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Post# 159689   10/10/2006 at 17:34 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        

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So after an evening's hearty dinner, I wanted to give the dishwasher a real workout...not just another load of a full top-rack and a fork and a saucer in the bottom.

But it's not always easy to find the kind of things that make a vertical-loading bottom rack dishwasher really fly with a full load.

This evening proved different.

The top rack (note the Jet-Dry dispenser hanging out for all to see...wish I had the timed rinse dispenser...*sigh*):





Post# 159690 , Reply# 1   10/10/2006 at 17:37 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
The bottom rack...

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Here is the piece de resistance. How often does a collection like this of flat things come together?

Five extra points were gained for this round by sneaking the wire rack next to the silverware basket.

Note the cutting board in the middle. With no pesky wash arm under the top rack to steal space or do useless things like offer good wash performance, we are able to take freeform loading to new heights.


Post# 159691 , Reply# 2   10/10/2006 at 17:38 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
And the results...

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...speak for themselves. The rice-encrusted pot? Spotless.

Post# 159692 , Reply# 3   10/10/2006 at 17:39 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
The broiler pan...

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...shines fabulously (hush, those are water droplets)...

Post# 159693 , Reply# 4   10/10/2006 at 17:40 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
And in the top rack...

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...the garlic press is free of any strings or yiblets of garlic. Yes, it's true! Butt-kicking performance in the top rack, and it's not a Maytag!

*

Okay, it's similarish design, but it's still not a Maytag!


Post# 159694 , Reply# 5   10/10/2006 at 17:42 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
What really counts...

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What's important, though, is not that the grungy stuff got clean, or that you couldn't even tell which stove burner drip pan had the burned-on crud. What's important is that all of that happens, AND your glassware comes out impeccably clean.

Post# 159695 , Reply# 6   10/10/2006 at 17:44 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
Only one marginal result

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I did have one tallish glass tumbler come out with a rice yiblet stuck in it, but since those tumblers have been a problem in every machine I've had, the judges decided to overlook it.

What's more impressive is that I didn't do any intensive prerinsing or scraping, and the rice was gone. No filtration whatsoever! :-)

(Just lots of water changes! :-D)


Post# 159716 , Reply# 7   10/10/2006 at 20:51 (5,134 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Nate, it receives a special endorsement simply because it's a challenge to load the dishwasher and as full as you had it everything come out clean. Of course I could say this about a KA 16 & 17 series too with my less than steller experience with them.

Post# 159719 , Reply# 8   10/10/2006 at 20:56 (5,134 days old) by frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Wonderful! Can't argue with those results, that's for sure. Can we get a pic of the control panel?

Post# 159733 , Reply# 9   10/10/2006 at 21:35 (5,134 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Yay to no yiblets!

Nice Bob-load, though I am not allowed to offically say!

*LOL*


Post# 159734 , Reply# 10   10/10/2006 at 21:35 (5,134 days old) by brent-aucoin ()        

Great Pictures!
Thanks!
I have had so many D& M Built dishwashers and I can only say that they clean! They have moments, but they will make you happy more than not.
This is a great looking Magic Chef. I thought it was in super shape! Usually you cannot read the face plate anymore. Very cool you found one in such great shape!
Glad you are having so much fun!
Brent


Post# 159735 , Reply# 11   10/10/2006 at 21:39 (5,134 days old) by brent-aucoin ()        

OH......
Put your photo's on here of your Control Board and such.
I bet there are so many that have not seen it. It looks great.
Brent


Post# 159736 , Reply# 12   10/10/2006 at 21:40 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
LOL

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Thanks, Bob :-D *HUG*

Eugene, sure thing--here's the overview...


Post# 159737 , Reply# 13   10/10/2006 at 21:41 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
And...

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...the close-up. (Ignore the dirty floor in the previous shot, please :-) )

Post# 159738 , Reply# 14   10/10/2006 at 21:44 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
Thanks!!

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Steve-- *wink* :-D

Brent-- Thanks!! You're absolutely right, they really do clean (and sound good and gutsy doing it), but I know what you mean about the "moments." The other day I came back to a flooded kitchen floor, because the bottom wash arm had gotten stuck, and sprayed full-force against the door seal. The wash arm won. A flat washer inserted between the wash arm and the threaded shaft on which it rides solved the issue, but I tend not to start the dishwasher and run off these days... :-)


Post# 159739 , Reply# 15   10/10/2006 at 21:46 (5,134 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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*STOP* the presses.
Is that a washer to the right?
(Hands on hips...)


WHY WHY HWY have we not seen pics?
(tap tap tap goes the foot.. *LOL*)


Post# 159740 , Reply# 16   10/10/2006 at 21:48 (5,134 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
Oh HONEY!

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This is dja v all over again. Must we recreate the last Magic Chef thread? :-)

Post# 159772 , Reply# 17   10/11/2006 at 01:32 (5,134 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Super cool washer - let's see a picture of the inside! hee hee

I'm amazed at that load in your Tragic Chef dishwasher - you're right though, rarely do those loads come together so well. If you have the meal catered - for 16, you may have enough plates & platters to fill the bottom rack.

