Bad deal - but see the update I bought another Blendtec!
Steve Loves Amazon, Amazon
30 January 2013
Summary: SEE WARNING AT END OF REVIEW ABOUT WASHING JARS WITH SOAPY WATER! 651 uses, now dead. Jar wore out at about 500 uses. The square jar sucks, don't buy any unit that doesn't come with the wildside jar. Frankly, with these jars wearing out so fast and at these prices, Blendtec should offer a lifetime warranty on the machine just to get us to keep buying jars.
Summary: We have had our blender for about two years, and I have rated it a four until today. It was previously a five until the blades would not turn as rapidly, and I figured that we had worn it down and would need to see how well the warranty works. But as of today, it is a less than a one.
Summary: Within a short amount of time the Blendtec all of a sudden became super, super loud! I'm not kidding when I say it was as loud as a lawn mower! We have a hunting dog who's used to loud noise and it doesn't bother him. However, turn this thing on and he runs away scared. If you stand in front of it (or within 30 feet) you'd literally have to use ear plugs, and family members would roll their eyes and walk away using their fingers to plug their ears.
Summary: We've had our blender for nearly 5 years, but won't be patronizing K-TEC, the makers of BlendTec, anymore. The pitcher has a gear fitting on the bottom that tends to wear out every 2 years. They blamed us the first time because we had put the pitcher in the dish washer a couple of times. Thinking they were an honest business, we coughed up the $100 to have them ship a new pitcher. Around 2 years later, the exact same problem started happening.
Summary: This blender is the worst blender I have ever tried, and I'm stuck with it because the seller doesn't take them back. I will post videos of the miserable failure of this blender to mix anything but pampered preparations of ingredients, and by pampered I mean cut and manipulated so that this blender will grab them and mix them. It is just horrible at blending fruits and vegetables, as the blade design leaves things just sitting there.
Summary: It's ludicrous that this vendor is charging $150 over retail for the HPA3 (NOT HP3A, no such thing) that can be had at any other online store for $399. The difference between the HPA3 and the Total Blender is the inclusion of 4 programmable buttons on the left side. For all other items, you must scroll through a menu on the HPA whereas the TB has pre-programmed buttons. Both blenders are mechanically the same so it comes down to preference.