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Post# 1034906   6/9/2019 at 15:25 by reactor (Tennessee)        

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When I moved, I swore no more dishwashers and I gave my collection away...but..I found a nice Maytag RR convertible in Knoxville for only $40. But this will really be my last vintage dishwasher.

The man I purchased it from said it belonged to his Aunt and she had taken good care of it. He had "built-it-in" for her by cutting off the Unicouple, and drilling two holes in the side of the cabinet for the drain and fill hose. He then moved it into a cubbyhole next to her sink and hooked it up.

When his aunt passed away he took the dishwasher intending to use it himself, but he said he needed the money now. He had stored it in an out building and the butcher block top was very dried out. The cabinet was good, no rust. However, mice had gotten into the cabinet and had tore up the insulation and made nests So I had a lot of mice droppings to clean up and had to remove some of the insulation. At least they had not chewed any of the wiring.

The interior was almost pristine. No build-up anywhere and the filter was nice and clean. The unit is a 1988 model.

Here are some pictures. Also, I had to install my Maytag disposal of the same vintage, so I would have a matched set!

I didn't take any close-ups of the front of the machine so you wouldn't see my less-than-professional paint job. I sprayed the front panels black as Harvest Gold would be a little out of place in my kitchen.

The dishes came out to perfection, not a speck of food anywhere. This was not a particularly demanding load. I'll try to do a "Bob Load" with dirtier dishes and post pics sometime in the future

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Post# 1034979 , Reply# 1   6/10/2019 at 11:54 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Nice machine, but

I just don't have that many plates in a typical dishwasher load. Glasses, bowls, pitchers, pans, but not plates.

Post# 1034986 , Reply# 2   6/10/2019 at 12:50 by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
That's beautiful!!

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Congrats on your awesome dishwasher!
I love my Maytag RR dishwasher(s). It's like having a Maytag washer...for dishes!

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Post# 1035026 , Reply# 3   6/10/2019 at 19:07 by reactor (Tennessee)        
nice machine as well, Michael

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Your dishwasher is awesome, too. Nice "Bob Load" of dishes!!

Post# 1035091 , Reply# 4   6/11/2019 at 13:36 by reactor (Tennessee)        
thanks, Tom

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Sorry I didn't mean to ignore your comment Tom (tomturbomatic) I didn't see it before Michael's post. Thanks for the compliment. Yes, that is one of the nicest things about the reverse rack is the loading flexibility. Even when I have an abnormally large amount of plates, such as I did in this load, they fit right it.

The dedicated bowl racks are super, the RR is the only dishwasher I've had that can hold the extra thick china bowls, extra deep bowls and/or bowels with sharp curvature, upright. The intermediate tines where I have extra plates are made for saucers, extra plates or extra bowls and add great flexibility.

Of course, the cups and glasses you mentioned play no role in the space taken by the extra plates in the upper rack, as they all go in the lower rack and there is a boat load of space for them there.

The pans, which you also mention, can go in either rack as you can see from Michael's pictures (and pictures I have posted from my past RR machines). This is one of the things Maytag promotes in their literature, the flexibility of pots and pans going in, and washing equally well, in either rack.

A well designed machine, indeed!

Post# 1035095 , Reply# 5   6/11/2019 at 14:33 by whitetub (Montreal, Canada)        

Love the pictures. I miss my reverse-rack. I wish they still made them. They were the best to load.

I wonder how well they would do with less water usage, a longer cycle and the new detergents. If they could make them energy efficient to today's standards.

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