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Post# 1063114   3/13/2020 at 16:48 (1,109 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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Yesterday, David Allen (Turbokinetic) and I gave the combo John L. rebuilt for me a test run. Many thanks to David and John as well as all of you who have followed and encouraged me on this project.

It's marvelous! Amazing! Is there any reason it would not make a good daily driver?


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Post# 1063115 , Reply# 1   3/13/2020 at 17:02 (1,109 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
Water usage?

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I used a modern front loader once, and I was truly disgusted by how it sloshed my blanket in about 2" of water which turned grey and didn't appear to rinse it nearly enough. Blech.

That might be a fair trade off if I lived in a region of frequent drought, but I'm not in California, I'm in the southeastern US where we have plenty of water.

So, I'm pretty sure that my little vintage combo uses more water than a modern front loader, and I AM TOTALLY FINE WITH THAT.

I am, however, curious about how its water consumption compares to my 1990s Speed Queens.


Post# 1063118 , Reply# 2   3/13/2020 at 17:22 (1,109 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Dying to see the vid, but if you're still here before I watch it, each GE Combo fill is seven gallons, so with three rinses, that's 28 gallons.

Post# 1063144 , Reply# 3   3/13/2020 at 21:00 (1,109 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Have lots of fun!

I would hope that you stop it after the final "spins" to spin out the load in something that at least does not leave them to where water drips from them if they are hung up. I would also hope that you either have a well and a way to return the used condenser water to the soil or super cheap water for the condenser water and a way to use the condenser water in an ecological way like using it in a top loader to wash clothes or a way to return it to a yard or garden. When I had an electric water heater, I used to reuse the warm condenser water from my Duomatic to wash clothes in a top loader.

Post# 1063150 , Reply# 4   3/13/2020 at 21:48 (1,109 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Very cool Sarah!  Congratulations on getting this one restored and home.  Have fun with it!!!



Post# 1063152 , Reply# 5   3/13/2020 at 21:57 (1,109 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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You truly will have to come see it when it's installed and the kitchen is completed.


Post# 1063153 , Reply# 6   3/13/2020 at 22:01 (1,109 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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Hi Tom,

We have plentiful well water and a septic system. All water ends up back in the ground on our place. In order to reduce the load on the septic system, we will probably just run field lines from both washers out into the yard.

I'll have to open it up after the spin cycle and check the clothes. We let it run straight through yesterday.


Post# 1063246 , Reply# 7   3/14/2020 at 21:25 (1,108 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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That is SO COOL!!

I really like seeing the water & suds sloshing around in the window when your GE-COMBO is in action! I LOVE IT!
You know me...

You guys did a GREAT job restoring this cute GE-COMBO. When I seen the YELLOW/GREEN (harvest gold & avocado) color combination, the first thing my mind flashed on was LEMON-LIME, then the name SPRITE.

Post# 1063247 , Reply# 8   3/14/2020 at 21:33 (1,108 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        

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On your GE-COMBO!
Is this machine smaller in size compared to the first combos that came out, like the Westinghouse SPACE-MATES? Or am I wrong in thinking that the first combos that came out, like the MAYTAG, were big machines?

Once again sarahperdue/Sarah, CONGRATULATIONS on such a cool machine!

Doing the HAPPY DANCE for you on this side of the computer!

Post# 1063250 , Reply# 9   3/14/2020 at 22:27 (1,108 days old) by turbokinetic (Northport, Alabama USA)        
It is indeed neat!

It was my pleasure to hook it up and run it at my shop! Fascinating machine for sure. And it didn't seem to take that long... but we were busy with other projects while it was washing.

Post# 1063293 , Reply# 10   3/15/2020 at 11:37 (1,108 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Wise moves on the water situation. Enjoy.

Post# 1063310 , Reply# 11   3/15/2020 at 14:28 (1,108 days old) by Washerlover (The Big Island, Hawai’i)        

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Stunning machine and I can’t agree more with your sentiment about today’s front loader washers.  You can’t get anything clean in 2 inches of water!  Anyway, happy to see the machine humming away — beautiful!

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