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Post# 1022581   1/26/2019 at 19:07 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I have a 1989 Kenmore Ultra Wash Convertible Portable Dishwasher. I have found a fun new way to use it. I use the setting for Light Wash that begins at the Main Wash. I select the Water Heat option. The cycle uses 6.6 gallons of water. I add the powder Cascade to the detergent dispenser, run the water to 140F at the sink, connect the dishwasher and start it. When I start it, I set the minute timer on the range for 20 minutes. When it buzzes, I cancel the water heat option to set the timer in motion. When the wash water drains, it is 140F. When the cycle finishes, the dishes are as clean as they were with the full cycle or the water miser cycle. I have used less water and detergent, achieved a hotter wash and gotten to play with the cycles. The chlorine in the detergent eliminates odors like from onions in the Cuisinart bowl with just one wash which does not happen with the enzyme detergent

I got the idea from old single wash Westinghouse dishwashers with the Hot Water Booster and from a W.T. Grant's Bradford portable dishwasher that I noticed while waiting in line at the register in the early 60s. There was a sign by it advertising "3 Stage Washing" so I walked over to see what that meant because it was a single wash level machine. The three stage washing action referred to the wash temperature levels achieved by heating throughout the extended wash and what they did. The initial wash temperature was low and it removed starches and raw proteins before they cooked on. The next level of temperatures removed additional food soil like cooked meat and vegetable proteins and then the final stage was for optimum grease removal at 140F.

Post# 1023699 , Reply# 1   2/5/2019 at 18:58 by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
The first rinse

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I have a question regarding the temp of the first rinse. Do you run the water at the tap for the 1st rinse? The water in the line would have time to cool a bit since the main wash would have been 30+ minutes. I suppose the temp of the last rinse would be up to temp with the 1st rinse purging the line.

Post# 1023731 , Reply# 2   2/6/2019 at 06:05 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Good question

I don't worry about the first rinse, but the temperature of the last rinse is smoking hot. I know that because I disconnect the coupler from the special dishwasher faucet before it drains and use the last rinse water, with rinse fluid in it, to rinse out my other sink bowl. When I dry it, there are no spots. My hot water pipes are insulated and while the 20 minute wash is happening, I am washing and rinsing counters and stuff in the kitchen or elsewhere so some hot water is moving through the line to keep up the temperature.

Post# 1023746 , Reply# 3   2/6/2019 at 09:29 by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        
On Another Note

Your thread has finally verified something I have always wondered about. When I was a young boy my parents had a "Bradford" clothes dryer. I have always wanted to know where "Bradford" came from. I had never heard of the brand nor had I ever seen another appliance with that name. It all makes sense now as my father was a manager of a W.T. Grants store way back in the day. Is there any thread that talks about the Bradford line of appliances, picture, etc.? I have always been curious. I will ask my father about this next time I see him!

Post# 1023749 , Reply# 4   2/6/2019 at 10:15 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Do you have the ability to search topics in the forums (fora)? Bradford appliances have been discussed here and the spectacular marketing failure they were for Grants because it was a store for women and kids. Men did not shop there so appliances were not purchased there; that's just the way it was back then.


The Bradford stoves were funky. Most of them were cheap Sunray things, but weirdly, there was one 30" Westinghouse-made stove that stood out like a diamond in a bowl of mush. The laundry appliances were mostly Franklin, but I am not sure about the wringer washers. Your parents' Bradford dryer would have been a Whirlpool knock off with a top mounted lint filter and the drum with the perforated back. I will check to see if I can find the brochure that I picked up in the early 60s and scan it for you.

Post# 1023751 , Reply# 5   2/6/2019 at 10:28 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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My father worked for Grants, so we had their appliances...  The interior-design of the refrigerator we had, showed up on a Kelvinator that I saw years later, and a larger one with two lights in the refrigerator compartment, while the dials in both the main space and freezer were exact similar, and this also had upgraded shelving and additional drawers...


We probably had the cheap Sunray-made range--an electric with the knobs over the oven, but it had a tubular incandescent light bulb over the timer & clock which operated along with the windowed-oven light via three-way switch...


And the dishwasher was no more than the D&M design--a BOL white-only model, at that...


Lastly, I was curious about who made the washer and dryer, as they seemed to be counterparts to Norge-built and the WCI-family of brands, noting similar components and designs, though clearly Hamilton/Franklin while those companies were still in business were the true manufacturers...




-- Dave

Post# 1023752 , Reply# 6   2/6/2019 at 10:38 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
"Becky & Bucky Bradford"--& other tid-bits of info!

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Oh, as for BRADFORD:


Here are things a-plenty that wasn't just the name used for appliances/hard goods, Grants operated a likely-in store restaurant/eatery/cafe under that name as well...


So, lots to read from the company-history, onward, Online:




-- Dave


Post# 1023852 , Reply# 7   2/7/2019 at 08:05 by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        
Thank you

Thanks everyone. I will enjoy reading about the Bradford line.

Post# 1024197 , Reply# 8   2/10/2019 at 08:57 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Ultimate Test

I cooked rice in a Silit pan with a regular stainless steel interior. Removing starch film from these pans in the dishwasher is difficult so I usually wash them by hand. This time, I just filled it with cold water and let it soak until last night when I ran the dishwasher. The pan came perfectly clean with the chlorinated Cascade in the long wash. I am satisfied.

Post# 1024200 , Reply# 9   2/10/2019 at 11:35 by vintagekenmore (Spokane, Washington)        

Grant's did indeed have an in store restaurant called Bradford House. The one in the town I grew up in served everything on real china and I remember the food being so good. I felt like I was eating in a fancy restaurant when Mom would take me there to go shopping and then eat lunch

Post# 1024204 , Reply# 10   2/10/2019 at 12:54 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Our Grants had a luncheonette area that was open to the rest of the store, with a counter behind which cooking took place and booths arranged in front of the windows and then in a pattern to separate the area from the rest of the store. They brewed coffee in glass Silex pots and fixed the frozen French Fries under a square cover on the grill. It was a big adventure when mom gave us some money to go to the shopping center to eat and visit Grant's and Woolworth's on a summer day.

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