut )

Step down agitation.
That noise in the background is my friend Bill who just past...even when I can not see him in this video, it feels comforting that he was around.

Darren k

Post# 559051 , Reply# 135   11/25/2011 at 06:22 (2,550 days old) by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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I'm not Kevin but can I chime in about the Kenmores: 
1.  The lids.  They opened to the left and stood up, but eventually, through wear or kids being rough with the washer, eventually the lid would be bend down to the point that it would damage the porcelain and rust.  I remember Kenmores with 2 "wounds" where lid can down on the left.  Actually, I like the lid being hinged in the back best, which Kenmore has had in recent years.


2.  Agitator:  Kenmore offered many so if you didn't like one just buy a model with the one you liked.


3.  The control panels:  I call these the "Star War" panels beceuse of the black background and they came out around the time the movie was released.  But I really like the chrome and colored buttons that made Kenmore unique in the past and they looked like they belonged in an "optimistic" mid century house.  Eventually, everyone had the black control panels - which I am sure were cheaper to make - and there was nothing unique.


But there was a unique washer and dryer I wish I had bought - The black Limited Edition of 1986 in black.  Darth Vader, your laundry room is ready.

Post# 559053 , Reply# 136   11/25/2011 at 07:07 (2,550 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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I agree Bob well said !
I love the Black Darth Vader pair I just saw them last night at my friends house,
where we had Thanksgiving.

Here is Martin with the my wood button model.
This guy does not agitate but it spins.
I have not got around to fix it yet.

Darren k

Post# 559472 , Reply# 137   11/26/2011 at 19:05 (2,548 days old) by swillis ()        
Post 558913 Kenmore Pastel Rocker Switch Washer and Dryer

I was wondering if anyone in the club has the washer with the one touch feature with the pastel rocker switches. I have never seen it on here. I have the one touch dryer in white excellent condition and am looking for the washer.

Post# 559504 , Reply# 138   11/26/2011 at 20:15 (2,548 days old) by Autowasherfreak ()        

Wasn't there a video on YouTube that compared all the different Kenmore agitators, or was it just a couple of the Kenmore agitators. I had it saved, but lost it when my old computer died.

Post# 559756 , Reply# 139   11/27/2011 at 16:09 (2,548 days old) by sears9000 (Pensacola, Florida.)        
I have really enjoyed this thread.

Lebron, I want to thank you for starting this thread. All the Kenmore washers featured here, were made when they made them right. They all had their own style, and beauty. But the main thing they all had, was quality! My favorites, are the models from the late fifties, sixties, and early seventies.
Aldspinboy, you really brought back some memories with that 68 model alphabet washer with that rotoflex agitator. I'd know that washer anywhere. My parents bought that model brand new in alvacado. That's the machine I would later learn with how to do laundry. The only thing I didn't like, was that if you didn't use the hi water setting, that rotoflex was bad about pulling buttons off. I prefer the rotoswirl myself. That machine lasted until 1993 when the timer died, and it couldn't be fixed. I hope yours lasts a long time. I may be wrong, but it sounds like it's slightly dragging a little. You might want to check the belt on it.
Again, thanks to all of you who submitted pictures to this thread, I wish I could, but mine is a 2000 model, so it's disqualified. I hope to see more pictures, and may all of you enjoy your holidays.

Post# 559791 , Reply# 140   11/27/2011 at 21:24 (2,547 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Nice lady K set for sale on Mpls Cl

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Just surfing CL in Mpls and found these early DD Lady K machines. I'v had a problem with links not working so be patient if it don't

CLICK HERE TO GO TO whirlykenmore78's LINK on : sale-kgbqj-2707798779@craigslist Craigslist

Post# 560126 , Reply# 141   11/29/2011 at 09:27 (2,546 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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I apologize for my clumsy comments; I was trying to “stir up the pot” but I mis-stepped on some sensitive toes. That said…


Kevin, you’ve met me in person so you know me at least a little bit. What you wrote was offensive and went well over the line. Don’t know what the issue is, but this is the second time you’ve used the AW forum to attack me personally. Is there a problem that we need to resolve?


Gordon, as far as I’m aware, I don’t know you and we don’t have any history. As for being a “grown-up”, well, I said some negative things about some vintage appliances in the abstract. You, on the other hand, went after me, a vintage human being.

Post# 560142 , Reply# 142   11/29/2011 at 10:08 (2,546 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        
If I may...

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Ken, everyone here is allowed their opinion. That's how it works. That being said...

I think you may have made your posted opinions personal, intended or not, by using pictures of one of Kevin's agitators and of Gordon's famed (and one of the most personal to him) Green Monster. If you had used pictures of one of mine in a post where you are knocking the brand or styling, I'D be hard pressed not to take it a little personal. Like me going after G.E. And what I don't like it while using one of those neat designs you make.

Also, posting detractions about the Kenmores in a thread that was started and ended up being popular to show off member's personal Kenmores might not have been the wisest choice. As you said, you were "stirring the pot...". That is usually intended to try to get a reaction. You have received your reaction.

Ken, I have absolutely NO problem with you. I enjoy your designs. So please take this as it's intended. Just some friendly advise...


Post# 560158 , Reply# 143   11/29/2011 at 10:51 (2,546 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Charles of DC your dream machines are within 1/2 hours drive away, fully rebuilt delevered and installed with a 1 year parts and lobor in home warranty included for less than 1/2 the cost of crappy new LG machines. 


Live your dreams, we only live once.


This pair is also available to anyone else in the club, but we can't provide del & installation and in home warranty service if you live outside our service area.

Post# 560159 , Reply# 144   11/29/2011 at 10:54 (2,546 days old) by joefuss1984 (Little Rock, AR)        

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dang I would kill to have that set.....well almost kill....but i am in arkansas :-(

Post# 560173 , Reply# 145   11/29/2011 at 12:28 (2,546 days old) by Jsneaker ()        
Post# 557139, Reply# 7 11/16/2011 at 23:29 by DaveAMKrayoG

Dave, you have a GREAT PAIR of appliances! Those are the exact models from 1996 I bought for my sister and brother-in-law in GA when they bought their brand-new house. I had the 1995 washer version, and still have the Lady Kenmore 27" 1989 (gas) dryer like yours. The dryer is the BEST, never repaired once! I, too, dislike the extended tumble on the sensor-dry cycle, so if I am there to monitor the machine, I turn the machine off. The highest model had the feature to turn-off the extended tumble. I wish I got that, but the unnecessary extra expense of other features dictated my choice. I should have repaired the washer again, it was only the coupler!

Post# 560175 , Reply# 146   11/29/2011 at 12:40 (2,546 days old) by Jsneaker ()        
Sorry, Dave...

After actually looking at your dryer's control panel, it does not have the electronic sensor dry that both my sister & I have. Yours is the "Auto-Dry" with soft heat, ours are the Electronic Sensor dry with Soft Heat.

Post# 560178 , Reply# 147   11/29/2011 at 12:44 (2,546 days old) by Jsneaker ()        
Fabric Softener Dispenser

If anyone needs one of those Kenmore white, agitator-top fabric softener dispensers from my 1995, I have mine saved unused/"new".

Post# 560216 , Reply# 148   11/29/2011 at 15:17 (2,546 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        
I have a few... Well, Gordon has a few, now...

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Here's two side by side. You'll remember them as I had videoed them doing a agitation comparison. Both went to Gordon...

Here's the comparison on YouTube.


CLICK HERE TO GO TO redcarpetdrew's LINK

Post# 560217 , Reply# 149   11/29/2011 at 15:20 (2,546 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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A really nice coppertone dryer. I fixed it up well. Gordon, did you end up with her or did I end up giving her to a needy family like I do?

Post# 560219 , Reply# 150   11/29/2011 at 15:24 (2,546 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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The matching dryer to the above avacado washer. Man, I loved that 900 set. Gordon ALMOST didn't get them... LOL!

I'll post more from home.


Post# 560268 , Reply# 151   11/29/2011 at 19:58 (2,545 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Thanks for the catalog scans of the 1960 machines, Charles! I find the dial-less, all pushbutton/toggle button consoles very elegant and futuristic.

Post# 560304 , Reply# 152   11/30/2011 at 00:14 (2,545 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
@ "combo52"

Thanks..... When I "FINALLY" close on that condo around that time, depending on how much space MY condo has for a laundry, I may take you up on your offer. If my laundry room/center inside my new condo has room for standard sized machines, I'll get in touch with you then, and you can bring that 1966-67 Kenmore Alphabet Set over then (if you'll still have it by then).

If not (meaning space allotment for laundry is smaller than expected..... and being that you're a short drive from D. C., then I take it that you're familiar with the way Real Estate is done in D. C. .... Square Footage goes down, while the Price goes up.... and location and commute to work will be VERY STICKY points for me when I am finally out and shopping for my condo), then I may have to go with that LG set by default because I have to deal with the space that's alloted for my laundry.

