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Post# 983005   2/16/2018 at 10:15 (218 days old) by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Came across this set early this morning. Was sitting out in front of someone's house just a few blocks away from me. I ask what they were doing with them and they said they were garbage and that I was more than welcome to take them. They are pretty much bottom of the line though. But seem to be in pretty good shape. There's no rust on them at all except for a tiny little spot under the lid on the washer.

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Post# 983007 , Reply# 1   2/16/2018 at 10:25 (218 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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They look like they will clean up well. But I know we are a rare bunch here. I could never look at all that crud around the inside of the lid. I mean it looks like mildew and I can't for the life of me understand how people will just look the other way or not clean it.

Dirty clothes go in, but the the clean clothes aren't clean if it grazes against that muck.

I hope they run well. And the best part... they're free.

Post# 983008 , Reply# 2   2/16/2018 at 10:43 (218 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
A great find!

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Congratulations on finding this pair.  I think this pair is one of my all-time favorites from GE; not BOL, not TOL, but enough features to handle 99% of what has to be washed and dried.  


I hope you have fun with them.



Post# 983010 , Reply# 3   2/16/2018 at 11:12 (218 days old) by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Thanks guys. Yeah when the weather warms up a little more I will tear them all apart and clean them up real good. This is gonna be fun because I've never worked on GE's before. I've only had Maytag's. But I've been wanting a filter flow set for quite a while now. And when I seen these sitting outside I couldn't get turned around fast enough LOL !

Post# 983024 , Reply# 4   2/16/2018 at 14:06 (218 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Congratulations!  You made a nice save, there - can't beat free for a price!   The washer reminds me of a 1986-ish GE that I bought for him to replace a 1973 GE clone.  Looking forward to seeing more pictures!!


Post# 983041 , Reply# 5   2/16/2018 at 16:50 (218 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        
Great Save!

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Seems like filter-flos are popping up all over...

I picked up that exact set for Hans a few weeks back...also FREE.....

2 main cycles...3 wash temps, 3 water levels....most likely single speed....

but that's OK, that machine will NEVER die!....

I prefer the larger capacity and mini-basket, but none the less, a very durable set

Post# 983057 , Reply# 6   2/16/2018 at 18:34 (218 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Millions of Americans send their clothes on a cruise in the Ganges everyday without the slightest thought.
That is a great find. Just the basics is good enough for me. Should do a great job for you.

Post# 983068 , Reply# 7   2/16/2018 at 19:25 (218 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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GE's are SOLID washers and driers, you'll love the filtering. Keep your eyes peeled for a fab softener dispenser.

I have various TOL models of various brands, also some very BOL ones, they're all fun and useful.

GE Turnover is great, rinsing is great, extraction is great, you'll be impressed.

Get us a closeup of the washer console.

Post# 983069 , Reply# 8   2/16/2018 at 19:29 (218 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice set, at a GREAT price.....

Post# 983073 , Reply# 9   2/16/2018 at 19:56 (218 days old) by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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OK. I'll keep my eyes open. I would like to get a mini basket for it one of these days. I'm looking forward to warmer weather where I can test them out. I am looking forward to watching the washer operate. My uncle had one of these when I was just a little kid but it's been so long ago it's hard to remember all the details. I will post pictures as I go through them

Post# 983077 , Reply# 10   2/16/2018 at 20:41 (218 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Well, Mini-Baskets are easy to come by. The problem is if there is no extra-low water setting to accommodate it.

Post# 983081 , Reply# 11   2/16/2018 at 20:56 (218 days old) by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Oh OK. Yeah I guess I never thought about that. But now that I think about it I bet I could find one on eBay. I will have to check that out

Post# 983084 , Reply# 12   2/16/2018 at 21:52 (218 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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well your in luck.....especially finding one for the standard size tub...super hard to come by...

you have two choices, file the water level switch down to create...Mini, Medium, and Large....

or locate another panel and switch it over......

anything is possible....

plus there are a few changes you might want to consider for that Filterflo...

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Post# 983086 , Reply# 13   2/16/2018 at 21:56 (218 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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what the heck...might as well make it complete....again, rare to find one, not to mention brand new still in the plastic....

