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Westinghouse LTJ (?) Heavy Duty Washer
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Post# 1156802   8/13/2022 at 08:28 (556 days old) by Keymatic (London / UK)        

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Afternoon All,
I finally took delivery this morning of this gorgeous washer from Italy, it is New old stock Westinghouse from the 70ís, never used.

The boot/gasket has totally perished, anyone got any suggedtions ? Another guy on here kindly said that. Kenmore or Frigidaire front loader boots from the 90ís can be adapted ? I would love to get the machine going. I am also looking for a ďHeavy dutyĒ badge was has got lost in transit.

Any help would be really appreciated :)

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Post# 1156811 , Reply# 1   8/13/2022 at 10:21 (556 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Totally Cool 3 Belt Westinghouse

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WOW Kieth a brand new WH Washer, that design would be a late 60s machine in the US but who knows when this one was built, it will be interesting to find out when you get into it.


I would have a good used boot for this washer that we could send.


Darren is going to be over here in mid September I could maybe send it home with him.


John L.

Post# 1156818 , Reply# 2   8/13/2022 at 12:27 (556 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Other than slight differences in the control panel, this looks like the '64 Westinghouse washer we had. That was the first year for this cabinet design.

Post# 1156823 , Reply# 3   8/13/2022 at 13:10 (556 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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Thats a very great find and a beautiful Westinghouse FL. I bought one very similar to this one used in 1980 for I believe $150.00. Unfortunately it didnít work as well as Iíd hoped for and the dealer that I bought it from had told me that I had 30 days to exchange it and apply the purchase price to another machine.

I traded it for a new Maytag Fabricmatic, which was a good machine, but I was disappointed that the Westinghouse didnít work out. Iíd really wanted an FL and the new ones were just too expensive for me at the time.

I hope you get many years of good service from this great find!


Post# 1156824 , Reply# 4   8/13/2022 at 13:22 (556 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The 600 is the model with the three water temperatures. We had the LTF590 with the 4 water temperatures which included cold wash temperature.

Post# 1156830 , Reply# 5   8/13/2022 at 14:04 (556 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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I like this better with the side door opening!

Post# 1156846 , Reply# 6   8/13/2022 at 18:35 (556 days old) by Golittlesport (California)        

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That's a great score and looks to be in wonderful shape but for the boot. My family had the LTF590 like Tom's family did. Looked exactly like this machine but as Tom mentioned had four water temperature combinations instead of three. Does this one have a tub light? The LTF590 did; and it had two cycles - regular and permanent press (which was just a short cycle.) I think we got ours in 1965.

Post# 1156869 , Reply# 7   8/13/2022 at 20:33 (556 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi Keith, I found a good door boot for that this afternoon that I set aside let me know if you need it to find its way to you.

John L

Post# 1156888 , Reply# 8   8/14/2022 at 02:04 (556 days old) by Keymatic (London / UK)        

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Morning John,
Thank you for hunting out the boot, i sent you mail.
It will be great to get this machine going.
I just need to get a transformer now as the machine is 110v and as you know we work on 240v this side of the pond :)
Thank you so so much for your help
Cheers Keith

Post# 1156891 , Reply# 9   8/14/2022 at 02:31 (556 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Wonder how many models of front loaders the Lone Ranger Westinghouse had built around this time, as other manufacturers were discontinuing theirs and made Westinghouse the only brand left...

-- Dave

Post# 1156894 , Reply# 10   8/14/2022 at 04:28 (556 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Would the voltage difference be

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Why it was never used? Maybe bought in error as Italy is 220 isn't it?

Post# 1156901 , Reply# 11   8/14/2022 at 09:05 (555 days old) by Keymatic (London / UK)        

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Hi Austin,
Could well be, the voltage tag on the machine says 1000w / 105v

Post# 1156904 , Reply# 12   8/14/2022 at 10:01 (555 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Italy had a range of lower voltages in the past. Standardisation towards 220 started around 1950. It's possible that it was sold in Italy, although 105 Volts seems to be a bit on the low side. I believe Italy had voltages somewhere between 110 and 150 Volts.

Post# 1156906 , Reply# 13   8/14/2022 at 10:57 (555 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Westinghouse had a large trade with multi-family housing and their stacking laundry sets. The stack washer and dryer fit in a lot of places and once they were installed, the washers were replaced as they wore out. Philco abandoned their front loading washer in the 60s, although they never had a stack pair, and ceased production of their combo by 1969 so these were the only domestic tumbler washers here. In short, they sold many of these laundry machines.

