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Vintage Kenmore Portable Washer
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Post# 1068948   4/23/2020 at 23:55 (1,073 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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or one thing leads to another.

I used my little Kenmore washer the other day and finished up by giving it a good cleaning and waxing... I thought I'd removed the screws on the bottom of the motor unit to give a better polish and cleaning. Alas, as I removed the screws, I heard a couple of nuts fall into the motor compartment. Oh, bother, now I have to take it apart to figure out which screws needed the nuts...

And when I got it open, I could see a lot of old grease leaking around the gear box.

Which brings me to my question--while I'm in here should I repack the gears? and if so, what kind of grease should I use. I have a quart of Kitchen Aid mixer grease that I have used on some Mixmasters. Will this work?


And the assorted kitchen gadgets in the inside picture? I was trying to felt a sweater and tossed in extra stuff to increase the agitation.

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Post# 1068972 , Reply# 1   4/24/2020 at 03:26 (1,073 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Just as long as you realize that is not a THOR dishsmasher.

Post# 1069276 , Reply# 2   4/25/2020 at 18:28 (1,071 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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Címon, guys, help a girl out. Please, petty please.


Post# 1069277 , Reply# 3   4/25/2020 at 18:40 (1,071 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I don't think that seepage looks too terrible considering the machine's age.  If you were using it as a daily driver, it might be worth opening things up, but if it were me, I'd consider the the nuts that fell after loosening the screws an omen.

Post# 1069322 , Reply# 4   4/25/2020 at 22:57 (1,071 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

I wouldn't mess with the gear case, the leakage is not that bad considering it's age. But two things I would advise you, first I would not put it onto of my glass cooktop for fear of scratching the cooktop or cracking it and second, I wouldn't put any metal items in the porcelain wash tub, if the utensils hit the sides it will chip the porcelain and it was rust. It looks like it is in nice shape for its age, I would leave well enough alone and enjoy it. I had a much later version of that washer from Sears that I bought in the 80's, it was harvest gold plastic, and I believe it was made by Rival for Sears, it was a fun little washer.

Post# 1069324 , Reply# 5   4/25/2020 at 23:08 (1,071 days old) by agiflow3 ()        

Did Whirlpool make this ?

Post# 1069347 , Reply# 6   4/26/2020 at 00:12 (1,071 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

No. Small portable washers were made by Nesco, Knapp Monarch, Proctor Silex and similar small appliance manufacturers.

Post# 1069399 , Reply# 7   4/26/2020 at 10:38 (1,070 days old) by agiflow3 ()        

Thanks Tom I didn't think so. 2 Sears stores in my area shut their doors this month. The one in Woodbridge NJ and the other one in New Brunswick that has been there for decades.

Are all stores in the US officially closed now ? Are there any still operating ?

Post# 1069441 , Reply# 8   4/26/2020 at 19:18 (1,070 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
You absolutely may use the KA lube

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I would love pics. I did a similar washer about 12 years ago with the same lube I use for KA and Mixmaster and it is still
running smoothly.

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