Just before Christmas I bought myself a Black & Decker blender. I'm very disappointed with it. The gears that turn the blender blades are nearly stripped. I don't know what genius came up with the idea of plastic gears but even with planned obsolescence, I expect to get a couple years' service out of the thing. There are little bits of black plastic from the disintegrating gears surrounding the blender each time I use it. There is no sign that the 475 Watt motor is or ever was overstressed; it's probably more power than those plastic gears can properly transmit.
Can anyone recommend a blender that is now on the market that will be more reliable and not cost a fortune? I wouldn't mind a retrofit for the B&D but I doubt such a thing can be obtained.