When I started making carrot salad for tonight's supper, I found that a flange on the cover to my Cuisinart food processor was broken in such a way that it wouldn't stay attached to the bowl when using any of the attachments such as the shredding or slicing disks. Unfortunately, even with a perfectly working motor, it's just not usable as it. If I'm using the chopping/mixing or dough blades, it works just fine, but I need 3 hands to operate it with any of the disks. One hand to press the pulse switch, one to push the food plunger, and a third to keep the lid from bouncing off.
I searched online to find replacement parts. Yeah. Right. As if. So, I bought the great-great-great grandchild of my original food processor. This is the Cuisinart DLC-8S; my original was the DLC-8F. I don't remember when I bought my original food processor, but I'm guessing it was between 1978 and 1980. I know that the reason we bought it was to make it easier to shred 2 pounds of carrots to make my famous carrot cake recipe. It simply took too long to peel that many carrots and shred by hand. With the Cuisinart, we could cut the effort down substantially. And, until this problem, it has worked flawlessly in all that time.
Fortunately, I think that all the disks I have will work just fine with the new model. That's pretty good since I own all but one of the optional disks which are available.
I'll admit that I don't use my food processor all that frequently. That may be why an appliance that carries a 5-year warranty is still working after 30 years. Nevertheless, I'm really excited to see the new one arrive. I'm going to Freecycle my old one. Perhaps someone else is clever enough to figure out how to latch down the front edge of the cover so that the missing flange isn't so inconvenient.