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When year did D.D washers came out in ?
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Post# 996767   6/10/2018 at 17:32 by Kafooty06 (washington )        

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I'm curious as to when did the D.D washers were made ? I myself love belt drive washers. I own a DD washer and two belt drive washers and the DD agitates by pushing the clothes down and back up and the belt drive washers swoosh the clothes side by side .

Post# 996769 , Reply# 1   6/10/2018 at 18:10 by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

most 24"washers went DD by 1982,27"DDs started around late 1986.

Post# 996779 , Reply# 2   6/10/2018 at 19:19 by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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I think they were gradually phased in, the lower priced models becoming direct drive first.

Post# 996830 , Reply# 3   6/11/2018 at 10:27 by Kafooty06 (washington )        

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That seems spot on I was thinking around 1982 as well.

Post# 996985 , Reply# 4   6/12/2018 at 18:13 by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
Yes 1982

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When I was in college (1981 to 1985), I did what most appliance fanatics did. Once a month or so I would visit appliance stores. While at the the Sears store at the Eastland Mall in Columbus, OH, I saw this STRANGE 24-inch wide Kenmore washer with a ROUND opening. I looked at it like it was an Alien! Little did I know this thing was the beginning of the end for Maytag.
And then to really complicate my life I moved to Michigan in 1985 to work at Whirlpool Corp. It was 1986 when the production of the belt drive ceased and the direct drive (Laundry Engineering Advanced Product - LEAP) machines were in full production, putting their mark on the world.

Oh how fun it would be to turn back time and go appliance shopping again!!!

Post# 997094 , Reply# 5   6/13/2018 at 22:27 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Back when I was “straight,” I got married in 1986 (to a female) and I insisted on buying Whirlpool washer and dryer for our newly purchased townhouse in San Francisco (I’m sure that speaks volumes already...). Anyway, lo and behold, since I was not only in my own closet, but in the appliance closet, when the washer and dryer were delivered and installed, I was appalled at what had happened! What the you-know-what is a direct drive? The sounds and soothing agitation were gone from the washer, although the console had not changed. Quite a “pissadointment” as my mother likes to say...

Post# 997108 , Reply# 6   6/14/2018 at 06:06 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
First DD Washers From WP-KM

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They actually started production and sales in 1981, the restored WP 24" DD washer in our museum was built the 23rd week of 1981 and it certainly was not the first one off the line.


John L.

Post# 997111 , Reply# 7   6/14/2018 at 06:21 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

did mother also already know? Mine did, and my spouses. He was also married from 1984 through 1993. Hence my two step kids and now grand children. They lost their mom to breast cancer in 2005.
We all got along.
All of us deal with it our own ways in our own time.
I went out with a nice gal from work, Italian family like mine and all. No sooner had I met her folks, and they invited me back over on Sunday when the whole family would be there, her brother strolls in. Instant Ding!, and butterflies in the gut.
I did not pursue it any further. I knew myself before hand. I guess I was making certain by dating. I was twenty. The time had come sooner for me than many others, to stop the charade, not care what others think, and get on with life.
Everything happens for reasons, my mom used to tell us. After 11 years with my first, I got dumped. A year and a half later, I met my soul mate.
My spouse worked with a young guy who kept his boyfriends photo in his wallet, and told all the other co workers she was his girl, and her brother was only his room mate. So after they got to know one another for a while, My now husband came out to him, then asked if the sister was really his girl and all. Well, no, but I'm not out to my parents either. Do you actually think your mother doesn't know, he asked? A week later, he came out to his folks, and yes, they already figured as much. They didn't care, as long as they are in love and happy. Today they are also married. His dad told him with all the friends he had lost either to alcohol or drug abuse, accidents, or a war, that people need to live their lives and be happy.
I have a nephew who is also gay. We knew way before he came out. Not our place to say anything. My husband also has a nephew who has also never dated women. He is now 25. Irish catholic family. He lives so close to west Hollywood. While in San Francisco for a gaming convention, an older man hit on him. Not for dinner, or coffee, but just a shag. The nephew told everyone. Why? He also said he read the mans beads. Again why? If he really even did so. Why not just say, no thanks, or I'm not gay? It was San Francisco after all. Shane is also a very good looking red head.
More to the story maybe?

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