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The GE Review


Published by The Review in 1952-- The GE Review was an engineering magazine created to report on the advances of technology of the time, including advances in Home Appliances.

Articles in July 1952 issue...


Editorial: The Fourth of July

New Switchgear Laboratory Goes into Operation
Late last month on the flatlands of southwest Philadelphia, GE’s new high-capacity switchgear development laboratory was officially dedicated. With Company spokesmen looking ahead to an annual U.S. power consumption of possibly a trillion kw-hrs by 1965—more than triple the amount now being used—the new laboratory will aid in the development of switch- gear of higher ratings to keep pace with this phenomenal growth. continued…

Engineering the Automatic Washer
The automatic clothes washer is a simple device—to the housewife. She throws in the laundry, sets a control dial, and goes about her telephoning. A short time later she removes the laundry—washed and damp-dried.

Simply stated, the function of a domestic washing machine is to get the laundry clean, rinse out the detergent, and extract most of the water. For a third of the century these operations were performed with a machine in which the laundry was manually lifted from the tub and fed through a water- extraction device. Most of these devices were wringers, powered by the washing- machine motor. A limited number were the centrifugal-extraction type using the same or a separate tub. continued…

Stopping Ships
Even with modern navigating and communication aids there are times when things get out of hand and a collision ol ships appears imminent. The need for meeting this situation—rare though it may he—has an influence on the design of ships’ power plants.

Most large and fast ships are powered bv a steam turbine that drives the propeller through suitable gearing and shafting. The astern power that is used for stopping a ship is provided by a comparatively small separate section of the main turbine. The question immediately arises as to why the astern element can’t be given the same power as the ahead element. Well, it can. The simplest arrangement would he another turbine of the same size geared to drive the propeller backwards. continued…

Ferromagnetography
Contrary to general belief printing did not originate with Gutenberg; to the ancient Chinese belongs the credit. They made engravings—used mainly for printing on silk cloth—by carving figures out of wooden blocks. Later, around 1120 BC. they introduced wooden blocks of movable type.

Modern printing, on the other hand, began in the middle ages—about the year 1423. It was during this period that Johann Gutenberg, a German stonemason, had the idea of printing with movable type. So he set about his skill, cutting alphabets out of small wooden blocks to be used for typesetting. A friend advised him to use metal instead of wood, since it wouldn’t wear out so easily. This he did. As you can imagine, this task required many years and a large expenditure of money. He financed his operations by borrowing money on the type he’d already completed. Then, to prove to his creditors and the many cynics the worth of his efforts, he completely reproduced the Bible in print. continued…

Cool Breezes — Story of the Electric Fan
Fans preceded written history by many centuries. Some of the most ancient known fans were those of the Chinese dating back to 3000 BC. And ceremonial fans were used in 1700 BC by the reigning monarchs of Egypt and Assyria. Some thousand years later the "punkah" —a hand-swung lightweight ceiling-suspended fan—was introduced in India, and even today is still in use there.

From exquisitely made folding tans of the Japanese, followed by 17th century Paris creations of surpassing beauty, we come to the practical palm-leaf type and simpler folding fans of grandmother’s day.

It’s not possible to give the exact age of the electric fan—the youngest member of the ancient family of fans. But the earliest record of a U.S. patent awarded for an electric fan was in 1854. This was a ceiling-suspended assembly of several large fan blades, each hinged along one edge to a horizontal rotating arm driven by a battery-operated motor. Arms on the blades struck projections causing the blades to vibrate and thus agitate the air. continued…

Longer Life for Dry-type Transformers
Improvements in dry-type power transformers and their insulations is a good example of how electrical engineers are continually making progress in lengthening the life span of electric equipment and increasing its endurance to higher temperatures.

For many years insulations known as Class A were about the only ones available to the transformer designer. These insulations consisted of materials such as cotton, silk, or paper—impregnated with organic varnishes to give them additional mechanical and electrical strength. They were used in a medium of mineral oil or air. Such insulations were relatively inexpensive but a maximum allowable temperature limit of 105 C was necessary for reasonable life. continued…

The G10 Germanium Rectifier
In 1886 a German chemist by the name of Alexander Winkler found an unknown metal sulfide and isolated the element which he called germanium. It has a shiny metallic appearance, is extremely hard and brittle, and is recovered as a by-product in the smelting and refining of zinc ores.

