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Post# 860898   1/9/2016 at 15:15 (985 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        

Hello everybody. Did GE filter-flo washers have digital control panels? If so, when did they start using digital control panels? What features were on them?

Post# 860901 , Reply# 1   1/9/2016 at 16:12 (985 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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If you go to the Imperial search thread, type in what you are looking to find out (GE washer control panel) and your questions would more than likely be answered. Martin posted one of the last of those models 4 years ago and it was not digital and you could see the entire control panel and inside. Apparently the last of the recirculating GE models had a Hotpoint style rim flow. Alot of what you are looking to find out about has been discussed in the past and its as simple as doing a search on the appropriate forum and you will know instantly if its been posted already.

Post# 860910 , Reply# 2   1/9/2016 at 16:49 (985 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
electronic controls

So I guess GE washers started using electronic controls when they went to their plastic tub washers in 2000. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Post# 860916 , Reply# 3   1/9/2016 at 17:21 (985 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I was curious too and found thread 39001 and it was answered with Martin's post of one of the last models. I had 2 Filter-Flos and ended up giving them to deserving people.

Post# 861004 , Reply# 4   1/10/2016 at 06:37 (985 days old) by qualin (Canada)        

Heh, It's funny re-reading a very old thread that I created.

It looks like the last year for the FF was about 1994, with a complete redesign happening sometime around 1995.

In saying that, it looks to me like the only Filter-Flo to have electronics in it was the Infinite Vari-Speed, which I think they introduced in 1966. Even then, the electronics were fairly crude.

Considering that GE kept the same basic design for about 31 years, I suspect that there was too many politics within GE to consider re-engineering their machine.

In the same vein, I believe that it was Whirlpool that introduced the worlds first Microprocessor controlled washer in 1978. (With Kenmore following.) This was obviously a sign that GE was falling behind the times.

More to the point, by the 1970's, I think most people had abandoned the idea of line drying clothing, making recirculating lint filtering obsolete. (Even though, there's no doubt in my mind that Filter-Flo's still work amazingly with pet hair.)

When I think about it, the earliest anyone could have developed a completely electronic washer would have been 1973, using an Intel 4004 CPU. However, I'm sure that it also would have been very expensive and not really economically feasible. (Maytag was experimenting with electronic timers as early as 1963 if my memory serves me right.)

I think it was a shame that GE never really innovated in this area. Maybe it was Jack Welch that caused a lack of innovation within the company. Stacked Ranking is a horrible way to evaluate employee performance. (Gee, so and so is developing a Microprocessor based design.. I'd better sabotage them so they don't get ranked any better than me!)

Post# 862188 , Reply# 5   1/16/2016 at 11:50 (979 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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The last GE Filter Flos had a plain white mechanical control panel that was slanted (similar to Whirlpool). And the very last true Filter Flo washer was in 1995, TOL and had the Profile name on it.

Post# 862231 , Reply# 6   1/16/2016 at 17:08 (978 days old) by Doug (West Virgina)        
Appliance catalog

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Hello, just wonderin if anybody knows if there is a ge appliance catalog that features the models with the white slanted control paneled washer dryers? Thanks

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