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Post# 1061690   2/27/2020 at 18:55 (1,129 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Spacepig (Jeannine) found it and with the help of Chris (SpiralDasher), that Waste-King Universal dishwasher that surfaced in Indiana has now been recovered and moved, temporarily, to Ohio until I can get back on the road to pick it up!  


I didn't think to get the model number, but I am hoping it's one of the early-run models from 1958 or 1959. 


The seller didn't have a lot of pictures of the inside of the machine.  I was more than pleasantly surprised when I got these from Chris this afternoon!  I think I scored a low-mileage machine here... 


Added bonus - as the seller was prepping the machine for pickup, they contacted me to let me know that the owners booklet and warranty paperwork had been found.  They don't look to have been consulted much at all!


Now the wait begins... When is the snow melted?  Is the snow melted yet?  Why isn't the snow melting yet??  It's going to a case of cabin fever for me until spring fever takes over and I can get this cool machine!!


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Post# 1061693 , Reply# 1   2/27/2020 at 19:12 (1,129 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Be still my heart.  Paul, my memory of our timer dial was the colors were more inline with the two-tone colors of the logo/light rather than the two-tone grey timer dial.  I vaguely remember seeing that color scheme in slightly newer versions than this one.


I still think this was a better machine than the O'Keefe & Merrit Dual Drench dishwasher that was in the kitchen when the house was on the parade of homes tour.  My dad made an agreement with the guy who bought our old house that he would put that dishwasher in the space in the kitchen where the WK was.  


An poingnant side-note, I saw today where my "other mother's house (across the street from us, went up for sale on the market today.   


I'm going to have to get a couple of dinner plates, a salad plate, and some of the cereal and fruit bowls out of the cabinet  and bring them over to the computer and let the look at the pictures of the inside of the dishwasher and see if they recognize where they got their first baths when they were new.  


So couple that with our dishwasher, it's been an emotional time for me.  

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Post# 1061702 , Reply# 2   2/27/2020 at 21:33 (1,129 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Congratulations, Paul.  The inside looks to be in very good shape and the paperwork is a great bonus!  Our first experience with a DW was a WK maybe a year or two older than this one, and I'm not remembering a choice of cycles.  I have no memory of the racks, either.  I only remember how incredibly loud it was.  When the dishwasher was running, both doors to the kitchen were closed.



Post# 1061703 , Reply# 3   2/27/2020 at 21:33 (1,129 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

I wonder what kind of wash action came out of that washarm? With all those holes it makes you wonder and what kind of pressure did it generate.

Post# 1061704 , Reply# 4   2/27/2020 at 21:36 (1,129 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Post# 1061708 , Reply# 5   2/27/2020 at 22:06 (1,129 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
Nice save!

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Love that washarm - the spray pattern will be really fun to watch. When you put the window in it. You were gonna do a window, right? :-)

Post# 1061710 , Reply# 6   2/27/2020 at 22:11 (1,129 days old) by Cam2s (Nebraska)        

Looks like quite a find! Will be interesting to see how those racks are going to look full of dishes. Looks like a very unique loading pattern. That wash arm looks like a Maytag jet clean system morphed into a one arm wonder. We will all have to wait and wonder!

Post# 1061719 , Reply# 7   2/28/2020 at 00:08 (1,129 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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A completely different design than the later ones with the dual arms! Will be interested to see how it washes!

Post# 1061725 , Reply# 8   2/28/2020 at 02:19 (1,129 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
Congrats Paul..

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That looks like an amazing find.  Can't wait to see what you do with it.


Post# 1061728 , Reply# 9   2/28/2020 at 05:43 (1,128 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

WOW! a mechanical detergent dispenser! That's a step up from the early ones I've seen. The powerful sprays from those little holes in the wash arm generate quite a bit of foam. After the wash water drains, there is a long spray/drain to kill the suds over the filter.

Post# 1061734 , Reply# 10   2/28/2020 at 07:38 (1,128 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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This should be interesting, I have never worked on one this old, there were probably more of these the further west you go.


I do remember seeing a few on the scrap piles years ago, so there must have been a few around.


The detergent dispenser looks like the same one that WK used into the 70s, they usually just allowed the detergent to just wash out as it did not have any real seal on it.


Can't wait to see it washing Paul.


John L.

Post# 1061735 , Reply# 11   2/28/2020 at 07:41 (1,128 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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What a great save, Paul! Who cares if it doesn't actually clean dishes well, it just looks flat out COOL!


Post# 1061742 , Reply# 12   2/28/2020 at 08:59 (1,128 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

I am planning a trip to see Chris, Let me know when you are going and maybe we can come up then and have a mini meet.

Post# 1061744 , Reply# 13   2/28/2020 at 09:02 (1,128 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        

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I really just want to take a cloth to that control panel not to mention see/hear it in action.  It looks to have so little use.  I bet it cleans up beautifully.

Post# 1061750 , Reply# 14   2/28/2020 at 10:27 (1,128 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Lalapalooza !

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To die for: the mint lit, the killer control panel, the "I mean business" BRONZE wash arm--are you kidding me?, the spray rinse, and of course, the window in the door, LOL.