Because germanium falls into group four of the periodic table, it has some of the chemical characteristics of the elements on either side of it. Germanium is both an electrical conductor and an electrical insulator, depending on its temperature, and is classed as a semiconductor. continued…

Nylon for Bearings and Gears
Although nylon is generally associated with such decorative items as stockings and sweaters, we have found that its versatility extends well into the fields of bearings, gears, and other workaday applications.
Nylon is tough at low7 temperatures, is resistant to abrasion, has strength in thin sections, is light in weight, has certain self-lubricating qualities, and is resistant to many chemicals. Properties are given in the table on the opposite page. Exact characteristics and specifications can be found in the literature put out by the manufacturers of nylon molding powders.

Bearing Tests - Of interest to design engineers is published data that shows the effect of wear on nylon when used as a bearing material. Results of tests using nylon against nylon, steel, and brass under various loads and speeds, and with various lubricants, are given on page 35. As you may suspect, the lowest rates of wear are found when nylon is run against nylon in a dry condition, as well as when nylon is run against steel lubricated with SAE 10 oil. When nylon is rubbed against brass, the metal flakes off and contaminates the hearing surface. continued…

The Unit Cost of Light
There’s more to figuring the cost of a lighting system than adding up the prices of fixtures, installation, and electricity. A tabulation of over-all annual costs that the customer may expect to pay appeals to the businessman, because it is expressed in his own language. Rut further analytical cost studies of operating and maintenance methods and lamp efficiencies may show you the way to worth-while savings or better lighting for the same expenditure.

To help you along this economic pathway a relatively simple formula has been devised. It is referred to as the "unit cost of light” method. In its most flexible form it deals with the raw light as generated by the lamps in just one fixture. Then, once the unit cost of light in dollars per million lumen hours is known, you can easily apply it to a specific installation if over-all costs are also desired. continued…

Added Kick for Turbojet Engines
Getting an 80-ton airplane into the air in a matter of seconds is no easy job. The problem is one of providing more than normal maximum thrust or "kick” at take-off. In the case of B-45 and B-47 jet bombers, their power plants (J-47 turbojet engines—one is shown on the adjacent page) were equipped with combustion-chamber water-alcohol injection systems for augmenting thrust.

Variations of these systems boost the take-off thrust from 15 to 25 percent or higher. As a result, heavy jet-powered aircraft can take off from minimum- length runways with maximum safety. continued…

Are We Ready for Railroad Electrification in the U. S.? .
Admittedly, widespread electrification in I lie United States is not just around the corner. Rut there is an element in the cost of railroad electrification and in the success of operation through the ensuing years that can not be settled too soon. This all-important factor is standardization. And standardization is so important primarily because it permits repetitive manufacture. Standardization, of course, offers other advantages that may be more familiar, but every day brings new evidence that a custom-designed article built in a job shop cannot compete with a highly engineered item produced under conditions of repetitive manufacture.

It is time for all who may have a hand in railroad electrification in the United States to start sifting out the alternatives and to find agreement on what may be the standard system of electrification in this country. Let us speak briefly about the prospects of electrification and [hen expand the theme of standardization. continued…

A Brightening Outlook - When will we see railroad electrification resumed in the United States? The answer depends largely on costs, with the cost of fuel or energy being a big part of the expense of locomotive operation.

When we compare the cost of diesel fuel with the cost of purchased electric power at the figures current today, we find them roughly equivalent. We are speaking, of course, of gallons of fuel oil or kilowatt-hours of electricity at the locomotive. As long as power costs in these two forms are even approximately equal, it is obvious that the diesel- electric locomotive with its lower investment is the correct answer for new installations. At the same time this approximate equality tells us that extensive electrified systems already installed should continue to be operated. continued…

New Safeguard for Protective Coatings
You can best define a plastics material as a synthetic organic substance. At some stage of production it’s plastic— capable of being shaped; or liquid— capable of being cast. Furthermore, it’s either thermoplastic or thermosetting. If thermoplastic, it softens under heat and can he remolded. If thermosetting, it sets under heat and can’t be remolded.

