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Help: Sears Kenmore Fabric Master Dryer
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Post# 1100481   12/13/2020 at 21:01 (1,164 days old) by Claraloiza (Maryland )        

Hi, I found this gorgeous dryer in the basement of a home I just bought. The dryer is in mint condition and looks to have been rarely used. It still works beautifully. What can you tell me about it? Any ideas on the vintage? Are there any collectors out there interested to buy?

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Post# 1100487 , Reply# 1   12/13/2020 at 21:14 (1,164 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Probably 1968-1971, but someone here can decipher the serial number and identify exact manufacture date. Soft heat s an automatic variable heat that gradually decreases as load dries. Try the auto dry cycle. Wrinkle guard tumbles the load every 5 minutes in air only mode after the auto dry cycle. (Until you open the dryer door). This is a vry nice dryer.

Post# 1100492 , Reply# 2   12/13/2020 at 21:43 (1,164 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

According to the tag, it's a 1970 model, and manufactured in Whirlpool's Marion, OH factory.

Post# 1100503 , Reply# 3   12/13/2020 at 22:51 (1,164 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Manufacture date is 46th week (Nov 10-14) of 1969.

The timer dial probably is backlit, in case the bulb is burned out.

Would it be a model 700 or 70 in the lineup of the time?

Claraloiza, the leading 110. on the model number is a code indicating Sears sourced it from Whirlpool.  As you may know, Sears doesn't itself manufacture anything, all Kenmore-branded appliances are produced by the various manufacturers to Sears specifications for features and styling.

Post# 1100507 , Reply# 4   12/14/2020 at 00:36 (1,164 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

The timer dial is backlit, and yes, this is a model 70

Post# 1100636 , Reply# 5   12/14/2020 at 20:00 (1,163 days old) by claraloiza (Maryland )        

Thank you everyone! That timing coincides with the date the original owners moved in 1969. It's hard to believe that with 3 children growing up in the home the dryer is still in such good condition.

Post# 1100648 , Reply# 6   12/14/2020 at 21:35 (1,163 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza Piemonte, Italy- Soon to be US immigrant.)        

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They probably liked to use the clothesline alot instead.
Too bad there is not the washer to match but it's not a surprise, dryers usually outlived their matching washer.

Post# 1100683 , Reply# 7   12/15/2020 at 07:29 (1,162 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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Hi these were very good dryers and given its condition you could probably get many years out of it.


We have a white pair W&D in our museum here in Beltsville Maryland like your dryer.


Unfortunately there is not much monetary value in most vintage dryers, the best thing is to keep using it as it is just as efficient as a new electric dryer, most repairs this dryer might need in the future are also easy to do.


John L.

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