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Post# 1113834   4/5/2021 at 21:17 (1,051 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Badge says 518, ad says it needs a transmission.  Accepting offers.


Lake City, FL



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Post# 1113836 , Reply# 1   4/5/2021 at 21:50 (1,051 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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518 was the 1st Kenmore 18-pounder, yes?

Post# 1113845 , Reply# 2   4/5/2021 at 22:50 (1,051 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Kenmore 518 Washer

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Yes this was the first 25 gallon 18 pound model ever sold by Sears.


This one is a year or so newer than the one we restored and have at the museum, this one has white background on the timer dial and the gold roto-swirl agitator, our slightly earlier model has black on the timer dial and a black bakelite straight vane agitator.


John L.

Post# 1113848 , Reply# 3   4/5/2021 at 23:20 (1,051 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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The tag has a model number that would coincide with the controls. Being a 1968 model, the lid with the cut out handle vs. the chrome handle doesnít fit as the newer handle design debuted for 1972. So I wonder how much of this machine is original. My information may not be complete but the only time a large capacity machine is mentioned is in the 1967 line up when it was introduced. Anyone have some more information such as showing this model in other years of kenmore line ups besides 1967?

Post# 1113860 , Reply# 4   4/6/2021 at 02:57 (1,051 days old) by Laundryboy (Orlando Florida & Moravia NY. )        

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Are transmissions available for this machine still ?

Post# 1113869 , Reply# 5   4/6/2021 at 07:31 (1,050 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Kenmore 518 Washer

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This washer may well be from around 1972 with it newer style lid handle, I don't see any sign that it has been modified.


The 518 was introduced as a special model to counter Montgomery Wards beating up on Sears W&Ds by allowing Sears to have a BIGGER washer than the Norge built machines that Wards was selling, so the 518 was around for a number of years.


It was usually kept in the back area of the sales area and was only shown to customers that expressed an interest in getting a bigger washer or ones that complained that the main line KMs were smaller than the competition, note; there was never a matching dryer for the 518 washer.


Around 1970 Sears also sold a SUPER sized dryer that was 31" wide, this dryer also did not have a matching washer and used a recycled control console from another dryer [ and the console was only 29" wide ] which looked a little strange.


I have lots of parts including transmissions for these 518s, the machine would very likely need bearings& spin tube etc as well.



John L.

Post# 1113884 , Reply# 6   4/6/2021 at 08:29 (1,050 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Thanks for the info John.

Post# 1113890 , Reply# 7   4/6/2021 at 09:25 (1,050 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Would this have been a Kenmore 500 with a larger (18 lb) washbasket, thus the '518' designation?



Post# 1113894 , Reply# 8   4/6/2021 at 09:53 (1,050 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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I never saw this control panel with this lid. Nice washer!

Post# 1113903 , Reply# 9   4/6/2021 at 11:25 (1,050 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Illustrations from some catalogs I searched-out.† The 518 model was not in the source's 1967 Spring-Summer catalog or either of the 1968.† It of course could have been in interim sale and appliance catalogs & flyers.† Did "big book" catalog editions vary per regions of the country?

1967 Fall-Winter

1969 Spring-Summer

1969 Fall-winter

1970 Spring-Summer

1970 Fall-Winter (adds the "over size" dryer)

1971 Spring-Summer

1971 Fall-Winter

1972 Spring-Summer

1972 Fall-Winter (two offerings, redesign)

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Post# 1113906 , Reply# 10   4/6/2021 at 13:28 (1,050 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Thanks for the additional catalog information Glenn. Does anyone have one of these kenmore dryers with a nearly 8 cubic foot drum?

Post# 1113909 , Reply# 11   4/6/2021 at 13:53 (1,050 days old) by extmaxspin (St Charles MI)        
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Yes, thanks Glenn, those catalog snags were great!

I'd also like to hear/see more about that dryer. I had no idea KM made anything of that capacity so far back. That door is ginormous!!

Anyone have one of these still, or actual photos at least, to get an idea of what that looked like compared to the catalog rendition.

Post# 1113912 , Reply# 12   4/6/2021 at 14:00 (1,050 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I wish Whirlpool would offer a big dryer just like the one above with the side-swing door and mechanical controls. Hamper doors are impractical for me. Only 7.4 cu. ft. dryers are ones that match the front loaders with the exception of the commercial technology Maytag dryer. That would be a perfect dryer if one could soften or turn off the cycle signal.

Post# 1113913 , Reply# 13   4/6/2021 at 14:01 (1,050 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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John Lefever has one.† This is the only pic I have from the 2002 gathering.

