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do cuisinarts ever die

i'd like a new one. bigger, stainless, with a wider feed tube, but my 7 cup old fashioned white base model is still going strong. after like 12 years. and although a bigger bowl and a wider feed tube would be nice......i really don't NEED one. especially when i have a perfectly good one that's showing zero signs of old age.

i could send it to our tiny place on the cape, where cookware and appliances go before they're put out to pasture. but space is precious, i love my blender, and i have never once thought "jeez, i wish i had a cuisinart."

not really sure what the point is. but seriously, what is the life span of a cuisinart?

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  1. Do they die? I seldom see it.

    I;ve got a long time "pass me down" Cuisinart that is a 1990's model with a JCPenny stamp on oddly .
    Not used daily but it is an industrial bit of machinery.
    I mean like "take a digit off and in an instant" torque monster.

    I use it when I need big batch stuff, but use smaller processors doing smaller batch cooking.

    The older one's hold up well. Not pretty, but still a hoss. :-)
    I doubt the newer units will have the same lifespan is my guess.

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    1. re: jjjrfoodie

      I always laugh at my Mom's Cuisinart. It must be the floor model, because it has a sticker on it that says 'pick me up, feel my quality.' And it's a quality sticker cause it's still stuck fast 30 years later.

    2. The newer ones don't seem as good. They used to be made in Japan I think and now are from China. Even 11c seems small to me, I kind of wish I got the 14c. And the feed tube still is small, unless I don't understand the safety lock out.

      1. I don't understand why someone would get rid of one that works just fine?? Bought a very basic model several years ago. When I found another one at a THRIFT STORE (clean, worked, had all the blades) for $ I jumped on it... thinking spare bowl! When I got it home realized it was one step larger than what I had... so I had TWO... smaller but NEWER on went on shelf in garage.

        Then last year in SAME thrift store I fand ANOTHER one, but this time with about 10-12 blades and IT ended up being even bigger capacity.

        All 3 are the "old fashioned", white, boxy base.

        1. The motors last a long time unless abused. They do have some vulnerable parts though. The tab on the feeder shoot has broken twice on my 7-8 y/o machine. It's a $30.00+ part on Amazon and not as beefy as the original.

          1. We have a little tiny one that we got as a wedding present 25 years ago; it still works great. Much as I lust after one of those big ones that all the recipes seem to assume you have I just can't justify spending anything with this one still churning along.

            1. In my experience they just keep going and going...

              I'm on my second Cuisinart food processor in 35+ years. I only replaced the first one because it was really small -- it might have been one of the first Cuisinarts for home use. I bought it back in the day when Cuisinart was the generic term for food processors.

              Like you, I've thought about replacing my current one with a bigger model, but it's hard to justify, given the ways in which I use it. Oh, I should mention that I did replace the work bowl about 5 years ago because I was having a lot of difficulty getting the lid locked and unlocked. Other than that, it's been running like new.

              1. I love the title, OP!

                We have a nice Cuisinart (11 or 12 cup?, decent size) that DH brought to the marriage.
                It's a work horse.
                It's been dropped and has packing tape on one corner that's been there for years-never even needed to change it.
                The motor is strong, but I think I need a new blade- that's pretty cheap.

                I occasionally lust after a new, bigger FP, but can't get myself to pull the trigger when this old friend has been so good to us.

                1. I am using my Nana's old machine. I can't remember when she passed it on to me, it would have been long before she died, cause she stopped cooking. She died about 18 years ago. It was in and out of storage depending on where I was living, but has been used a lot in the last 10 years.

                  1. it's nice to know some things are still built to last. i'm ashamed at how much i'm chagrined by the idea of a non-disposable good!

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                    1. re: eLizard

                      Things were built to last back in the day, before our "planned obsolescence" world now.

                      1. re: monavano

                        but it's not stainless. but i have to cut an onion IN HALF for the feed tube. but it has tab buttons instead of a touch pad. but it's only big enough for 2 pie crusts. but but but. but it works like a charm and is sharp as a razor.

                        i wish i knew someone who needed one!

                    2. I wanted a larger model so I bought a Cuisinart Elite 14C. It comes with 2 smaller bowls, an 8C and a 4C. It gets a lot of use as did my older one did. Now the older one is at home with my niece. In 30 years I've never had one wear out or need a repair. They are like the Energizer Bunny.

