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Post# 779731   8/27/2014 at 15:39 (2,214 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Post# 779736 , Reply# 1   8/27/2014 at 15:49 (2,214 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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I'm not a fan of coppertone, but that's a nice looking set.


Are the hinges on the dryer door not reversible?  That configuration would have bugged the hell out of me.


I wonder if due to the under counter installation, neither machine has its finished top surface.

Post# 779737 , Reply# 2   8/27/2014 at 15:50 (2,214 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Pre WCI, might be worth looking in to.

Post# 779740 , Reply# 3   8/27/2014 at 15:59 (2,214 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
those are neat looking.....

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and i love how the washer has that "weigher" in the front panel, when you open the door to let you know what size of load you have in the washer. that is really too cool!!!

as for the set up, couldn't you reverse them & put the washer on the left hand side and the dryer on the right hand side so that the dryer door would open towards the washer??

i wonder how big of a load they could each hold??

they definitely are cute!!!


Post# 779742 , Reply# 4   8/27/2014 at 16:10 (2,214 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
My Grandmother Had The Same Set Insalled

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When her kitchen was redone back in the 1970's. Her set was a yellow color but the washer was indeed on the left of the dryer.

Quite honestly we grandchildren were amazed Grand Mama went so high end (her new range was self cleaning and the fridge self defrosting, etc...) since the woman was known to be, well *frugal*. *LOL*

What amazed my siblings and cousins more was this front loading contraption of a washing machine. None of us had ever seen such a thing and next an aunt who had a Frigidaire "Jet Cone" unit it simply was too weird. This was of course because our mothers all had standard top loaders with central beaters.

The "Weigh to Save" door on the WH washer was interesting. You placed laundry onto the door and the scale gave the water level one was supposed to set the machine. No heater and only one way tumbling. But the machine did spray water from inside the tub (IIRC from the right side of the door, and *think* there were spray rinses along with several deep rinses.

Post# 779743 , Reply# 5   8/27/2014 at 16:18 (2,214 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
hey launderess.....

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i know it might be kinda hard to remember but....
was the size of the washer (inside) very big??? or was it a small tub for only small sized loads??

Post# 779749 , Reply# 6   8/27/2014 at 16:43 (2,214 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
didn't even the old Westinghouse front loaders

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of the early 60s have that door scale? I seem to recall the next door neighbor's had that.

Post# 779754 , Reply# 7   8/27/2014 at 17:18 (2,214 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Covington is in the greater Cincinnati area, just across the bridge from downtown.

Post# 779756 , Reply# 8   8/27/2014 at 17:26 (2,214 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        
Is the washer tub very big, or is it for small loads only?

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The tub inside is small inside when compared to the modern front loader today, but they are able to hold more than their 1950's predecessor with the tilted tub.


I've had a couple of these from the late 80's (same size as these) and they can hold more than a standard capacity top loader of the time.   I've had surprisingly large loads in mine.   One nice thing is they have an adjustable water level control.


The nice thing about the newer versions like I have is they have a variable speed reversing motor, so they have a reverse tumble wash action and a more gradual ramp-up to spin then these older models.   But I still really like these older ones!


In the photos are a 1990 and a 1964 pair.



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Post# 779769 , Reply# 9   8/27/2014 at 18:34 (2,214 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Tub Size

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Was rather young but still old enough to do laundry at home as part of my chores, however Grand Mama wouldn't let us "kids" near her new kitchen equipment. One assumes she thought we would break it. *LOL* Did get to help an older aunt and cousin now and then but quickly lost interest. Being at GM's house was supposed to be b *break* from doing chores around the house, so we kids high tailed it outside whenever a whiff of work was about.

Unit held about as much as Mother's Whirlpool, and while the tub looked "small" a Moi, again that is comparing it to the top loaders everyone else had. Even laundrymats then had top loading washers.

Post# 779771 , Reply# 10   8/27/2014 at 18:39 (2,214 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Seller Cannot Test?

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I don't buy that at all.

The dryer has in interior light IIRC so simply opening the door should tell if there is power. No harm would come to the dryer by turning it on for a few moments to see if everything worked as it should. Take slightly dampened towel and chuck it in for good measure.

Washing machine is another no brainer, just do a load of laundry. That or just turn the machine on and let it do a bit of washing, then drain.

Post# 779784 , Reply# 11   8/27/2014 at 20:15 (2,213 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

These I would LOVE!!!!I like these real Westinghouses,unlike todays frontloaders that use 2 tsp of water!

Post# 779811 , Reply# 12   8/27/2014 at 22:53 (2,213 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Well someone is interested.

Post# 779818 , Reply# 13   8/27/2014 at 23:31 (2,213 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Those are striking!

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I too appreciate these, smaller capacities or not. Nice find, Launderess.

Post# 781207 , Reply# 14   9/3/2014 at 21:18 (2,206 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Well butter my behind and call me a biscut

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Things sold for two dollars and change! *LOL*

Am thinking someone got themselves a bargain...

