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Post# 964791   10/29/2017 at 07:27 (328 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

GE's claim to fame and selling propaganda of the mid 50's thru the 80's was the "Filter Flo" system. It did seem good to pick up loose hair and some lint, but how you sort your laundry has more to do with linting than anything else. The GE washers of the 50's were fairly noisy, but did a good job of washing, rinsing and spinning out the clothes. They are among my favorite machines of the 50's.

Post# 964792 , Reply# 1   10/29/2017 at 07:41 (328 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Socks on the left washed with terry cloth of some kind. Sand will go right through the Filter-Pan. So that has nothing to do with it. Advertising hyperbole.

It is a good filtration system, especially for animal fur. I prefer the Whirly, Kenmore self-cleaning glass beads.

Post# 964797 , Reply# 2   10/29/2017 at 09:09 (328 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

Having lived in old houses all my life, I very much dislike the idea of a self cleaning filter that throws gobs of lint down the drain.

Post# 964865 , Reply# 3   10/29/2017 at 18:22 (327 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        
"Gobs of lint"?

Not sure what a "gob" is but, I don't want that going my drains either. I don't think I've ever experienced a "gob" of lint.

Now, when I first launder new towels, the dryer always catches a lot of lint. Since most of my solid-tub machines don't even have a filter I don't even think about it. My house was built in 1946, I've been here about ten years, and have never had a problem with pipes.

Post# 964867 , Reply# 4   10/29/2017 at 18:35 (327 days old) by agiflow2 ()

Post# 964872 , Reply# 5   10/29/2017 at 18:58 (327 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

Thanks for the great ad! I certainly miss all 3 of my Filter-Flo machines, and also miss the Mini-Basket and Mini-Quick cycle. And I certainly got "gobs of lint" when I used to wash pet linens, something this new SQ TL isn't catching.

Post# 964881 , Reply# 6   10/29/2017 at 19:48 (327 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

That is Southern for a big handful...LOL

Post# 964884 , Reply# 7   10/29/2017 at 20:01 (327 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

A big hand full would be like a football?
I don't think I ever had a big hand full of lint from a washer before.
I think a "gob" would have to be at least a pound of Dipity Doo, maybe more!

Post# 964894 , Reply# 8   10/29/2017 at 20:41 (327 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Have to agree that the Filter-Flo was an excellent filter system. Sure miss a good filter system on the SQ's, it's definitely noticeable when line drying. GE's were one of my favorite washers.

Post# 964907 , Reply# 9   10/29/2017 at 21:57 (327 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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After line dried, put them in for no heat tumble.  That will help get rid of lint. 

Post# 964917 , Reply# 10   10/29/2017 at 23:00 (327 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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I guess if you are worried about fine little bits of lint being flushed down the drain by 20 + gallons of water you could never use toilet paper or even s..t in your bathroom, LOL


Common sense would tell you that fine particles being flushed down drain pipes with 20 gallons of water would clean away residue inside pipes much more than cause a clog, the same is true with having a DW and a garbage disposer, having these two appliances greatly reduces clogged kitchen sink drains.


John L.

Post# 964941 , Reply# 11   10/30/2017 at 06:10 (327 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

Toilet paper, food waste, and human waste are biodegradable. Lint clogs old drains. This is why you used to see so many people put an old stocking over the end of the drain hose on washers with self cleaning filters. Many older, and by older I mean pre-WWII, houses have an entirely separate drain system for the basement sink. The house I currently live in was built in 1907 and the laundry room drain has to get blown out about twice a year. The house I grew up in was built in 1927 and the basement sink drain required similar maintenance.


As for garbage disposals, they are not allowed in our neighborhood due to the age of the sewers.

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Post# 964961 , Reply# 12   10/30/2017 at 09:02 (327 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Wow, I'm just thinking of the ramifications to the manufacturers of appliances who sold millions upon millions of washers with self-cleaning filters to the owners of millions and millions of very old homes!

Post# 965045 , Reply# 13   10/30/2017 at 19:37 (326 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

A Whirlpool bed of nails or a GE Filter-Flo pan is a lot easier to clean than an old stocking.

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Post# 965051 , Reply# 14   10/30/2017 at 20:31 (326 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Lint In Drains

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First of all ALL washing machines put a LOT of lint down drains including wringer washers, they always have.

90% of lint is cotton and is biodegradable, as is pet hair.

A WP bed of nails, GE FF or MT agitator mounted filters only catch from from 3 % to about 10% of the lint that a washer discharges into the drain.

The purpose of a washer lint filter is to catch the lint before it resettles on your clean clothing, NOT TO PROTECT DRAINS.

Common sense would tell anyone that understands hydrodynamics that a lot of lint being flushed out all at once is only going to help CLEAN build-ups out of pipes.

If you have a drain system that has serious problems it might be a good idea to use an old stocking on the end of the drain hose, this will catch ten times as much lint as the above mentioned washers lint filters ever would, and I would submit that it is far easier to throw away and old stocking full of lint than cleaning most washer lint filters.

John L.

Post# 965083 , Reply# 15   10/31/2017 at 05:45 (326 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

Where did you get those percentages? If pet hair won't clog a drain, why will human hair? I call bull!

Post# 965088 , Reply# 16   10/31/2017 at 06:22 (326 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

That's it! It must be the human pubic hair that does it!

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