Summary: After going through numerous blenders, I am hopeful that this one will last. So far it appears to be much more sturdy, and should not be prone to failure when the frozen chunks of ice or fruit or ? have caused other blenders to fail.
Summary: I've owned this blender for a decade. It's still going strong, smashing ice like a champ. The simplified on/off fast/slow toggles are completely sufficient, and the metal jar is unbreakable. I've had to replace the rubber gasket once ($3), but the motor continues to whir along happily.
Summary: I have used this model commercial bar blender for many years every day and can easily get replacement parts when needed (gaskets, blades). After a new "back to basics" blender broke on the 6th use (the spigot broke away from the base) and after reading all the bad reports on many blenders I am ordering the same model to replace the old one when it dies.
Summary: I have had this model since the early 1990s at home and have turned out many excellent daiquiris with it. Sturdy as a block of granite, this blender is the commercial grade one you see in use at the local nightclub. The motor will probably last a lifetime, once you use this one all others become toys..... TIP: buy both the metal and plastic top containers so you can add variety to the quantity of drinks you're mixing.