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VINTAGE GENERAL ELECTRIC AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER 1SP40N(M?)- $400 (NORTHRIDGE)
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Post# 778625   8/22/2014 at 08:07 (2,010 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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silly expensive

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Post# 778628 , Reply# 1   8/22/2014 at 08:11 (2,010 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Lawd.....$$$$

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But have to admit I do like that. We had one in our family cabin decades ago. And that's the last time I have ever laid eyes on one....these must be scarce as all hell by now.

Post# 778629 , Reply# 2   8/22/2014 at 08:12 (2,010 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
And you could probably....

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run a small fishing boat with that water propeller in the tub!

Post# 778635 , Reply# 3   8/22/2014 at 08:19 (2,010 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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which means that propeller churns out some db's. :-)

Post# 778638 , Reply# 4   8/22/2014 at 08:20 (2,010 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
HAHAHA~yep....

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that thing we had was on the loud side.

Post# 778736 , Reply# 5   8/22/2014 at 16:02 (2,010 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
so how does this one work??

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does it just fill up with water and the propeller moves the water in a "whirlpool" motion and that's how the dishes are washed?? cuz i don't see any "spraying" arms, at the bottom, like i've seen in more modern dishwashers.

i'm not too hip when it comes to dishwashers.....

:o/


Post# 778741 , Reply# 6   8/22/2014 at 16:13 (2,010 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Christina,  a video is worth many thousand words...  Here's a link to the first water test of my 1956 GE impeller-wash dishwasher when I first tested it back in 2008!  I was astounded at how the water gets thrown around by the impeller.

 

I have a machine just like the one in the ad - it's also a 1956 model and the last year that a Mobile Maid had the bakelite impeller. 

 





Post# 778745 , Reply# 7   8/22/2014 at 16:20 (2,010 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Giggle - forgot I had posted this first test of the 56 Mobile Maid, too.   It's not as smooth a test this time around... LOL 

 





Post# 778777 , Reply# 8   8/22/2014 at 19:59 (2,010 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Where Do These Sellers Get Their Valuations?

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I wouldn't give more than $40 for that GE DW. Maybe would go up a bit more if it were NOS, still in the crate and otherwise never touched.

Everywhere you look persons are attempting to sell their rusted and clapped out appliances for dear money.

Quoting Toggle Switch " you can't .... me unless I lay down first". *LOL*

Many of these sellers are obviously unaware even if the item is "working" that does not mean a thing. My MM dishwasher was operable but came with a host of issues including a leaking tub with a hole.

The other shoe to drop is that in many cases parts for these vintage appliances are NLA or very hard to find.

Quite honestly if it weren't for interest from collectors such as us in the group and a few other places there simply wouldn't be a market for "vintage" appliances. You see this in the vast numbers of things that simply do not sell.


Post# 778792 , Reply# 9   8/22/2014 at 20:50 (2,010 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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Considering how little demand there is for these things it's hard for me to call them scarce. There are just far too many available for the handful of folks that want them. Not long ago I posted a link to a really nice Mobile Maid that was one generation newer. The seller was asking $50.00 for it, but the price was negotiable. No one cared; and this is Los Angeles, one of the largest markets in the United States. The simple truth is that most folks buy appliances to use, and they just don't trust an older appliance to last long enough to be worth the effort of picking it up. They may be wrong, but that's beside the point. This thing isn't going anywhere.



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Post# 778795 , Reply# 10   8/22/2014 at 21:01 (2,010 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
There is the thing, isn't it?

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Leaving aside collectors like Combo52 and his wonderful museum and other members with a collection of appliances where more are for "show" than "go", no one is going to pay $$$ for a vintage appliance.

For one thing again the thing is old and parts are either NLA or hard to find. This means even if it is in good nick putting it into daily service has risks. My MM is only run once a week or less. OTOH our newer Miele washer which dates from the 1990's or late 1980's is a different story.

What one is saying unless the thing is more recent than vintage not a lot of persons are going to want to shell out $$$ when they can spend the same for new.

There are exceptions to the rules but not price IMHO. Ironers for instance were well built and if properly maintained could go on for decades without needed repairs. I *still* would not pay dear money for one because quite frankly the market is saturated with the things. The only question is how far one is willing to drive to fetch.



Post# 778833 , Reply# 11   8/22/2014 at 23:56 (2,010 days old) by d-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        
What Launderess said!

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If this thing were priced more reasonably I'd be seriously considering it. My sister recently came across an old family photo taken in the kitchen of our old house in Highland park, and there in the background sat a G.E. Mobile Maid almost identical to this one, except it had the green trim instead of red. What can I say? I'm a sucker for nostalgia.


Post# 778847 , Reply# 12   8/23/2014 at 02:37 (2,010 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Yes,price these things in a more reasonable way-that way the machines are more likely to find a new home rather than a "new" home in the scrapyards shredder or crusher.




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