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Post# 698921   8/25/2013 at 22:28 (3,505 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        

These were good dishwashers, had strong CU ratings IIRC. For $20, not bad.

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Post# 698922 , Reply# 1   8/25/2013 at 22:42 (3,505 days old) by retropia ()        

If I'm reading the owner's manual cover correctly, the model number is GSD1200G.

Is this model controlled all by buttons, and the dial on the right is just to indicate wash status? Or is the dial on the right a rotary control?

In any event, it looks like a nice one.

Post# 698928 , Reply# 2   8/25/2013 at 23:16 (3,505 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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All push-button, "dial" on right is simply a status indicator.  I loved my GSD1200. 

Post# 698941 , Reply# 3   8/26/2013 at 03:48 (3,505 days old) by washer111 ()        

The dial you see on the right is a "Progress Indicator" of where the machine is at in any given cycle, it turns with the timer block, which is *somewhere* around that area on the machine. It does not give you any control of the machine. 


To set a cycle, one adds dishes, detergents, rinse-aid etc., latches the door and firmly pushes the cycle they want + Heated/No-Heat Dry. Each controls certain parameters like Main-Wash time, number of Pre-Washes (or Pre-Rinses), After-Rinses and whether or not the machine uses the Calrod to heat the water from 120ºF.

If the machine is only running a Light Soil cycle (for example), it will "Rapid Advance" (or quickly move the timer) to the correct rinsing portions for the start of the cycle and after the Main-Wash to ensure there are only two pre-rinses, main-wash and two after rinses. 


Information overload, I know, but I'm sure it will answer your question and then some :-)



Post# 698943 , Reply# 4   8/26/2013 at 04:01 (3,505 days old) by machinehead ()        
Potscrubber? Or before?

Is that a Potscrubber model? Or is it before/after that? Seen many GE's similar to this lately on the local CL here... Almost all are the 80's black, too...

Post# 698945 , Reply# 5   8/26/2013 at 04:38 (3,505 days old) by bravos4me ()        
We also had one of these in the 80s

The black is a reversible panel that was almond (IIRC) on the other side. You could take the panel out completely to expose the textured white finish, which matched our GE fridge. When we got a black glass door GE range, we switched to the black panel.

Thing washed great, but we had to replace the lower wash arm s couple of times as it wore threw, mostly near the ends on the bottom. That forced much of the wash water down toward the bottom of the tub, making it splash out below the door and above the access panel. Water all over the floor. I guess there was something wrong with the plastic, or its reaction with my water or detergent. Anyway, when the motor went we ditched it. Only had it 8-10 years, I think.

Post# 698976 , Reply# 6   8/26/2013 at 09:26 (3,505 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        
Had One...

....purchased mid 80s, was costly new IIRC $500, bought based on CU recommendations and it did wash great initally.

Started having issues with unclean dishes - water valve was replaced; seems like we replaced 3 water valves - maybe hard water - don't know - but nothing else in house required water valve replacements; i.e. icemaker, washer, previous DW. When I moved, let it go.

Was fun machine to use. When running correctly, you could load it to the max and everything came clean.

Post# 698980 , Reply# 7   8/26/2013 at 09:42 (3,505 days old) by joe_in_philly (Philadelphia, PA, USA)        

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My grandparents had the same machine. They would thoroughly pre-rinse everything, and only used the Normal cycle. One time when I was there, in an attempt to be helpful, I unloaded the dishwasher for them. When I told them, we quickly realized the dishwasher was never actually run through a wash cycle. An awkward silence ensued.

Post# 699069 , Reply# 8   8/26/2013 at 17:02 (3,504 days old) by washer111 ()        

This is part of the Potscrubber 1200 series (TOL, Rapid-Advance timer) series. It was the 3rd Potscrubber series (Part of "Potscrubber III" series).


Also believe this was the machine (the model) member "Appnut" (Our famous Bob) owned - Coining the term "Bob-Load®" with his efforts to completely, well and truly stuff the machine till it was 100% full (and not an iota less!)


Link below is another thread(s) discussing the awesome ability of these machines:

Post# 699083 , Reply# 9   8/26/2013 at 18:33 (3,504 days old) by machinehead ()        

Thanks for the links-- I am duly impressed! Anything that can take out dried cat food earns a deep bow of respect in my book. That stuff might as well be Portland cement or Quikcrete on dishes when it dries... Very impressed. Don't think I've seen that model before, but I seem to remember a machine with what looked like a dial, but it was, as noted, a cycle progress indicator. Must've been one o' these...

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