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Post# 1113914 , Reply# 14   4/6/2021 at 14:05 (1,050 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Wow Glenn, I missed that dryer. I don't recall even seeing it. I may have noticed the 700 dryer control panel from somewhat of a distance and decided I didn't need to see a 700 dryer.

Post# 1113934 , Reply# 15   4/6/2021 at 17:52 (1,050 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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I remember seeing this dryer at the convention. It really is tremendous! Did Whirlpool make this large size dryer also?

Post# 1113955 , Reply# 16   4/6/2021 at 22:50 (1,050 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

While I've seen that dryer in my old catalogs, I've never seen one in person. I don't think it's very attractive - looks like someone who's outgrown their clothes. The big GE and Hotpoint dryers looked better.

As for the washer, my Aunt Julie had one with a control panel like that, but don't know if it was this model.

In photo #9 of the BB team, the guy on the upper left (player 40) looks almost like a guy I went to school with.

Post# 1113962 , Reply# 17   4/7/2021 at 02:30 (1,050 days old) by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        
Sears Catalog Scans

Did those catalog scans by any chance come from

Post# 1113971 , Reply# 18   4/7/2021 at 06:45 (1,049 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Super Sized Kenmore 700 Dryers

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I have only seen about 4 of these in my career, I had 2 around the time of the 2002 convention, I parted out the one in the pictures Glenn posted.


I am in the process of rebuilding the remaining one and am doing a lot of custom modifications on it. I eliminated the lint filter by installing the lint separation system from a WP Easy-Clean 100.


I cut a window into the door, used a round window from a KM combo.


The machine was also converted to a 25,000 BTU modulating gas burner and has been painted Hunter Green and will be installed under a counter top out on the screened porch next to my new SQ SS FL Washer.


For the controls I am using a small rectangular timer assembly mounted in wall over the counter top, I will post pictures when finished in a few months.


The original dryer was huge at least 8 CF seems somewhat bigger than GEs big dryers. It is basically the same dryer as WPs 29" models just greatly enlarged.


John L.

Post# 1118209 , Reply# 19   5/24/2021 at 19:52 (1,002 days old) by agiflow ()        

Does anyone have a photo of the original 18 lb. Straight vane ? The last time I saw one in one of these machines was about 1979.

Post# 1118210 , Reply# 20   5/24/2021 at 20:12 (1,002 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
The original Kenmore 518 Super Capacity Washer

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Hi Patrick, we have the whole washer al restored here in the museum, come see it if you like.


John L.

Post# 1118262 , Reply# 21   5/25/2021 at 09:49 (1,001 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Learn something new

often. They used a 1963 model 70 console.

Post# 1118301 , Reply# 22   5/25/2021 at 15:47 (1,001 days old) by agiflow ()        

My mother's first automatic was the 1963 Kenmore 60/600 series. KM/WP are still my all time faves.

Post# 1118302 , Reply# 23   5/25/2021 at 15:50 (1,001 days old) by agiflow ()        

Would love to come see the warehouse John and meet some of you guys. Jason was I believe the first to welcome me aboard back in 2003. Hope he is doing well as well as all of you.

Post# 1121497 , Reply# 24   6/26/2021 at 22:54 (969 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Many thanks to Lawrence for posting this somewhat rare machine allowing me to save it. I kind of drug my feet on the deal and didnít start the ball rolling until 4-28-21. The washer arrived this evening. It is a 1968 model built the 5th week of 1972. Had to be one of the last before the 1972 console change.

It was owned by a very nice 81 year old gentleman who repaired and sold washers after a career in trucking. He had kept it for a number of years thinking he would restore it but realized at his age that likely wasnít going to happen.

While itís not a super exciting machine it is kind of rare so Iím glad to have it. Some neat Sears history how a 1963 designed console was used on a single model until 1972. Oh and my first large capacity super roto-swirl. Hopefully the outer tub isnít too bad as this washer is going to get a complete rebuilt of the drive system including the gearcase.

Everything was real tight underneath so I think itís been many many years since the machine was operated. The belt is shot but after some coaxing of the drive system I was able to get it to spin and dry agitate but I can tell the oil in the gearcase has solidified. The timer does advance. Unfortunately the machine has no fun control panel lights. 3 cycles, 3 water levels, and five water temperatures

Post# 1121509 , Reply# 25   6/27/2021 at 07:24 (968 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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I'm glad that you were able to give it a new home!  Good luck with the work and the fun on this one.



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