Phenolic materials are thermosetting plastics. And from practically the outset of the industry they’ve enjoyed an ever- expanding market. They take many and various forms. Probably the most familiar to you are radio cabinets, telephone handsets, buttons, tube bases, mechanical parts, and so on. continued…

Dollar-sign Engineering
The photo sequence beginning on the next page will show you how a value analyst operates—step by step—on a typical project. Here, it’s the timer for the automatic clothes washer. Because space doesn't permit us to show the results of the analysis on every part of the timer, we have selected one part as being typical. (In the actual project more than 30 individual parts of the timer were analyzed for value.)

It should be emphasized that nothing was wrong with the timer when we approached the Value Analysis Unit and requested a survey. The timer operated satisfactorily and costs were in line with similar products. But. as is the case with far-sighted management, they wanted to see if it wasn’t possible to further eliminate any unnecessary costs. continued…

Moisture vs Rubber Insulation
Although rubber compounds are used to waterproof such everyday items as overshoes, raincoats, and garden hoses, rubber compounds in general can’t be considered waterproof when used as an insulation for wire and cable.

What works on raincoats may not work on cables—the basic differences are: length of exposure; effect of moisture on the electrical properties. Cables insulated with rubber compounds must withstand years of continual exposure with a consequent absorption of moisture. And moisture absorption has proved to be a contributing factor in cable failures. continued…

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Complete service manual to 1957 General Electric built-in roll-out dishwashers.

Models include: SU80P and SU60P.

Sections include: Introduction, General Information, Specifications, Washing Process, Food Soils, Stain Removal, Service Quality of Dinnerware, Operations, Capacity, Detergent, Running the Dishwasher, Operating Cycle, Component Parts, Wiring Diagrams, Installation, Servicing, Troubleshooting and Parts.
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General Electric
1957 79 64mb $7.99

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Full owners manual and operating instructions for the 1955 WV-35 and WV-45 Pulsamatic washer. This is Frigidaire's first Pulsamatic washer (General Motors built them for the 1955-1958 lower end washer models).


Automatic Washers
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1955 24 11mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1951 Hotpoint Matched Electric Appliances and Metal Cabinets Brochure
Here is a brochure targeting new home builders showing how "Modern Kitchens Sell Homes". Catalog shows full line of Hotpoint Major Appliances and Metal Cabinets. Includes specifications and dimensions of all available products.


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Hotpoint
1951 8 6mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Sears 75th Anniversary Sale Catalog
Complete home section from the fall of 1960. The outstanding low prices in this book are in effect until October 10, 1960... Buy Now!

Catalog includes: Disposers, sinks, kitchen cabinets, water heaters, furnaces, thermostats, gas stoves, electric ranges, freezers, refrigerators, wringer washers, automatic washers and dryers, combination washer/dryers, vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, television sets, rugs, dishes, draperies and more!
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Sears
1960 36 23mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1963 Frigidaire Automatic Washer Tech-Talk Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1963 Frigidaire Roller-Matic automatic washing machines.

Models include WDA-63, WD-63, WDP-63, WDR-63, WCDA-63, WCDAP-63, WCDAR-63, WCD-63, WIA-63, WIAR-63, WCI-63, WCIR-63.

Includes complete in-depth control panel views and specifications, cycle charts, service instructions and complete Mulit-matic transmission rebuilding instructions, recommended service tools and Home-Ec Talk.

Please note this manual is 81mb/124 pages in size. It is quite large and will take a few minutes to download with a broadband connection.
Automatic Washers
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Frigidaire
1963 124 81mb $9.72
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Thumbnail Image of Download Move Into Tomorrow with Maytag
Here is a beautiful quintessential mid 50's Maytag Poster sized advertising brochure. It shows off Maytag's new Supermatic Washer and Dryer with great images and feature descriptions as well as Conventional Washers, Ironer, Refrigerator, Freezer and Dutch Oven Gas Range.


