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Thoughts on these 2 vintage washers on Craigslist
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Post# 1072730   5/15/2020 at 22:33 (1,379 days old) by chrisfa1 (Littleton)        

Thinking about a washer to match my 1989 GE dryer. But I also don't want a BOL really. I have a big family with a lot of laundry needs. So, thoughts please on what these models are and whether you'd get it?

So there's this Hotpoint.

And this GE.

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Post# 1072802 , Reply# 1   5/16/2020 at 09:22 (1,379 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
Looks like ....

Some serious paint issues on the GE!

Post# 1072805 , Reply# 2   5/16/2020 at 09:39 (1,379 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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They look like very similar MOL's with temp and water level selection, but since the Hotpoint works well and was used by a little old man, I'd pick him ;'D

Post# 1072837 , Reply# 3   5/16/2020 at 15:49 (1,379 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I think these are both standard capacity machines.   That will mean processing more loads for your large family.   If that's doesn't stop you, then the Hotpoint looks like a well-maintained machine if you don't mind that its console color scheme won't match your GE dryer.

Post# 1072839 , Reply# 4   5/16/2020 at 16:21 (1,379 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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unless you have an ExLarge capacity dryer.....I would not go any bigger than the standard capacity machine...

we had a family of 10 and were raised on a GE V12 FilterFlo standard capacity, which held up well through all those years.....

I had 10 kids with two adults....Large Family depends on how you look at it...

but all in all, that Hotpoint should do well for you.....

Post# 1072861 , Reply# 5   5/16/2020 at 18:50 (1,379 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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The GE dryer you have (if it's electric) is a good reliable dryer for the most part.


These washers are GE's Filter-flo models.  As much as I think they are cool to "play"with  they are WATER HOGS.


They have a huge stationary outer tub which is where all the water is wasted.  You'll use more water, more hot water, more detergent, and if you have to treat your water in a water softener and filtration system, you'll be paying more there as well.  If you have to pump your gray water from your basement, you'll be paying more in electricity costs as well.


If it was just one or two people, it would be fine. 

With kids who use A LOT of clothes I've heard, get yourself a good front loader.  They clean better, they use 1/4 of the water that these hogs will, less detergent, they get the clothes cleaner, and if you get something new or newer, it's probably going to last you a while and you should get a warranty.


You don't know about these machines.  They are about 35-40 years old.  They may already have problems like an oil leak.  


It's one thing for a family to be without a dryer; it's completely another to not have a reliable washer.


Best of luck to you.

Post# 1072932 , Reply# 6   5/17/2020 at 05:24 (1,378 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Hotpoint looks to be a lo miler. As for the GE,someone who can't do a basic wipedown on something they are selling makes you wonder what kind of use it had.

Post# 1072999 , Reply# 7   5/17/2020 at 15:39 (1,378 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

Those Hotpoints of that era are built like tanks. Easy to open-up and clean out. Trouble-shoot and repair any rust. Wash very well.

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