Defective Bron Mandoline?
I purchased this Mandoline some 25 years ago from Williams-Sonoma. At the time it did not come with instruction booklet. Anyway... I never used it and put it away. Got in the mood to take it out of its hiding place the other day. Watched a very helpful video on Bron website and downloaded instructions. I was still preplexed until it suddenly dawned on me that everything was the exact opposite of every illustration and video I saw. IF you could get it to sit properly on its legs and turn it upside down it was fine. Was wondering if I got a defective product initially (25 years after the fact!) or I am going crazy. Did they possible redesign this item? Thanks.
Bron has redesigned their mandoline but since I have not seen or used the newer model, I cannot comment on how it is different.
I too have an old Bron and use it quite often. There is only one way to set it up:
One end of the gadget has a medal plate at the end. That end must facing top. You must bring the triangular legs up against and underneath that medal plate to use it as a brace. Look down on the mandolin and you should see the Bron logo etched upside down. There are two levers underneath; one to adjust the thickness of the plain slicing blade; the other for the crinkle cut blade. The side lever allows you to adjust the cut for the two width sizes. To use the plain blade, you must make sure the lower crinkle cut blade is level and vice a versa to use the crinkle blade. Also the side lever must be free to be able to adjust the plain blade's thickness. To use the crinkle cut, you must put the item on the flat plate between the two blades. My instruction might seem a little confusing but hopefully clearer if you have the gadget next to you. Just a warning, be careful in using it. Use the guard, however cumbersome, until you get the feel of the machine.
Aha. Number One ... I was not setting up the legs right for some reason (I am usually good at this). To do it the correct way it needed a little prodding. Number Two... the fact that the logo was upside down confused me. As far as the rest.. I have been studying the video on the website and have the rest of it down pat. I am definitely going to use the guard and picked up one of those cut resistant gloves for when I use the crinkle cut as I know you cannot use the guard for that.... (This is the feature I am the most interested in). Thanks so much. I thought I had a 25 year old defective product sitting around. It's funny to me that they designed it with the logo upside down.. not exactly "user friendly" :)