Waring Pro Juicer - White/Stainless Steel Juice Extractor
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Item #: PJE401
Waring Juice Extractor / Waring Juicers
|Waring Professional Juice Extractor - White / Stainless Steel Juicer Overview|
With a 550 watt motor, the Waring Pro Juice Extractor PJE401 is a power house! This Waring Pro Juice Extractor also features a commercial quality stainless steel cutting blade, which means the blade will have a long life. The blade isn't the only thing on the Waring Pro Juice Extractor, the whole unit is commercial quality. All of the produce you wish to juice will not stand a chance thanks to the Waring Pro Juice Extractor. This Waring Pro Juice Extractor disassembles fast and easily for dishwasher-safe clean ups. The PJE401 Waring Pro Juice is a vibration free juice extractor. Also a citrus attachment is offered by Waring, which can be located in the related products. Waring offers 5 year limited warranty on the motor, and a 1 year limited appliance warranty.
Note: With the PJE401 Waring Pro Juice Extractor being white and stainless in color, it is very susceptible to staining after prolonged use.
Waring Juice Extractor Features:
- Commercial Quality Stainless Steel Blade and Internal Mechanisms
- Juice Extractor has a Powerful Induction Motor - Vibration-Free for Quiet Operation
- Polycarbonate Juicer Housing
- Professionally Balanced, Commercial Quality Stainless Steel Basket
- Juicer is Easy to Disassemble And Dishwasher Safe For Quick Cleanups
- Optional Citrus Juicer Attachment Available - See Related Items Above!
- Five-Year Limited Motor Warranty
- One-Year Limited Appliance Warranty
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This thing is a work of art. Seriously.
A look at the spot welds and the gas welds on the stainless steel parts causes me to believe that the Waring Professional Juicer is quite well made. Same goes for the distance between the shredder blade and the feed tube, which looks evenly spaced, at about 1/32 of an inch. Not the case with all juicers. This close, even distance means you won't have slices of vegetables that escape being shredded and juiced, as you will have with many machines.
I just hope I don't have any problem with vibrations. And, especially, with vibrations causing the shredder to hit against the bottom of the feed tube. And after juicing about once a day for a couple of weeks, I've had none. I've juiced carrots, beet root, beet leaves, brussel sprouts, celery, tomatoes, apples, and orange segments with seeds. Unlike juicers where only gravity holds the shredder plate to the motor, in this unit, the shredder plate (and sieve basket) is held down with a "clutch nut" that should prevent the shredder plate from bouncing up and hitting the bottom of the feed tube. This is what would be a real problem, not vibrations by themselves.
One day, after juicing once a day for a couple of weeks, and putting in a couple of glasses worth of vegetables and fruits, the juicer started vibrating. No dancing across the counter. No striking of the shredder plate against the bottom of the feed tube. No detachment of the cover. Just some vibration. I tried pressing a carrot down against the shredder plate, shredding it minimally, but this didn't cause the vibration to stop. So I pressed the off-switch, and waited about a minute for the rotation speed to become rather slow. I pulled the cover off, straight up, and placed some fingers against the top of the basket to stop it completely. I checked the clutch nut. It was still tight. I saw that the pulp had become about 1/4 inch thick, over the entire screen. Quite thick. So I removed most of it with my fingers. I replaced the cover, and turned the unit back on. No more vibrations.
Any juicer, including pulp-ejector kinds, can start vibrating due to an unbalanced load. Although it is not supposed to, pulp can stick to the screen of a pulp-ejector juicer, causing an unbalanced load and vibrations. But this unit, due to its large screen, should be LESS prone to start vibrating from an unbalanced load, than a unit with a smaller screen. And should vibration occur, it should cause less damage - because the shredder plate is held down by the clutch nut. However the Length of Time that vibrations continue, once they start, could be longer, due to the fact that the motor and everything attached to it continues to turn for a long time after you shut off power to the motor (the result of a well designed and lubricated shaft, and a nice flywheel). Ejector machines stop sooner, once you shut off power.
