Osterizer Blender Problems
Sometime this fall, after a friend managed to melt my last blender, I bought myself an Osterizer 10-speed.
For a cheap model, it performed well - I was happy with its power/cost and also the downward-facing blades that don't leave chunks in the bottom of the blender.
But after just a few months of moderate use, the plastic screw-on base of the 'jar' cracked and slowly started leaking before finally breaking in two and spewing scalding hot soup all over my kitchen when I went to pick it up out of its base (admittedly my fault as I probably shouldn't have been using it at that point). Here is the piece that broke.
I figured that the problem was probably over-tightening on my part. Not that I ever made a conscious effort to get it super-tight, but I ordered a replacement (at nearly $15 after shipping) and vowed to be extra careful not to overtighten. So of course I was rather annoyed to have the same problem a month or two later. I put it together correctly. Did not over-tighten. Heck, I rarely even took it apart in cleaning.
So my questions.
1) I figure this is probably a popular model. Has anyone else had this problem? (Amazon reviews lead me to believe so - they also make it sound like Osterizers only recently switched to using such shoddy plastic caps).
2) I'm under the impression that most Osterizer blenders feature interchangeable parts. Is that same little black plastic ring P.O.S. featured on other Osterizer models? And do they have the same problem?
3) Does anyone have any recommendations for cheap blenders. Usually the standard recommendation around here seems to be the Osterizer. I want power, durability, reliability. And affordable - a vita prep is, sad to say, not in the cards.
The Hamilton-Beach bar blender is available on-line for between $75-$80. The part that screws the blade assembly onto the hopper is made of metal. The blades are replaceable, (of course, so is the rubber washer) and the motor is plenty powerful.
It only has two speeds but if you hone your blender technique, that's all you need.
No need to spend $350 for a Vita-Mix if you're using it at home.
My two Hamilton-Beach machines in the bar are 10 years old, have gone thru about two blade changes each (the blade sets are no more than $25) and do everything from puree hot soup to crush ice to any fineness I like...
That's the new model with the plastic hopper. On Amazon it's $10 too costly (unless they're offering free shipping). For your purposes, however, it's all you'll need. This model appears to have a plastic base, too; mine is metal.
I think I committed an error. It's possible you'll have to pay $125-$140 for the stainless steel hopper, but it's worth it.
Do you have a Restaurant Depot or similar store nearby? A friendly restaurateur can give you his card (or even call in to have them present you with one, as I do for good customers) and then you can shop to your heart's delight... I saw the original, metal-base, stainless-steel Hamilton Beach on sale there a couple of years ago for about $100, now that I think of it...
The Hamilton Beach machines have tremendously powerful motors which make fast work of any chore; so if you're hip to how to pulse the machine and work the contents, you'll have no problem.
Same thing happened to me very recently (my model is 6684). I ordered directly from Oster (2 so I would have a spare) and the shipping was $10. Still, I think it's worth it: the blender works very well (better than the KA at nearly three times the price) and the replacements aren't really much cost (something like $3.00 each). The problem with ordering replacements via Amazon is that they send you to a site that over charges for shipping. Check out Totalvac.com which also carries these replacements at lower shipping rates.
Great advice here and I checked out the Hamilton! I love my Oster and have had it for years without replacing a thing. I've moved from the US to Europe, and even though it's a hassle to plug it into a converter, it still works great (and I use this thing to make green smoothies and nut milks!). I once saw a new Oster on sale with more wattage and I bought it, everything was the same except the new one had blades that were not shaped/positioned quite the same as my old standby. Even though the new one had more watts it didn't do as good a job as my initial one. I'm pretty sure it was the blades. The old one has blades that are positioned downward, closer to the base. I'm looking to replace my longtime friend for a European plug. I just don't know anything about the blenders in Europe... Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks :)