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Post# 691146   7/22/2013 at 10:50 (3,920 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        

Whirlpool belt-drive washer with superwash feature - this ought to really use the water and get em clean!  IIRC this machine does a partial drain after initial wash, refills and completes full wash? Someone correct me if I'm wrong.  Wonder if this machine had the Surgilator agitator with lifts at the base?

In Detroit area for $50. 

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Post# 691157 , Reply# 1   7/22/2013 at 12:25 (3,920 days old) by Kenmore71 (Minneapolis, MN)        

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That looks like a 1981-83ish LA7800XK Imperial Seventy, but I could be off by a model year or two.  

And yes, what the Superwash did was agitate for up to 6 minutes, soak for a few minutes for the heaviest dirt to settle to the bottom of the tub and then do a partial drain, refill with fresh water and then continue through with the normal cycle.  They recommended using twice as much detergent for this cycle.  

If it is indeed the model I listed above it would have the wing-tipped base Super Surgilator agitator.

Post# 691205 , Reply# 2   7/22/2013 at 16:32 (3,920 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Mark, I believe this is actually a mid 1980s LA7680.

The LA7800 had five temp buttons vs. the four on this model. I think this one is missing the Hot/Warm setting vs. the 7800. The two models were very similar --- the only other difference being the 7800 usually had a white basket and the 7680 had speckled, in 1980s trim anyway.

Ordinarily this machine could have been made anywhere from late 1982 to 1985 or 86. New control panels came out in the primary Whirlpool line in 1985, BUT some special models that were sold at Circuit City retained the old control panels, I think as a way of letting C. City have unique models so they didn't have to honor the price guarantee (no chance of finding a machine cheaper somewhere else when nobody else could stock it).

Anyway, I don't believe that by the 1980s, any of the WP models in standard capacity had push button temps, at least not common models. The LA7680 was a VERY common large tub machine and yes, it did have the winged Double Duty Surgilator.

This machine was made in the mid 1980s because it has a Kenmore-esque cabinet, devoid of the former Whirlpool indents at the top and bottom of the cabinet. I believe that changed in 1983 approximately.

Looks like this machine is in good physical shape, and if that extends to its mechanical condition, its a bargain I'd say.


Post# 691485 , Reply# 3   7/23/2013 at 22:22 (3,918 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
I looked at this again...

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Something looks odd about that control panel. I can't put my finger on it, but the colors seem off from what I'm used to seeing. Shouldn't there be pink around the timer dial in the various cycles?

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