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Absolute BOL Roper Dishwasher.
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Post# 1072032   5/11/2020 at 21:47 (1,043 days old) by Cam2s (Nebraska)        

Seen this absolute BOL 1cycle Roper dishwasher for sale on a local exchange page and thought Iíd share. Iíve only seen one other one cycle dishwasher and it was a Hotpoint badged one. I believe all it had on the dial was off and on. At least this one splits the dial into wash rinse and dry.

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Post# 1072038 , Reply# 1   5/11/2020 at 22:16 (1,043 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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I put the same Whirlpool model into a rental unit I had. Sold the place and dont know if it worked or cared. But the next step above that model happens to be in my kitchen and be washing a load of dishes just fine right now, same as it has done for the past 25 years.

Post# 1072057 , Reply# 2   5/11/2020 at 23:37 (1,043 days old) by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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This is a Whirlpool BOL not a D&M or Frigidaire BOL.  That's why it will last 25+ years even with a funny name like "roper" taped on the front.  lol


Whirlpool dishwashers, at least from back then, tend to be be, if nothing else reliable.  Quiet? not so much but not the worst.


Don't get me wrong, I've bought my fair share of Roper washers, dryers, and dishwashers, for rental units.  

It was an old boy friend that made fun of the Roper name.   "It's a ~~Roper~~" he said in a condescending snicker.


Whirlypooly is still making a few Roper washer and dryers but that's not the $188 I paid back in the late 90s at Circuit City for a dryer or washer.  Both the same price.


 Who pays $600 smack-a-roos for a Roper dryer?   


Apparently they don't make stoves, refrigerators, micros, or dishwashers anymore.  Just these special units and only for Lowes.  Ohh.   Have to go to Amana for those other appliances.

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Post# 1072079 , Reply# 3   5/12/2020 at 06:28 (1,043 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Why yes it is!

I call them "rental property" models. Inexpensive, yet they lasted. If a tennant scratches or dents them, no big deal. Normal wear and tear. Of course most landlords would charge them for damage upon vacating the property anyway.
People aren't perfect. By just weekly house keeping, a broom, mop, or vacuum wand can bang into an appliance. If they broke, not costly to repair, or replace.

Post# 1072110 , Reply# 4   5/12/2020 at 10:06 (1,043 days old) by stevet (West Melbourne, FL)        
GE/Hotpoint Clone?

I always thought that these were nothing more than GE/Hotpoint machines with a Whirlpool door installed on it. The wash system seemed to resemble what GE was using and just the pop up tower was a little different. Surely GE could build such a machine for other manufacturers cheaper than anyone else could. Just throw a different name on the control panel and you have yourself a Roper!

Post# 1072165 , Reply# 5   5/12/2020 at 16:18 (1,043 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Hey, it's got a detergent dispenser that pops open to dispense fresh detergent in the second wash. You could do worse, even if there was not a wash arm under the upper rack, the tower thing prevented complete utilization of the lower rack and the little motor screamed, but that is what selling up is supposed to help you avoid. For some people this is all they need. There were other brands, even Maytags, with the same crappy water distributions systems, albeit with better filtration.

Post# 1072325 , Reply# 6   5/13/2020 at 14:22 (1,042 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Not GE,

Roper were by Whirlpool. Some bol were side mount pump.

Post# 1072375 , Reply# 7   5/13/2020 at 19:46 (1,042 days old) by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Was just at Lowes this afternoon and happened to innocently end up in the appliance dept. (I don't know how that happens)

The Roper washer and electric dryer was there and the dryer was on sale for $399. Still a lot more than the $188 that they sold for back in 1998 at Circuit City's appliance dept.

Post# 1072384 , Reply# 8   5/13/2020 at 20:33 (1,042 days old) by lebron (Minnesota)        

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Is this BOL Roper a power clean module? When did WP introduce the PC module? What were some of the major changes during the run of the PC? When were "tall tubs" introduced?

Is this machine below a power clean? How much should I offer for this unit if unused? I spent a considerable amount of time digging through the archives for answers to these questions but was unable to find what I need.

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Post# 1072386 , Reply# 9   5/13/2020 at 20:42 (1,042 days old) by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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That dw looks like late 90s.

Post# 1072391 , Reply# 10   5/13/2020 at 21:11 (1,042 days old) by Cam2s (Nebraska)        

The Roper thatís the subject of this thread is a Durawash system, which was considerably different from the power clean system. The power clean system I believe was introduced in the 80s and run until the mid 2000s. It was offered across a variety of brands that varied in their respective features, but the PC module itself was only ever updated once. The power clean you posted is a later unit. You could check the date with the serial number. Based on the styling I believe whirlpool was selling the tall tub ď point voyagerĒ machines as TOL and power cleans below them by the time that machine was produced. Itís hard to say whatís its worth but as long as the racks arenít rusted it will be a reliable and solid performer for many years to come.

Post# 1072412 , Reply# 11   5/14/2020 at 00:12 (1,041 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Didn't Sears sell those as Kenmores as well, back in the day, maybe just the Canadian Sears. Most newer apartment blocks that I recall back in the 70s had them or similar bol machines.

Post# 1072430 , Reply# 12   5/14/2020 at 01:57 (1,041 days old) by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Sears U.S. started infiltrating Whirlpool DWs around 1985 with the top line models.


I think it was 1986 that D&M was bumped to lower and middle models while Whirlpool built KMs were the top.

Post# 1072460 , Reply# 13   5/14/2020 at 08:53 (1,041 days old) by Syndets2000 (Nanjemoy, MD)        
Roper RUD 1000DW B ?

I sold and installed these back in the day, untill I discovered the top of line Ropers had several more selection buttons, (plus a jacket of sound insulation..)
I don't think the cost was much more than twenty dollars, so I started suggesting those to the customers least it seemed fancier to everyone, and these were usually purchased for rental I remember, these machines experienced pump seal failure, and maybe the motors eventually died...or got stuck, from lack of use. The "soil settler " system tho- still baffles me. It had such an anemic drain cycle. A noisy dishwasher, but very popular for rentals...

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