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Old 02-22-2010, 02:38 PM   #11
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Yeah I have been checking eBay. Most seem to have a decent warranty even when bought there. Not 10 years like from the Excalibur store itself, but some have 5 years which isn't too bad.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:19 PM   #12
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it is interesting to see how many people like them. i bought one, fairly expensive. frankly to labor intensive for the amount you end up with. fruit is not cheap here, you would think it would be. i won't do it again. anyone want to buy one used just once. lol
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:29 AM   #13
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Lol Babe :) It is work chopping and prepping to get the job done. I think Californian's pay extra for fresh fruit and veggies. Like everything else.

GB: Forgot to mention a few setbacks with my dehydrator. They are minor.

1.) Electrical cord is short. I mean short. I had to rearrange the counters work areas to accommodate the box. It worked out and were friends.

2.) The noise, as the food dries the front cover vibrates/rattles. It starts out alright, the noise is tolerable. But as it dries items the louder it gets. That to me IS the timer. Things are almost done. If you do decide on the Ex, invest in a package of felt adhesive backing pads. Large circle's. Cut them in half and stick them on the front, (all corners) of the unit. Not the door itself. The glue really holds the pads on even when it's hot. That eliminates the noise drastically.

3.) If your tall disregard this: The temp dial is located on the top! I can't see it! Unless I get out the step stool.

4.) This is new to me. I'll have to check further into it. Taylor Digital Cooking Thermometer/Timer

This is the best dehydrator comparison chart I could find for ya.
Food Dehydrator Comparison chart including Excalibur and Lequip


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Old 02-23-2010, 10:56 AM   #14
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Yeah I am sold on the Excalibur. And for an extra couple of bucks I figure I might as well get the one with the timer.

Thanks for the idea about the felt pads. That is a great idea.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:52 AM   #15
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it is interesting to see how many people like them. i bought one, fairly expensive. frankly to labor intensive for the amount you end up with. fruit is not cheap here, you would think it would be. i won't do it again. anyone want to buy one used just once. lol
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Old 02-24-2010, 03:10 PM   #16
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n2cookin, which model do you have? I think it I do this I will get the biggest one I can. It looks like they have two 9 tray models with the only difference being the more expensive one has a timer so you can have it shut off at a pre-programmed time. How important do you think that feature is? Also, do you think I really need all 9 trays or do you think the 5 tray would work fine for me? I do not expect to use this a ton, but when I do use it I want to be able to do a lot at a time.
I have the 9-tray model 3900. It is the one without the timer. I do not find the timer necessary. Besides I would not want the timer to shut off the dehydrator if I was not there to check to see if it was completely dehydrated. I don't want it shutting off in the middle of the night and sitting there with warmth inside and cooling down only to absorb moisture during the night.

I would recommend the 9-tray because even if you are not dehydrating often when you do I imagine you will want to do all you can and get done with it. I prefer loading up a full 9 tray as compared to running more than one batch using a 5 tray model. I am very happy I got the 9 tray instead of the 5.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:59 AM   #17
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OK I got the 9 tray with timer. Can't wait to get it. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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