Or do like I seem to keep doing, buy a whole set of dishes - again and again...


Post# 159786 , Reply# 18   10/11/2006 at 06:58 (5,133 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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This is dja v all over again. Must we recreate the last Magic Chef thread? :-)

LOL LOL LOL.
Thank you for the indulgence. At my age, we forget.

When I stop recognizing that type of cabinet as a washer, THEN I will have problems!


Post# 159822 , Reply# 19   10/11/2006 at 10:54 (5,133 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
LOL

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No prob, Steve. And yes, when we stop spotting those, then we'll be lost! :-D

Post# 159823 , Reply# 20   10/11/2006 at 10:58 (5,133 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
Oh, Greg!

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Goodness! That Roto-Rack never gets old--I love seeing it and your fantastic dishes every time you post that :-P. That wash-load is far more exciting than what would have been in the "how to load" part of the manual! :-D

Yes, you're absolutely right--until I have dinner for sixteen, the plates just won't come together. What's worse is that I just bought a bunch more glassware, so imagine what the top rack looks like now--it's almost manual-picture-perfect :-)

It is lots of fun, though. I've been contemplating snagging one of the three-level machines (SS bottom arm, SS middle arm, small white plastic constant-rinse on the top) and "rebadging" it with the panels and controls from this machine, since it's so snazzy :-) Then I could have the best of both worlds...

(Heresy, I know...)


Post# 159831 , Reply# 21   10/11/2006 at 13:13 (5,133 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
I think...

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...after this machine, I'll be all ready to own a Frigidaire spin-tube :-)

Anyone got one to try? :-D

*begs*


Post# 159850 , Reply# 22   10/11/2006 at 16:39 (5,133 days old) by westytoploader ()        

Nate, your Magic Chef is just awesome. One of these days I hope I find a portable Kenmore D&M machine to have in addition to the Whirlpool. My grandmother had an 18" Kenmore built-in from the late-70's until 2000. The way it purged the sump, did a static fill, paused, and then started up with a loud "WHOOSH" was much different than our boring GE/Jenn-Air, which started up the moment you turned the dial. That D&M motor sound is certainly unique (just like the BD Whirlpool/Kenmore sound is to washers) compared to the others, in addition to all of the whooshing and clinking going on inside.



Post# 159851 , Reply# 23   10/11/2006 at 16:41 (5,133 days old) by westytoploader ()        

There actually *was* a working 1960 Frigidaire spin-tube in stainless on eBay for a decent price. It stayed there for the longest time, until (I believe) someone on here finally bought it!

Post# 159856 , Reply# 24   10/11/2006 at 17:16 (5,133 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
*sob*!

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Hi Austin,

Thanks so much!! :-D Yes, the Magic Chef is lots of fun, but if you are D&M hunting, I recommend finding one with the multilevel wash action (spray tower is good; the double SS wash arms and constant rinse is even better!). You'll love the performance that much more. Now, of course, if that means finding a Roto-Rack... ;-)

It's true. I love the sounds of this dishwasher as much as anything else about it; my grandmother's 1983 D&M portable sounded the same (it had the triple-level wash action and gaggles of pushbuttons, though).

I remember that SS spin-tube. I'm glad someone got it--that was too stunning!

*sigh* :-)


Post# 161029 , Reply# 25   10/17/2006 at 23:20 (5,127 days old) by washertalk ()        
excellent posts

wether it was the "tragic" Chef POWERHOUSE from like 1979ish (long story) or the 1970s avacodo Kenmore portable DW in Nebraska complete with gold replacesment door seal (another long story) loaded with a colorful selection of dishes (another story) or the 80s 24" Whirlpool, luv it, (another story).

Thanks Gansky1, excellent photo album. coming in at way over 100 years of age you are a real survivor. Oh yes




Post# 161033 , Reply# 26   10/17/2006 at 23:41 (5,127 days old) by washertalk ()        

I like your D&M DW. I couldn't help but notice that even though it is rather BOL. It has the fully framed black "glass-look" front panel kit. I have seen these from a few years earlier with out any frame or slide in panels.

It was 1983, it was big junk week by a long block of side by side townhouses that were built 12 years earlier there must have been at least 20 buildings. I swear every 3rd building had one of these D&M Dishwashers sitting at the curb. Either in Avacodo, Harvest Gold, or white. These basic D&M models without the energy saver switch obviously had green racks and gray seals, I think. I picked up like 4 of them. stripped most for parts well for the motor. They had no sound insulation, no trim kit on the doors, no forced air drying, I don't even think there was a detergent cup, certainly no rinse aid dispenser or multi level wash. and alot of them were layered in lime deposits from hard water. Still there was something alluring about there basic simplicity.


Post# 161040 , Reply# 27   10/18/2006 at 00:21 (5,127 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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I love that Kenmore - it was brand-new, never used from Denver. We had a similar roto-rack, one step down with the gold racks & seal - I had hours of fun with the upper rack and our bright red melmac dishes and plastic tumblers!




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