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POD 04/30/20: Westinghouse Top-loader
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Post# 1070024   4/30/2020 at 07:57 (1,055 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I'm assuming the Westy in today's POD is mid-to-late 1960s.  Hopefully someone in the AW family can provide more specific info.


Now, that's a proper console! Two--yes, two--large dials and a thoughtfully framed vertical rectangular window for the water level.  Controls any young (or not so) washerhead would have a ball with: Dials to turn, pushbuttons to press and what may be a toggleswitch over to the right.


I choose to completely overlook any mechanical deficiencies the machine probably has, as well as a top spin speed that makes belt-drive Kenmores of the same era feel better about themselves. 


Made it through another month, everyone!  Congratulations and keep it up.

Post# 1070042 , Reply# 1   4/30/2020 at 08:39 (1,055 days old) by seeitrun2006 (Commerce, GA)        
Close to year 1966

My maternal grandmother had the Westinghouse next model down from the washer in the picture. They bought it in spring of 1966 along with the electric matching dryer.

I was 10 at the time of purchase. It was no doubt the biggest washing machine I had ever seen. Comparing with my mother's 1 cycle 10 lbs capacity 1959 Hotpoint washer purchased in 1959.

Post# 1070048 , Reply# 2   4/30/2020 at 08:58 (1,055 days old) by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        
2 Large Dials

Does anyone know what the 2 Large Dials on the right of the console are for? Of course one is for cycle selection, but what is the second one?

Post# 1070081 , Reply# 3   4/30/2020 at 11:09 (1,055 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Left-side rotary control = Cold Water selector ... presumably choices of Automatic (per the pushbutton selection), Cold Rinse, or Cold Wash & Rinse.

Looks like the 1965 models in the service manual I have from  TOL LAH-850 is described as having an "extra spray rinse switch" which adds a spray rinse to the final spin (toggle switch and light at right).  The console light switch is at the left, base of the console under the 2nd button.

Post# 1070122 , Reply# 4   4/30/2020 at 16:05 (1,055 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Slightly off-topic, but seeing that Westinghouse washer control panel reminded me of the Viking (Westinghouse) dishwasher my parents had - those oval-shaped pushbutton were what were on that dishwasher control panel.  

Post# 1070154 , Reply# 5   4/30/2020 at 19:27 (1,055 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Now, see? This is the AW collective at work!


Glenn-  The man comes through again, digging up detailed information about the controls on this 1965 Westy. Hadn't even noticed the pushbutton for the console light.


David- Thanks for sharing your memories your grandmother’s Welty.  I loved the observation of the Westy seeming huge compared to your mom's Hotpoint.


Paul- A most welcomed sidebar about the connection of the pushbuttons on Westy with your parents' Viking dishwasher. Who knew? 



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