Stop for lunch-- on the way home, only ;'D !

Post# 1061790 , Reply# 15   2/28/2020 at 18:20 (1,128 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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CONGRATULATIONS on such a great looking find! That definitely looks like it hadn't been used much! The racks look good, no bubbling or rust, and the inside doesn't seem to have any rust either! The loading pattern on the bottom rack is pretty obvious but I can't imagine bowls fitting on there with big dinner plates in place?
Am I missing something here?

And yes, I think that control panel is going to clean up nicely. I'm reaching for a toothbrush to get at the ribbing in the control panel!

Again, CONGRATULATIONS on such a neat find!
Did I read your going to put a window in the door!? Now that would be NEAT!
You knows me... I LOVES windows!

Post# 1061795 , Reply# 16   2/28/2020 at 20:00 (1,128 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
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Congratulations, Paul - this is a awesome catch Best Of Luck

Post# 1061796 , Reply# 17   2/28/2020 at 20:06 (1,128 days old) by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        
Congratulations, Paul!!

Don't forget to mail in that warranty registration!

You want to be covered just in case.


Post# 1061798 , Reply# 18   2/28/2020 at 20:34 (1,128 days old) by lotsosudz (Sacramento, CA)        

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Post# 1061883 , Reply# 19   2/29/2020 at 18:14 (1,127 days old) by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

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Congrats Paul. My aunt and uncle had a freestanding Waste King in white. I remember thinking that the control knob on theirs was shaped like a bow tie. It had the three cycles shown above. (Pre-Wash, Pots & Pans, and Full Cycle) It only had the lower arm, but the racks were well-designed. It also had the infamous detergent dispenser that pivoted and tipped between pre-wash and wash using two water compartments, one side with a small drain hole. Being a freestanding model, it was ultra loud, letting you know how hard it was working. It washed and dried flawlessly.

Post# 1061896 , Reply# 20   2/29/2020 at 22:45 (1,127 days old) by appnut (TX)        
An observation just made

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Paul, did you realize the timer dial on your actual machine, the color combination/contrast is very different than the dishwasher that's pictured on the front of the Use & Care manual?  That timer dial mimics/coordinates the two colors of the display light on the left when it's illuminated.  And that's what our timer dial looked like.  

Post# 1061944 , Reply# 21   3/1/2020 at 12:12 (1,126 days old) by Sudsomatic (Indiana)        

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Congrats again Paul. It's a beauty. Glad you got the shipping worked out.

Post# 1062025 , Reply# 22   3/2/2020 at 06:21 (1,125 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Bowls can go in the corners of the lower rack behind the pins.

Post# 1062091 , Reply# 23   3/2/2020 at 20:10 (1,125 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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Thanks for your answer regarding the bowls going in the corners of the lower rack. It just seems like if there is dinner plates in their proper places, bowls couldn't fit in the corners?

I guess I'd have to see it loaded for myself, to see that they will/do fit.

Post# 1062112 , Reply# 24   3/2/2020 at 22:28 (1,125 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Christina, I  can assure you, they did.  Not soon after we moved into the new house (and had brought this dishwasher with us), my mom & 2 neighbors got a first suburban grand opening special at our major department store with Johnson Brothers Regency dishes.  The cereal bowls fit perfectly in the corners.  Put dinner plates going down the center  (both sides of center "hole") and then put salad plates  and similar small items on the two rows facing to the center from the two sides.  The little fruit bowls fit perfectly toward the center loops too.  I still have those same dishes and are used as my every day dishes.  They have fit easily in every dishwasher I've had from college to 47 years later to today.  Those dishes are how I judge how every other dish design fits as easily into a dishwasher.  And given today's dishware with their small mnixing bowls for cereal and soup bowls, wastes a lot of space.  

Post# 1062135 , Reply# 25   3/3/2020 at 05:50 (1,124 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

There is a POD that is a Waste King ad that shows stuff in the racks. While it is not a bird's eye view, you can get some idea of how things would fit. Watch for it


The top loading portable was totally different with bed of nails racks and the orange Z-shaped washarm.

Post# 1062136 , Reply# 26   3/3/2020 at 05:54 (1,124 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
Since I couldn't have the dishwasher....

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I downloaded the user manual.  Here are a couple of snaps of the racks loaded.  Also, looks like it heats the wash water too.

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Post# 1062149 , Reply# 27   3/3/2020 at 09:56 (1,124 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thank you very much. Nice that they gave the warning about blocking water to the upper rack.

Post# 1062162 , Reply# 28   3/3/2020 at 11:50 (1,124 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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So if one does the math here, that one arm wonder puts out about 60 gallons per minute to wash the load. That is impressive, but I am wondering how well it would do washing a grubby unrinsed load...just scrape, load and go..

Post# 1062180 , Reply# 29   3/3/2020 at 15:15 (1,124 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
Thank you...

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Appnut/Bob, Tomturbomatic/Tom, Chachp/Ralph;
For your replies, experiences, and pictures.
Reading and seeing your guys' replies is enjoyable and also educational for me.

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