Summary: After a while of usage the gear melted!! the plastic part attached to the glass melted and when I wanted to go and buy that specific part I almost cry because of its price, with a little more I could buy a new one instead of just the part melted.
Summary: Love this blender, as much for what it DOESN'T have as for what it does. There are no fancy "Pulse" or "Ice Crush" settings. Just Off, Lo and Hi. It isn't the fanciest blender, but we have been through blender after blender, and this one shows promise of having staying power, as I don't smell "hot motor" with each smoothie or pina colada. My only wish is that it had a glass carafe. I fear the plastic will scratch and discolor over time, but so far so good.
Summary: We have a 13 year old Hamilton Beach blender that we purchased from a restaurant supply company as we were selling our restaurant. It is still going. We had a need for a second blender and thought we would stick with what served us so well. This is a completely different animal. The plastic is cheap and thin, the motor sounds and smells as though it is going to seize, and on the 4th use, small metal bits of a washer shot out of the thing.
I WOULD DEFINITELY ORDER A DIFFERENT BRAND NEXT TIME
J. Wright, Amazon
24 June 2013
Summary: Very disappointed in this product. I still have the older Hamilton Beach model #1C909 MADE IN THE U.S.A., which is so much more efficient then this new one I ordered. I can not understand why you call it a COMMERCIAL BLENDER. When I turn on the blender on high the motor smells like it is bruning and this is suppose to be more powerful the the older model #1C909.
Summary: I got a more expensive blender and ended up taking it back after my sister-in-law told me she had the Hamilton Beach Commercial Bar blender for 14 years and she still loves hers. I bought it, and I am sure I will enjoy this blender for a long time as well!