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Kenmore 24 inch direct drive washer
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Post# 1084626   8/10/2020 at 17:31 (1,343 days old) by Golittlesport (California)        

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located in Wisconsin. A bit expensive for its age but looks very well cared for. I bought this same model new in 1985. It is the first generation of Kenmore direct drive washers as it has the clothes guard with a spin drain. Mine did not come with the fabric softener dispenser attachment, they must have added that themselves. A good machine with average capacity.

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Post# 1084648 , Reply# 1   8/10/2020 at 19:37 (1,343 days old) by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
Dou you still have your machine?

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How long did you have this washer? This has been referred to as "Shredmore".

Post# 1084718 , Reply# 2   8/11/2020 at 09:32 (1,343 days old) by Golittlesport (California)        

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I meant this post to go in "Shoppers Square."

I had the machine for about 5 years until I moved and left it in the house. It did have very aggressive agitation, with no step down on normal cycle to slow speed after a few minutes like later direct drive machines.

Post# 1084724 , Reply# 3   8/11/2020 at 10:34 (1,343 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Any DD model of any brand that runs high 180 SPM agitation for a full wash period without the mid-way speed reduction can be called a "Shredmore."

Post# 1084727 , Reply# 4   8/11/2020 at 11:48 (1,343 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
There is NO such thing as A shreadmore

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If one is stupid enough to wash a load of delicate clothing at hi speed for 14 minutes you might experience extra fabric wear, ANY agitator washer can cause extra wear if used without common sense.


WP suggested when these washers first came out that it was unnecessary to wash lightly soiled clothing more than 6-8 minutes.


John L.

Post# 1084728 , Reply# 5   8/11/2020 at 12:03 (1,343 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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That's true of course.† Most loads don't need 14 mins of high agitation, although the suggested wash times on lid instructions was typically 10 to 14 mins for white/colorfast cottons and pushbutton/locking timers had the "A" cycle starting at the maximum 14 mins.† The typical consumer is hard-wired to established habits.

Am I recalling correctly that Jon Charles reported some years ago starting a load of jeans in a 1-18 and coming back the next day to find it was still agitating and the load had disintegrated into a soupy mess?

Post# 1084732 , Reply# 6   8/11/2020 at 12:17 (1,343 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Iíve used a Whirlpool direct drive a couple of times and even owned one for a brief time from 2016 to 2017 and it didnít damage anything at all. I didnít select a long wash time unless it was heavily soiled shop towels or something and always selected a 8 to 10 minute time for most things.

Post# 1084752 , Reply# 7   8/11/2020 at 17:27 (1,342 days old) by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        
Pricey vintage Wringers

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In addition to the Kenmore being to expensive the Kenmore and Maytag wringers are kinda expensive as well.

Post# 1084759 , Reply# 8   8/11/2020 at 18:44 (1,342 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Good machine that

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Rich , my step mom had one just like that and loved it! Yes Glenn I had the makings of a high grade of rag paper from the towels when I returned the next morning ! But the jeans were as soft as butter ! 

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