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GE FF coin-ops- I found one of my old screennames
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Post# 1157578   8/21/2022 at 20:15 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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LOL. The archives are a treasure trove.

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Post# 1157579 , Reply# 1   8/21/2022 at 20:17 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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But yeah, why GE didn't just make ALL their washers with the front panel is bizarre. The service techs would have appreciated it. And GE was making these for how many decades?

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Post# 1157591 , Reply# 2   8/21/2022 at 23:16 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Probably could be confusing them with Maytags since they had a front panel that could be removed to replace the belts or replace the pump along with adjusting belt tension.

Post# 1157594 , Reply# 3   8/21/2022 at 23:58 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Yes, MT did have a wonderful removable front panel for all their washers.

Do you see the removable panel on the front of the washer in the above pic?
GE did that for their coin-ops. It's a really good idea.

Why they didn't do that for ALL their FF washers is the question.

Post# 1157597 , Reply# 4   8/22/2022 at 00:16 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        
Not front servicable

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Video of a coin-op GE washer that looks like it doesn't have the front removable panel. It even looks like something made in the 80s toward the end of the FF model.

That's unusual.

Post# 1157598 , Reply# 5   8/22/2022 at 00:19 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Another pic of the front removable panel by Tecnopolis

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Post# 1157599 , Reply# 6   8/22/2022 at 00:23 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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They probably put the front access panel on their coin op machines since they knew they would get more wear in tear in commercial service as opposed to being in residential service. Maytag used the same design on residential and commercial machines since it was cost effective to use the same design for many years and that was their way of “cost cutting” since they wouldn’t have to develop new designs and such every so often.

Post# 1157600 , Reply# 7   8/22/2022 at 00:29 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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"...since it was cost effective to use the same design for many years and that was their way of “cost cutting...”

Exactly. So one has to wonder why GE didn't do that. They clearly knew the front serviceability could be done in the 70s, maybe earlier.

Now that I see the video above I wonder if GE deleted their front serviceability machines in the 80s.
...or did they offer both options as some laundromats have the lower walls open on where machines are set up?

I guess we'll never know. lol

Post# 1157613 , Reply# 8   8/22/2022 at 09:26 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
GE Filter Flow washers with removable front panels

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GE quite simply didn’t do this on residential models because it cost more to make them that way.

GE did sell a 24 inch wide Filter Flow washer that was made in Brazil in the US in the late 80s and early 90s that had a removable front panel they were cute.

The removable front panel on a Maytag washer really didn’t do you much good you still had to move the washer and tilt it back to even get to the belts Motor pump etc.

I along with most experienced tax would much rather work on a belt drive whirlpool washer for routine repairs that I may tag any day world pools were just more accessible for water valves timers etc.

Major repairs on whirlpool belt drive or Maytag washers could be a pain in the neck in either case.

John L

Post# 1158832 , Reply# 9   9/5/2022 at 23:56 by chetlaham (United States)        

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I can't thank you enough for making this thread! I love being reminded of these simple washers, and the link to the pics of the GE FF laundry mat.

Does anyone have a pic of a GE FF washers with the front service cover removed? I've never seen one with the front cover off.

A home version of this machine would have been so nice. Knob, status lights and push buttons!

Post# 1158833 , Reply# 10   9/6/2022 at 01:27 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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I haven't been able to find any pics of a coin-op GE with the front panel removed.

Sad truth of it is, it's been 25+ years since these were made, they weren't particularly popular due to service issues and the water wasting that would cost owners $$. I'm sure most people were happy to see them go to the crusher.

With the front panel removed it looked the same as the BACK side of a standard FF washer with the back panel removed but you didn't see the inlet hoses as those were on the other side and the drain hose was piped to the other side.

This relative I helped out with in the early 80s had a service contract for a large apartment complex and they had all GE appliances. Wall AC units under the windows, dishwashers, top mount refrigs, stoves, and coin-op laundries on every floor of each building.

A couple of washers needed to be replaced once and instead of buying new coin-op machines the owner just bought new basic BOL GE washers that we popped the top off and put the top of the worn out washer on to the new base.

