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Initially enthusiastic but now dissapointed
on 2 October 2012
I was initially really pleased with this juicer. It is sleek, looks the part & seemed sturdy & well made. It has 5 speeds & loads of power to "gobble" up large carrots, whole apples, chunks of pineapple, etc. It was really fast in getting through a lot of materaial fast. I have been juicing 2 pints X 4 times a day on a juice fast & this seemed to be a godsend coming from an oscar 900.
However on the downside, it was a lot of work to clean & the waste material is very wet, so is wasting a lot of the precious juice & the contained nutrients. I was prepared however to live with these negatives, as the price to gain much faster juicing times & volume.
However the machine has let me down, in that we soon realised that the spinning filter basket was wearing off the neighbouring parts: The plastic housing below & the cover overhead. The food plunger will sometimes wear off it too. I have now discoverd that there is a known design issue where the basket sometimes raises during use causing this problem. I am not happy with this as it doesn't make sense to me to have my precious healthy juice extract contaminated with plastic powder, so It has been packed up & returned, & its back to my oscar 900. It may be slower, but is easier to clean, is very reliable & the juice is superior quality due to slow rpm auger extraction.
We also had a phantom problem one day with this juicer, where it would not operate in speeds 4 & 5. It would work in 1 - 3 but would shut down as soon as you selected 4 or 5. My wife left it for me to "have a look" later in the day & when I did, amazingly it was working OK again. It wouldn't inspire confidence though.
Overall a dissapointed customer, as I had high hopes for this machine & know that in general Cuisinart products are quite good. This does not seem to be a brilliant design & bottom line is I could not reccomend this product.