Other than maybe changing out the cabinets, counter-top and appliances in my kitchen (and again, that's going to depend on whether or not I end up getting a condo that either has the kitchen already done, or for exchange for an affordable price, I may have to consider a kitchen remodel within two or three years after buying and closing on the condo)(and I am going to want my kitchen to have cherry cabinets, granite countertops and a stainless steel appliance set), the condo is going to remain intact. I will only hope that at least, it will be able to accomodate a vintage Kenmore Laundry Set (such as that 1966-67 Kenmore Alphabet Set you and I are discussing).

If I find a condo like that, I am NEVER LETTING IT GO.....

Anyway..... thanks for putting the offer out there, and when I finally realize my dream of homeownership with the keys of my new condo in my hand, I'll be looking you up then.

Until Then!!!! :)


Post# 560305 , Reply# 153   11/30/2011 at 00:14 (2,545 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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A nice little 24" washer in a basic flavor. This one's making it's way to Charlotte...

Post# 560307 , Reply# 154   11/30/2011 at 00:17 (2,545 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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The inside with it's waterfall filter. I'm told this is a uncommon model with the color of the tub and filter.

Post# 560308 , Reply# 155   11/30/2011 at 00:19 (2,545 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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This one ended up going to a family with kids who needed a dryer...

Post# 560309 , Reply# 156   11/30/2011 at 00:24 (2,545 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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1986 Lady Kenmore

Post# 560310 , Reply# 157   11/30/2011 at 00:27 (2,545 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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Lady K Triple dispenser. Gordon says that this one will be the newest BD in his *modest* collection...

Post# 560311 , Reply# 158   11/30/2011 at 00:31 (2,545 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Concord, CA (But my heart will always be in sweet Nevada!))        

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Kenmore dryer at Salvation Army store...

Post# 562020 , Reply# 159   12/8/2011 at 20:32 (2,536 days old) by bpetersxx (earth)        

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Loved the pic here

Looks like I'm late to the party again

I'm going to get my scanner fixed and scan in the Kenmore pic that I have

Our 84 TOL washer dryer set that we got i think was the last year of the BD systems

Then the 96-97 DD electronic that Mom got when she did the major remodel on the back of the house

Post# 562464 , Reply# 160   12/10/2011 at 19:30 (2,534 days old) by superken ()        
Year of this Kenmore anyone?

Hello everyone.
My interest in old machines was just sparked by this incident:
My parents recently had the spider drive crack in two on thier 2004 Kenmore eco-cycle i wont get into details but as i found out this is a common problem that is not worth fixing!
Instead of purchasing another new machine with poor quality components i found a used older model Kenmore 110.4584190 running excellent for cheap, so figuring this model was built in better days when Kenmore was made in U.S.A i bought it without regret, The Kenmore also came accompanied with an older Canadian made McClary dryer. I was wondering if anyone can help identify the year of this Kenmore?
By the way great looking machines on here =D.

Post# 562486 , Reply# 161   12/10/2011 at 20:27 (2,534 days old) by superken ()        
Kenmore picture

I had a problem loading the picture so here it is.

Post# 881224 , Reply# 162   5/17/2016 at 16:14 (915 days old) by kellyhowe ()        

heres my kenmore 70 series washing my friends clothes works great

Post# 881398 , Reply# 163   5/19/2016 at 00:29 (913 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

I forgot how many great machines were posted in this thread.

Post# 881402 , Reply# 164   5/19/2016 at 01:28 (913 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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It is great thread indeed.  Heavenly really.

Post# 881417 , Reply# 165   5/19/2016 at 07:07 (913 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
Kenmore washer

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Sorry for bumping this topic but the kenmore washer in Post# 557348 , Reply# 29 my grandmother add that excat model witch she had purchuse in 1988 to replace her old inglis liberator washing machine that had lasted her a long time

Post# 885100 , Reply# 166   6/14/2016 at 11:35 (887 days old) by seedub (South Texas Hill Country)        
The 31480 That Got Away

I miss it and hope there's one out there somewhere.

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Post# 885191 , Reply# 167   6/14/2016 at 21:47 (886 days old) by sears9000 (Pensacola, Florida.)        

Thank you for bringing this Kenmore thread back. It's good seeing these classic machines again. I think everyone of these Kenmore's are very beautiful, unlike today's strange, and boring machines they make today. These classics have, style, beauty, individuality, and most important, quality, and class! Again, thank you for letting us see this again.

Post# 971103 , Reply# 168   12/2/2017 at 08:00 (351 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
5 star thread

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Thank you for making this thread so I can realize why I was born :) Hands down the best control panel style was on those mid 80s BD washers.

Post# 971198 , Reply# 169   12/2/2017 at 22:29 (350 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        
Reply # 166

I hope you find that model as well. The funky console lighting has a casino-esque look to it that I think is cool; it reminds me of the slot machines I played in Atlantic City.

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