This is my food processor: Shop KitchenAid KFP715 Food Processor, 7-Cup at CHEFS.
It's actually not a bad little guy and has even created some nice nut pastes bordering on being nutbutters for me. In some ways, this guy is probably the best ~$80 I ever spent.
Well, tonight, I looked in the cupboard and noticed a bag of dates I had bought many moons ago. I really wasn't even sure what my cabinet looked like without this bag of dates in it, so it was definitely time to use them. I had not eaten the dates because they were black dates and I did not like the texture of their skin nearly as much as medjool dates. So I decided to make a date confection out of them and proceeded to pit them and put them in the food processor.
Let's just say that the food processor was on, but the blade was moving maybe once every 20 seconds... I was having visions of sparks, smoke, and burnt smell in the near future, so I shut it off, conglomerated all the dates into a nice ball and chopped the ball into slices with a knife, and reconglomerated the ball and cut it until I was satisfied with the texture of the dates.
I swear I've done dates in the food processor with other items (such as nuts) before and the food processor did fine. So, is it time to get a better food processor if I am going to chop dates, or should I stick to chopping large quantities of dates by hand?