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Cuisinart makes TERRIBLE hand blenders! They work well, but have an Achilles' heel...
on July 21, 2011
We are now on our SECOND of this CSB-76BC model, having bought two because the price was so good. That was in February, and it's now July.
This follows at least three other Cuisinarts, and they all have had the same problem: while the body of the machine may be nice and sturdy, the motor's strong and the blades do the job nicely, the drive shaft is connected with a REALLY CHEAP PLASTIC piece. And this WILL strip, and when it does, you'll be throwing out that otherwise-wonderful machine.
The definition of insanity is repeating an action many times, expecting a different result. I readily confess to being insane, in that I keep thinking that maybe the next time, Cuisinart will have decided to salvage whatever's left of their reputation with the addition of one more piece of metal to their immersion-blender design.
Don't be like me, please. Disregard the reviews written by glowing new owners, and consider how long you want this purchase to last.