I would suggest that one needs to be sure to tighten the clutch nut adequately. Don't over-tighten either. With the nut fully tightened, if you hold the sieve basket with one hand, you will be able to rotate the shredder plate with the other hand, if you use a moderate amount of force. If the nut is under-tightened, the plate will be able to turn effortlessly. Tighten the nut until the sieve basket begins to turn, then hold the basket with one hand and continue tightening the nut with the other hand, just until it bottoms out, that is, until it becomes difficult to turn any more with your fingers. Then tighten it maybe just a hair more. As long as that nut stays snug the plate can't strike against the bottom of the feeder tube, and damage it, or become damaged by it. The single time that my unit started to vibrate, probably due to an excessive amount of pulp in the basket, I turned off the machine, removed the cover, and found that the nut was still tight. So the shredder plate and feed tube were still safe.
Most juicers have shredder plates that are rigidly attached to the sieve basket. Due to unit's clutch-nut attachment, and the little nylon feet it has on the bottom of the shredder plate, should you put excessive pressure on the shredder plate while the machine is running, instead of jamming up the plate, basket, and motor, only the shredder plate will jam up. The shredder plate will slow down, or even stop, but the basket and motor will be able to continue turning. Let up on the pressure, and the basket and plate will go back into sync. However should this have happened, you should stop the juicer, and check the nut for tightness.
The size and shape of the holes in the basket results in holes that are, compared to other juicers, relatively resistant to becoming clogged, and that are easier to brush out when cleaning.
The basket is large, and the feed tube is relative small. A small clump of pulp that clings to a large basket at one spot, is going to have less of an effect on basket balance, than a large clump of pulp that clings to a small basket at one spot. If you were to have vibrations that loosen the clutch nut and allow the shredder plate to bounce up and down (which shouldn't happen with a properly tightened clutch nut), the stainless steel feed tube would get less chewed up by the shredder plate, than a plastic resin feed tube. The shredder plate will, however, get more chewed up by a stainless steel feed tube, than by a plastic feed tube. Still, make sure that clutch nut is tightened correctly. The shredder plate is larger in diameter than most ejector juicers. And quite thick. Really heavy duty. And replaceable. You don't have to replace the shredder plate and basket as a unit, as with many other juicers. Remember that with most of the pulp-ejector juicers, there is no nut at all to hold the shredder down. Just gravity. While the quick removal of pulp, in ejector juicers, somewhat lessens the chance of vibration, if there IS vibration, it is likely to be worse, and more likely to cause damage.
Here is the key fact that makes this Waring Pro Juicer far better than the any pulp-ejector juice:
Emptying this juicer's sieve basket between batches of vegetables doesn't really take any longer than emptying a pulp-ejector juicer's pulp bucket. Probably takes LESS time. This faster emptying time is the pulp-ejectors ONLY claim to superiority. And it isn't even true.
With this juicer you twist off the cover, scoop out the pulp with your hand, and then twist the cover back on. With an ejector juicer, you pull out the pulp bucket, dump the pulp, and then push the bucket back in. Sounds like it would be slightly less time-consuming. But the way the bucket fits into the juicer housing, and the way the bucket is usually shaped inside, ends up making the process take longer. Pulling out the bucket loosens pieces of pulp and makes a mess. These same pieces of pulp make it difficult to push the bucket back in. And sometimes removing the bucket isn't enough; you end up having to remove the cover, and remove pulp from the seive basket with your hand - because pulp has clung to the less carefully designed seive basket, even though it isn't supposed to.
