View Full Version : Masticating Juicer Wanted - Samson
02-26-2011, 09:35 AM
Hi. I'm not new to juicing but I am wanting to move up to a better system than the Centrifugal Omega I now own. I'm considering three brands, Omega, Champion, and Samson. I've never heard of Samson and their website does not give much information about the company. Does anybody have information on the company? They seem to sell over the internet only. No? What's the point of buying a juicer with a 10 yr warranty if they go out of business?
I'm looking to send right around $230 and that's the price of the Samson 6-in-1 Masticating Juicer.
I juice mostly vegetable drinks, largely with carrots but I toss in quite a few different vegetables in my mixes. I like to do some straight drinks like celery juice to boot. Somewhere I read (don't recall where) that some of the masticating juicers aren't good with leafy vegetable drinks.
I also will do a some fruit drinks, mostly apple or pineapple based.
And if the juicer could handle wheat grass, I wouldn't be too upset. ;)
First off, I'm curious is Samson is a sound company. Then, if anybody who drinks the sorts of juices I do and has a juicer in my price range, could you tell me what you think of it, how it handles, is it easy to clean, etc. I'm really overwhelmed just reading text online and thought interaction with real juice enthusiasts would be better.
02-26-2011, 10:55 AM
i have a champion and have done all the things you are suggesting. i simply cut the wheatgrass into much tinier pieces (but i didn't get a GREAT amount of juice but a decent amount - now I use my greenstar for wheatgrass). i cut my celery into 1" chunks so no issues with the strings getting caught around the cutter.
i also do heaps of greens in my champion (when i'm using it instead of my greenstar). i just cut it up like i would for a salad... and then put it through. i alternate two handfuls of greens and then a piece of something juicy like cucumber or tomato... even a slice of beet or carrot and then continue with the greens.
i haven't used the other two so i can't help you on that. i'm sure rev will chime in.
02-26-2011, 11:27 AM
I've had the Green Life, Green Power/Life (whatever they're calling it), 2 Champions and currently, a Samson.
They're all a pita w/ certain things. The Champion is GREAT with hard stuff. With other stuff, you've got to just work around it as Aleesha says. Champion is also the best I've found for making "ice cream" (running frozen fruit through it).
The Greens and the Samson are quite similar. GREAT with greens and wheatgrass. Crappy with soft fruit; takes time with really hard things like carrots. If I get large carrots (which I tend to avoid), I cut them at angles to get them in between the blades. I usually get the thinner carrots and have no problems.
Celery, I cut into shorter pieces no matter what I use.
Never used the Omega but I've heard really good things about it.
Hi ~ I've got a Samson juicer. I ordered it through discount juicers (http://www.discountjuicers.com/) (John Kohler). I've had dealings with the company as it developed a noise about 7 weeks after it arrived. I mailed it back to them, it was repaired and sent back to me.
It took me a few months & several emails & phone calls, but I did get a refund check for the postage I paid sending it back to them, my reasoning being only 7 weeks old was too soon for me to have to pay postage (which was about $25) to have it repaired. Their policy is for the buyer to pay postage to send it in for repairs (one way, to them) and it's my understanding this is pretty typical policy.
Having said all that! I really do like this juicer. I have a Champion which I do use both every day. I use the Champion for fruits and cucumbers, soft things. I found that the Samson is not good for fruits and soft juicy veggies like cucumbers.
I use the Samson for all my leafy greens which is excels at! I juice wheatgrass with it daily, which again it excels at! What swayed me to buy the Samson from discount juicers who offers a special package deal of the Samson including the oil press attachment (http://www.discountjuicers.com/samsonpackage.html).
We now press all our own flax oil. We buy 25# bags of organic flax from Azure Standard. We press 3-4 (12 oz) containers during the day and store those in the freezer.
Hope this helps. *Ü*
02-27-2011, 06:48 AM
Yes, this does help. Now I have to really think hard about priorities when it comes to juicing. By far, I do more vegetable juicing and only just a bit of fruits, and as I said, apples and pineapples mostly. Wheat grass would be a treat but after pricing those Green Star juicers, I'll have to wait for my next life for one of those.
I suppose it's ridiculous to consider a centrifugal juicer as back up for softer things, huh? As I recall, soft fruits don't do well in the few I've had, the Omega and a Belleville (not their top of the line.)
Thanks again. I'll be in the think tank for a while now, but if anybody else has anything to add, I'll be watching.
02-28-2011, 02:44 PM
I too have a Samson -- for me, I just rerun things through if I feel they aren't "juiced" enough. Pineapple might be run through 3-4 times, each time giving me enough juice to warrant this. Years ago, I juiced daily to get nutrients down my special needs son. These days I blend it all in a K-Tec, so much quicker and much easier to clean.
Good luck on your decision.
03-03-2011, 08:37 AM
Thanks. I've been thinking on this all week and I think I'm going with the Omega 8006 or 8004. I really like that 15 yr. warranty on the motor.
thanks for the help.
03-03-2011, 10:19 AM
thanks for keeping us in the loop! all the best with your new juicer.
03-03-2011, 12:22 PM
I'm not gone. I'll be checking out juicing recipes. My favorite (as of this very minute) is carrot, celery, spinach, garlic.
Now, my next issue is where to buy it. These are not available locally.
I thought I saw one company listing free shipping but when I went to search for it again, the site didn't pop up. I probably used different search words the first time.
Any suggestions on source?
03-04-2011, 11:59 AM
I have all kinds of juicers/tried all kinds. The quickest/easiest one is thenewest Omega VRT. I think? it's the 550. The best bang for your buckthough is the Samson, IMO. No, it doesn't do soft fruits as well as the omega, but it seems none of them do. but you can always run your juice through a nutmilk bag which only takes a minute.
The great advantage is that you can get a flax oil-making attachment and make your own flax oil with the Samson. DebB turned me on to this. Thanks Deb! .
We have a farm so I got together about 7 people to order Samsons and I now have a wholesale account and got them at wholesale! What a deal!
03-10-2011, 10:14 AM
I have an Omega. I love it.:heart:
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