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Post# 974827   12/21/2017 at 03:22 (304 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Does anyone have any pics of the drive mechanism or happen to have the service manual? This washer has me very intrigued:

It seems to follow the VMW concept, just 30 years ahead of its time.

Post# 974839 , Reply# 1   12/21/2017 at 06:14 (304 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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We've discussed that little GE washer several times previously, lots of information in the archives.

These are rebadged Asian imports for GE made by Hitachi.

Post# 974849 , Reply# 2   12/21/2017 at 08:53 (304 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

They have a Boy Scout's knot tying abilities and rinsing ability that makes dermatologists wealthy.

Post# 974880 , Reply# 3   12/21/2017 at 12:14 (304 days old) by leefree (Los Angeles)        

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Post# 974882 , Reply# 4   12/21/2017 at 12:43 (304 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Too Funny Tom.

Thanks for the chuckle. Well needed today.

Post# 974885 , Reply# 5   12/21/2017 at 13:36 (304 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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you can still find these machines occasionally on CL/ebay...

but if you want to go a bit updated, think about an Avanti/MagicChef/Madea/RCA version.....capacity and cycle/option variables are endless...

Post# 974897 , Reply# 6   12/21/2017 at 15:38 (303 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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What was the drive mechanism like? The tub was suspended on all fours?

It looks like GE and Samsung are now using this concept.

Post# 974909 , Reply# 7   12/21/2017 at 16:53 (303 days old) by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        
A little more...

This is my machine. Model WWP1150VAJWH

The only thing not original is the pump. Mine developed a leak at the motor
shaft seal. I replaced it with a pump that I found for a Haier washer that was
almost an exact fit. Had to drill one new hole to mount it.


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Post# 974940 , Reply# 8   12/21/2017 at 21:32 (303 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
Pure awsome!

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Thank you- exactly what I was looking for.

I have to hand it to Hitchi- right here we see the future of modern vertical access washers created some 40 years ago. Ingenious design- makes me wonder why it did not catch on in the US. That filter is also a good idea- seen a ton of world washer where a hair pin falls in and stalls the pump.

BTW- is that the tech sheet above the pump to the left?

Post# 974942 , Reply# 9   12/21/2017 at 22:27 (303 days old) by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        
Here it is...

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Post# 974944 , Reply# 10   12/21/2017 at 22:36 (303 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Thats why I love this place!

Not a single semiconductor! And a simple PSC motor. Never knew these were so simple- yet would lay the foundation for most top load washers 40 years latter.

Much thanks :)

Post# 975050 , Reply# 11   12/22/2017 at 19:21 (302 days old) by jocks54 (Danbury Connecticut)        
Like brand new!!!!!

Love it! I have an '83 Sanyo. Very similar. The timer went and no replacements any where. I discovered the brass notches in the timer were worn down and painstakingly filed each one deeper with a rat tail miniature file. It worked! She sits in a corner never to be abused again by a careless relative who needed a loaner while hers was awaiting parts.

Post# 975059 , Reply# 12   12/22/2017 at 21:01 (302 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Would pics of the knob and tub be to much lol?

I will admit that I have never seen one in person, but these critters have me in love all over again. I am fascinated with them atm.

Up until 2010 I had a Kenmore world washers and I have to say that perhaps that was on of the best washers I have ever owned. It cleaned supper well, fitted a lot for its size, rarely suds locked and rinsed well despite not having any spray rinses. Was really gentle on the Handwash cycle as well.

From everything I am researching, it looks like most washers outside of the Us have used the VMW concept for some time.

Post# 975068 , Reply# 13   12/22/2017 at 22:55 (302 days old) by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        
Washer porn...


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Post# 975084 , Reply# 14   12/23/2017 at 01:43 (302 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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... and I'm now having a cigarette. (kidding, I don't smoke) But yahhh lol ;)

But seriously, much thanks. That washer is truly an engineering marvel.

Post# 975085 , Reply# 15   12/23/2017 at 01:47 (302 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
I wish

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BTW, I wish they made a full size version of this. A FF with an impellar would have been neat.

Post# 975124 , Reply# 16   12/23/2017 at 08:39 (302 days old) by Mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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I had a Hitachi with a full size agi that was from this era of Japanese produced machines. It certainly liked to knot things up despite the agitator. As you will see the agitation was quite fast. It wasnít the best washer Iíve used but interesting none the less.

I currently have a twin tub by Hitachi that has an impeller which i find works very well and doesnít knot as bad as other impeller machines Iíve used. Perhaps it is because the impeller is slightly offset and reverses itís action regularly. These twin tubs were once a best seller in Australia alongside Hoover so they must have got something right :-)

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Post# 975136 , Reply# 17   12/23/2017 at 09:48 (302 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
GEs Hitachi Compact washers

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These were fun, we worked on hundreds of them over the years, but they certainly were not great performers, They were water hogs, they were very hard on clothing, and they did not clean evenly and rinsing was also poor, about the only good things about them was pretty decent reliably, good spinning and vibration control with the strut suspension.

John L.

Post# 975236 , Reply# 18   12/23/2017 at 20:12 (301 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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My guess for the poor rinsing would be the lack of spin between rinses. Any idea why they choose no spin?

Post# 975290 , Reply# 19   12/24/2017 at 09:11 (301 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
poor rinsing

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My guess is they skipped the spin after wash to avoid suds locking issues.

Post# 975355 , Reply# 20   12/24/2017 at 19:44 (300 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Makes sense. Though I personally would have done a long spin spray with maybe a pulsed spin at the beginning.

I wish there were more of these from back in the day, but I am not complaining as LG and Samsung have some nice versions.

Post# 977687 , Reply# 21   1/9/2018 at 20:21 (284 days old) by mistereric (USA)        

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I still have one of these, a WWp1150vajwh, hooked it up in the new house. I don't use it often because the spin bearing is going and it makes a LOT of rumble when spinning. I wish I had a service manual for it!

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