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POD 11/10/2017
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Post# 967158   11/10/2017 at 12:25 (342 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

From my understanding, this Norge front loader was built by Bendix in the late 40's to very early 50's before Norge made their own top load machines. I have never actually seen one of these machines before.

Post# 967162 , Reply# 1   11/10/2017 at 13:01 (342 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

It was the first 18 pound home washer offered for sale in the US. While it was automatic, owners were wise to keep their wringer machines to do the final extraction before drying.

Post# 967178 , Reply# 2   11/10/2017 at 14:38 (342 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
Does anybody

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in the club here have one of these??? I still remember when I was 10 years old looking through the consumer reports that were posted here and I believe the 1951 report had this machine in it. I have wondered about it ever since.

It looks reasonably well built, being front load without sensors it had to be, I guess. There has to be at least one that survived, heck we know of at least 2 Launderalls in existance!

Post# 967233 , Reply# 3   11/10/2017 at 21:08 (342 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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I love how Norge/Wards was the only manufacturer to use the word "Extraction and/or Extract" instead of "spin." My '75 Wards dial reads "Ext." for the first spin, and "Spin" for the final one. Interesting that this early model boasts 18-lb capacity -- unheard of until the 1960s as far as I know...

Post# 967234 , Reply# 4   11/10/2017 at 21:08 (342 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

This was a bolt-down machine so sensors, other than the water level switch, are not a factor.

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