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Old 12-23-2007, 01:16 PM   #61
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RE: Using the slicer/shredder disc with the KitchenAid (7 cup)

In order to use the disc, it must be firmly attached to the stem accessory provided with the unit. There is no other use for the stem, so it might be provided as part of a disc replacement, but I don't assume that this is the case, and that might be a problem. It isn't listed as a separate replacement item at the KA store.

Anyway, I did notice at the KA forum that a few people had problems with the stem jamming at the base. It became impossible to remove, and the unit became consequently unusable. After using the disc a few times myself, I've concluded that the jamming at the base results from not firmly securing the disc at the top of the stem. The manual makes it perfectly clear how to do this, but then people will jump right in without reading the manual (as with me, I must admit). Once you get it right, it shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:29 PM   #62
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Not only that, but believe it or not, the lid on THAT machine wouldn't lock into position either!! This was a 14-cup model that had that problem though.
I used to have the 14 cup model. Big, heavy thing - I got tired of dragging it from apt. to apt. I finally gave it away during one move. This was about eight years ago; today, I could get a few hundred for it on eBay!

I had trouble with the cover on that unit as well. Always had to wrestle with it.
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:48 PM   #63
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Then you wouldn't want mine either. The thing ways a ton, not to mention it being expensive! I had to struggle getting the box upstairs.

The 14- cup Cuisinart that I had was the DLC-7Pro, and I guess that IT became tired and wanted to retire as well from the same thing!

I used to have to fight awfully hard to get the cover to turn and lock. One day after trying again for what seemed like the umteenth time, I finally said; "Forget it!!" and went online to look for a new one, and bought the one I have now from Cooking.com.
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:53 PM   #64
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The 14- cup Cuisinart that I had was the DL-7Pro, and I guess that IT became tired and wanted to retire as well from the same thing!

I used to have to fight awfully hard to get the cover to turn and lock. One day after trying again for what seemed like the umteenth time, I said; "Forget it!!" and went online to look for a new one, and bought the one I have now.
Yeah, precisely! Same problem. I had the DLC-XP; inherited it from my stepmother. It sits on a shelf in a closet in Florida now, at the home of friends. I don't think it gets used very often.
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:03 PM   #65
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Yeah, precisely! Same problem. I had the DLC-XP; inherited it from my stepmother. It sits on a shelf in a closet in Florida now, at the home of friends. I don't think it gets used very often.


That's Cuisinart's top-of-the-line model. And yes'm, it IS heavy! It also is now twice the price of mine, costing a whopping $800.00! Ouch!!
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Yeah, that's why I'm sorry that I gave it away!
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:11 PM   #67
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Can't you get it back?

I mean, nothing against you at all, but if it's sitting in a closet in Florida and is not being used at all, it stands to reason that the person you gave it to doesen't seem to think very highly of it, or the fact that you were nice enough to let him or her have it. Haha!!

And BTW, I would hate to rub salt in your eyes and you'll probably freak out when I say this, but that model is a 20-CUP one.

Shame on you, considering what that machine cost today. Astronomical!! It's more than likely better than the ones made today.

But the same thing happened to me what I gave away MY Cuisinart. I gave it to someone I know, I don't think it ever got used. It probably was sold for money to by crack, nips and cigraetts, along with scratch tickets, since his so-called girlfriend is a crack monster and an alcoloclic (he's an aloholic as well).

I could have kicked myself in the butt for that!! I might as well have kept it and fixed it up. Now it's gone and I'll NEVER get it back!!
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Old 12-23-2007, 04:07 PM   #68
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It's a 20-cup model? I didn't realize. That's why it was so big and heavy!

Nah, it's gone, now. I really can't ask for it back. I don't need it for myself (my stepmother used to entertain a lot), and I would only be asking for it so I could sell it.
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jeyges,
According to Cook Illustrated, KA is better than Cuisinart as a food processor (cutting, slicing, chopping, etc.), Cuisinart is better than KA at making dough.
Consumers Report rated earlier this year KA processors as top choice.
Relative to warranty, the best thing you can do is purchase the appliance and use it as soon and often as possible. This will help you sort out performance problems right away, and replacing it under warranty.
If the 10 yr. warranty is a big thing for you, then check out a brand called 'Magimix' from France. They produce commercial-grade appliances and have 12 yr. warranty on their electric motors. I saw the Magimix 5150 (3,9 & 16 cup bowls, 2-HP motor) for $500 at Chefs catalog.
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Old 12-23-2007, 04:55 PM   #70
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Not sure if that amount of money on a FP is planned.
Even though the Magimix machines looks like a very futuristic machines and might have the very lastest technological advances in food prep, I do NOT like their feed tubes. They are way too narrow.

If anyone is going to spend that kind of money for those machines, they might as well make sure that the feed tube is wide enough to accomodate large fruits and veggies.

Yes Jeyges, that is Cuisinart's largest and most powerful model. Cuisinart had stopped making it for a while, but then they brought it back. It used to be sold in stores, but it seems now, that it's only available online. Cooking.com sells it in both plastic and metal bases for the same price, if you're interested. Haha!!

Your stepmother must have done tons of food prep with it. Back in the '80s, I wanted that model for the large capacity. Would have probably bought it back then, but not now!

Wonder if anyone in this day and age would pay that hefty price for one. But I think you'll find a nice model for your needs.

If you're still worried about the warranty on the K'Aid machines, then you might want to look into getting one from Sears where they'll probably offer you an extended warranty on one for a modest price more. I did that when I bought my Kenmore microwave oven.
I bought an addition three-year warranty on it for about $35.00. They usually offer extended warranties on just about everything they sell.
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