Since it was saturated with blueberries, pears and yogurt, the house began to smell, so I put it outside in a wheel barrel. In the morning it was covered in ants and the juicer now resides at the West Sonoma County Disposal.. Problem solved.....
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I bought one without a manual today for 2 dollars at a yard sale , blades lock in about a half inch - turn counter clockwise to remove, may need to press down or press button in back. base below comes off too for cleaning - turn clockwise. They may come off hard the first time. the button in the back may help releasing both. Make sure to unplug first. I don't have a manual either, just some mechanical sense.
I have a 1962 manual which might be too old but here's what it says: When juicing is completed, simply remove the spring-clamp top, unscrew the wing nut or spring clutch that holds down the cutter blade, and all parts to be cleaned may be lifted from the base. Bowl and top, being non-porous, similar to glass, require only rinsing. Blade should be washed under running water, using a stiff brush. Since the basket is made of stainless steel, it, too, cleans easily. After taking out the the pulp, let cold water run on the outside of the basket while you brush the perforated section. Any remaining particles of pulp will be loosened and can be removed with a damp sponge or by rinsing. Dry and reassemble for next use. Turn machine on and let run a few seconds. Hope this is of some help.
(1) Remove the food plunger and top cover; (2) unscrew the 3 screws from the blade/cutter plate and lift it off its base; (3) Unscrew the plastic base COUNTERWISE and lift it off of the center spindle; (4) Now you can remove the basket and juice bowl for cleaning.
The hot water did work for mine. Here is the solution I discovered:
After removing the food plunger and juicer cover: (1) Unscrew the 3 screws that hold the cutting blade plate in the center of the basket and lift off the cutting blade plate; (2) Unscrew the base counterclockwise (it will unscrew from the threaded center piece) and lift it up; (3) Lift off the basket and juice bowl. Now you can clean the basket and juice bowl.
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For the blade tool: Just find a big wire around 1/8 diameter. Bend it and insert both ends on the blade holes. Cover the sharp blade with cloth or use leather gloves.
If you don't have the orange blade tool, just find a big wire around 1/8 diameter. Bend it and insert both ends
on the blade holes. Cover the sharp blade with cloth or use leather
gloves.Turn the blade.
I bought the juicer at a second-hand store in brand new condition however the crescent tool was missing. To remove the flat blade for cleaning, I use a pair of scissors spread far enough to fit the ends in both holes. Hold the basket still while turning the scissors counter-clockwise untill the flat blade detaches. Easy as that! I ordered the tool, but it hasn't arrived yet. Hope this helps!
i had the same problem and figured out an easy way to open it without the tool. DO NOT take out the screws. I simply used chop sticks. I put one in each small hole and held the chop sticks in an X and turned the top counterclockwise!