Thread Number: 83314  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
POD: June 8, 2020 Hotpoint LW43
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Post# 1076329   6/8/2020 at 10:55 (1,356 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Questions for anyone who might know:

1) I thought there was an early Hotpoint washer that did not automatically advance to agitation after a fill. In other words, you'd set the dial to 'Fill' and when the tub was full the user would manually advance the dial to the desired wash time. Is this true or merely a product of my tiny, fevered mind? I'm assuming this one advanced automatically, but am just wondering if there had been a manual fill model prior to the LW43.

2) Did the Delicate/Short cycle utilize a partial fill or did it fill completely?

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Post# 1076330 , Reply# 1   6/8/2020 at 11:09 (1,356 days old) by eronie (Flushing Michigan)        

The wonder dial could do a partial fill.

Post# 1076331 , Reply# 2   6/8/2020 at 11:15 (1,356 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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1) I thought there was an early Hotpoint washer that did not automatically advance to agitation after a fill. In other words, you'd set the dial to 'Fill' and when the tub was full the user would manually advance the dial to the desired wash time. Is this true or merely a product of my tiny, fevered mind? I'm assuming this one advanced automatically, but am just wondering if there had been a manual fill model prior to the LW43.

Eugene, that manual fill was only on earlier Beam machines, probably 1949-1951 or thereabouts. My '52 Speed Queen gives you a choice of manual wash fill or timed wash fill whichever you prefer.


Post# 1076334 , Reply# 3   6/8/2020 at 11:39 (1,356 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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"DELICATE for lightly-soiled and man-made fabrics COLD water rinse is automatic."  Am I assuming correctly that the delicate cycle provides an automatic cold rinse but the normal cycle provides a warm rinse?  


Post# 1076344 , Reply# 4   6/8/2020 at 12:49 (1,356 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Timed-fill machine so setting the timer an appropriate number of increments less than the maximum Fill designation will provide a lower level.  The beginning of Delicate isn't shown on the picture so someone who has this model or knows for sure would need to confirm if the maximum allotted fill time on it allows for no more than a partial fill.


Post# 1076345 , Reply# 5   6/8/2020 at 13:31 (1,356 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

A friend of ours in the mid 50s had that Beam-made Hotpoint.  It had a chrome trim strip about one third of the way down from the top part of the cabinet which featured molded ripples or louvers or fins. I know that Speed Queens ran the motor during the wash fill to prevent flooding. I wonder if Hotpoint did the same during fill in that Beam machine. I remember CR remarking  about having to turn the dial to start the wash, but since the rinse was an overflow type, the pump carried off excess water.


Post# 1076348 , Reply# 6   6/8/2020 at 13:41 (1,356 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

One more thing about today's POD.  These early one speed machines relied on the lower water level to give a less thorough thrashing to delicates. Even some of the wringer washers like the APEX had a line on the agitator for fine fabrics. The 1954 or 55 TOL Kelvinator that had lights on the control panel had one that read small load fine fabrics. It might see counterintuitive, but the lower water kept fabrics from being drawn to the agitator so they sort of stayed on the edge of the tub and were hopefully just splashed and rocked. For that reason, I doubt that the delicates cycle could be set for a full fill. We can all check with Harriette Nelson when we get to heaven.


Post# 1076362 , Reply# 7   6/8/2020 at 15:06 (1,356 days old) by circlew (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The brochure has 7-57 at the bottom of the last page, so that likely is the publication date. Would these have been the 1958 models?

 

I also noticed that Seafoam Blue is no longer listed as one of the colors, but the remainder of the original colors were.


Post# 1076374 , Reply# 8   6/8/2020 at 15:46 (1,355 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Right you are!

Post# 1076379 , Reply# 9   6/8/2020 at 16:24 (1,355 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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There's a 1958 Hotpoint laundry brochure on AutomaticE.


Post# 1076447 , Reply# 10   6/9/2020 at 05:26 (1,355 days old) by retro-man (- boston,ma)        
About the dryer

Ad states that up to 90 minutes drying time which you can see on the dial, but what is on the upper part of the dial. Saw some lettering but can't make it out. Was that part useable or was it dead space on the timer?

Jon


Post# 1076458 , Reply# 11   6/9/2020 at 08:51 (1,355 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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45+ to 60 mins is labeled as Heavy.  Then an unlabeled dot (75 mins).  Appears to be "Extra" on the dial around at 90 mins.

Compare to the dial on the TOL LB45.


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Post# 1076550 , Reply# 12   6/10/2020 at 05:22 (1,354 days old) by retro-man (- boston,ma)        

Thanks for the better shot of the dial. Could not see all that on the original picture.

Jon



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