It was obvious for those with a discerning eye because the new washer was white but the old coin op was harvest gold. But it was a good way to save money.

Post# 1158845 , Reply# 11   9/6/2022 at 05:41 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Being honest I would imagine FFs would be a better option than the chug-chug GEs which followed. Around 2007-2008 an apartment complex near me started to phase in the hydrowave version of the coin ops. Despite being used daily since the mid 80s and taking so much abuse most of the FF machines were still running great in 2008. I don't think FF coin-ops were as trouble pron as they were made out to be. But then again I'm comparing them to the epic junk which has taken their place.

Post# 1158851 , Reply# 12   9/6/2022 at 06:14 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The epic junk should go to the crusher!

Post# 1158964 , Reply# 13   9/7/2022 at 05:01 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Much indeed!

@Bradfordwhite- Were you the one who sarted the Filter-Flo Nation thread? How is that washer from good will doing today?

Post# 1158981 , Reply# 14   9/7/2022 at 09:48 by qsd-dan (West)        

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Here's a laundromat my buddy found out in Riverbank, California soon after he moved to Oakdale. I went out there in 2011 to visit him and we brought some laundry to play around with them machines. I hope they're still there providing clean, lint free laundry.

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Post# 1158994 , Reply# 15   9/7/2022 at 14:31 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        
Is this the same place?

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If so, it looks like a couple of the FF coin-op are still there. I wonder what they did with the rest of them.

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Post# 1158996 , Reply# 16   9/7/2022 at 14:46 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Beautiful machines! Customers got their money's worth, that is for sure.

Does anyone know what the cycle times were for these machines? The wash, rinse and final spin? Did they spray rinse and how long was it? I'd have snatched up the tech sheet from one of those, lol.

Post# 1158999 , Reply# 17   9/7/2022 at 16:12 by qsd-dan (West)        
Is this the same place?

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Yep, that's the place. Looks like they replaced most of the filter flo's with a mixture of older and newer front loaders.

Post# 1159011 , Reply# 18   9/7/2022 at 19:05 by Good-Shepherd (New Jersey)        
Adam-12 Filter-Flo Laundromat?

Post# 1159015 , Reply# 19   9/7/2022 at 20:02 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Good eye and thanks for sharing.
I would say these are probably Speed Queen though, based on the front label and the stacked cycle lights on the panel.

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Post# 1159016 , Reply# 20   9/7/2022 at 21:23 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        
Check out those 70s colors

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and I don't mean just the standard fare.

Look at the burnt orange and kermit-the-froggie green on those coin-ops.

No, no, don't touch those temp switches with wet hands....just in case....

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Post# 1159245 , Reply# 21   9/10/2022 at 19:37 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
GE washer

The only GE's that were front serviceable I've seen were the ones that followed the beloved filter-flos.

Post# 1159299 , Reply# 22   9/11/2022 at 09:58 by chetlaham (United States)        
Front Service GE Filter Flo Coin-OP Wash Video

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I have to admit, I kind of like the fast cycle timing!

@GELaundry4ever: Don't get me started on what followed the Fitler-Flos. I have to say that out of all the negative changes in humanity, it is one of which has radicalized me the most. The stark side by side difference is an exemplary example of everything that is wrong with the modern appliance industry and the culture which perpetuates it.

Post# 1159306 , Reply# 23   9/11/2022 at 11:01 by qsd-dan (West)        
I have to admit, I kind of like the fast cycle timing!

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A little too fast. The spray rinse is only 10 seconds long.

Post# 1159310 , Reply# 24   9/11/2022 at 11:10 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Well, that could be made a little longer.

Post# 1159428 , Reply# 25   9/12/2022 at 22:46 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Wow, found another of my old screennames: Washertalk.
I wish I hadn't forgot the sign in info. way back then.


Belonging to someone other, a defunct name also in that thread was : exploder3211

Maybe someone else will remember, the party was from one of the southern states and he was trolling the group with more and more outrageous stories each day. And (if I'm remembering correctly) Robert finally confronted the person and eventually shut down his profile.

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