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Post# 755815   5/8/2014 at 22:12 (2,119 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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I know there's no line forming outside to buy this dryer, but what is it?

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Post# 755818 , Reply# 1   5/8/2014 at 22:18 (2,119 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        

Very BOL

Post# 755824 , Reply# 2   5/8/2014 at 22:50 (2,119 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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that makes it a LBOL - lowest bottom of the line ...

To me, I thought someone ripped off the panel on top. :-)

Post# 755835 , Reply# 3   5/8/2014 at 23:39 (2,119 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Sears sold  that dryer for $99.00 in the early 1970's.  IIRC,  decreased wattage in the heating element.  The lint filter was inside the drum very similar to the 115v portable dryers.  I only remember them from the catalogue.

Post# 755902 , Reply# 4   5/9/2014 at 12:43 (2,118 days old) by Circlew (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

"lint filter inside drum".

I don't think that's the case with this machine, as it has the cover for the lint filter on the top at right rear, like most all Whirlpool made 29" dryers. I have seen some old BOL machines without it, but they were from the 50's.

Post# 755916 , Reply# 5   5/9/2014 at 14:32 (2,118 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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there actually were both.....I had the one with the top filter, but have seen one with the internal ones as well...

if I am correct I think it has something like an available 2hr time dry air only, high heat at all times....all in all, a no nonsense dryer....

Post# 755918 , Reply# 6   5/9/2014 at 15:08 (2,118 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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This is a later version of a rather long running model design, plastic timer knob was different than one I had. Mine was a bit older version I found at Goodwill and used for quite a while. Chrome timer knob recessed on front panel and internal kidney shape filter inside. There was wire mesh behind the filter basket that was completely clogged but once that was cleared, the dryer worked perfectly. These BOL and other lower end machines varied in wattage ratings from year to year and model to model so they weren't all as fast as the upper end of the lines.

Post# 755940 , Reply# 7   5/9/2014 at 18:31 (2,118 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

If you look closely at the dryer, it does have a door on top for the lint filter in the usual place.

What's that brown stuff on the dryer? Was it originally Almond and someone spray painted it white? Or is that evidence of a previous dryer fire?

Post# 755942 , Reply# 8   5/9/2014 at 18:39 (2,118 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

A dryer that low in the line would not have been available in almond even if almond was offered as far back as this dryer was sold.

Post# 755987 , Reply# 9   5/9/2014 at 21:04 (2,118 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
1976 BOL dryer

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This is a 1976 model dryer, but I think they were manufactured into 1978. You can tell by the Kenmore / Heavy Duty logo on the left of the little "consolette" or whatever we want to call that. The logo matches what was used on all the black panel machines of the time, beginning in 1976. I saw dryers like this dozens of times at the Sears stores in Littleton and Aurora Colorado. I was always fascinated by the lack of a console and the timer up front on the cabinet. You push in the timer knob as a 'push to start' feature. There was a matching 24-inch single cycle washer, which I believe sold for $199 on the floor, regular price. There was a long-running 1972 version as well, which as Arthur pointed out sold for just under $100 for many years.

The final versions of these did have a 20 minute air-only cycle, but from what I remember some earlier versions may not have. I think there was a dryer of this basic appearance through most of the 60s, even as far back to the belt-driven blower models, but they all had the chrome knob which is mentioned above.

There were indeed two versions of the 1976 model, the absolute BOLiest had the bulkhead mounted lint screen, and the step-up had the top mount. Seems like a huge feature add-on to me. I have no idea what that translated into in terms of price between the two. Oddly, my Whirlpool parts catalog says the first model (110.76615100) has the 5200 watt element and the second (top mount screen 110.76616100) has the 4400 watt element. Strange...

The odd color paint patches on the machine is touch up paint which either has yellowed, either over time or due to heat, or was Almond paint from the start. My 1978 Kenmore dryer had some touch ups done on it by the service and repair guy whom I bought it from. This paint yellowed in exactly the same way within 7-8 years.

Cool dryer!


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