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Post# 1102752   1/1/2021 at 13:02 (818 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        

Brand new, in the box, never used KitchenAid dishwasher. I purchased from a couple in Chicago who had bought it in the late seventies and never remodeled their kitchen and therefore never installed it. Best offer.

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Post# 1102813 , Reply# 1   1/1/2021 at 19:53 (818 days old) by wenric (Yuma)        

What model is this? I can see that its a Superba but I don't know enough about them to be able to pick up whether its a 17 or 18 etc. Thanks!

Post# 1102814 , Reply# 2   1/1/2021 at 19:55 (818 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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It's a KDS18

Post# 1102816 , Reply# 3   1/1/2021 at 20:09 (818 days old) by wenric (Yuma)        

Thanks, I was thinking it was but not sure.

Post# 1102944 , Reply# 4   1/2/2021 at 20:56 (817 days old) by mistereric (New Jersey (Taylor Ham))        

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We're in the market, but would need to figure out a way to get it to New Jersey. Is there a front panel?

Post# 1102945 , Reply# 5   1/2/2021 at 21:06 (817 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Front Panels For AKD-18 DW

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Are not hard to find, the FPs from any Kitchenaid DW from an 18-22 will fit this DW.


John L.

Post# 1102983 , Reply# 6   1/3/2021 at 08:49 (816 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
Front Panel Kit

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Photo #3 shows a front panel kit although they don't mention what color it is.

Post# 1103006 , Reply# 7   1/3/2021 at 13:16 (816 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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IIRC there were two or three panels of various colors in the kits.  For an 18 series, I would guess that white, gold, and avocado were included.  I can't recall if the panels were two-sided or not.  If so, then coppertone could have been in there as well.  Stainless would have required a separate purchase.

Post# 1103007 , Reply# 8   1/3/2021 at 13:35 (816 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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This 18-series brochure alludes that each panel kit is a separate color choice.

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Post# 1103011 , Reply# 9   1/3/2021 at 14:18 (816 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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What I'm confused about is John's mention above that series 18 through 22 use the same flat panels.  I thought the flat panels didn't show up until the 20 series.  My statement about multiple panel options applies to the flat panel system, where they were stacked together and slid in from the side, allowing the owner to easily switch them out as kitchen decor and/or appliance color schemes changed.


Pictures I've pulled up show the 18 series with wrap-around panels (as shown here) and no stainless trim.  So which is it?


KitchenAid KDS-18 Service Manual Help Request

Post# 1103016 , Reply# 10   1/3/2021 at 15:11 (816 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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I think he means you could take the panel set (from factory with interchangeable colored panels) from a later series and mount it to the 18 series?  

Post# 1103018 , Reply# 11   1/3/2021 at 15:30 (816 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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It seems to me that the 18 series wrap-around panels would have employ the same mounting system as the 20-22 series stainless sections that hold the flat panels in place, so the entire systems would be interchangeable but the actual color panels themselves would not.  Does that make sense?  

Post# 1103034 , Reply# 12   1/3/2021 at 18:00 (816 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Regardless of what color the panels are, they can easily be refinished in any color by an auto body shop. My friend Brenda C. had hers sprayed to match their cabinets.

Post# 1103055 , Reply# 13   1/3/2021 at 19:50 (816 days old) by Flat4nbrain (TIPP CITY)        

How much? I can pick it up

Post# 1103096 , Reply# 14   1/4/2021 at 05:56 (815 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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Hi Greg,  You can use ANY panel package from an 18-22 KA DW on this KDS-18,


The 18s did still have wrap-around panels.


You can also use the custom panel kit from a KD-18 or 19 on any of these DWs.



Post# 1103316 , Reply# 15   1/5/2021 at 21:56 (813 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        

Sorry for delays in response - been swamped with work.

I opened the front panel cover box - it is white. This DW has had more interest than anything else - who knew?

I'll be moving toward a decision in the next few days. I'm not trying to profit, just recoup original investment and some transportation/acquisition expenses. Most importantly, I want it to go to someone who will truly appreciate it.


Post# 1103668 , Reply# 16   1/8/2021 at 11:07 (811 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        
Offer Accepted

A fellow member, whom I will defer to them if they choose to identify themselves, has made an offer that has been accepted. If anything changes, I will post on this thread. Thanks to all for their interest and other members who have made offers as well.


Post# 1103731 , Reply# 17   1/8/2021 at 19:11 (811 days old) by Bold3 (Columbus, Oh)        
Iíd like to thank the academy...

Thanks John....Iíll step out of the shadows. Hello all-Iím a newbie to AW....been a lurker for quite some time. Love the conversations on here, and have learned a lot! I didnít answer much on my profile-will complete that soon. This will be my 1st vintage appliance. Have a 2014 SQ washer AWN412 that I plan to keep until I leave this earth. Iíd love to find a LK garage door set someday. Grew up with an avocado 1969 piano key LK. Folks replaced it with last belt drive LK local Sears still had in stock in 1986.

Iíve always liked the KDS18, and know they are awesome machines! Folks ordered one in 79 to replace a horrid Tappan Reversa Jet...but they ended up not getting the KA. (Story for another time) Was floored to see this posting for one still in the box...I took a shot!

Planning to make a move this summer/ it will be in storage at least a few months. Will be sure to send pics when itís installed.

Now Iíll ask my first question to the KA experts on here. Any thoughts if any hoses/seals could/should be replaced on a unused 40 yr old KA? (Hoses that may have dry rot?) Any other special instructions to prepare it for use? Know water heater will need set a little hotter & Cascade boil out will work best.

Thanks all and look forward to more chats on here.

Post# 1103732 , Reply# 18   1/8/2021 at 19:51 (811 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Welcome Robert and congrats on a great acquisition!

Post# 1103791 , Reply# 19   1/9/2021 at 06:50 (810 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
New KDS-18 DW

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Congratulations Robert what a great score.


I would give the machine a quick inspection when installing it to see if anything is missing, broken, disconnected etc. there is unlikely to be an deterioration of hoses seals etc to worry about, just hook it up and be sure that there is at least a quart of water in the sump when you first turn it on so the main seal is wet.


I would experiment with different detergents. Take into account how hard [ or soft ] your water is and how hot it is as well.


In order to preserve this great DW and get clean dishes out of it use the least aggressive detergents needed to do the job and the lowest incoming water temperature. Water temps of 120-130 should work well, never over 140. Also the new detergent pods can work very well in vintage DWs and are a lot less damaging to the machine than old fashioned phosphated detergents like Cascade boil out.


Keep us posted when you start using this DW.


John L.

Post# 1103847 , Reply# 20   1/9/2021 at 15:36 (810 days old) by Bold3 (Columbus, Oh)        
New KDS18

Thanks for the response John L.

Good info! Am fortunate to have fairly soft municipal water (no water softener needed). So, Iíll check results first with current Pods...they will probably do job just fine. As you say, they are less aggressive on DW parts.

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