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do cuisinarts ever die

eLizard May 27, 2014 12:43 PM

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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    jjjrfoodie RE: eLizard May 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    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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      Sooeygun RE: jjjrfoodie May 28, 2014 06:22 AM

      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.

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      divadmas RE: eLizard May 27, 2014 01:17 PM

      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.

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        kseiverd RE: eLizard May 27, 2014 06:18 PM

        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.

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          zackly RE: eLizard May 27, 2014 06:25 PM

          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.

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            Mr. Bingley RE: eLizard May 28, 2014 03:50 AM

            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. CindyJ RE: eLizard May 28, 2014 05:23 AM

              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. monavano RE: eLizard May 28, 2014 05:44 AM

                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. Sooeygun RE: eLizard May 28, 2014 06:21 AM

                  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. eLizard RE: eLizard May 28, 2014 06:26 AM

                    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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                      monavano RE: eLizard May 28, 2014 06:37 AM

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

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                        eLizard RE: monavano May 28, 2014 06:42 AM

                        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. Candy RE: eLizard May 29, 2014 08:57 AM

                      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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                        eLizard RE: Candy May 29, 2014 09:43 AM

                        ha! thanks.

                      2. DuffyH RE: eLizard May 29, 2014 11:33 AM

                        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. :-)

                        http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

                        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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                          eLizard RE: DuffyH May 29, 2014 11:51 AM

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

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

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                            DuffyH RE: eLizard May 29, 2014 02:40 PM

                            <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.

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                              eLizard RE: DuffyH May 29, 2014 05:44 PM

                              Shiny!

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                                DuffyH RE: eLizard May 29, 2014 07:40 PM

                                eLizard + Duffy = Birds of a Feather

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                                  eLizard RE: DuffyH May 30, 2014 06:33 AM

                                  smiley face

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                                    BobB RE: DuffyH May 31, 2014 09:42 AM

                                    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).

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                              CindyJ RE: DuffyH May 29, 2014 01:27 PM

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

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                                lizmari RE: DuffyH Jun 1, 2014 07:28 AM

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

                              2. Will Owen RE: eLizard May 29, 2014 06:05 PM

                                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. Mild Bill RE: eLizard May 29, 2014 08:39 PM

                                  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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                                    eLizard RE: Mild Bill May 30, 2014 06:20 AM

                                    awesome

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                                    Nyleve RE: eLizard May 30, 2014 06:20 PM

                                    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.

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                                      stockholm28 RE: eLizard May 30, 2014 09:04 PM

                                      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.

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                                        avocadolily RE: eLizard May 31, 2014 11:23 AM

                                        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.

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                                          JanMc RE: eLizard May 31, 2014 02:19 PM

                                          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.

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                                            latindancer RE: eLizard May 31, 2014 11:50 PM

                                            I hesitate to write this being superstitious and all…

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

                                            1. law_doc89 RE: eLizard Jun 1, 2014 06:19 AM

                                              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.

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                                                lizmari RE: eLizard Jun 1, 2014 07:22 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  JoeBabbitt RE: eLizard Jun 1, 2014 05:22 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                    smtucker RE: eLizard Jun 2, 2014 07:37 PM

                                                    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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                                                      eLizard RE: smtucker Jun 3, 2014 06:33 AM

                                                      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

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                                                        CindyJ RE: eLizard Jun 3, 2014 07:17 AM

                                                        "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.

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                                                          eLizard RE: CindyJ Jun 3, 2014 07:36 AM

                                                          ^^^^^ ditto!

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