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1993 Whirlpool
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Post# 1069275   4/25/2020 at 18:14 (1,066 days old) by amyphee (Nashville, TN)        

Hi! I'm in the market for a washer/dryer set, and I'd really like an older set. I've found a set on Craigslist, but I'd love to get feedback from this group of vintage appliance lovers. Unfortunately, it is only from 1993, but I'm hoping it is a direct drive washer. Any input? Thanks in advance!

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Post# 1069280 , Reply# 1   4/25/2020 at 18:57 (1,066 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I know it's not the input you're looking for. Sorry. I'm not one of the folks who knows what makes these things tick.
But, for what it's worth, I think they're mighty purdy!
Good luck in your quest!


Post# 1069281 , Reply# 2   4/25/2020 at 19:00 (1,066 days old) by agiflow3 ()        

This is a direct drive washer. Our first Whirlpool direct drive we bought in 1988 had the same design as this and was a one speed 6 cycle machine that went for 15 years without a repair.

I would look around used appliance places or the internet.

Post# 1069283 , Reply# 3   4/25/2020 at 19:13 (1,066 days old) by mrmaytag (Tennessee)        

It's a direct drive set as stated above. These are a middle of the line set IMHO. Looks like they are in great shape cosmetically. If the price is right, I'd definitely go and take a look at them. If you do, pay particular attention to the insides of the machines, looking for wear. You can tell how worn they are by "looking under the hood." If I buy a used machine, I also like to turn them on and run them to see if they work, i.e washer spins, dryer heats, etc. Hope this helps.

Post# 1069284 , Reply# 4   4/25/2020 at 19:13 (1,066 days old) by amyphee (Nashville, TN)        

Thank you! I sent this to a trusted repair person where I live, and he said these are great models.

Post# 1069291 , Reply# 5   4/25/2020 at 19:52 (1,066 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I used to own that exact washer and it was a great performer.  The agitation on those DD washers is pretty aggressive.  The great thing about this model is that on REGULAR and PP, it will agitate on HIGH and then switch to LOW a few minutes before it completes the wash segment of the cycle in order to prevent being too harsh on fabrics.  I loved the SUPER WASH cycle as well.  The manual says to double dose the detergent in that cycle.  When it is complete, it will do a partial drain, refill with water, and then advance to the REGULAR cycle automatically. 

Post# 1069292 , Reply# 6   4/25/2020 at 20:02 (1,066 days old) by cycla-fabric (New Jersey (Northern))        

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That is a great washer and very dependable, it has what most people need in the way of cycles. I have a Whirlpool washer almost like this one and it has been great, very simple to fix if need be, I would get this machine, good luck

Post# 1069295 , Reply# 7   4/25/2020 at 20:22 (1,066 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Direct-drive was introduced sometime in 1981 under the Kenmore brand.  WP models followed shortly after.  Old-style belt-drives were last rolled off the assembly line sometime in 1986, IIRC.  A 1993 machine has no choice but to be a direct-drive, LOL.

Post# 1069321 , Reply# 8   4/25/2020 at 22:48 (1,066 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

A direct drive washer is definitely the way to go. Those machines in the picture are great, even though I do prefer a dryer with a hamper door. I personally prefer the Kitchen Aid models, even though they have the same drive structure as the Whirlpool's, they are built a little better, for example the KitchenAid washer has both a porcelain top and lid, a heavier agitator, and the unique thing about the KitchenAId is that because it has a heavier agitator, the fast agitation is like a medium agitation on a Whirlpool so it doesn't beat up your clothes as much. It has better insulation on the cabinet. The dryer has better drum rollers, a heavier belt, a porcelain top which resists rust and scratches, sound insulation. Both brands are life long machines, you can have them forever. I have customers that still has their Kitchen Aid washers and dryers that I sold them in the late 80's.

Post# 1069356 , Reply# 9   4/26/2020 at 04:18 (1,066 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The heavier/wider KA dryer belt is NLA for replacements, in my experience doing a refurb on my mother's 1994 model a couple years ago (which was later sold to their yard-guy).

Post# 1069364 , Reply# 10   4/26/2020 at 06:45 (1,066 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        
GE set

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that needs a bit of help.


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