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Beaumark Rimflo finds a new home
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Post# 925865   3/9/2017 at 16:12 (2,600 days old) by potatochips ( )        

There, finally I have all three of the major manufacturer machines. Maytag, Kenmore (WP) and now GE. Err well, Beaumark. Beaumark was the in house brand for The Bay or The Hudson Bay company in Canada. Beaumarks have a lot of Hotpoint features, and out of all of the designs for control panels by GE, Hotpoint, or any department store brand like Viking, or JC Penny, these machines I think have the most esthetialy pleasing design.

Post# 925866 , Reply# 1   3/9/2017 at 16:14 (2,600 days old) by potatochips ( )        

This machine is a MOL machine. Some were offered as suds-saver. The "10 program" version is TOL. Here is the side opening lid money shot with rimflo.

Post# 925867 , Reply# 2   3/9/2017 at 16:15 (2,600 days old) by potatochips ( )        

Check out this pump! I've never seen a pump that was bolted together on a GE.

Post# 925869 , Reply# 3   3/9/2017 at 16:18 (2,600 days old) by potatochips ( )        

And finally, this is the back. No cardboard or pressboard back. Pure metal. Also looks like the back is "more complete" from the frame as it extends down to the water valves. All in, the machine is on the verge of needing a two speed clutch replacement, and might as well get a new belt. Other than that, some cosmetic things will make this shine.

And if you're wondering what happend to the BD Kenmore? Well, a new basket drive is on its way along with a YouTube rebuild video.

Post# 925872 , Reply# 4   3/9/2017 at 16:30 (2,600 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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Hey Kevin, congratulations on finding this machine, it looks to be in pretty decent shape.  Neat control panel design too.   I like that it has the ramp vs. the straight-vane agitator, much more fun and better movement too.  Thanks for the info in the Beaumark brand name, I'd never heard of it.


The one thing I don't like about the "rim-flo" design is the spray rinse during spin is ineffective (read: useless) and a total waste of water.   It's flows into the rim filter, then out to the outer tub and down the drain while spinning.



Post# 925890 , Reply# 5   3/9/2017 at 19:48 (2,600 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

Well, there's a little modification you can make with the fresh water spray that will send the spray rinse water into the basket. Kind of a Brit Milah. SOP procedure when acquiring a RimFlo along with tossing the lid switch.

Post# 925900 , Reply# 6   3/9/2017 at 20:39 (2,600 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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Post# 925944 , Reply# 7   3/10/2017 at 04:34 (2,600 days old) by potatochips ( )        

Thanks guys! Beaumark marketed the ramp activator as a Spiral Agitator. Here's a photo of the timer too.

Post# 925945 , Reply# 8   3/10/2017 at 04:36 (2,600 days old) by potatochips ( )        

Here is the other half of the panel. Is it normal for GE machines to just spray cold water during the cool down? It probably doesn't do much as what Kevin said is true about the fill flume.

Post# 925953 , Reply# 9   3/10/2017 at 06:07 (2,600 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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congratulation on your finding if you went to see it wash with the lid open you will need to disable the lid switch, and soon hoping to see a video of this washer going true a full cycle

Post# 925960 , Reply# 10   3/10/2017 at 06:36 (2,600 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Nice find, Kevin!   I always thought the Beaumark washers and dryers had the most colourful control panels - I had neighbours who had this very same set when I lived in my first home in the wilds of Ile Perrot.   Funny how the Beaumarks all seem to have some rust around the lid switch - the old Vikings I have owned didn't...  I wonder if the rim-flo might have something to do with that.    


Nice machine!  Hope you have fun with it!  

Post# 925961 , Reply# 11   3/10/2017 at 06:42 (2,600 days old) by potatochips ( )        

Thanks folks! I will keep my eyes open for more Beaumark machines like this. I will polish it up once the BD machine is working again, and I will get a video.

