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Oh Iíve done it now... Kitchenaid Portable
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Post# 988624   3/28/2018 at 18:46 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Well I have no business buying a portable machine, no faucet to connect it to, connector wonít go... but itís so nice and vintage that I didnít say no. Iím going to pick it up tomorrow after work.

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Post# 988649 , Reply# 1   3/28/2018 at 22:51 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Post# 988651 , Reply# 2   3/29/2018 at 00:26 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Iím excited to get this thing home, find out a way to hook it up and fill itís with tomorrow nightís dirty dinnerware. Iím probably going to keep it at a family memberís house for a bit until I have a place for it to live, itíll have to live in the basement, far from the dirty dishes it lives for, but Iíll install a special free standing tub sink. But itíll be fun.

Post# 988700 , Reply# 3   3/29/2018 at 09:51 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Central Brass 0282 Faucet For Portable Dishwasher

Always keep one on hand. You never know when you are going to need a connection for a portable dishwasher.

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Post# 988702 , Reply# 4   3/29/2018 at 10:34 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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I definitely want Iíll get one of these at some point! Always thought it was a nicer way to do it than tie up the main faucet! I was really after an undercounter machine, really wanted a one wash arm machine, just for the experience of it all. At least this way I wonít have to worry about anyone messing up my vintage machine!

Post# 988722 , Reply# 5   3/29/2018 at 14:30 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
There is a old ad

For these that show them running with the lid open and the water is shooting looks like 20 feet in the air!

Post# 988787 , Reply# 6   3/30/2018 at 00:36 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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I believe it! I ran this one empty, after we gave the outside a good scrub and wipe, empty with a bottle of liquid dishwasher cleaner. It sounded like a hurricane, (Hurricane in a Box!) and when you put your hand on the lid it felt like there was a fire hose blasting the other side! Ran two loads of dishes in it, and Tim's brother in law said some of them were cleaner than they have ever been, not a film in sight! Used some powered Cascade and filled the Jet Dry dispenser up. Wanted the full experience! Next time I'm going to see what a Finish tablet does! So far its been a total thrill to use. Makes me want a one-arm built in machine even more, but now I can be patient and wait for the stainless tub machine that I really want.

Post# 988815 , Reply# 7   3/30/2018 at 08:55 by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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These are beautiful and competent little machines. I had one of these in a small apartment and wish I had kept it. And to find one in a vintage porcelain color with a butcher-block top is a win win win!


There's a lot of literature in Ephemera for these dishwashers.

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Post# 988908 , Reply# 8   3/31/2018 at 01:34 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Went over and ran a light load of fairly filthy dishes, and put what I thought were a couple of risky items on the lower rack. Still had to love things around, getting used to how things fit in such a machine... third load of dishes so far, and all have come out spotless!

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Post# 989866 , Reply# 9   4/8/2018 at 04:11 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Finally got a chance to really load up the dishwasher with some really dirty dishes, I may have been able to get more in there, but this was everything but a big strainer that I literally had no room for if I wanted everything else to be in there. Aunt was mortified at how dirty I let the dishes go into this thing. But was impressed when she saw them come out spotless!

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Post# 989867 , Reply# 10   4/8/2018 at 04:19 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Also thought Iíd mention I did get the brochure for this, was fun to see! Also the service manual, I was wanting to see how the pump was put together with the drain pump and wash pump arrangement. I didnít actually take mine apart, I just wanted to see the pictures in the manual..

Post# 989868 , Reply# 11   4/8/2018 at 04:29 by Chachp (Conway, AR)        

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That's some load!!  I'm curious, did the stuff in the top rack above those bowls (front left) get clean?  That's stretching the one arm wonder even further than I would and I thought I push the limits!!  Looks like a fun machine to play with.

Post# 989869 , Reply# 12   4/8/2018 at 05:19 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Everything came out clean! There was one thing that fliptover that was right aboveboard those bowls that I decided wasnít quite clean, but it does always try and rearrange the upper rack for you...

Post# 989870 , Reply# 13   4/8/2018 at 06:03 by Chachp (Conway, AR)        
That's amazing...

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I may have to rethink my strategy for loading the One Arm Wonders.

Post# 989910 , Reply# 14   4/8/2018 at 11:51 by appnut (TX)        

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Reggie, you get BobLoad certification!! 

Post# 989916 , Reply# 15   4/8/2018 at 13:21 by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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I loaded the KDI-17a as per such (or even moreso since it didn't have a split upper rack).

Post# 989924 , Reply# 16   4/8/2018 at 14:33 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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Oh my, looks like my clumsy thumbs and a swarthy autocorrect got me on that last post...

But yes, Iíve been trying see how far I can push this thing and still get sparkling dishes, Iíve tried to make at least one questionable loading on the bottom rack, and so far nothing has come out dirty because of it! Itís the true wonder of the one arm wonder!

Made my morning to see that Iíve achieved a proper BobLoad certified status, it always is fun to see how many truly filthy dishes one can get clean in one cycle!

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