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                      1. eLizard,

                        <i'd like a new one. bigger, stainless, with a wider feed tube...>

                        Have you seen the feed tube on the Breville FP? Play the video. :-)


                        FWIW, CR now ranks it above Cuisinart. CI places it at 2nd best between the Cuisinart Elite (3rd) and Cuisinart Custom (1st).

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                        1. re: DuffyH

                          oh. my. god. mesmerized by the french fry blade.

                          dear lord, the beast weighs in at close to 20#

                          1. re: eLizard

                            <oh. my. god. mesmerized by the french fry blade.>

                            Me too! And I never make french fries. But damn if it doesn't make me want to. Appliance lust... yet another exhibition of Magpie Syndrome in cooks.

                              1. re: eLizard

                                eLizard + Duffy = Birds of a Feather

                                  1. re: DuffyH

                                    I'll join the flock - I think I have to get me one of these. My 30+ year old Cuisinart still works fine but this looks amazing (and will go nicely with the rest of my Breville appliance collection).

                            1. re: DuffyH

                              Way too many bells and whistles for me, but that feed tube IS nice!

                              1. re: DuffyH

                                Wow! I was so happy with my little ancient Cuisinart before I saw this! Now I'm a little jealous :-/

                              2. Mine is about 30 years old and on its third work bowl. This one required a new lid and feed tube, too, because the original pattern bowl is no longer being made. It was still only about $70 … It is a bit small, but plenty big enough for a two-person household and occasional dinner parties. I do more hand chopping than I used to, and wound up grating cheese for pimento cheese by hand too, since the shredder grates it too coarsely and it's a bitch to clean up after besides. Mayonnaise duties have been taken over by a stick blender, too … but every so often I heave that heavy little bastard onto the counter and give it something to do.

                                For the record, it's a spring chicken next to my KitchenAid K5B mixer! That one's about 60 years old …

                                1. I bought a 14 cup DFP-14 at a garage sale 15+ years ago and when I asked if it worked the lady enthusiastically said 'yes!'... I asked how much and she said $20.00... I was very excited and asked if I could plug it in... Remembering how I saw them used on TV I popped it together and it kicked on like a champ! The lady screamed out to her friend; 'Hey Maria, the food processor works! The guy got it going!'... Thank God I got the price first!

                                  It's been my buddy since... Runs like a Porsche...

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                                  1. At our local "dump" there's a building where you can put things that may still be useful to someone. I go there every week to "harvest" mugs and plates and cutlery for the soup kitchen where I volunteer and to hunt for appliances for my kids. I have long since lost count of the cuisinarts that I have rescued there. Most of them complete with blades and bowls. Every single one working perfectly. My most recent find is a DLC10SWC with all blades and an additional flat lid (which I have never seen before). The only problem with it is that the work bowl has a broken lid latch so you have to physically hold the lid down in order for it to work. I have no idea how old it is. If anyone can use this beast, I am prepared to pack it up and mail it to you - if you pay the cost of mailing it. I cannot let a good cuisinart die a lonely death at the dump. Interested? Reply to this post and we can correspond privately.

                                    1. My 7 cup (which was a cheap refurbished model to start with) that I bought in 1988 lasted more than 20 years. The motor was still going strong, but the latch on the feed tube broke. I'd always wanted a larger one, so I decided to get an 11 cup model rather than replace the part which was fairly pricey.

                                      1. Depends how often you use it. In commercial settings, current models only last about a year or two. Stick with your old one. New ones are not as great.

                                        1. I think we got Mom this Cuisinart somewhere around 1980 or a bit earlier. Mostly use the original feed tube lid, although I have the 'newer' wide mouth lid with funnel. Haven't successfully found the right replacement bowl, so at sometime the last one I have will give up the ghost, and then I can look at the new ones. The base will likely outlast me.

                                          1. I hesitate to write this being superstitious and all…

                                            38 years and counting. I use it at least twice/week.
                                            A true workhorse.

                                            1. Have the P14, 40+ years. Not dying. Some scratches on the bowl from a mishap. Should outlive me. I have all the different blades, so it is very useful for even small quantities.

                                              1. I got mine in 1996, and after almost 18 years of fairly regular use it is still going strong, with no signs of giving up yet. All of the parts are original, even the blade, which still seems sharp as ever.

                                                1. I got mine around 1980 on the clearance table @ JC Penny for 50% off the lowest marked price. So it was like $35. Which was cheap cheap cheap for a DLC-11 back then. It finally died last year when the spindle wore out & wouldn't spin the blades. I used that for everything. Made ALL the baby food for 3 kids...biscuits, pie dough, grated cheese etc., etc., etc. It was a real tank.

