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Finally found a dishwasher! Kenmore rotorack!
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Post# 1157616   8/22/2022 at 10:22 by Snail (Granite Falls, Washington)        

I picked this baby up in missoula MT on a road trip heading west back to Seattle. I actually spotted it a month ago and the seller agreed to hold it for me until my trip! It appears to be in fantastic condition and missing no parts. I think it will work very nicely in my mid-century kitchen. I'm guessing early to mid 60's on this model? I've yet to try it out. I plan on popping the back cover off and giving it a once over first. Maybe take the timer apart and relubricate it. I have not seen another one exactly like this. Is there anything specifically I should watch out for on one of these?

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Post# 1157617 , Reply# 1   8/22/2022 at 10:55 by turquoisedude (.)        

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It's more like a mid to late 60s model, which is good because you have a lower wash arm instead of an impeller!  

If you could post a clear picture of the model tag, it should have a date code in the model or serial number to pin down the exact year.  

I've got an older Kenmore 600 portable Roto-Rack - before using, I'd suggest checking the hoses and you may want to replace the hose washer where the fill hose connects to the water solenoid valve.  Before trying to start it up, pour a couple of buckets of very hot tap water into the tub and let it soak for about an hour.  This will help swell gaskets that have likely dried up in storage. 

I think part of the short upper spray arm, meant to direct water onto the upper rotating rack as it turns, has fallen off.  Hopefully it's not broken and you can just slip it back on.  

The detergent dispensers on these can be a bit wonky.... mine's in deep storage at the moment but I had a lot of trouble getting them to trip at the right point of the wash cycle. 

Definitely a great save!!


Post# 1157618 , Reply# 2   8/22/2022 at 12:02 by Snail (Granite Falls, Washington)        

Aww thanks for the information! I will post a photo of the data plate next time I am up at my new place and inspect the hoses/ washer and put some hot water in it. I do have the upper rack sprayer. I had removed it when I took all the racks and wash arm out during transport.

Post# 1157622 , Reply# 3   8/22/2022 at 15:38 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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This is probably '66-67...mid-level model (lower wash arm; old-style detergent dispenser, no rinse injector).

Post# 1159382 , Reply# 4   9/12/2022 at 11:17 by Snail (Granite Falls, Washington)        

I finally remembered to take a photo of the dataplate while I was up at my place. Still haven't tried doing anything with it since my main goal right now is to finish construction on my kitchen.

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Post# 1159436 , Reply# 5   9/13/2022 at 05:38 by christfr (st louis mo)        

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that is awesome. very cool find

Post# 1159438 , Reply# 6   9/13/2022 at 06:16 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Not an exact match but close.

It doesn't appear that it's 1965

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Post# 1159439 , Reply# 7   9/13/2022 at 06:22 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Here it is.

They changed models yearly back then.

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Post# 1159441 , Reply# 8   9/13/2022 at 06:36 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        
They got cheaper by 1970

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though that was probably the last year of the top loaders.

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Post# 1159442 , Reply# 9   9/13/2022 at 06:41 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Only two models and the end of the line for top load Kenmore dishwashers.

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Post# 1165809 , Reply# 10   12/6/2022 at 14:14 by Snail (Granite Falls, Washington)        

I'm finalizing the plumbing at my new place (I'm putting in a whole kitchen).

Can I connect this dishwasher to a permanent water source or would it require a shutoff valve?

Post# 1165810 , Reply# 11   12/6/2022 at 14:17 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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To be on the safe side, I always make sure it has a shut off valve when permanently connected .

Post# 1165812 , Reply# 12   12/6/2022 at 14:32 by Snail (Granite Falls, Washington)        

How did you mount the valve so it is both convenient and not unsightly?

Post# 1165868 , Reply# 13   12/6/2022 at 21:25 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I don't know if you have used a roto rack before, but on the off chance that you have not, I will give you a hint from when I had one and accumulated a full load over a couple of days. Only load one side of the top rack until you do the final loading of the bottom rack because you have to flop one half of the top rack over onto the other half of the top rack to access the lower rack. You can distribute the top rack load after that and it needs to be balanced to spin properly.

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