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Vitamix 5000 variable speed control broken

Variable speed broken

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Have a look at this, this guy has done the job.

http://uppityairlinepilot.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/vita-mix-5000-variable-speed-fix.html

Posted on May 20, 2015

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