                                                  I bought a Kitchenaid at Costco at a terrific price. Every time I use it I want to kick myself. Watta POS.

                                                  1. Mine is from 1986. Mother bought it for me so I could make baby food for that new arrival. Still going strong. Over the years, I have bought at least three new work bowls, and a new plunger. While living in Montana, I added to my blades whenever they went on sale at the local Belk, until I had the complete set.

                                                    Mine is a 7-cup model. There are days that I would love to have a bigger machine, but you are right. This machine just keeps going and going and going. I am not replacing. The cost of replacing all those blades alone keeps any frivolous thoughts of buying something "just cause" at bay.

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                                                    1. re: smtucker

                                                      i can't tell you how much it pleases me to hear that. that it's still going strong and that youre not replacing. i have gained a whole new appreciation for cuisinarts in this thread

                                                      1. re: eLizard

                                                        "i have gained a whole new appreciation for cuisinarts in this thread"

                                                        And I feel validated for not running out to buy a new super-duper food processor when the old one works just fine.

                                                          1. re: eLizard

                                                            And same here! Mine is easily 12+ years old, and while it looks a bit beat up and sometimes I wish I had a larger version, I can't bear to give it up.

                                                    2. Sadly, I must report that my answer to the thread title is YES. After 14.5 years of frequent use, some of it heavy-duty, my old 7-cup model bit the dust on Saturday. The motor had been sounding funny (like a wheezing/groaning old man) and intermittently overheating, but it just couldn't recover this time. I am in mourning. Aside from the toaster oven, this is our most-used appliance, and probably the one I've had the longest.

                                                      In the meantime, I've ordered a 9-cup model (DLC-2009CHB) which should arrive tomorrow!

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                                                      1. re: truman

                                                        My 1986 7-cup Cuisinart food processor is bowing its head at the loss of a cousin.

                                                        1. My classic Cuisinart is from the 1980s. Still going, though I've had to replace a few pieces.

                                                          1. I have a pretty old Cuisinart too, white base. But what are these blades you're talking about? I just have the basic blade that sits in the bottom of the bowl, plus a slicer and grater (that's how I would describe them) that are close to the feed tube and connect to the base by a plastic "stalk." Are there other types of blades to be found that will work with these old units?

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                                                            1. re: comestible

                                                              Yes. There were additional blades that you could buy separately. I have 3 julienne blades 2x2 3x3 and 5x5 I believe. Three shredders, small, medium, and large. And then slicers... I am thinking that I have 7 of those.

                                                              Maybe truman had some of these and would sell them to you?

                                                              1. re: smtucker

                                                                I only have/had the three blades that comestible did - they came with it; I never ordered any of the specialty blades. Sorry!

                                                                That being said, if anyone wants my extra parts, let me know - otherwise I'll try to Freecycle them.

                                                                1. re: truman

                                                                  My model is a DLC-5, and from doing a little search of suppliers on the Web, only the three blades I currently have were manufactured for that model.

                                                                  However, it is the DLC-10 that has the wonderful assortment of different discs that are still available. And you can buy a separate plastic stem to attach to your discs and to the base. Does anyone know if these components are compatible with the older DLC-5?

                                                            2. The newer the machine model the shorter the lifespan seems to be. I recently trashed mine- the one with the 3 bowls.

                                                              1. I avoid buying new food processors, blenders or mixers. Chinese junk is not just a type of boat, if you know what I mean. A little careful shopping on eBay, Etsy etc can get you a decent used older machine that is more likely to last a long time. I own a 1980s Cuisinart processor, a 1970s Bamix immersion blender, and a 1970s Kenwood heavy-duty mixer. Bought all three in the last year or so, either new old stock or lightly used. Wouldn't be surprised if they outlive me. Between the three of them, they cost me $230 plus shipping.

                                                                1. I avoid buying new food processors, blenders or mixers. Chinese junk is not just a type of boat, if you know what I mean. A little careful shopping on eBay, Etsy etc can get you a decent used older machine that is more likely to last a long time. I own a 1980s Cuisinart processor, a 1970s Bamix immersion blender, and a 1970s Kenwood heavy-duty mixer. Bought all three in the last year or so, either new old stock or lightly used. Wouldn't be surprised if they outlive me. And they cost peanuts compared to the new ones.