Post# 925974 , Reply# 12   3/10/2017 at 07:41 (2,600 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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potatochip i do not kjnow if this model will intress you but the problem would be you would need to have it ship and that can be costly

and the model of the washer is a filter flo model

Post# 925975 , Reply# 13   3/10/2017 at 07:43 (2,600 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
picture of the washer if you went a screen shot as well

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Post# 925981 , Reply# 14   3/10/2017 at 08:10 (2,600 days old) by ken (NYS)        
Bolted pump

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The pump on my 83 GE is bolted together like that. I took it apart to remove a sock that was in it. The person I got it from advertised it as it wouldn't spin. The sock in the pump was the only thing wrong.   

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Post# 925983 , Reply# 15   3/10/2017 at 08:14 (2,600 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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interesting speed control....for agitation only?....wonder if its a true 3 speed?.....spins all high speed?

Post# 926001 , Reply# 16   3/10/2017 at 10:26 (2,599 days old) by golittlesport (California)        
Nice find

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Cool looking control panel with interesting layout. Wow...a 24-minute maximum wash cycle. I like that spiral agitator.

Yep, the "spray rinse" on the rim-flo's was really just a "clean the rim-flo filter" cycle. Little, if any, water went into the tub.


Post# 926012 , Reply# 17   3/10/2017 at 11:47 (2,599 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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probably why they angled those fill flumes to face the outter tub section, even for a regular filter flo....

well, for the filter flo's, I cut/alter the fill flume to direct water onto the load....

Post# 926031 , Reply# 18   3/10/2017 at 13:52 (2,599 days old) by potatochips ( )        

Martin, I experimented with it last night a bit. Its a two speed, but the Perma Press selection is normal agitation, slow spin. Where as Normal is normal all around, same with delicate being slow for everything. But interesting to note, the timer overrides whatever you select, so on the delicate cycle, even if you leave it in Normal speed, it will go slow. Same with Perma Press.

The Perma Press cool down is somewhat lame. All it does it drain out the warm wash water and sprays cold water throughout the entire first spin and drain, all the way until it goes in to the first rinse. Again, the timer overrides whatever you select as it does warm wash, cold rinse.

Pierre, I would so buy that machine right now if I lived in BC! There are a few Beaumark and Viking machines closer to me in Nova Scotia that are in Quebec and Ontario that I would like to get.

Post# 926033 , Reply# 19   3/10/2017 at 14:02 (2,599 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
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if i see some for sale in my area i will link you to them if i see some models with a mini basket is this something you would love

here is a viking washer for sale in the region of montreal quebec but seller do not deliver

if i see more i will post a link for you

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Post# 1197713 , Reply# 20   1/22/2024 at 20:20 by mrclean (canada)        
clutch ?

hi everyone, im new to this website.. i have a rimflo beaumark like posted. a question.. it seems to be working okay but the spin cycle seems very slow. the belt is tight and in good shape. is it possible that the clutch needs servicing? if so, can it be serviced/ cleaned/ restored? or is something else the cause? much thx :) *also have a beaumark hd dryer, not matching, a bit newer (model 63361toww) *im in toronto

Post# 1200043 , Reply# 21   2/23/2024 at 22:55 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Thank you for posting this. That access panel makes me imagine what Filter Flos might have looked like if production continued into the early and mid 2000s. It has that look of the Maytag Performas. 

Post# 1200044 , Reply# 22   2/23/2024 at 23:09 by appnut (TX)        

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My mom's fall 1978 GE Fflo, the perm press cycle did the same thing of spraying cold water on the load until the fill rinse once the water level was low enough to allow water to enter via filling.

Post# 1200066 , Reply# 23   2/24/2024 at 10:02 by rpms (ontario canada)        

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Was the Rimflo as good at removing lint as the Filter Flo?

Post# 1200116 , Reply# 24   2/24/2024 at 21:27 by chetlaham (United States)        

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I'd say filter flo. Rim flo was just to sell BOL machines but better than nothing.

Post# 1200202 , Reply# 25   2/25/2024 at 17:44 by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
GE washer

That reminds me of a GE washer.

Post# 1200210 , Reply# 26   2/25/2024 at 20:57 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
"GE washer"

That's because it's based on the Hotpoint version of the GE washer.

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