Post# 1157159 , Reply# 14   8/17/2022 at 02:30 (553 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

Iím going to guess and say 1964-66 for this Westinghouse Front-Load Washer.


Post# 1157345 , Reply# 15   8/19/2022 at 03:06 (551 days old) by keymatic (London / UK)        

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Morning All,

Thank you for all your comments on my recent find, really looking forward to getting it up and running once i get the door boot replaced.

Just need to find a "heavy Duty" badge and it will be perfect...

Many thanks

Post# 1157348 , Reply# 16   8/19/2022 at 05:26 (551 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        

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I suggest you look into those yellow square ones the construction workers use as it would be man enough to cope with any surge required to turn the drum. Sorry Keith I forget the actual name of them :)

Post# 1157361 , Reply# 17   8/19/2022 at 10:02 (550 days old) by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        

You mean this?

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Post# 1157713 , Reply# 18   8/24/2022 at 05:25 (546 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
@Adam aussie vac

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Yes thats the thing I think the Hertz maybe slightly different but doubt it will make a huge amount of difference.

Post# 1158838 , Reply# 19   9/6/2022 at 04:55 (533 days old) by keymatic (London / UK)        

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What would you do...

Morning All,

I recently posted that I had shipped from Italy to the UK a brand new Westinghouse LTF600 washer dating from the mid-60's, whilst the boot gasket needs replacing which I have managed to source a replacement I am wondering if I need to do anything before switching the machine on for the first time ? would a any parts needs greasing / oiling ? filling with warm water and soaking to allow parts to re-hydrate ? any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Post# 1158849 , Reply# 20   9/6/2022 at 06:13 (533 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Checking Over a New Mid 60S Westinghouse Washer

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Hi Keith, I would remove the pack panel and check that everything moves freely and maybe put a few drops of light machine oil on the idler idler pulley bearing, rear pump idler bearing and the rear helix spring behind the large black center pulley. You just remove the 1/2"bolt in the center and it lifts off easily [ this spring was greased at the factory but a few drops of light oil will rejuvenate the grease ]and reassemble.


I would also poor about a gallon of very hot tap water in the tub and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.


We can't wait to hear how it goes.


John L.

Post# 1158853 , Reply# 21   9/6/2022 at 06:22 (533 days old) by keymatic (London / UK)        

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Afternoon John,

Many thanks for your wise words, I will lightly oil the parts mentioned...


Post# 1158857 , Reply# 22   9/6/2022 at 07:03 (533 days old) by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
Iím curious,

Did one have to fork out an arm and a leg to get that machine over to the UK?

Post# 1158870 , Reply# 23   9/6/2022 at 09:58 (532 days old) by keymatic (London / UK)        

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Hi Adam,

Not too bad, about £300 / Ä350.


Post# 1158875 , Reply# 24   9/6/2022 at 10:41 (532 days old) by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
Iím jealous,

Over here it would cost about $1500 just to get a 55 kg machine imported and that was if it already was all mounted to the crate and all that good stuff

Post# 1158986 , Reply# 25   9/7/2022 at 10:44 (531 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Nice find

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Have fun with that one !!!

Great John found a boot for you too !

Post# 1173641 , Reply# 26   3/4/2023 at 06:51 (353 days old) by Keymatic (London / UK)        

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Morning John.L,
Well i have finially got round to replacing the boot on the Westinghouse LTF-600.
The manual says no wrinkles ? Whilst the boot lip looks a little wavy i did everything according to what the manual says..does this look ok ??
The door needs a bit of pressure now to close it, i guess until the boot settles down.
Now for a test hopefully next weekend.
Many thanks again.

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Post# 1173643 , Reply# 27   3/4/2023 at 06:58 (353 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Three belt Westinghouse front load washer

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Yay Keith, glad youíre getting this project going. Will be exciting to see what you think of this machine.

Itís a little crude, but a good performer it was the only frontload washer. We really had here in the states for a long time we used to have some diehard customers it would always have a front loader and like these machines a lot.

I have seen machines were the door boot is sort of puckered and wrinkled a bit like that. Not sure what causes that in theory it was not supposed to be like that but I donít think itíll hurt anything. Maybe some good hot washes will make it calm down a little bit ,

Anxiously awaiting to see how it works.


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