Post# 781211 , Reply# 15   9/3/2014 at 22:03 (2,206 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Four bids only?

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must be a dream - $2.25? Anyone here who reads If so, inquiring minds would like to know what restoration plan (if any) you have for them.

Post# 781321 , Reply# 16   9/4/2014 at 09:22 (2,206 days old) by bwoods ()        
nice set

Hope someone from AW got them!! What a price. These sets are really easy to repair. The mechanism for the washer is basically a motor, BIG solenoid and a drive belt/pully and spin belt/pulley. No transmission! When it went into spin the monster solenoid just tightened up the spin belt by pushing a pulley up against it and holding it there. Just shows you don't have to have rocket technology to have a good machine.

No electronic control (smart) boards to fowl up. A real timer with a knob so you can put the cycle where you want it. You can have a warm rinse, if you chose. INstead of today's cold rinse only machines. You could have a true hot wash if you wanted as the machine didn't try to circumvent your instructions and dummy down the water temp to meet Uncle Sams Energy Star mandates.

It was just a basic machine designed to be simple, easy to use and do what it was designed to do--get clothes clean. It was a lean, clean machine, hehe.

For those of you who never had a Westinghouse washer like this, the drive pulley is not round but elongated. So it gives two speeds to the tumble action. As Westinghouse states, one one rotation a lower speed so lighter objects don't cling to to the tub and go for a ride instead of tumbling. A higher speed on the next rotation so heavier objects get lifted up and dropped into the water instead of just rolled on the bottom of the tub. It worked quite nicely.

My favorite thing was the unearthly noise of the spin solenoid kicking in. You went from tumble speed to spin speed in one fell swoop--no ramping here. :) I had two sets, one from early 80's and one from mid 80's. Even though I had them for years, if I was standing next to the washer and my mind was somewhere else it would catch me off guard and I would jump.

Instead of what look like car shock absorbers, to dampen out oscillations during spin, it has a set of rubbers (snubbers) that are tensioned on each side of metal plates. When the washer kicks (and I mean kicks) into spin the friction of the rubber snubbers moving on the plates keeps the outer tub from going into an out of an unbalanced state.

It worked, but not perectly. Sometimes it did get out of balance and the spin solenoid would be kicking in and out and this combined with the other out-of-out of balance sounds, so you had quite a loud commotion as it tried to rfebalance itself. It rarely did and would require operator intervetion.

But overall I loved them. Such a simple design. It would have been nice to have a little higher spin speed. Capacity was good and if you used a low sudsing detergent, clothes got nice and clean , albeit a little tangled at times. I got used to unknotting shirt sleeves and pant legs as I put the laundry in the dryer.

I turned up the water level limit on the pressure fill control so I am sure I had more water in the tub than Westinghouse deemed appropriate. But is was more fun to watch as it gave more visible splashing through the window. lol

Every appliance lover needs at least one Westinghouse (or WW) old style front loader in their life. Just like every car lover/collector needs one convertible. It just a basic necessity, ha.

By the way, this set makes an appearance in the movie, "The Night They Saved Christmas" (Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney, June Lockhart, 1984) in a stacked configuration in the Alaskan family's kitchen. Look for it.

Post# 781375 , Reply# 17   9/4/2014 at 14:45 (2,206 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I like this model washer better than the '64 we had, in which the door was side swing and inset into the cabinet. We had a problem with it leaking around the door, which lead to rusting rather quickly. They went back to the earlier style door partly because of that problem.

Post# 781474 , Reply# 18   9/4/2014 at 20:59 (2,205 days old) by thunderbird6565 (annandale va)        
copper westinghouse set in covington

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hi it's me again Jeff going to pick up my $2.25 westinghouse set in kentucky on saturday this is not much farther than the turquoise frigidaire set I got 2 weeks ago

Post# 781482 , Reply# 19   9/4/2014 at 21:08 (2,205 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        

That's a great set! I hope you have fun using them! And definitely the deal of the day! :)

Post# 781509 , Reply# 20   9/4/2014 at 22:49 (2,205 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Coppertone Westinghouse Pair

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Cool Pair Jeff, glad you got them, I have boxes of parts for these washers and dryers. These were fairly easy machines to work on and they worked fairly well, but they certainly never set any reliability records, my brother Jeff and I always said we should have sold WH instead of WP appliances because we would have always had plenty of work fixing them without driving very far, LOL.

This dryer is gas and hopefully it has electric ignition, WH made them both with a standing pilot and electric ignition, but if it has a constant burning pilot the inside of the dryer cabinet is likely a rusted mess. The dryer door is not reversible but WH did make the dryer with either a RH or LH hinged door for installations which called for one or the other. Several of us were considering this set but since we already have three sets of these we decided to pass. I will be excited to see these along with the rest of your collection Jeff, have a safe journey.

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