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Old 03-16-07, 12:15 PM   #1
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electric blenders

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.
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Old 03-16-07, 01:24 PM   #2
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The Kitchen Aid Classic belender is what we use. Only a few buttons, but it does everything well, cleans easily and should last decades. That said, a minor part broke on the container about a year after we got it. Called Kitchen Aid and they sent us a new one very quickly.

I belive we have had our Kitchen Aid mixer for close to 40 years. They still sell basically the same mixer today. Ours works like new and it's been well used.

I believe we bought out blender at Wal-Mart a few years ago.

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Old 03-16-07, 03:32 PM   #3
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I like a blender that's cone-shaped -- narrower at the bottom (near the blade) than at the top. My current blender is nearly cylindrical -- not a great design IMO. The blades often miss stuff since it's wide at the bottom. Nobody likes a poorly blended smoothie!
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Old 03-16-07, 03:37 PM   #4
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Cough up the bucks if you can and invest in a VitaMixer. It really does do what they advertise. I have had ours now for 15 years, no problems except to replace the bottom seal at the container, after about 10 years--I had let water set in it too many times.

You won't regret it.
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Old 03-16-07, 06:07 PM   #5
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If you want a good blender on the cheap, buy an old one off of eBay. I have a Oster from the 60s that works as well as any modern blender.

The "collectibles" category has a section for blenders. There are tons in the $10 - $20 price range.

http://collectibles.listings.ebay.co...istingItemList

I know you said "now on the market," but I assume that is because you want suggestions that you can actually find for sale. I apologize in advance if I misunderstood you.
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Old 03-16-07, 06:50 PM   #6
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I know you said "now on the market," but I assume that is because you want suggestions that you can actually find for sale. I apologize in advance if I misunderstood you.
eBay is a market. I hadn't considered looking for a used blender but once any new item comes home from the store and is removed from the box it's "used" anyway. So you understand very well. Thanks for the idea.
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if you're looking for something to use for some post-ride smoothies. I would suggest The Magic Bullet. It's phenomenal.
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Old 03-16-07, 09:14 PM   #8
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Our Oster is over 25 years old and still going strong. Its acutally a Kitchen Center and has attachments for a Mix Master, food grinder, and processor as well as the standard blender.
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The Vita mix is one tough machine, its been used nearly every day in our house. It costs money but I think the thing will last forever....its been 4 or so years now and its like new. Try ebay! We tried them all and every 6months to a year we were buying another not now.
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Old 03-17-07, 12:29 AM   #10
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Definitely an Oster with a glass pitcher. When my kids were little I used to use the mini blend jars to make and store my own babyfood.
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I cant comment on how good or bad the B&D blender is in relation to other brands but plastic gear wheels have been around for yonks and they are realy quite strong. Now nominaly the plastic being used for the gear wheels should be Nylon which is a very tough, self lubricating engineering plastic but I would expect nylon gear wheels to be white in color with no reason to color them black. Maybe its something else that's disintegrating or maybe B&D are using a realy cheap plastic. Don't know realy.

Also having just written all of that I would expect a good blender to be direct drive so who know's.

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Old 03-17-07, 05:17 AM   #12
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The old rule applies, you get what you pay for. I have had mine
for several years and use it almost every day.

You don't need to go over $100.

http://www.amazon.com/Oster-Classic-.../dp/B00006IUUN
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Old 03-17-07, 10:00 AM   #13
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With the Black & Decker I got a deal less than I paid for. Cheaper blenders were on the shelf but I thought B&D wouldn't sully their reputation by putting their name on a blender that is only good for scrap after less than three months.

I was looking at that Oster Professional and noted that they have an all-metal drive. Also, my mother had the same Oster blender for twenty years or more. Also, it has high consumer the ratings on every site I looked up.
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I have an Oster Classic. Its really nice and simple. All it has is a toggle switch for low and high. Came with a nice tapered glass pitcher. I have to put anything in there that it couldn't blend.
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Old 03-17-07, 03:31 PM   #15
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electric blenders

If you have an opinion about an excellent (or dreadful) electric blender, see the thread with the same title as this one in "training & nutrition" and share your opinion there. You'll also learn which blender I do not recommend.
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- Black and Decker has gone the way of so many U.S. companies - throwing away a good reputation and product line by shipping jobs and manufacturing to the CHICOMs - all in the name of corporate profits and share trading...

- if you want a good blender, you're going to have to pay for one...

- avoid junk and you'll save our landfills...

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I cant comment on how good or bad the B&D blender is in relation to other brands but plastic gear wheels have been around for yonks and they are realy quite strong. Now nominaly the plastic being used for the gear wheels should be Nylon which is a very tough, self lubricating engineering plastic but I would expect nylon gear wheels to be white in color with no reason to color them black. Maybe its something else that's disintegrating or maybe B&D are using a realy cheap plastic. Don't know realy.

Also having just written all of that I would expect a good blender to be direct drive so who know's.

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Old 03-17-07, 04:34 PM   #17
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Personally I prefer my 2.25hp gas-powered model. Has a 1.5-gallon capacity and can make over 100 margaritas an hour! Electric-start and direct-drive with no gears to strip.


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http://www.willitblend.com


sometimes I really can't believe the **** they have on the internets..
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Vita Mix - We don't use it near enough, but it is one durable machine - and it does a very thorough job.
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The Vita mix is one tough machine, its been used nearly every day in our house. It costs money but I think the thing will last forever....its been 4 or so years now and its like new. Try ebay! We tried them all and every 6months to a year we were buying another not now.
The vita-mix IS the top of the line. The line don't get higher. It's expensive, but its so powerful that it ends up being much, much more than a blender.

You know its one powerful puppy when they stop rating it in watts and tell you how many HORSEPOWER the engine is (2HP I think).

If not a vita-mix the next best is one called a blend-tech. It's the only other blender that is even in the same ball park.
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Reminds me of the scene from "Deuce Bigalow"...
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Personally I prefer my 2.25hp gas-powered model. Has a 1.5-gallon capacity and can make over 100 margaritas an hour! Electric-start and direct-drive with no gears to strip.

That one looks like a prototype. Surely the production model has the works covered up so Junior doesn't lose a finger in there--not in the margaritas but in the exposed parts. Imagine having to dump over a gallon of margaritas because some dumb kid can't keep his hands to himself!

Actually, 1.5 liters would be more than adequate for me. My miserable old Black & Decker had a 1.0 liter capacity and that was usually enough, except that sometimes the lid was all that kept the stuff from overflowing. Once the motor was switched off it would settle down a good distance from the rim of the pitcher.
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Looks like a Techumseh 4 stroker
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We have a VitaMix. Maybe the best blender on the planet.
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Looks like a Techumseh 4 stroker
Yeah, a Techumseh chainsaw motor with Honda scooter starter and throttle. The only exposed moving part is the starter-gear at the bottom. Once the motor is running, everything is silent on the outside.

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