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Post# 983088 , Reply# 14   2/16/2018 at 22:13 (218 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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post the model and serial numbers and we can date them for you...

Post# 983106 , Reply# 15   2/17/2018 at 06:57 (217 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Nice find! Congratulations!

Post# 983144 , Reply# 16   2/17/2018 at 13:43 (217 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Great price for the dispenser.

Post# 983204 , Reply# 17   2/17/2018 at 22:55 (217 days old) by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Awesome thanks. I went ahead and bought it. 10 bucks it was dirt cheap

Post# 983229 , Reply# 18   2/18/2018 at 08:57 (216 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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If you're willing to sacrifice one of the three water levels, you can CAREFULLY grind/file down the groove for the lowest water level in the hard plastic "clover" on the side of the water level control to the level appropriate for the Mini-Basket. It takes some time and experimentation, but I've done it a couple of times successfully. I don't have any pictures of doing this but maybe some of the more talented mechanics here will chime in.


Your machines are the great grandchildren of GE's 500 series, probably the most sold of all their models. They do the job well and seem to last longer than models with more bells and whistles. Enjoy them in good health.

Post# 983279 , Reply# 19   2/18/2018 at 15:53 (216 days old) by 48bencix (Sacramento CA)        
If you have pets

You will love the filter flo and it is amazing how much hair and lint will end up in that pan. Also the spiral agitator will really clean clothes. If it is two speeds always select the speed before you start the machine, never when it is operating. I ruined two GE clutches by doing that. I think it is a spin drain machine.

Post# 983291 , Reply# 20   2/18/2018 at 18:05 (216 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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this is a one speed machine, so the cautions of shifting while running, which you can do by the way, don't apply.....

first....lets by-pass that lid switch.....pop the top, about 8 inches in from each side insert a screwdriver, and the top will lift, the filterflo flume might get in the way as attached to the splash shield....just take note of it, and put back once the top is lowered and snapped back down....

a simple twist tie or cable tie will wrap around and hold that in place, now it will work with the lid open....

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Post# 983292 , Reply# 21   2/18/2018 at 18:07 (216 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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while the top is up, you may want to alter the fill flume a bit, to allow more water to spray on the clothing rather than behind the tub.....

sometimes we trim it, or it can be flipped over on itself....

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Post# 983293 , Reply# 22   2/18/2018 at 18:14 (216 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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for a faster fill.....we also pull the restrictor out of the water valve...

also as Ken mentioned, I have used a Dremel Tool to trim the clover of the pressure switch to get a better variable of the three water levels...most times you will only find a 2 inch difference between each level...

keep us posted on how you make can also add/share pics of your machines to the "Photos of Our Collections" section

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Post# 983347 , Reply# 23   2/19/2018 at 05:52 (215 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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That's the exact washer my mother got when her first Maytag died.  But the GE died too...trans went out and daddy told her to go get another new Maytag.

Post# 983366 , Reply# 24   2/19/2018 at 09:36 (215 days old) by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Hey thanks for all the advice. Yeah I usually bypass all the lid switches on my machines. And I do have a couple dogs. I remember when I was a kid my mom had a washer like this. I remember the lump of lint that always gathered in the filter. I loved to stand and watch it wash. Sorry I'm late with the model numbers for the machines. I just recently upgraded to a new 4wheeler and me and all the guys hit the trails yesterday. Completely forgot about getting the model numbers for them. The dryer model number is DDE5300GBLWH. And the serial number is GZ262381G. The washer model number is 85600GALWH. And the serial number is 657026.

Post# 983388 , Reply# 25   2/19/2018 at 11:38 (215 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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WHAT? pics of the new ride?

Well the dryer comes up as April 1976 or 1988....I would have thought closer to 1981 as I had that set, but I have a brochure from 1985, and that panel matches exactly to the ones in the book....

the washer should be along the lines of WWA5600G series....the serial number is not coming up as one that belongs to that machine.....seems like too few numbers...

this link will help you in the future for dating appliances....


Post# 983505 , Reply# 26   2/19/2018 at 21:26 (215 days old) by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Oh ok. Thanks I will double check the numbers. Here's a pic of the new ride. I have some new rims ordered for it they're supposed to be in this week

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