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POD 11/08/17 Westinghouse Top-Loader
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Post# 966765   11/8/2017 at 06:43 (317 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I remember these very well. They were pretty quiet, and thorough washing machines. The agitation was pretty aggressive, though, so I understand why they came out with that double-dong agitator. They were prone to sudz-lock as were most machines of this era. The stupid lid-lock was an annoyance for sure!

The glaring issue with these machines was the pump located directly above the motor! DUH!
I guess they assumed nobody would ever question that feat of engineering. Rightfully so. Who ever asked a salesman to take the panel off so you could see the inner workings? Certainly not most people.

Post# 966767 , Reply# 1   11/8/2017 at 06:57 (317 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I still kick myself for giving up on the Westinghouse top-loader I briefly owned in the mid 90s.... It was a mid-range model, with the matching dryer (and both in Harvest Gold) that a co-worker gave me; the set was in the house she bought but she wasn't keen on keeping it.  I managed to get nearly 6 months out of the washer when it started dispensing transmission oil during the wash cycle.  I very stupidly assumed the machine was not repairable and scrapped it.   Sigh, if I had only known about this site back then....  

Post# 966769 , Reply# 2   11/8/2017 at 07:01 (317 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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your right....most people wouldn't ask a salesman to see inside a machine...I have!

and 'have' I did, I was at Sears checking out the Fridgemore at the time, and I needed to know if I could adjust the water level if needed.....

luckily Craftsman tools were across from the Lady Kenmores.....a phillips screwdriver was all I needed to open the top....

talk about freakin out a salesman.....

but bottom line, if they wouldn't let me see inside, some other place different than buying a car, its a big purchase, I want to see under the hood!

Post# 966770 , Reply# 3   11/8/2017 at 07:02 (317 days old) by westingguelph ()        

IMHO the control panel is beautifully designed and quite user friendly. Westinghouse in certain products might not have been the most reliable but they sure had a knack for style and innovation.

Post# 966777 , Reply# 4   11/8/2017 at 07:43 (317 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Robert Perdue

In Roanoke has one, they wash like everything!, really a great performer.My Cousin had one when I was a kid, it was a 65 and I think they had it until about 85 or so,

Post# 966785 , Reply# 5   11/8/2017 at 08:13 (317 days old) by Glhturbo2 (Reidsville, NC)        
Speaking of Robert P.

Here is when we suds locked his Westinghouse when I was in Roanoke about 2 weeks ago. I visited and stayed with Steve, we then went to Roberts on Sunday. That was an experience in itself, so much neat stuff there. I had a blast, thank you Steve for introducing us.


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Post# 966796 , Reply# 6   11/8/2017 at 09:58 (317 days old) by kd12 (Arkansas)        
HD X-mission

That's some thick steel in the transmission housing. Heavy duty all right. Had no idea they were that heavy.

Post# 966806 , Reply# 7   11/8/2017 at 10:58 (317 days old) by scrubflex (bronx, new york)        

I would love to see this washer in action.

Post# 966839 , Reply# 8   11/8/2017 at 13:07 (317 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

This POD was the exact washer we got used after our Norge quit in 1983. This was a pretty good washer but coming from a 20 LB.capacity Norge, the tub was noticeably smaller. It washed well and created a lot of splash with those spiral fins.

Other than my current Speed Queen this washer had an excellent suspension system. The only washer we ever had with a panel light too. Great for basements with not the best lighting. It had a long spray rinse if I remember correctly on each spin.

Does anyone remember these having a white tub or off whitish tub because I remember ours did. Maybe I am remembering that wrong, but I'm pretty sure it was off white.

Post# 966852 , Reply# 9   11/8/2017 at 14:37 (316 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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thanks to our own DanMan, that agitator can be seen in action in a Speed Queen....

Post# 966861 , Reply# 10   11/8/2017 at 15:30 (316 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

I have a soft spot for these machines, I desperately want to fine one with a matching cross-tangle, err I mean cross vane, drying.

Post# 966914 , Reply# 11   11/8/2017 at 20:11 (316 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

You should be able to find one. They were everywhere not too many years ago.

Post# 966931 , Reply# 12   11/8/2017 at 21:21 (316 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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An appliance truck was delivering a fridge to the hospital I worked at & what should be in the back of it, but a Westinghouse washer & dryer (don't remember gas or electric--maybe it had the little door on the front) just like that one in the P.O.D. and I think in Harvest Gold, too...

I sure wish, despite whatever frail qualities, that the set discarded, back in (what was my good, though short-part of) the '90's, is still living its second life somewhere...

-- Dave

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