Food Processor: Replace Bowl or Machine?
The bowl on my very old Robot Coupe RC2000 food processor broke. (Actually, it was an eight-year-old replacement bowl.) I ordered a replacement for $25 through Amazon that turned out to be for a slightly different model. So now I’m shopping, but not sure for what. I like the size (7 cups), though slightly larger would be nice. I did find an exact replacement, but it’s $50, which seems high for just the bowl! Since the machine itself works and I’ve been very happy with it and have all the attachments, I hate to buy a whole new machine, but there’s a Black & Decker model for $28 that gets decent reviews. Being broke & unemployed, I hate to spend anything extra. The B&D also has no plastic blade, which is occasionally useful for dough, and only a reversible slicer/shredder (not sure how that works). Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks for the advice.
I would buy a used bowl for your Robot Coupe rather than spend $28 on B&D anything. If you don't see anything for Robot Coupe RC2000, look as well for RC2100, also Cuisinart CFP-5 and CFP-9 (which I think is the same as the Robot Coupe RC2000).
IIRC, Cuisinart created a taller bowl that would work on the same base, but I am unable to find one on eBay. I was re-reading some old issues of BA, and I saw some ads. I'll look at them again and get back to you.
"Actually, it was an eight-year-old replacement bowl"
I think that statement is exactly why you should be looking for a new bowl and keeping the Robot Coupe.
Being broke and unemployed is no fun but neither is replacing the Robot Coupe with the majority of the stuff on the market today. I think in the long run you would be disappointed if you bought something else. My vote is get a new bowl.
Keep looking for the bowl. Your machine works and you have the attachments. It is worth keeping. As Jay F stated, and I agree, the Cuisinart CFP-5 and CFP-9 may work as well: the lid activates the machine by turning. No traditional buttons or switches. Good luck.
Thanks to all of you for replying to my post! You’ve definitely convinced me to replace the existing bowl, and even given me some avenues to explore in finding one. Really, if this one lasts for eight years, it’s only a few dollars a year for a machine that I know and like. I think I just needed the moral support. And I found out today that I actually qualify for extended unemployment benefits, so no need to be pennywise & pound foolish. Though you’ll be hearing from me again if I replace the bowl and the whole machine conks out in two months! :)