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Post# 1037468   7/8/2019 at 03:26 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

Talk about a POS , the POD for today certainly was one along with the WCI Kelvinator and WCI Frigidaire What blasphemious junk!

Post# 1037469 , Reply# 1   7/8/2019 at 04:23 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Post# 1037478 , Reply# 2   7/8/2019 at 06:37 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Well put, both of you. This is from the era of machines inspired by the line in the song Little Boxes, "and they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same."

Post# 1037484 , Reply# 3   7/8/2019 at 08:29 by delturner (USA)        

The washer itself wouldn't have been quite as horrible if the feet were cemented to the floor or it was bolted to the floor. It tended to walk when it spun the load out. It was a HUGE capacity machine, but the dryer was tiny in comparison too. Those machines just DID NOT last very long if you used them much at all. The dryer motors had a tendency to overheat all the time too. The Franklin predecessor with the solid tub was a much much better machine. Not much good to enlarge the washer like that and keep the same basic dryer.

Post# 1037487 , Reply# 4   7/8/2019 at 09:06 by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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>> Talk about a POS , the POD for today certainly was one

For reference for anyone finding this thread in the future, the POD for today is the Gibson WA83-514 washer, along with the DE83-515 and DG83-515 dryers.

Post# 1037555 , Reply# 5   7/8/2019 at 22:21 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
Indexing Tub...

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Am assuming the tub indexed...and probably not a smart idea with such a large capacity machine to throw the water so soon without a full or partial neutral drain. Although my early 80s Amana goes right into spin without any trouble. Was Amana manufactured by Gibson or vice-versa?

The later Frigidaires started out with gentle spin speed for the first time increment undoubtedly to alleviate any “walking.” Norge/Wards also did a partial neutral drain before kicking into spin.

Post# 1037559 , Reply# 6   7/8/2019 at 23:04 by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

The POD machines are ~1974 I'd recon and 2nd design of franklin perforated tub washers.The tub indexes in one direction.The pumps are plenty strong on these and drain the tub fast as it gets to ~520 RPM max spin speed.An early '80s Amana might be rebadged Speed Queen"marathon",but by the early 1990s Amana was very similar to Speed Queen,but I think a different transmission and hub was used...

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