Best juicer comparison ever!
Thanks for posting that most excellent link, Arky,
Although I knew pieces of the story, that site really cleared up some mysteries for me about what's been going on with the various juicers on the market of late, although I had to read between the lines a little, since US trade names have been different than the UK ones mentioned. I'm going to dig into this a bit more and see if I can fill in the gaps.
OK, here's a link that fills in a little bit of the US history, from the Omega Juicers website: http://www.omegajuicers.com/about.html
What is notable here is that this history does not mention the very shortlived model 8000, which was a Korean made twin auger machine like the GreenStar that was quickly dropped in 2000 due to quality problems, and that the obviously out of date history page ends with the 8001 (also made in Korea). But it is notable in passing that they thought of it then, when first introducing it, as primarily a wheatgrass juicer, to accompany their US made centrifugal juicers, which is exactly how I came to first get mine.
I have owned two of the Omega 8001, one which I bought maybe 4 years ago and later gave to a dear friend who was quite ill, and another I got a year and a half later, second hand but unused, to replace the first one for my own use. The quality of both has been impressive to me, although I did notice the minor problems mentioned with juicy fruit backing up, etc. Then when the 8002 came out with the 2 stage auger to address these problems I inquired about upgrading, and was told the 8002 juicing assembly does fit the 8001 motor, but that the entire juicing assembly (drum, auger, screens, end cap assembly) has to be replaced as a unit. This costs about $85 from Omega for the items actually needed for juicing, plus maybe another $15 if you want all the extra fiddly bits too.
But the 8005 (apparently there was no 8004, perhaps because there was new model issued in 2004?? I dunno) now on the market uses a different locking collar, so its juicing assemble does NOT work on the 8001 motor. And it appears to be the same unit as the Oscar VitalMax mentioned in the about info. Now I think I know why.
OK, time to go make some juice...
Checking the alignment of the adaptive screw centerline thing
Originally Posted by Arky
As the author of the single most intelligent post ever written on RawFoodTalk (Which one? Which one? Oh, geez, I forget right now. I suppose I could look it up if you really need to know), you really do deserve a full account of my followup actions, so here it is:
It looked like too much work to me, so I did something else instead.
I'm not entirely clear at the moment what that "something else" actually was, but I think it possibly might have involved mangos.