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Interesting mid 60s GE washer ad
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Post# 1069160   4/25/2020 at 09:30 (1,489 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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Never saw this model. It must have been short lived.

The mini-basket is familiar but that auto-advancing timer controlled panel looks like it's from another planet.

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Post# 1069189 , Reply# 1   4/25/2020 at 10:55 (1,489 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Wow!!  Wonder what Lawrence (Pulltostart) will have to say!!!

Post# 1069199 , Reply# 2   4/25/2020 at 11:11 (1,489 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Looks like the watermark shows it was from Australia.

Cool looking GE!

Post# 1069201 , Reply# 3   4/25/2020 at 11:13 (1,488 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
You are right Ben!

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If you look at the bottom right corner of the ad it says Australian Women's Weekly....PATRICK COFFEY

Post# 1069207 , Reply# 4   4/25/2020 at 11:27 (1,488 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I had a feeling this was a foreign model.  

Post# 1069211 , Reply# 5   4/25/2020 at 11:46 (1,488 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Looks like a TOL Americana feature-wise, but lacking the fluorescent lamp.  Definitely a programmed washer with possibly and extra rinse option.  If no date is indicated, I'd guess about 1966 or 1967?



Post# 1069216 , Reply# 6   4/25/2020 at 11:56 (1,488 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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It's an Australian model. Still I'd love to get my hands on one.

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Post# 1069219 , Reply# 7   4/25/2020 at 12:05 (1,488 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
An “All Push-Button” Washer from GE, and from Australia?

I’ve never seen an all “push-button” Australian washer from GE before. I did see one from America before (with a lighted back guard below the controls — 1964 or 1965).

Does this one have a lighted console?

It looks like it doesn’t.

Nice looking washer, but definitely different looking from the American version.

I’m also going to mid-late 1960’s for this one.


Post# 1069237 , Reply# 8   4/25/2020 at 13:58 (1,488 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Ken and I could have a wash-in with just this GE!  Wish they had done this here.

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Post# 1069247 , Reply# 9   4/25/2020 at 14:57 (1,488 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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We obviously have/had the technology in the U.S. for a self-advancing timer console.
Who hasn't seen or even used a GE coin-op?

It's probably safe to say they used the same timer.

That looks fun, I have to admit. It even has a sudsaver feature and Panel lights that scream PARTY TIME !

Have you noticed the three switches under the panel?

Any ideas what they do?

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Post# 1069250 , Reply# 10   4/25/2020 at 14:59 (1,488 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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Don't know who's this is but it's an avocado beauty.

I want to get the key to the coin box, get some quarters, and have fun.

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Post# 1069252 , Reply# 11   4/25/2020 at 15:23 (1,488 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Keith, that GER coin-op you cited above, didn't have any kind of rapid advance timer mechanism.  It just had a standard  cycle.  with it being a 2-speed washer, the buttons just varied the wash/rinse temps and the wash/spin speeds.   

Post# 1069253 , Reply# 12   4/25/2020 at 15:24 (1,488 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Greg, thank you for enlargening the control panel.  

Post# 1069269 , Reply# 13   4/25/2020 at 16:57 (1,488 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Cool alternate universe machine!

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So near yet so far from our machines. I wonder if Leon has one?????

Post# 1069270 , Reply# 14   4/25/2020 at 16:58 (1,488 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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Bob, even if they are using just one cycle, it still has to self advance at some point, wouldn't it?

Unless you're saying there is a continuous timer cycle for the wash actions AND
another timer that only allows the machine to run for a certain period of time once the coins are inserted with that time being the amount of time it takes for the cycle timer to revolve through one cycle.

I've only helped a relative to service a 'front servicable' mid 70s GE FF coin-op, similar to the one in the photo, once in 1981 but we had to replace the motor and clutch. Didn't do anything with the timer.

When one looks at where the console lights are on the non-coin-op model vs. the home model, it looks like they're in the same place.

I'm thinking they deleted some of the features for the coin-op, like the suds return and other cycles, then wired it to only use the one cycle. Then when you put the coins in it auto advances to that cycle and completes.

Post# 1069288 , Reply# 15   4/25/2020 at 19:35 (1,488 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Coin-Op GE Washers [ And Most Other Brands ]

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Did not have or need a rapid advance timer with an extra motor to start the cycle, this machine would not have used the same timer or one even close.


Bib is correct, on a Coin-Op machine when you put the coins in and push the slide in you actually are pushing the timer ahead to start the washer.


It looks like this cool machine is a full sized 27" model, GE also built 24" wide models in the US around this time, and they built and sold a lot of 24" models in other countries.


John L.

Post# 1069308 , Reply# 16   4/25/2020 at 21:30 (1,488 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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" Coin-Op machine when you put the coins in and push the slide in you actually are pushing the timer ahead to start the washer."

That would make sense. I simple one cycle timer with a break at the end. I'm sure GE, or who ever made the change box/timer combo, wanted to make it as simple and maintenance free as possible.

Thanks Bob and John

Post# 1069310 , Reply# 17   4/25/2020 at 21:36 (1,488 days old) by agiflow3 ()        

I never knew until recently that GE made 24" washers. I thought that was a Whirlpool/Kenmore thing. Never saw one in my life. Was that short lived ?

Post# 1069311 , Reply# 18   4/25/2020 at 21:45 (1,488 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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I had a GE with the timer but had holes in the back console where the coin box would go, The timer went just past the top to fill and back around to the top to stop. Plugs covered where the temp and level switches would be. 1 cycle, 1 speed. Last I knew my old tenant was still using it. The coin box pushing the timer to on makes sense.

Post# 1069375 , Reply# 19   4/26/2020 at 08:11 (1,488 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
We have a 1967 24" Wide GE FF Washer In The Museum

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It is a fairly nice model, it has 2 speeds, Mini basket and even a florescent light.


In the 80s we saw a number of 24" GE FF Washers that were built in Venezuela, they were neat because they were built like the coin-op GE where the motor and clutch were in the left front of the machine and the cabinet was all steel [ no cheap flammable  fiberboard back ] with a removable front for easier service, it was neat because the FF water came in at the 7 o'clock position.


John L.

Post# 1069429 , Reply# 20   4/26/2020 at 16:47 (1,487 days old) by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

I have the green control panelled version in the pictures above, it all works as it should, except the outer tub is badly rusted along the top edges and it leaks like a seive. I do have an almost new 1980's machine, I've been toying with whether to swap the tops over or to tear down the almost new machine and take the outer tub out. All the older GE's I have for spares are so badly rusted that its almost impossible to get them apart.

There was a model above mine that came with a heater as well. Thats a lot of water to heat, even compared to all the other TL machines in AU at that time.

Post# 1069438 , Reply# 21   4/26/2020 at 18:44 (1,487 days old) by mielerod69 (Australia)        
All push button GE

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My Godmother has the same model. I would stand on a stool and watch it wash. I was around 5 years old and that was in 1974. So it could be a mid to late 60's model.

Post# 1069442 , Reply# 22   4/26/2020 at 19:35 (1,487 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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Pictures PLE-E-EASE !

Post# 1069451 , Reply# 23   4/26/2020 at 20:28 (1,487 days old) by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

Mine doesnt have the switches, but I would assume the ability to force a cold rinse, plus ability to turn the heater on and off and then also select whether to do a cold only fill, or fill with cold plus hot.

Post# 1069461 , Reply# 24   4/26/2020 at 20:59 (1,487 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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Does yours have Sudsaver?

Post# 1069472 , Reply# 25   4/26/2020 at 22:16 (1,487 days old) by agiflow3 ()        

What agitator did the Australian version have ?

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