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Gorgeous BOL KitchenAid
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Post# 969381   11/22/2017 at 10:58 (305 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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I've never seen this model before and, when combined with that spiffy brushed copper (?) panel, I don't care that it's the "Custom" model, it's a little bit of perfection. It's a KDC-15. And I always liked this upper rack more than the ones on the more expensive models even if there aren't any "fold-down tines".

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Post# 969384 , Reply# 1   11/22/2017 at 11:29 (305 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
She's A Beauty!

I've always had a perverse attraction to BOL appliances. There's just something minimalistic about them...

Plus, if this gets dishes as clean as I expect it does, it's better than 99% of the crap that's being sold now. Thanks for sharing!

Post# 969397 , Reply# 2   11/22/2017 at 12:47 (304 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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A friend of our family had this exact model.

Yes, that is my favorite top rack. I had that top rack in my Regency. Loved it. Especially when it was combined with the raise/lower/tilt feature.

Noisy yet fast cycle. Great Machine.

Post# 969475 , Reply# 3   11/22/2017 at 23:28 (304 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

There were, to the best of my knowledge, three different control panels for the KDC15 machines. The first was a painted sort of tan with a hint of rose in it to match the buttons on the I & S models. Then came a garish brassy colored panel and lastly this black one. They had problems with the paint on the original panel and then moved through the other two is the way it was explained to me.

Post# 969629 , Reply# 4   11/24/2017 at 05:37 (303 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Now that is what they should have been putting in new homes and apartments instead of plastisol rust puffs. BOL meats top quality.

Post# 969641 , Reply# 5   11/24/2017 at 08:53 (303 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
Compared to the trash on the market today

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This 'BOL' Hobart is, even right now, this very moment, better quality, faster and better at washing dishes than any BOL available today.

Having just had to do an emergency dishwasher replacement for a friend, I can attest to this. The last of the 'Potscrubbers' from GE aren't too bad, but wow, in terms of quality, how the mighty have fallen. As to the rest - I'd rather invest whatever was needed in fixing this beauty up (should anything be in need, probably not, it's not even 60 years old yet) than deal with the current trash.

Thanks for sharing.

Post# 969646 , Reply# 6   11/24/2017 at 09:15 (303 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Beats the Garbage of Today!

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A "Push To Turn On" and YOU'RE DONE! --Put anything--pots & pans, no matter how dirty, a mixed load! But it will get CLA-EAN!

It's enough to make ME want this machine!

A next door neighbor had a BOL like this but (circa. 19-FIFTIES) older... Unfortunately saw ready to be thrown out, whether still working like new or finally beyond salvageable by any kind of life-saving-repair...

Same w/ a neighbor across the street, a portable that got into a disuse, all the time I was around...

It betters today's garbage anyway...

-- Dave

Post# 969647 , Reply# 7   11/24/2017 at 09:18 (303 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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When I was in college, a friend of mine's family had this dishwasher.  They lived in Dallas and I stayed with them for 3 UT vs. Oklahome football games.  The reputation of "this is a KitchenAid".  I loaded it up after breakfast (8 or 10 people) all prim and proper.  Ran hot water until it was hot at the sink and detergent in both prewash and main.  I had yibblits/shcmalz all over glasses and mugs in the top rack.  Hence enforced my disdain for KitchenAid dishwashers even more.  Our rotoracks at both homes did so much better. 

Post# 969662 , Reply# 8   11/24/2017 at 12:45 (302 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
While I don't share the adulation

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For KitchenAid so many here feel, I've learned how to make ours work right.

1) Run the baked on soil through the Potscrubber first.

2) Use four times the enzymatic detergent as for the Potscrubber.

3) Consult the picture charts I made whilst experimenting to find out where to put what so it would get clean.

4) Avoid putting anything in the 'no-go' areas of the racks (it's about 35% of the total area).

5) Take the dishes out and put them back in the Potscrubber to get clean again.


Seriously, the quality is magnificent. The washing results? Better than today's trash, but compared to a Potscrubber with multi-orbital arm? Not even in the same league.

Now, cue the KA fanatics to explain why I don't know Jack....

Post# 969669 , Reply# 9   11/24/2017 at 14:23 (302 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

Can't understand why make a quality machine if for all that engineering the machine leaves particles left on dishes. It should perform as good as it looks or is made.

Post# 969673 , Reply# 10   11/24/2017 at 14:39 (302 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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The black control panel makes it look very interesting. Itís an improvement over the early ones that had paint problems.

Post# 969743 , Reply# 11   11/24/2017 at 20:23 (302 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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As long as you don't have to "wash the dishes before you wash the dishes" which was Kitchen Aid's tagline as in pre-rinsing (or pre-washing) then shouldn't it even in that lowest-line-form do what it's supposed to do?

Seems to me the bottom-most rung Kitchen Aid, SHOULD do just as good as a Bells & Whistles ___(Insert Brand Name here)___ machine of another make...

-- Dave

Post# 969751 , Reply# 12   11/24/2017 at 21:24 (302 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Maytag had the tag line of "Do you wash your dishes before you wash your dishes" at the very beginning of the commercial, not KitchenAid. 

Post# 969753 , Reply# 13   11/24/2017 at 21:30 (302 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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All true- but compared to a Plastisol GE these were a step up clean-ability. Though I do agree with you guys- if its built like a tank it better perform well.

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