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Way OT Is there a microwave made in the USA???

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by pyrdek, Nov 27, 2008.

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  1. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

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    Our microwave gave us its all this Thanksgiving. It died as the last of the dinner things were being heated. Now it it time to replace it.

    Trapshooters has been so helpful on some many things I figure maybe, just maybe, someone knows of a reputable company that actually manufacturers microwave ovens in OUR country. So far my quest has come up with the same number as the number of Grand Trophies I have, namely ZERO.

    I am kind of funny in that I would like to keep my U.S. Dollars circulating in the U.S. I realy don't want to have them converted to Yuans. (China's currency)

    Does anyone here know if there is even one AMERICAN manufacturer of microwave ovens?

    To keep this message at least a little bit relevant to the list's topic, here is a URL to American Made Firearms. (Note that it is a rather short list.)

    http://www.americansworking.com/
     
  2. RobertT

    RobertT Well-Known Member

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    I share your passion for wanting to buy American Made products so I did some searching. It appears that microwave ovens simply are not manufactured here. May I suggest that you consider buying from one of our strong allies such as Japan? Samsung or Sanyo come to mind when thinking of them.

    Robert
     
  3. pendennis

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    Sharp microwaves are still made in the U.S.

    Dennis
     
  4. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

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    My search showed Sharp to be a Japanese company with many different divisions in the many countries that it has a presence in. Is there something else going on that actually keeps the entire transaction in the U.S. or does the profit go back to Japan?

    I would prefer that the product be made in the U.S. and all associated company activities be kept in the U.S.

    As a "second best option" does Sharp actually manufacturer in the U.S. or is it just an ASSEMBLED in the U.S. using parts manufactured in Japan or elsewhere?
     
  5. The Rock

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    GE or at least these are American Made. O say the web.

    Rock

    Jim
     
  6. hmb

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    You can buy your appliances at a garage sale. That way your money will stay local and you will save a lot of money that you can spend on shooting. HMB
     
  7. Shooting Coach

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    The barrel is made in Japan, but the 40 Point microwave is made in America. LOL
     
  8. W.P.T.

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    Why get fussy now, replace the one that took a dump on you with another one from the same company and be done with it ... It obviously gave you good service or you would of had another one pronto, buy it at an American Store in America and your money will stay here no matter where its made ... If Americans could make a micro wave oven thats worth a shit they would of already done it ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  9. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

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    FYI.

    The dead microwave was won as a raffle prize. We did not buy it. It carried an American manufacture's name (Whirlpool) but it was actually made in China. It did give us fair service, but not what I would call good service. The paint peeled off the interior and I had to get the special microwave oven paint to repaint the interior. The door developed several rust spots and the gasket was replaced (under warranty as I recall). Now the control circuitry is what died and a rust hole has developed in the wheel track on the bottom of the interior.

    I would expect something like this to survive longer than the December 2002 manufacture date. The previous uWave we had, an actually American made one, lasted around 20 years. I know because we got it as a wedding present and our Silver anniversary was a couple of years ago. That is what I expect applicancxes to do.

    Just as a point of reference, we are currently using a toaster that was my mothers and I used for several years before I got married in 82. It is another American made product. Prior to our getting it when my mother moved to the assisted living, we went thru three toasters that carried an American brand name but were made outside the U.S.

    Cheaper products are more often NOT worth the supposed savings on the lower price once you figure in the two or three replacements needed to get the same number of total years of service. That is why I would like to try to keep it all from our country.
     
  10. miketmx

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    I just looked underneath our George Foreman mean lean grilling machine and it says made in China. Our Magic Chef microwave serves its purpose but I don't know where it was made.
     
  11. W.P.T.

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    I gave away a microwave that was made in China or Japan because I got tired of looking at the damn thing and bought a new one thats all Stainless Steel and that ones made in China or Japan also ... I bought it in America at an American store that had an American sales person working there so some how, some way America is going to get the most benefit out of that sale ...

    The first chip in the paint and the thing you had would of been in the garbage if it was in my kitchen ... Hell, I didn't pay $150 for the stainless steel one and its got more damn settings that I will ever use or care to know about ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  12. leadhead358

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    There are NO microwaves made in the USA. I sell appliances as my business. A company called DANBY has ties to Cleveland, Ohio and Ontario, Canana as far as parts but they are still made in China. Even over the range microwaves are made overseas. The USA would be a good place to start some factories and plants, but as long as people shop at Walmart for durable goods so goes our economy.
     
  13. pyrdek

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    Leadhead, you have pretty well confirmed what my "field research" was showing. Just to be sure, because there was a post about Sharp and/or GE being made in the U.S., I made a special effort in looking at these. Whereabouts are you located? Anywhere near NW PA? Any recomendations as to who to look for or who to avoid?

    The Sharp was Malayasia or Korea while the GEs, even though they had LARGE print saying GE Louisville Kentucky, if you looked closely you would see it said, in pretty small print, "Made in China" or "Made in PRC". I figure that is not quite deceptive but definitely could lead you to believe it might have been Puerto Rico but in truth it means "Peoples Republic of China".

