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Tue Aug 28, 2012, 12:16 AM

Who here as the oldest working Microwave?

Mine has outlasted a marriage, and now a few ex's..

always dependable and faithful,

never lets me down

Although I keep eyeing up newer black/silver over-the-range model with sensor timing,and steaming/convection capabilities

I still keep coming back to old faithful....

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Reply Who here as the oldest working Microwave? (Original post)
HipChick Aug 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2012 #1
Joe Shlabotnik Aug 2012 #2
yawnmaster Aug 2012 #3
Nikia Aug 2012 #15
Honeycombe8 Aug 2012 #20
AnotherMcIntosh Aug 2012 #4
cbrer Aug 2012 #5
Art_from_Ark Aug 2012 #6
Angleae Aug 2012 #7
Maraya1969 Aug 2012 #8
hobbit709 Aug 2012 #9
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #10
Liberal Veteran Aug 2012 #11
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #12
Liberal Veteran Aug 2012 #13
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #14
Honeycombe8 Aug 2012 #21
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #23
caraher Aug 2012 #16
alphafemale Aug 2012 #17
PAMod Aug 2012 #18
Nevernose Aug 2012 #19
ThoughtCriminal Aug 2012 #22
gswesquirethe3rd Sep 2012 #24

Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 12:49 AM

1. Mine's 10 years old, but I really doubt that's the oldest around here!

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 12:53 AM

2. My parents still have one that they bought in the late 1970's

Its huge. They paid an outrageous sum of money for it though because its also a convection oven, I don't think they've used it as a microwave in 20 years though (thankfully ).

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 01:04 AM

3. the old radar range!

take an old radar put it in a box and it's an oven!

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Response to yawnmaster (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 01:41 PM

15. My gradma was using one until a few years ago

My uncle suggested that it might be leaking radiation so she replaced it. I don't know if it was really a hazard or not. My grandmother tends to never replace things that she bought in the 60's and 70's though.

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Response to yawnmaster (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:06 PM

20. I have a stainless steel Amana Radar Range that was in the house 19 yrs ago when I bought the house.

I don't know how long it had been here before then. I do know they'd bought a new a/c and done some minor remodeling in about 1984. I guess there's a date on the appliance somewhere...label or model #. I've never looked.

It's still going strong!

I've window shopped for new microwaves occasionally, expecting mine to go kaflooey any time. But it hasn't.



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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 01:06 AM

4. My wife received a Sharp Carousel R-9400 as a present in 1977. It was the state of the art.

 

If my memory serves me right, it came with a 7-year warranty. That was a time when most things were made in America.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 02:26 AM

5. Built into our Kitchen

 

In 1979

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 03:43 AM

6. I have a basic model Tappan microwave from 1984

Very basic model

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 03:44 AM

7. 18 years and counting.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 04:18 AM

8. Mine is only about 15 years old but people always comment about it. It is

kind of small and built a little like an igloo without the front crawl in part of the igloo and it is cobalt blue. Actually it is just not square, more curved edges. First people ask me what it is and then they are really impressed with it. It wasn't that expensive.

It doesn't cook real fast but hey, it doesn't take up much room and I still like the way it looks and so what it is takes a minute longer.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 08:08 AM

9. Bought ours in 1988.

I've had to replace a relay and a couple wire connectors. we had it on layaway at the time and when we paid it off they brought out the next largest model. It's big enough so that I once defrosted a 20-lb turkey in it with room to spare. I'll use it until it finally dies.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 08:45 AM

10. Ours is about 14 years old. The previous one died a horrible fireworks death.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #10)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 09:51 AM

11. What possessed you to heat up your fireworks in it?

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #11)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:07 AM

12. I don't remember what we were cooking, but the magnetron went APE SHIT!

 

I grabbed the power cord and yanked it out but the fucker still kept shooting sparks into the innards. It took about an hour for it to cool down. I'll NEVER, I mean NEVER, set a microwave to come on at a future time. The things fucking freak me out.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:14 AM

13. My biggest gripe with the microwave is chicken.

It undergoes some sort of biological metamorphosis that gives it the same consistency as leather or perhaps a car tire.

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #13)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:14 AM

14. Wrong. Industrial chicken starts out that way.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:09 PM

21. Yeah, I never set ANYTHING to come on later. Washer, dishwasher, microwave, oven. I manually start

things, and I stick around until it's through.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #21)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 08:14 AM

23. The only thing I use an auto-timer on is the coffee pot - it's in our bedroom.

 

If it explodes, I think I'll know about it.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 05:22 PM

16. We have one from 1986

It was a wedding present. It's a bit on the small side, currently in our son's dorm room. It has some display glitches but works fine.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 07:56 PM

17. I remember seeing demonstrations in the 70's as a kid.

I still don't use a microwave for much. Most nuked stuff tastes odd to me.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 08:13 PM

18. I bought one for college in 1984 at Montgomery Ward

The saleswoman warned me not to get the touch pad model because the buttons wouldn't last (the alternative was a dial like on a board game) but I went against her advice.

Well - 28 years later, I still use it in my office. At 500 watts, even in its prime it really wasn't good for much more than heating up water, soup & cooking popcorn.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 08:53 PM

19. 1974. My parents bought it to heat my baby bottles

Still in my garage, and it still works to heat my coffee. It will also run even if the door is open, as there's no safety feature.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:38 PM

22. Mine' not old, but I remember the first one I saw - in 1965!

A physicist friend of my dad built his own. Was it safe? No idea - but it was pretty amazing.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 07:21 PM

24. my 84 monte w. blew a fuse!

it has been working for almost 30 years and then one day it would not power up! Usually when electronics have no power the first place to look is the fuse! So I took the cover off of this beast and found the fuse, which was so old and burnt I couldn't see inside the glass, but a quick test was to wrap some aluminum foil around it and put it back in to see if it is a fuse related issue (which 95% of the time it is!) Sure enough she was back in business and I replaced the fuse and closed her up! This is a micro that was built right! it is so sturdy and solid compared to the microwaves of today! I can see this thing lasting another 30 years!

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