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Post# 1019596   12/31/2018 at 13:07 (521 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

It is a shame that the Westinghouse machines were not built better out of more quality materials so that they could have lasted longer. There was a cheapening of the machine between our 1965 model and our early 70s machine and the build quality continued to decline. They did a good job and saved resources.

Post# 1019597 , Reply# 1   12/31/2018 at 13:18 (521 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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We owned a White-Westinghouse stacked FL set with a gas dryer, that we bought new in 1987 for $995.00,and used them for 7 trouble free years. We sold them with the condo, and the new owner continued to use them for many years. The washer was the best automatic washer weve ever owned. The capacity was sufficient to wash our kingsize bedspreads and comforters. The cycle times were quick and the water usage was not wasteful, but not the barely damp water levels of some of todays FLs.

In my opinion, this is just the way all FLs should be made. Simple, quick and get the job done with enough water to get the laundry clean.


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Post# 1019599 , Reply# 2   12/31/2018 at 13:35 (521 days old) by Eronie (Flushing Michigan)        

I had this set in the late 70s.
Banging solonoids would make you jump. Very good machine. However it would tie a large load of shirts into a very tight ball. Dryer was very fast. No trouble for the 10 years I owned them.

Post# 1019604 , Reply# 3   12/31/2018 at 14:50 (521 days old) by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

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Unfortunately, I bought this set after WCI took over. The porcelain surfaces were cheapened to painted, the washer door rusted after only two years, the cabinets would follow about a year later. The washing ability was superb, but the 525 spin speed left heavy items too damp. Oh yes, I used to hate the loud, clanking, primitive solenoids but then my next washer was a Norge-built Signature by Wards. Oh well, what did I know? 

Post# 1019989 , Reply# 4   1/3/2019 at 14:06 (518 days old) by delturner (USA)        

Ole Pearly probably never had one. By this time the construction and workmanship was lousy. I have seen one of these literally jump out of the snubber plates used for balance and smooth spinning. The only good thing I can say about them is that they produced very lint free laundry as would any front loader.

Post# 1020081 , Reply# 5   1/4/2019 at 08:56 (517 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Front loaders like these that used a deeper wash pool did produce less lint than newer HE washers that use shallower fills that allow fabrics to rub against each other. The construction, however, was far below that of longer lasting machines like Maytags. Even the paint on the inside of the cabinets was so thin that it failed to completely cover the metal.  We saved a mid 60s WH  TOL dryer because it had a porcelain top which was a rarity for Westinghouse. 

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