    Among other companies, models were made in Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and one or two other places but none of them were U.S. states, territories or possessions.

    There were only two stores, Sears and Wal-Mart, in my area that even offered any selection of models. One place. a locally owned place that I try to support whenever possible, had two models. Both were small, lower powered and fairly expensive, even when on sale. One major appliance dealer had no microwaves, and another place had one small underpowered (and cheap, both in price and quality) model.
     
  14. leadhead358

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    pyrdek,

    Im located in eastern central Ohio. South of Canton, Ohio. It depends on what type of microwave you are looking for and how you use it. If you are looking for a countertop microwave and use it to warm and very little cooking, I would go with a Danby-- Why beacause they are inexpensive and come with an 18 month warranty where as eveyone else is a one year warranty -- .7 cu. ft to 1.1 cu.ft $69 to $89. If you are looking for a countertop for cooking with a large capacity go with a Whirlpool. I think they are now up to a 1.7 cu.ft for around $385 and come with a one year warranty. If you are looking for an over the range go with a Whirlpool. Larger capacity and very quiet fans for the cooktop $349 to $399 range 1.4 cu.ft. to 1.8 cu. ft.
     
  15. The Rock

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    Sharp makes them here.

    So does Frigidaire. At least some but not all.
    Frigidaire GLMV169D 1000 Watts Microwave Oven
     
  16. leadhead358

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    Sharp and Frigidaire are not made in the USA. The boxes may say assembled in North America which covers Mexico and Canada also. I used to sell Sharp, had one in my home for 4 years and went bad, the company that made Sharp microwaves also made Sunbeam Over the Range microwaves. Sunbeam Appliances are now out of business, they were shipped from South America, but made in China same place Sharp logoed are. I sell Frigidaire and there microwaves are not made in the US. Frigidaire appliances are made in Anderson SC 15 to 18 cu ft fridges, 21 cu ft fridges Juarez Mexico, freezers St Cloud Minn, Laundry Webster City Iowa, 30" Ranges Springfield Tenn, Built in Products L'Assumption Canada, Dishwashers Kinston NC, no microwaves listed because they import them.
    All Whirlpool products (Amana and Maytag included since Whirlpool owns them) are made in the US except 3.7 cu.ft. and smaller front load washers made in Monterrey Mexico and 4.0 front loaders made in Schorndorf Germany. They have no microwave plants because they import them also. Sharp parts can be obtained in Ohio by a Company called Fox International, but thats it parts.
     
  17. jimx200

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    This is yet another example of our mfg. companies moving to cheaper labor. How do we counter? Make the companies non union and give these companies big tax breaks (like we did with the Toyota, Honda, BMW, etc. plants) and get people to work. It's very interesting in that when I shop a Costco or Sams Club in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the vast majority of items sold there are MANUFACTURED IN MEXICO! Everything from Nokia cell phones, TV's, tires, motorcycles, clothes, and every appliance I saw (including washer/dryers) were made in Mx. Why is it that this poor country knows how to keep their people working and we can't figure it out? As this very shaky economy of ours moves forward the next 5-10 years, the focus of jobs should be on bringing back many of our manufacturing industries and getting our US workers going. Unless we can create jobs here, I know this country cannot grow without a manufacturing base and the job loses will continue and drive us further into socialism.
     
  18. shannon391

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    Amen Jim!

    Seems like a no brainer to me, but many have a difficult time seeing this simple logic.

    What ever happend to American pride and products. We have the best workforce in the world. I would rather pay a little more and support American companies rather than contribute to slave labor, errant pollution, third world dictators, anti-American oil fanatics and communism.
     
  19. leadhead358

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    Shannon391,

    I agree with you and Jim 100%, but until people stop shopping at wally world and sams club where this is where you find these products it will never stop.
     
  20. pyrdek

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    Ended up with a Kenmore. It is a 1.6 Cubic foot, 1200 watt model. My wife does a fair bit of cooking in the microwave so the small "warmers" were out from the beginning.

    I did not see any unit by Danby so I can't see how they compared to the other units. Our selection locally was somewhat limited. One Sharp model, a couple of GE and Minute Chef, Emerson, one LG and the Kenmore and maybe one or two other brands that I can't remember were it.

    At least with the local Sears franchised dealer, they offered some extra value added service. They took our old failed microwave for recycling and there was no charge. They also were the only place that at least even offered a repair capability. If it has a problem we take it to them and they ship it off for repair. From other things I have gotten at Sears, they will actually stock repair parts for many of their items. I do not know what would even be considered a repair item on a microwave but, in case there is a switch or something similar, I stand a lot better chgance of getting it from Sears than from Wal-Mart.

    The other warranty service were "delivered to service center" type of things. Once you can find out wharee that may be and add in the shipping or time and gas costs, it might not be to great a service option.

    To top it off, Sears was actually just a bit lower cost than Wal-Mart for a similar sized and powered unit. On top of that, Sears actually did have some helpful sales people. Wal-Mart and Home Depot just left you to fend for yourself.

    Incidentally, this unit, like many others we looked at, was made in China.

    I tried to go American but it simply was not possible. I did not see a single microwave that was made in the U.S.
     
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