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Vintage GE Mobile Maid Built in / Portable
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Post# 50508   12/6/2004 at 13:38 (7,067 days old) by mikepaquette ()        

Can anyone tell me anything re: GE impeller style dishwashers. I was hoping to find out more about the built in style. What year (apx) they switched over to the bowtie impeller & how long did they make the top load built in style ? I had a BOL pink interior built in & was not even aware they had models with more features. I know they changed the interior colour from pink to blue but did the impeller change to the pump style at the same time ? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Michael

Post# 50526 , Reply# 1   12/6/2004 at 21:26 (7,067 days old) by gregm ()        
impeller types

Hi Mike, I believe to the best of my knowledge that the stainless steel "bow-tie" impeller came out in '59 or '60 after the "bakelite" impeller and only lasted for two or three years, none of the impeller machines were great performers. I think the "bowtie" impeller DW's had stronger motors too, but not sure. I personally think the style and design of the older, bakelite impellers threw the water on to the dishes better than the "bowtie". Shorter cycles on the older machines (were made such due to "caustic" detergents) did not help. You needed preferably 160 degree water too for best performance. Sometime in 1963, I believe they went to the stainless spray arm with the white/plastic/rising/collapsable water tower in the middle. GE and other mfg's, increased the # of wash/rinses and overall cycle times too. As far as built-in and portable, I am not sure which or who came out first. I have two round 1949 GE dw's that are semi-automatic and they are suppose to be GE's first DW's ever made. But I have also heard of a square built-in or attached to sink GE DW, maybe that came out in 1950 ?

Post# 50544 , Reply# 2   12/7/2004 at 07:54 (7,067 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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I've seen ads for GE dishwasher-sink combos from the late 30's.

Post# 50563 , Reply# 3   12/7/2004 at 16:59 (7,066 days old) by gregm ()        

well good for you Greg ....... (sarcastic grin) ..... hehehe

Post# 50567 , Reply# 4   12/7/2004 at 17:37 (7,066 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        
'30s dishwashers

I have an old magazine from 1938 that has a full page color ad for a GE kitchen...everything, including the dishwasher sink....

Post# 50568 , Reply# 5   12/7/2004 at 18:18 (7,066 days old) by westytoploader ()        

So, that leaves this question: which manufacturer introduced the first fully automatic dishwasher? It had to be after the incrementing timer was invented (Kenneth O'Sisson?); these GE DW/sink combos in the 1930's had to be semi-automatic and manually switched on/off, correct?

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