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Dilemma-replace bowl (again) or get new food processor?

AGM_Cape_Cod Jun 20, 2009 08:46 AM

I have a Robot Coupe 3500 which is about 30 years old and works fabulously except that the bowls are not holding up. I have replaced the bowl twice (at $90 each time). This time I ordered the Magimix bowl that fits the RB 3500 but the lid doesn't fit the new bowl. The lid won't make the connection that starts the motor. I can order the lid (and the pusher) for $46 and see if it works. OR I can buy a new food processor all together. If I do I am considering either the Magimix (having had such success with the Robot Coupe) or the Cuisinart Elite Die-Cast Food Processor so looking at a minimum of $300. On one hand it doesn't make sense to throw out the Robot Coupe that works when I can replace the bowl and on the other hand it doesn't make sense to keep spending $100 to replace bowls when I have almost purchased a new food processor. Any advice for me? TIA

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  1. Paulustrious RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Jun 21, 2009 09:59 AM

    I also have a 30 ish year old RC motor in the basement. We felt disallusioned with the price of a plastic bowl that broke twice. We then had the same problem with a cuisnart.

    We are now looking at the Magimix Cuisine Systeme 5150 as shown on this page.


    If we get this we will also order two additional sets of bowls at $50 per set. (see seomwhere else on the page). We often wish we had a second bowl so we can prep two things. May as well get the spare bowl now and now wait until the original breaks.

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      AGM_Cape_Cod RE: Paulustrious Jun 25, 2009 04:21 AM

      Let me know if the original breaks and when. My husband got the new bowl to work so I am postponing the decision about a new food processor until I need the next bowl. While I like the seal on the Cuisinart Elite I think I will go with Magimix which is a Robot Coupe product. Can't argue with 30 years of positive experience.

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        Soop RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Jun 25, 2009 04:26 AM

        Don't bank on it. some companies maintain their reputation, but as an example, people say that cuisineart got bought out (twice) and their reputation is now unjustified for the bog-standard machines they put out.

        I'd ask someone with some first-hand experience of the newer products nearer the time, but if it's a case of "they don't make them like they used to", it could be worth holding on to!

        1. re: Soop
          Caralien RE: Soop Jun 25, 2009 07:32 AM

          I am not a fan of Cuisinart, although they are very happy to replace parts (including the motorized unit) with very little explanation/documentation within the 1 year warranty period (parts replaced twice).

          1. re: Caralien
            AGM_Cape_Cod RE: Caralien Jun 25, 2009 10:43 AM

            That just tells me that they expect it to fail.

    2. David A. Goldfarb RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Jun 27, 2009 04:57 AM

      My parents had a Cuisinart DLC-7 of similar vintage with a perfectly good motor and worn out bowl a couple of years ago, and when we looked into it, for their anniversary we bought them a whole new current machine with new blades that used the same bowl for not so much more than the price of the replacement bowl, so now they have a spare motor base, in case something happens to the new one. The old disks are also better than the new ones as I recall. The old ones are permanently attached to the shaft, and the new ones, as I recall, are interchangeable--easier to store, but not as solid.

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        Will Owen RE: David A. Goldfarb Dec 28, 2012 10:53 AM

        I've got a DLC-7 too, 30 years old and still chopping. The locking flange on the upper edge of the bowl started going five years ago and finally broke, so I got a new one from an online small-appliances store. I really do not think the newer appliances are made to last, at least the ones you can get from Target or BB&B; my everyday mixer is a KA from the '50s, and I have a perfectly useful one from the mid-'30s. They were not only made to last, but to be easily repairable as well, which is very important but no longer common. If I were as easily repaired as my old appliances I'd be immortal too!

        I've not gotten any new Cuisinart disks; I don't use mine often at all, preferring hand graters and the mandoline, but it makes sense that a removable disk would be less sturdy than a permanently attached one. The old ones are kind of a PITA to store, though.

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        catalex RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Dec 28, 2012 09:46 AM

        I have the same 3500. Do not use the dishwasher, Also the handle is flimsy so I turn the bowl without using the handle. Also where the top locks on to the bowl the locking devise may be tight and that will break the bowl. Use a diamond nailfile and make the locking deise on the LID a little thinner. My bowl is still the original tho the handle has cracked off the bowl.

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