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Giving away two 1950's portable dishwashers.
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Post# 1030069   4/16/2019 at 15:00 by customline (pennsylvania)        

One 1955 GE complete except for the strip that runs across the bottom and a 1957 Westinghouse without a motor and a broken hinge.

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Post# 1030078 , Reply# 1   4/16/2019 at 17:07 by JesseD (Saint Marys, Pennsylvania)        

I might be interested in the GE one. Does it work?

Post# 1030083 , Reply# 2   4/16/2019 at 17:38 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I wish I could grab that Westinghouse! Unfortunately, I'm about to head off to Paris... Damned vacations... LOL

Post# 1030109 , Reply# 3   4/17/2019 at 05:30 by customline (pennsylvania)        

Yes, the GE works.

Post# 1030151 , Reply# 4   4/17/2019 at 20:54 by JesseD (Saint Marys, Pennsylvania)        

Iím going to have to pass on the GE dishwasher:(

Post# 1030197 , Reply# 5   4/18/2019 at 11:44 by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Where in PA are you?

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That GE dishwasher has my attention.


Post# 1030254 , Reply# 6   4/19/2019 at 08:15 by customline (pennsylvania)        

I'm in Bethlehem, PA.

Post# 1030878 , Reply# 7   4/26/2019 at 09:29 by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
I just sent you an email.

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I think the GE is the portable equivalent to Dishwashercrazy's 1949 GE Electric Sink.

What can anyone tell me about these early GE Mobile Maids?


Post# 1030890 , Reply# 8   4/26/2019 at 13:22 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Dave, these mid-50s Mobile Maids were almost identical to their built-in counterparts - fixed racks, bakelite impellers, and a porcelain wash tub. The inside would be just like the dishwasher in my Wonder Kitchen.  The big difference was cycling  - if you forgot a dish, tough... you had to manually do the equivalent of cancel/drain then restart the wash cycle at the very beginning. Also, the dry cycle is short - about 5 minutes of calrod-warmed air circulated by the impeller. I can't recall if the lid pops or not though.... 

Hope this helps!

Post# 1030926 , Reply# 9   4/26/2019 at 21:40 by americana4 (East Greenwich RI)        

I had one of these back in college. Think I paid about $10 for it around 1970. It seemed incredibly ancient then, but did a remarkably good job. The lower rack held 20 plates, fewer than the 24 of earlier machines. Maybe this allowed better water circulation. The cycle was rrwrr, with a short dry as turquiosedude noted. Only about 20 minutes, hardly time to find a forgotten dish. The lid did pop open.
The top rack was a great improvement over earlier models which required removal of the center section for glassware to load the bottom. This was easy with only the silverware basket removed.
I think it only used about 6 gallons or so. We had no complaints. Sometimes wish I had it now.

Post# 1031007 , Reply# 10   4/27/2019 at 19:08 by 48bencix (Sacramento CA)        

I had one like the Westinghouse, got it for $15 in Berkeley in 1969. It had a leak that I tried to fix a few times and eventually did, I think it was a hose clamp. I tried to add extra detergent for the second wash which was inconvenient. If I had it now I would just use one dose of detergent or a tab and be done. Sure got the dishes clean and was very powerful with that fan as a water circulator.

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