The top of the plastic housing cover that the blade screws on to broke and when I juice things juice runs out between the main unit and the base. This makes a very big mess. Is there anything thing that can be done? I've only used the juicer for juicing tomatoes for 3 summers and that is all I have juiced. Wasn't used enough to break.
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I had the juicer for exactly two weeks and the same piece broke. The little plastic part in which the blade screws onto. Called the company and they were actually no help at all. Please don't waste your money!
Make sure the orange blade is properly seated and screwed in place. Don't screw it too tight though. If it still touches the top cover, sand it off or file it off. Whatever the blade touches the white portion of the cover, file it off.
LIFT UP AND SLIDE COVER RETAINING BRACKET OFF COVER, REMOVE COVER AND PLASTIC NUT THAT HOLDS DOWN BLADE. ALL PIECES JUST LIFT OUT, BUT KEEP TRACK OF THE ORDER THEY ARE REMOVED IN TO REINSTALL CORRECTLY.
There is the metal thingy that slides up over the upper unit. Pull it towards your firmly. Once it's down you can lift off the top housing. Then you'll see the blade. You need that little orange crescent tool to fit into the two holes in the blade. Turning it will loosen. Then the blade screws off (righty tighty, lefty loosey). It's just a matter of taking off the parts then and washing them. The screen thingy is easiest to wash from the outside with a nice scubby pad. Reassembles same way.
Take off the top part of the juicer that has the chute. You will see the blade and basket. The blade appears to be attached to the basket with three small screws but is actually screwed onto the basket by a large screw that protrudes out of the basket underneath the blade. So the trick is to unscrew the blade, turning it to the left by using maybe a small screwdriver that you will have to put into one of the two small holes that are on the blade surface and pushing the blade to the left. This should loosen the blade and then you can just unscrew the blade off the basket. Once you get that blade off, the rest of the juicer comes apart. The newer models come with a little tool with a couple of arms that go down into those holes and loosen the top. Good luck.
After about a half hour I finally figured it out. I'll go through all the steps.
1. Remove pusher from chute.
2. Pull the locking bar down over the spout.
3. Remove lid.
4. This part is tricky. Stick the orange crescent tool into the blade holes and while holding the filter basket steady with one hand, turn the blade couterclockwise while pulling up.You do have put a little muscle into it. And remember, if you don't hold the filter steady, the whole damn thing just spins.
5. Remove the receptacle.
Good juicer, but it seems unnecessarily complicated.