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Post# 971504   12/4/2017 at 15:11 (349 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Yeah, I couldn't let this one slip by... LOL   I know that not everyone is not as big a booster of pull-out dishwashers with an impeller-wash system, but the GE's of this era were decent performers.  


"Easy to load".... not so much.  You need to have some juggling experience, but when you get used to them, you really can get an amazing number of dishes into one of these machines!  


Just waxing sentimental - it was about 10 years ago that my GE Kitchen Centre, with the dishwasher,  arrived in Stanstead, QC!  It only took me two more years to get it installed... LOL 

Post# 971527 , Reply# 1   12/4/2017 at 17:25 (348 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
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In 1973, my folks and family moved into a 1960 GE house. IT wasn't GE's metal cabinetry, but it was their pull-out dishwasher with a metal bow-tie impeller, a 4 unit cooktop like in the picture, and a "rotisserie and thermometer and clock timer" wall oven. And my first ever disposal. We had moved from a 1929 pretty original kitchen, so this was lightyears ahead.

With 7 kids plus Mom and Dad for dinner, we filled the dishwasher with plates/tableware/flatware constantly and it did a darn fine job. The baked on pans were too big and the washer was already full from tableware, so I remember pans and roasters getting Brillo pads and being washed in the sink. At the time, it never occurred to me that pans and such could go in a dishwasher, we always filled it plenty from the table and bowls and mugs and tumblers. I do remember it was strictly a one-cycle machine, you moved the dial to START and that was that.

While I am not searching for one of these, I'd take it if I stumbled across one, pretty fun for folks in this website.

Post# 971541 , Reply# 2   12/4/2017 at 18:27 (348 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

We had one of these when I was a kid. It washed up a storm as long as the hot water was good and hot, and you could hear it doing so from the back yard. As far as it's performance with pots and pans I wouldn't know, as I believe in washing pots and pans by hand even today.

Post# 971558 , Reply# 3   12/4/2017 at 19:39 (348 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

My favorite aunt had one. I was lucky enough to get to load and unload it when we visited. It was a bear to load and aunt always started it to make sure the dial wasnt turned too much to miss the first fill. Our neighbors had a year newer model that had the big dial up high. Loved them.

Post# 971915 , Reply# 4   12/6/2017 at 10:04 (347 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
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Impossible for me to look at that and not think of the recent double drawer dish washers. What's old is new and back to the future.

Post# 971921 , Reply# 5   12/6/2017 at 10:49 (347 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Bow tie vintage GE dishwashers just started when you either locked the lid by pushing down or when you moved the lever on the builtins from "OPEN" at the far left to "ON" at the far right. Thanks for sharing your kind memories of the bow tie machine. Ours would wash away  heavy soil really well and then grind it up so that we never had "yibblets" left on things.

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