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Finding a home for a Kitchenaid/Hobart KDS-15
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Post# 997401   6/17/2018 at 06:37 by isufan (Iowa)        

Hello all,

I am new here, but as I was doing research on a vintage dishwasher my mother has, it kept leading me here. So when she asked to help find a new home for it, I thought of you all to start. Some background, my mother just bought a house built just after WWII from the owner who built the house. While most of the appliances have been updated, a beautiful Kitchenaid KDS-15 by Hobart with light Birch veneer was still in place. I am not big into appliances, but one look at it told me that I could not allow it to be hauled away and junked.

Upon cursory inspection, the dishwasher functions, however it does not draw in water. Some photos are attached.

What I am wondering is if anyone may have some idea of why it is not drawing in water, or some questions on how to determine the issue. We are selling it if anyone here wants first dibs, if not how much and where (Ebay?) to sell it. I would love it if it went into someones collection or vintage home re-store.

The dishwasher is in Mason City, IA

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Post# 997446 , Reply# 1   6/17/2018 at 14:29 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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That's a very nice machine that appears to have seen very little use.


That it remained in place after other appliances were updated is typical of vintage KitchenAid dishwashers.  They are timeless in their industrial strength and mechanical design.


Your mom's machine may need a new inlet valve, assuming the hot water supply line to the machine has been verified as open.  I'm don't know what availability is like for those valves.


The specialty birch panels make it a little harder to match the average kitchen's decor, and generally these machine would go for around $100 or so in my estimation.  I hope someone here is interested, or that it finds a good home one way or another.  It is indeed to nice to junk.

Post# 997920 , Reply# 2   6/21/2018 at 09:55 by william637 (Damp pants? Not a chance. )        
I need the racks

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If no one else takes this machine, I need the racks (in the pictures they seem like they are in good shape with no rust). I have one of these machines in my collection, but the racks are not great.

Please email me if you are interested in parting with the racks.

Post# 998137 , Reply# 3   6/23/2018 at 10:09 by isufan (Iowa)        
KDS-15 Parts up for grabs

Hell all,

After some research and thinking, it will be probably be best to sell our unit for parts. If there is any parts you would like, email me at

(Mark I emailed you about the racks)

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