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Post# 1025185   2/20/2019 at 09:00 (214 days old) by RodS (Portland,OR)        

Hello. I have a 1950's Westinghouse dryer that has been in storage for the past 30 years. I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in buying it. It was in working condition when we put it away. It's in very nice shape, and do not want to recycle it.


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Post# 1025190 , Reply# 1   2/20/2019 at 10:55 (214 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Wish this

Was in NC

Post# 1025263 , Reply# 2   2/21/2019 at 09:32 (213 days old) by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

Sent you an email. thanks

Post# 1026109 , Reply# 3   3/2/2019 at 21:31 (204 days old) by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        
New Home

Well I wanted to post about the going on with the D-6. I am very excited as I can tell this machine is going to be much easier to maintain and fix over the D-5. The D-5 timer is going to be a major problem as it has this over large gear on the motor that does turn in one direction -- so when these break there really is no replacement. The D-6 has a funny motor gear too but I think any new one could be modified to work. The D-6 is wired totally differently than the D-5 -- the D-6 is much simpler.

I did want to post about a major problem I had though to save perhaps someone in the future from making the same mistake. When I got this D-6 it wouldn't heat up. On taking out the heating element there was a break in the smaller coil. I have a 1952 and 1953 heater element from parts machines so I installed them. Well, it still didn't heat up enough so I checked out everything and by-passed things to check it out, but everything seemed okay. I finally spliced the old element together in desperation and put it back in, and it works great. For some totally bizarre reason it is different enough and will only go in this machine. Maybe newer ones will work I don't know.

Here it is, not put back together but for now working. Thanks Brian

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Post# 1026126 , Reply# 4   3/3/2019 at 04:44 (203 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
grew up

With a similar dryer, my uncle spliced that old element numerous times,,lol

Post# 1026302 , Reply# 5   3/5/2019 at 10:14 (201 days old) by golittlesport (California)        
Westy Twins

That's a nice set you have there!

Post# 1032743 , Reply# 6   5/15/2019 at 21:32 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

Here is a brand new element to go into this Westinghouse dryer. I don't know when they stopped making these but I was able to pick one up. I waited for that splice to fail as I knew it would and with this quick fix it is up and running again.

Anyway I an all for collecting parts for these and hey, hopefully one would never need to use them but it is sure true that when they break down you can't just call an appliance store.

Thanks for looking, these are getting a workout and are doing great. Brian

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Post# 1032791 , Reply# 7   5/16/2019 at 12:04 by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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>> The D-5 timer is going to be a major problem as it has this over large gear on the motor that does turn in one direction -- so when these break there really is no replacement.

Do you happen to have a picture of that timer, or do you have another thread about it?

Post# 1032848 , Reply# 8   5/16/2019 at 23:29 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

is a previous thread. like I mentioned this timer seems to freely move in one direction while most don't really. This lets you advance the timer knob.

I noticed that some of these timers have a notch in the middle of the gear that is supposed to let the other gear move. It is important to push it in to turn it and pull it out to set it. It is kinda questionable but if it keeps working great

I found this timer really finicky and am surprised it ever worked very well.


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