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I have a washer/dryer, front loading, that is about 15 years old. I live in Hong Kong and the machine has a Fortress label on it (a local store), but also says "made in Italy". Model number EW 800 I. I would love to have a manual but can't find one anywhere. There are two buttons I don't understand: One says 850/500. The other says 1/2. I am guessing that the 850/500 has to do with maximum spin speed? I would think that the 1/2 button has to do with small loads. However the strange thing is that the dryer will not operate unless I push the 1/2. If you can provide additional help, the big selection knob is calibrated as A thru F, G thru L (letters J and K are not used), and N thru M. It would be very helpful to know what each type of cycle does. Thanks in advance.

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  • tfwaitman May 23, 2011

    That manual is readily available on the internet with a google search and I had already looked at it. The machine in the manual is not like the one I have at all. That is only a washer, mine is a washer/dryer combination. The cycles are completely different. I am looking for a manual (or someone's information) that will describe the controls on my unit, particularly the cycles, as well as the interraction between the 1/2 button and the dryer.



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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

This is actually a Zanussi machine per the model number.

Go to this link:

Once the file opens you can save it to your computer.
Everything in the manual appears to match up except the 850 / 500 numbers which are probably the spin speeds for a 230V machine vs a 120V machine being 400 and 800 RPM spin speeds.

For sure the 1/2 button is for a half load. This is a 3.5 Kg load machine so a 1/2 load would be 1.75 Kg.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,

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    Kelly May 23, 2011

    Unfortunately that is the same manual I would have to use to do in-home repair of your machine as there is no other cross reference anywhere .

    I checked Whirlpool Artison AEG Indecit Electrolux, Zanussi sevice manuals (Global) anything remotely related to EW800 service manuals via the servicer / service networks, and Fortress HK website. I do not have access to Fortress service manuals as I am not a franchised servicer for Fortress HK. The only HK parts sources I could find only had the timer knob for the EW800. There were no manuals or ANY other parts for sale.

    The best answer I can recommend is for you to contact Fortress HK using the following link and see if they can help you:

    PH 852) 2555 5788




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