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Jun 20, 2009 08:46 AM

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

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. 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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    1. re: Paulustrious

      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.

      1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

        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

          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

            That just tells me that they expect it to fail.

    2. 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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      1. re: David A. Goldfarb

        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.

      2. 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.

        1. I am again looking at this issue as my bowl is breaking apart again. I have often used a small piece of scotch tape to hold the springs and lock into place. Like you my processor works perfectly and my third bowl is starting to limp at $87.00 for a new bowl I keep wondering but the new machines Breville Sous Chef or Cuisinart Elite also have one draw back I can not seem to get past. I love my extra fine grating blade!!! and the new machines seem to think that is not needed. So even though I keep looking I keep holding off. I know my Robot Coupe is at least 34 years old maybe 35 but he it works jsut fine other then bowl issues and there are work around for that.

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          1. re: dckmbell

            I thought I'd seen a grey plastic R.C. bowl (instead of clear) that looked less 'crackable' - also an expensive stainless version?

            If you get an Elite make sure it is a "2.0" series- they've already have improved the discs(no finger holes and that's good) and the seals and motor. They look identical so be wise. Only W.S sells an improved 12 and 16 quart, but the other stores may have an improved 14 qt.-very confusing.

          2. These companies (or an enterprising 3rd party) need to offer a STAINLESS BOWL with a glass or poly lid/interlock.

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              1. re: alexrander

                Great! Please point me to someone who makes a SS replacement bowl for my DLC-7Pro.