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Vita-mix
Posted by: Tadey ()
Date: June 30, 2009 01:37AM

The bottom of my vita-mix is leaking I tried to unscrew the bottom so I can clean it but I can't get it open any ideas.



Thanks

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: juicerkatz ()
Date: June 30, 2009 06:32AM

I don't have a vita-mix, but I "assume" the bottom screws off. Try running warm water over it for a few moments, as you would with a stuck jar lid. That should loosen it.

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: Wheatgrass Yogi ()
Date: June 30, 2009 12:31PM

Tadey Wrote:
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> The bottom of my vita-mix is leaking I tried to
> unscrew the bottom so I can clean it but I can't
> get it open any ideas.
The Blades of a Vita-Mix shouldn't be removed for routine
cleaning. I'd contact a local Handyman if I were you. If the plastic
canister isn't cracked, I'd say the Blades just need tightening....WY

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: July 01, 2009 02:35AM

The Vita-Mix manual has a section on how to remove the blade. There is basically 2 ways: with a specific wrench for the job or with a screwdriver.

If you don't have the manual you can get a dated version of how to remove the blade here: [www.vitamix.com]

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: Wheatgrass Yogi ()
Date: July 01, 2009 03:29AM

smoothieLover Wrote:
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> The Vita-Mix manual has a section on how to remove
> the blade. There is basically 2 ways: with a
> specific wrench for the job or with a
> screwdriver.
Those are very clear instructions. I wouldn't try
the screwdriver method unless a wrench wasn't available. Also,
the wrench comes in plastic and also in a heavy aluminum. The
aluminum is Best (better leverage).
I've had a leaky canister only once....when the blades weren't
tightened properly (by me), and the plastic cracked from the high speed,
and vibration.....WY

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: Manolie ()
Date: July 03, 2009 12:46AM

As an aside: the new Blendtec jars (BPA Free and with their 3 year warranty) have sonically welded drie shafts and won't leak unless the jar wears out. Don't let a bad jar (Vitamix or Blendtec) cause wear to your motor which is the expensive part of your blender/juicer. For other blender/juicers tampering on your own might invalidate your warranty so it always pays to read your manual carefully. Manolie

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: Wheatgrass Yogi ()
Date: July 03, 2009 01:19AM

Manolie Wrote:
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> As an aside: the new Blendtec jars (BPA Free and
> with their 3 year warranty) have sonically welded
> drie shafts
I've seen them...you can't remove the blades even
if you wanted to. The only time I've had to remove the blades
in my Vita-Mix was when I blended some Celery Ribs and the strings
got wrapped under the blades. Nothing short of blade removal could
clean them out....WY

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: juicerkatz ()
Date: July 03, 2009 06:43AM

Hmmm...I have been considering the purchase of a Blendtec, but I don't like the fact that everything is welded together like that. How can you possibly clean it very well if it can't be disassembled?

Oh well, maybe it is not as big a deal as I imagine it would be - or is it?

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: Wheatgrass Yogi ()
Date: July 03, 2009 11:15AM

juicerkatz Wrote:
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> ....... How can
> you possibly clean it very well if it can't be
> disassembled?
With my Vita-Mix, I just rinse out the canister,
then blend a little water at high speed, then dry everything
well. Works for me....WY

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: mmmveg ()
Date: July 04, 2009 10:26PM

i'd call vita-mix. they're fab.
i wouldn't try and fix it yourself..you could possibly void the warranty. YIKES!


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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: July 14, 2009 02:07AM

That's one thing I don't like about the Blendtec is that the blade assembly can not be separated from the container.

While I've had little reason to remove my Vitamix blade, it sure was great when I upgraded all my old 5000 containers to the newer 5200 BPA free containers without having to buy the blades.

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: rawfoods ()
Date: July 14, 2009 05:57PM

It seems like many are having problems with the vita-mix. I'd try calling them or using a warranty if you have one to fix it, instead of trying to fix it yourself.

[www.healthyfoodrawdiet.com]

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: Manolie ()
Date: July 18, 2009 01:16AM

Ditto for cleaning my Blendtec. 2" to 3" of tap hot water, a drop or two of soap, a pulse or two, rinse and dry. The reason for sonically welding the blades into the BPA free jars is for safety. At 3+ peak horsepower and 28,000 rpm the last thing you would want is to have a problem with a blade coming loose. The double seals insure that cleaning (as above) has you ready for the next blender job. The other blenders have expensive jars, limited warranties, sometimes call for two jars (one for wet and one for dry blending), may not provide BPA-free jars, can require a tamper, etc. If you are a raw fooder getting set to invest good money in a blender, do your homework and avoid those cheap blenders you will be replacing too often, and which may not do the jobs you have in mind even when they are brand new. Manolie

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Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: tealady ()
Date: July 18, 2009 08:37AM

I recently had the same problem and vita mix sent one out in a jiffy. Theyhave awesome customer service. The vita mix 5000 (which is the one I have) isnt BPA free but you can upgrade the jar for $35 and they did say that the plastic is a super strong grade and if you never heat the jar up like in soup you are more than fine. I still might upgrade the jar anyway since mine after daily use is looking fairly ugly. I researched both the blendteck and vita mix a lot and hands down the reviews came down to the via mix. They are both great machines and a must have in our kitchen.

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Get a a Blendtec it won't leak! Re: Vita-mix
Posted by: rawbryan ()
Date: August 09, 2009 06:22PM

Get a Blendtec it is the best blender with no problems ever! It is designed for professional and industrial as well as home use, is NSF approved the highest safety and quality standards, it will never leak! Photos and video of Blendtec blending a iPhone into powder/dust in slow motion and $350 sale on my website [www.Rawinten.com]

I had mine for 4 years with no problems ever.

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