Full Catalog
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Maytag
1955 8 14mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Whirlpool Automatic Washer Owners Manuals and Installation Instructions (LKA670-0)
Set of materials packaged with Whirlpool Automatic Washers models LKA670-0 and suds model LKA670-5. Includes operating instructions, installation instructions and The Laundry Primer washing book.


Automatic Washers
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Whirlpool
1962 24 24mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Philco Duomatic Washer-Dryer Owners Manual
"Designed to Wash and Dry Everything in Your Family Wash...Automatically".

Full owners manual and operating instructions to all gas Duomatics from 1959. This is the year that Philco introduced its 27" Combo design. Models include CG-794 and CG-792.
Combination Washer/Dryers
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Philco
1959 48 19mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Bendix Front Loading Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1956 Bendix automatic washers.

Models include: WFG-D.

Sections include: Cabinet, Clothes Door, Electrical Circuits and Cycles, Electrical Controls, Installation, Latch, Motor, Pump, Transmission, Specifications, Suspended Unit Assembly, Service Procedures, Water Inlet, Water Control.
Automatic Washers
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Bendix
1956 41 29mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download General Electric Homemaker News
A newspaper sized publication created by GE and sent to their retailers to be given away to housewives in the early 50s.

Articles include:
G. E. Presents Entirely New - All-Automatic Washer
Washing Made Easy With New G.E. All Automatic Washer
Attractive Spring Salad Combinations
Strawberry Fruit Tarts
Questions And Answers On The New Deluxe Automatic Washer
How To Tint Clothes In Your Automatic Washer
How To Make A Good Salad
Plan Your New Laundry Now
Cheese Pumpkins
Make Use Of The Scraps
Quick Frosting
Three Kitchen Work Centers
Winners Announced In Electrical Dealer's "Answer The Objection" Washer Contest
Let Washer Help With Housecleaning
Stain Removal Chart
Miscellaneous
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General Electric
1950 4 15mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Imperial and Deluxe 1961 Frigidaire Automatic Dryer Owners Manual
Full owners manual and operating instructions to Frigidaire's middle of the line dryers for 1961. Models DIA-61, DD-61 and DDA-61.


Clothes Dryers
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Frigidaire
1961 16 8mb $4.99
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Full owners manual and operating instructions to what I've been told is the world's first water based central vacuum.

Dear Homemaker: You have invested in one of the Nation's finest lines of home appliances with your KENMORE CENTRAL VACUUM CLEANING SYSTEM .. . . consumer tested as the very best buy . Your CENTRAL CLEANING SYSTEM is ideal for every type of cleaning . .. carpets, floors, blinds, upholstery . There are tools provided to make each cleaning job easier and more thorough . You will work more efficiently without a heavy machine to carry or drag about . Your cleaning will be more complete than with conventional methods, and without recirculation of fine dust . The exhaust is vented outside your house. Because the power unit is located away from the living area, you clean without noise ; without disturbing anyone in sick rooms, the nursery or watching TV programs.

The Vac-Mop serves a dual function-washing and drying the floor. The sponge side is used for washing floors, windows , or other hard surfaced areas. After washing with the sponge, press it against the floor to remove excess water. Use the blade side to vacuum up water or spills.

Vacuum Cleaners
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Kenmore
1967 12 9mb $4.99
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Brochures and spec sheets for the 1966 line of front loaders and their matching dryers.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Westinghouse
1969 8 12mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The New Design of Dependability
Absolutely beautiful large format book showing off the features of GE's Filter-Flo washers.


Automatic Washers
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General Electric
1964 12 14mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid 5 Series Top Loading Portable Dishwasher Service Manual
Comprehensive service manual for all 5 Series KitchenAid top loading dishwashers. Models include Vari-Cycle: KD-5, KDA-5, KDW-5 and Electra: KDY-5, KDE-5, KDC-5. Sections include General Information, Cycle Description, Servicing Instructions, Service Tips, Schematic Wiring, Timer Sequence Charts.


Dishwashers
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KitchenAid
1967 52 25mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to Make Washdays Carefree Days with your new Kelvinator Automatic Washer
Full owners manual and operating instructiions book for all 1957 Kelvinator automatic washer with "centric" action. Includes the top of the line "Do-All Dial" model.


