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Post# 753850   4/30/2014 at 13:03 (2,337 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Post# 753869 , Reply# 1   4/30/2014 at 14:21 (2,337 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
that's a pretty cool looking kenmore portable washer....

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i'm not too hip on kenmore washers but if i had to guess, i would say this is a mid to late 1960's.

am i right???


Post# 753879 , Reply# 2   4/30/2014 at 14:52 (2,337 days old) by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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Early 70's.

1 Speed
1 Water level
3 Cycle
Straight vane agitator with water fall lint filter.

Water temps set a faucet.
True standard capacity for a 24" machine.
10-12 lbs.

Oh I forgot, it has lift casters to move from room to room.

Post# 753903 , Reply# 3   4/30/2014 at 16:47 (2,337 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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cool, thanks for the details. that was very interesting. but i would have guessed it would of been a 2-speed since it's got the "DELICATE" cycle on the dial.

so, if it's a 1-speed, how would the kenmore's "DELICATE" cycle work?? the same as the maytag's "GENTLE" fabric-matic washing cycle (agitate, stop, agitate, stop....???

Post# 753914 , Reply# 4   4/30/2014 at 17:31 (2,337 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

I think on the Kenmore it is just a shorter wash time and cycle.

Post# 753946 , Reply# 5   4/30/2014 at 19:54 (2,337 days old) by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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You are right hippiedoll, it is two speeds!
Oh my....., I spilled the detergent in my coffee mug again, LOL.
Brain needs washing so bad!

Post# 753949 , Reply# 6   4/30/2014 at 20:06 (2,337 days old) by epixstar128 (toledo)        

Hippiedoll i think this would fill my bill instead of that twintub

Post# 753964 , Reply# 7   4/30/2014 at 21:02 (2,337 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Single speed and Delicate...

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There was a single speed, single cycle version of this portable. It just had less chrome trim on the front, otherwise very similar in appearance. Maybe that's what confused you Larry?

The few models that did offer a Delicate with a 1-speed motor in this era simply ran the delicate cycle in high speed, no pauses or interruptions. It was honestly rather silly, because there isn't much gentle about the straight-vane agitator these used in normal wash speed. It is NOT harsh, but not gentle either. I have one of these in a 24-inch non-portable model. I have come to like the delicate cycle because it cuts out two minutes of spin after both the wash and rinse, as well as spray rinses in between wash and rinse. Its just slightly more energy and time efficient, but is not applicable to every load. It might be better called the "Express" cycle however vs. calling it Delicate.

This model, along with several other portables and 24-inch models, originated in 1967. They were made more or less unchanged into the early 70s, other than a switch from bakelite to polypropylene agitators in 1968. These finally went away in 1973-ish when the revised suspension portables came out. We still see a number of these machines because they were popular and sold for so long. I haven't seen the single cycle portable yet though, just a number of the 3-cycle models.

The remants of the "features at a glance" sticker on the lid indicate that this machine is from the later production.


Oh my gosh, I just number 3,000 for me!

Post# 753972 , Reply# 8   4/30/2014 at 21:30 (2,337 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Three thousand! Bet that on the lucky four daily. :-)

Post# 754039 , Reply# 9   5/1/2014 at 01:04 (2,336 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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thanks for confirming that this kenmore portable is indeed a 2-speed!

detergent in your coffeemug??
hm hm hm.....


Post# 754042 , Reply# 10   5/1/2014 at 01:09 (2,336 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i think you're right.

i think you would like a portable automatic just like this, compared to getting a hoover twin tub.
(hope not to offend anyone)....

for one thing, if you got something like this, laundry would be alot less work, compared to a twin tub. and even though the spinner is faster on the twin tub, from what i've read on here, the spinning is pretty fast on these portables compared to the full sized automatic washers, because they are smaller than a full size.

but this was the type of portable automatic launderess & me was saying that we would prefer compared to a portable twin tub washer.


Post# 754044 , Reply# 11   5/1/2014 at 01:16 (2,336 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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i was thinking that this might be an older washer because it has the "WASH N WEAR" cycle instead of a "PERMANENT PRESS" cycle??

when i seen the "WASH N WEAR" on the control knob, i thought for sure this had to be an older model??

and it's funny how the control knob on this kenmmore washer, looks like & reminds me of, the whirlpool washer's control knob that my mom had, back in the mid-1970's.

Post# 754060 , Reply# 12   5/1/2014 at 05:10 (2,336 days old) by kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

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Had that exact same machine. Wish I had kept it. Will keep looking for one. Hopefully, they're still out there a little closer to where I live.


Post# 754087 , Reply# 13   5/1/2014 at 07:46 (2,336 days old) by epixstar128 (toledo)        

So the hunt begins

Post# 754186 , Reply# 14   5/1/2014 at 14:47 (2,336 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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GOOD LUCK on the hunting!!!
hope you find your portable automatic quickly!!!


Post# 754350 , Reply# 15   5/2/2014 at 04:11 (2,335 days old) by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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Ron, they will show up from time to time just be patient!

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