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  Reply # 1315001 31-May-2015 10:42
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I put everything from your list into mine (except glass, plastic, metal or even paper, and combustable). Never blocked Never jammed.

Just have loads of water going thru it. Usually warm since I am rinsing plates off etc and stuff having my hands in cold water.




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  Reply # 1315002 31-May-2015 10:43
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i find putting a cup of ice cubes down it every few months is good for it, helps remove any bits of food still hanging around, and also its good for the blades. Finally i always like throwing a bit of citrus down it every now and then as it makes it smell nice.

Pctek, well someone may recommend all those things i think half of them are BS. i always throw onion skins, potato peals, and egg shells down, never once had an issue in the 4 years we have been in the house. The unit seems like its been there 10+ years.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1315016 31-May-2015 11:17
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Don't get the model 45 insinkerator. As the blades ect in them are only made of mild steel which rusts quickly. Go for the model 55 as that has stainless steel grinding parts.





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  Reply # 1315040 31-May-2015 11:28
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Our previous house was over 20 years old with the original ISE model 55, still going strong.  It got stuck once or twice, gave it a manual turn, and it was off again.  We threw all sorts of scraps down it (not to mention the odd teaspoon)

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  Reply # 1315044 31-May-2015 11:43
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richms: I put everything from your list into mine (except glass, plastic, metal or even paper, and combustable). Never blocked Never jammed.

Just have loads of water going thru it. Usually warm since I am rinsing plates off etc and stuff having my hands in cold water.


Bloody oath! Everything goes down ours (except the odd spoon that falls in haha). Best thing ever. Our council suck at providing a decent rubbish service so it's the best option. Saves the wheely bin getting smelly as it's only collected every fortnight.

Definitely get the real deal though I think. My thoughts are something that mixes electricity and water should be of the best quality.

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  Reply # 1315046 31-May-2015 11:49
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Banana skins are bad, and small chicken bones are recommended. Hardly use ours, have a compost bin now. The compost bin seems to be bottomless

If I got another, Id get one that has a reset pop out, to avoid overloading if jammed and a reverse switch that the old Insinkerator had, great for a jam

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  Reply # 1315073 31-May-2015 12:52
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These got a good review by Consumer.  There's a less expensive model which doesn't have sound insulation.
They will eat chicken carcasses etc - no problem - very grunty motor. (IIRC 3/4 hp - same capacity as the most expensive Insinkerators etc).
An air switch is available as an option - but quite expensive (about $90.00 IIRC).

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  Reply # 1315312 1-Jun-2015 08:26
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richms: Landfill is composting in a useless manner because it is with non organic waste just buried and left to decompose anerobically, end up in the ground doing no good.

Sewage goes to a treatment plant where it is treated appropriatly.

 



 

Dead right. What's more, the main outcome of decomposition in landfill, is the emission of methane, a greenhouse gas way worse than CO2.

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  Reply # 1315313 1-Jun-2015 08:33
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Another vote for the Insinkerator.  Current model 65.  Tim the Tool Man Taylor would be impressed with that beast 





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  Reply # 1315320 1-Jun-2015 09:16
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Fred99: These got a good review by Consumer.  There's a less expensive model which doesn't have sound insulation.
They will eat chicken carcasses etc - no problem - very grunty motor. (IIRC 3/4 hp - same capacity as the most expensive Insinkerators etc).
An air switch is available as an option - but quite expensive (about $90.00 IIRC).


Consumer like it - run a mile.
Stick with Insinkerator, it will be in your life a long time if you choose the right unit.

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  Reply # 1315323 1-Jun-2015 09:24
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+1 for compost if you have the space for it.

If not spend the money and get a good one. 




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  Reply # 1315351 1-Jun-2015 10:06
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I thought about compost, but then you just get a whole lot of compost. Same problem I had with the grass clippings. What to do with compost? Its no use for potted plants and the only other stuff I have is grass and trees.




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Job done, quick and easy to replace.  I got another Robinhood Scrapeater SE390QA.  Bunnings has a special from today for $149, but that is without air switch and it is not an option you can add/transfer.  Harvey Norman has a special this weekend for $166 with air switch, which is cheaper than what a family member plumber can get it as his trade price.  BTW, he says in general waste disposal units seem to last 5-7 years, some more, seldom less.

The design was improved since the one we had installed 3 1/2 years ago, but identical model number.  Both have a stainless insert for the sink, but the old one had a plastic threaded piece and paper gasket where as the new one is all metal and all rubber seals.  The new one runs a lot quieter and (with only water) does not shake the whole sink as the old one did, or maybe the old one was just falling apart.

I don't expect it to last for ever, and we do use it lots more than this model's intended duty cycle, but for $166 and easy changeover I don't mind replacing it every few years rather than letting grime build up over 20+ years for the same overall cost.




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  Reply # 1316041 2-Jun-2015 11:30
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When I was a kid we had an old insinkerator on our fish filleting table.  It was a fairly heavy duty model purchased second hand at an auction house.

Anyway it lived for 15 years on a steady diet of snapper and tarakihi frames hacked into chucks small enough to force down.

Was still going when the bach was sold.




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  Reply # 1316079 2-Jun-2015 11:59
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Insinkerator. We had one, and it just wasn't coping once we had a family, got a model 3 up from the one we had, cost QUITE a lot, $700 springs to mind, but it will dispose ANYTHING. I've not found one thing it won't munch, and we put quite a lot of stuff down it, even chicken frames etc, it just purees everything. 4 years on it hasn't skipped a beat. 

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