Automatic Washers
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Kelvinator
1957 36 17mb $4.99
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Beautiful brochure highlighting all the wonderful features to Maytag washers, dryers and compacts during the early 1970's.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
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Maytag
1971 16 14mb $4.99
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This is a two part document, part 1 is a two page brochure highlighting the RR-7ET microwave. Part #2 is the full owners manual and operating instructions for the Amana Radarange microwave oven model RR-7A and RR-7ET.


Microwave Ovens
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Amana
1980 12 7mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1973 Smith-Corona Typewriter Brochures
Here are some wonderful sales literature brochures from Smith-Corona highlighting their line of portable typewriters.

Models include: Coronet Super 12, Coronet Super 10, Electra 120, Electric 12, Electric 10, Corsair Deluxe and the Super G.
Home Products
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Smith-Corona
1973 10 16mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Dishwasher Front Panel Installation Instructions
Instructions for installing custom panels on mid 1960s Whirlpool dishwashers.


Dishwashers
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Whirlpool
1965 1 1mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 Sylvania Halolite Television Sets
Beautiful brochures for Sylvania's new "Super Photopower multi-matic chassis" Halolite television recievers. Models included are the: Oakland, Maynard, Mayfield, Newport, Penhurst, Lombard, Glendale, Kirkwood, Hartford, Fairfax, Dundee, Hillsdale, Berwyn, Croydon.


Television
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Sylvania
1955 29 42mb $5.04
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Frigidaire Built-In Cooking Appliances Tech-Talk Service and Parts Manual
Very comprehensive service manual for all 1960 Frigidaire Built-In Wall Ovens, Cook-tops and Fold-Back Surface Units. Models include:

BUILT-IN WALL OVENS-MODELS RBB-90, RBB-92, RBB-93, RBB-94, RBGB-94, RBB-98, RBB-99 and RBGB-99

BUILT-IN COOKING TOPS, MODELS RBB-100, RBB-101, RBB-102CH and RBB-201.

FOLD-BACK SURFACE UNITS-MODELS RBB-81, RBB-82 and RBB-84.

Service manual includes wiring diagrams. Parts section shows all parts and part numbers. Having the manufacturers part number for the part you need is essential for doing internet/eBay searches to locate these rare, no longer available parts. In many circumstances they can be found once you know the part number. This guide is essential for anyone who has any vintage Frigidaire Range.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1963 156 123mb $9.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin - June 1963
Consumer Bulletin magazine was a product rating company that was started in 1928. This issue contains full descriptions/story, ratings and charts for 1963 Automatic Washers. Brands rated include: Blackstone, Easy, Frigidaire, General Electric, Hamilton, Hotpoint, Kelvinator, Kenmore, Maytag, Norge, Philco, RCA Whirlpool, Speed Queen, Wards Signature and Westinghouse. Great article with pictures of the some of the machines, and you'll never guess who they rated #1!

Other ratings include 1963 Compact Automoblies: Lark V-8, Rambler Ambassador, Rambler American 200 and Valiant V-100.

Upgright Pianos

Push Lawn Mowers

Automatic 35mm Camera

Air Conditioners and Fans
Miscellaneous
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Consumer Bulletin
1963 44 35mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Workless Washday
"A Washing Manual for the woman who delights in cleanliness and takes pride in homemaking..."

In 1938 Bendix introduced the world's very first automatic washer. Two years later in 1940 Bendix created this second generation machine that was made until the war temporally halted production. Here is the full owners manual to the pre-war Bendix Deluxe bolt-down Washer.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Bendix
1940 40 28mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Commercial Laundromat Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to the coin-operated bolt down Westinghouse Laundromat front loading washers.

Sections include:
Installation,
Wiring and Cycle Charts,
What to Do When,
Parts Replacement,
Complete Servicing.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1968 54 38mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download All Dryers Are Not Created Equal
Just like the automatic washer comparison guide available here as well, here is Maytag's just as interesting comparison of Maytag dryers to Frigidaire, Whirlpool/Kenmore and General Electric dryers.


Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1977 16 16mb $4.99

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