Even if this juicer were to require slightly longer to periodically remove pulp, between batches of vegetables, this is more than compensated for by easier cleaning. This is WAY easier than with any ejector juicer. This juicer has large bowl, large basket, and large cover, all of which, unlike those of most other juicers, have no internal obstructions. You can easily fit your hand or a sponge, small piece of towel, or brush, into the basket, where it is needed. Same with the cover. I've noticed that because of the size and shape of the holes in the basket, vegetable matter is easier to brush out, than it is with my ejector juicer. The paper filters, unavailable for ejector juicers, make cleaning the basket even easier. And with this unit's simple centrifugal design, the pulp is drier: apparently more juice goes into your juice glass, and less juice is attached to the the pulp and ejected with it. Try to get your hand into the pulp disposal bucket of any of the ejector-juicers. Good luck. The bucket is usually tall and narrow, and has obstructions inside, needed to keep it rigid.
Let's compare this Waring Juicer to similar non-ejector centrifugal juicers of the same size. There is one other major brand, and it is almost identical, having about the same capacity bowl, the same size sieve basket and the exact same blade probably made by the same company. The pour spout on the Waring is easier to get access to, and clean, than the enclosed-tube pour spout on the other centrifugal juicers. The twist-on cover-clamping design of the Waring makes it so that the motor is easier to handle and carry around when the bowl is detached; the other juicer has floppy clamps that can easily get snagged on things and get broken. I think the spring clamps on this juicer should hold the cover on reliably. But if you want the cover to be held on tighter, this can be adjusted. You can't adjust the clamps on the other juicer. The other unit is said to have a larger motor, 1/3 hp as opposed to 1/4, but whether it is truly larger is debatable. Judging by the Waring's larger power consumption, 552 as compared to 250 on the other unit, and its otherwise similar design, I would guess that the Waring is the one that actually has puts out more shredding and spinning power. 250 watts of power consumption (about 1/3 of a horsepower) at 80% efficiency translates to a motor that puts out slightly more than 1/4 horsepower. 552 watts of power consumption (about 3/4 of a horsepower) at 80% efficiency, translates to a motor that puts out 0.59 horsepower, that is, between 1/2 and 2/3 of a horsepower.
The dense foam elastic resin feet are fantastic. Tip: keep them clean.
Slight con: the clutch nut appears to be nylon. I've heard tell that many years ago, the clutch nuts were made of stainless steel - so that your juice came into contact with nothing else except stainless steel. The pusher is, also, a kind of plastic resin. It detracts from some of the "work of art" feeling that this unit presents. The pusher makes contact with vegetables as it pushes them down the feed tube, but it isn't bathed in juice like the clutch nut, shredder, basket, and bowl. It is has a rectangular cross section, and you can fit it in the feed tube 2 ways. One way, or rotated 180 degrees. Makes it easier to use than a pusher that fits in only one way. Still, I'd prefer to see a beautifully finished hardwood pusher. The motor keeps turning after you shut off its power, because the unit has a flywheel, quality bearings, and is well-balanced. A brake to make the motor stop turning would be handy. Although once the motor has slowed down a bit, you can simply lift the cover (straight) up while the basket is still turning, and use friction of your hand against the basket, to stop the motor from turning. Don't touch the shredder blade! You don't want to juice yourself.
This Waring Juicer has a 5 year warranty on the motor, 1 year on everything else. The Waring Acme 6001 Juicerator, which appears to be physically identical, has a longer warrantee.
The history of design changes on this Juicer is fascinating. If you look at the older units being sold on ebay (there aren't that many and they aren't always cheaper than a new one!) you might be able to identify gradual changes over the years, some making the unit lighter (and able to be sold for less), and some making improvements on how it works. What I also noticed is that some of the sellers claim that the unit "works perfectly" and at the same time have photographs of the unit showing that they've assembled it improperly. None of them, at this time, has a clear photograph of the key part that can mean an expensive repair: the bottom of the feed tube at the bottom where it rides above the shredder blade. Damage to this part, from vibrating against the shredder plate, would require that you replace the cover with a new one, or weld on a new hand-made feed chute. Most likely replacement covers won't be available for older models. A complete set of newer style bowl, basket, and shredder, might be available.
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