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Westinghouse Dishwasher (Honolulu, HI)
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Post# 863689   1/23/2016 at 14:22 (1,032 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Along with a weird looking Westy cook top oven.

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Post# 863693 , Reply# 1   1/23/2016 at 15:13 (1,032 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Not bad. The DW has an electric detergent dispenser and still has the filter. That is a later style top-oven-only Continental. They have not had hard use and are not crap appliances if you can deal with the harvest gold color.

Post# 863700 , Reply# 2   1/23/2016 at 16:11 (1,032 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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That's one of the last true Westinghouse dishwasher before the WCI take over.  My last year of college in Austin was spent in a large apartment complex that was built in 3 phases in the mid to late 1960s.  The 1st & 2nd apartment I lived in was part of the 1st phase.  That was the one where I had the terraced toped range and a similar 2 cycle dishwasher==the buttons were plastic and kind of oblonged/finger shaped.  The top rack had tines dividing each row as opposed to this top rack (which was like friends of mine that lived in the phase that was last built that had a dishwasher like this with silver looking square buttons and the top rack didn't have tines dividing the two left or two right handed rows.  Just tines went down the center row for bowls-saucers and tines that essentially butted up against the center row tines--which should have remained between the two outer rows in my opinion.  Loading that top rack drove me nuts with stuff that tipped over beteween the outer rows and next row in on either side.  And after the WCI take over, the top rack remained like the above design. 

Post# 863709 , Reply# 3   1/23/2016 at 16:47 (1,032 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I remember those nice oval buttons on the first of the drop door machines in 64 or 65. It got a check rating in the CU report on diswashers.

Post# 863720 , Reply# 4   1/23/2016 at 18:14 (1,032 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Tom, I vaguely remember a rumor that those Westy Pumps were largely based upon the KA 12 or 14 series pumps?  I know the one I had, sure reminded me of KAs with its sounds while filling up as well as during the drains.  I loved the capacity of them too.

Post# 863723 , Reply# 5   1/23/2016 at 18:34 (1,032 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Yeah, the square filter was like the 12 and I think John said the pump was of a similar design.

Post# 863724 , Reply# 6   1/23/2016 at 18:34 (1,032 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Thank you!!!!!

Post# 863745 , Reply# 7   1/23/2016 at 21:22 (1,032 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        

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I need to find one of those dishwashers.

Post# 863799 , Reply# 8   1/24/2016 at 09:28 (1,031 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1969-70 WH DW and Hi-Oven Range

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These were differently top performing appliances and all WH in construction. The DW was a little bit of a copy of a KA KD-15 series in several ways. These WH DWs with a rectangular filter were a top performing machine, unfortunately like many other WH appliance of the 60s they never got close to being reliable.


There was one later true WH DW design that came out about 1971, some of you have no dough seen them, they had no filter, no wheels on either rack, no detergent dispenser lid.


They did have forced air-drying [ they used the motors cooling to suck air out of the wash chamber ] so the motor had to run during the complete cycle. They had a timer that could be turned either way, like a clothes dryer and a porclean inner door and tank finished in light blue.


They had many serious problems with the motor, cooling fan and pump assembly, other than that they would last for a while, cleaning performance was poor at best.


As soon as White Industries bought WH these DWs were gone, although WCI did use a few of these ideas to make a cheap DW that they sold under many different names that was not the least bit better in performance or reliability.

Post# 863830 , Reply# 9   1/24/2016 at 13:21 (1,031 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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I believe those are probably the plainest controls I've seen on a range, especially the oven. That said they do seem to be in good shape and I kinda like them. I doubt they were used much if at all.

Post# 863862 , Reply# 10   1/24/2016 at 17:03 (1,031 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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WCI is really NFG. :-)

Post# 864011 , Reply# 11   1/25/2016 at 14:44 (1,030 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

John, did you really mean that it was a copy of the KA KD15 when they came onto the market at the same time?

Post# 864020 , Reply# 12   1/25/2016 at 15:16 (1,030 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Wow! I have Westinghouse dishwashers of both designs mentioned by John.  Shame they're both 'buried' in the appliance hoard in the garage.... I wanna play with them now!

Post# 864036 , Reply# 13   1/25/2016 at 17:12 (1,030 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Rectangular Filter WH DWs 1965-70

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Yes it is unlikely that WH copied much from KAs KD-15 series, but the above mentioned WH DWs are most similar to the KA KD -15-17 DWs.

Post# 864058 , Reply# 14   1/25/2016 at 20:56 (1,030 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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My portable avocado Westinghouse was a teensy bit older than this, and BOL, but it could wash like a champ.  It had a very easy life up until I found it at a thrift store around 1985.  I gave it to some friends who used it for a couple of years,  I used it for a year or so, then it went to a guy I was dating and ran for several more.  Never a problem, never a complaint.  Except the noise.  

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