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Old 09/04/10, 12:34 PM
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need small appliance help- oster kitchen center

Does any one have any idea if you can buy the brushes that go in drill presses ect and use them to replace the brushes in a small appliance.
I am trying to put new brushes in an old Oster kitchen center motor. But they are no longer made.
I know i could probably get a new food proccessor, but i really like this one.

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Old 09/04/10, 01:37 PM
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Ebay is a great resource for that item(Kitchen Center),lots of motors I have seen there.

I agree,its a fine appliance,we have it with lots of accessories.From ebay.

I have an extra base I got at thrift store,sorry,dont want to sell.

We have that name brand expensive food processor,name escapes me,bowl was junk and cracked,kitchen center all you would do is buy a replacement cheap on ebay,tho nothing ever has broken on ours.GREAT great machine.

Also the older style Osterizer blender base will hold a lot of attachments,doesnt have the clip to hold mixer,but you could use one of those for parts even if you want mixer function.

Visit ebay,see whats there.


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Old 09/04/10, 01:47 PM
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we have 2 bases too, one works great, the other only needs brushes. We find them every once in a while at the thrift store.
We have had 2 kitchen aides and the gears keep stripping.

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Old 09/04/10, 01:55 PM
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Best price today is 35 dollars delivered,buy it now price for a base

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Old 09/04/10, 01:56 PM
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LOL,you posted while Im looking,glad you have the back up.

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Old 09/04/10, 02:14 PM
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I got the one that works for $5 at our local thrift store. But i would like to fix the other one.

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I can't answer your question, but if anyone can, it's this guy. http://www.kieferappliance.com/contact.htm

He has had many replies to Oster KC questions when you Google, and I've personally contacted him twice through their contact page and asked questions, and he was extremely helpful. He's the only person I've been able to find who has actually been able to answer technical questions. If you do write, tell him if yours is a 10, 12 or 16-speed, and a model number would help too (found on the bottom usually), also if it's an Imperial or Regency. The Imperials were the very first ones to come out, not many of those left, so yours is probably Regency. He may be able to tell that part just from the model number, if you're not sure. He may even have some extra brushes to sell you at a reasonable price, can't hurt to ask.

I also have numerous back-up parts through eBay, plus every attachment ever made I think, including the meat grinder/sausage attachment, puree and ricer, ice crusher, can opener, coffee grinder, pasta maker, grain mill, citrus attachment, fruit and vegetable juicer, ice cream maker, milk shake maker, oh gosh I know there are a few I'm forgetting, lol. I LOVE this machine, it's going to kill me when I can't get parts any more! Good luck!

P.S. There's someone (can't remember the name now, sorry) saying he'll sell you a repair manual for $10...don't fall for it! It's not a repair manual, it's just a copy of the owner's manual, with no repair information whatsoever. There are free copies of the owner's manual online, don't ever pay for one.

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Old 09/04/10, 04:53 PM
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It's an Imperial 16 speed, very old machine.
I use the french fry cutter to fill a 5 gallon crock full of veggies and can them up for soup. And the slicer makes a great batch of sour kraut.

We knew when we decieded to get this we would be hunting for parts all the time. But.... it's better than a kitchenaid any day.

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It's an Imperial 16 speed, very old machine.
I use the french fry cutter to fill a 5 gallon crock full of veggies and can them up for soup. And the slicer makes a great batch of sour kraut.

We knew when we decieded to get this we would be hunting for parts all the time. But.... it's better than a kitchenaid any day.
Wow, I've seen very few Imperials, especially the 16 speed, lucky you! Or maybe unlucky, as some parts are going to be very hard to find, sorry. Does yours have the dough hooks or, if not, do you have the separate dough arm? I know they came both ways. I can't mix and knead bread by hand any more (carpal tunnel), and the dough hooks sure are nice for that.

I use mine to prep for canning also, the slicing, dicing and shredding blades work like a charm, and my puree and ricer works just like a Victorio food strainer, so that gets a good workout too. The first puree and ricer I bought had a slight crack in the housing, got it for a steal, bought some food grade silicone, patched it up and it was as good as new! I caught a second one for a good price too, though, and bought it for backup. Well, I hope you can get it fixed. Let us know if you do and what you end up doing to get it done. Good luck!
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Old 09/04/10, 07:19 PM
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We have the dough hooks, but have never used them.
I e-mailed keiferappliance to see what he says. If this machine is that old, some one has taken good care of it. Other than the brushes.

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I will attest that Kiefer's has just about everything you can think of to repair small appliances. Been in their place many times when my brother and I were in the restaurant equipment repair business. "Make it a keeper, take it to Kiefer!"

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Old 09/04/10, 08:41 PM
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we got it fixed, We went to the thrift store and bought a Oster juicer base for .50.
Took the brushes out of it, and put them in the kitchen center.
Sounds good now, with plenty of power.

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Well, there you go! You can't beat that price, lol. Our thrift stores here aren't worth a darn, never have much but true junk and everything is way overpriced. About the only thing I ever buy are books at Goodwill and very rarely something for the kitchen. Glad you got it taken care of so easily!

Martin, that's good to know! I bought a couple of parts from them through mail order and like I said he was the only one who could give me any useful info on the Oster unit. Glad I hit on a good one for a change, lol.

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Old 09/05/10, 11:47 AM
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Next I need the food strainer attachment.

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Those are pretty rare, hard to come by and generally expensive. I had to watch eBay for months before getting one for less than $50. Most of them sell for around $100. I found the cracked one by sheer chance on eCrater for just a few dollars, so you might keep an eye out there too. The proper name is Oster Kitchen Center Power Puree 'n Ricer Attachment. Good luck!

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Cool on the repair! Thats true,osterizer bases are a dime a dozen at thrifts.Remember how expensive those blenders were when new???????LOL,SIL sent us an oster juicer when they had a thrift store. I think Oster sure knew how to build a machine.

We currently are using the regency with 3 buttons and the dial,other is packed away so not sure about it.

I mix my dough in the bread machine.

Guess the older Kitchenaides are better,ours are holding up well,like to grind meat with that.

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We had 2 kitchen aids. The newer one died not more than a year after we got it. We have 2 of the meat grinders for the oster, and one for the kitchen aid.
I save the kitchen aid for making noodles. We splurged on the big noodle making rollers one christmas and I want the kitchenaid to last as long as possible for those.

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Try smallappliance.com. I found some things on here that I was not able to find anywhere else. I didn't consider them to be overpriced either.

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Tammy, I like smallappliance.com too, but pretty much the only thing any of the new merchandise places carry for the Oster are bowls, beaters, blender blades, and a few of the cheaper plastic gears. Believe me, I've spent the last year hunting down every part I could possibly find for them, lol. eBay is the best source.

They made the last one in 1994, and most of them are from the 70s and 80s. They're just real workhorses, not really sure why since the watts are lower than most new ones, but they just last and last. They were pretty expensive for back then at $200 for the basic unit and then all the attachments were extra. My sister bought one and we used to joke that it was her 200-dollar cheese grater, because that's just about all she ever used it for, lol.

SquashNut, that's one of the few things I haven't been able to find for the Oster, a pasta roller, and I want one really bad, lol. I've even searched every other brand just to see if one might fit, but none even come close. I do have the extruder dies for macaroni, spaghetti, etc., but would really love a roller!

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Brushes out of any electric motor will work if they fit or can be made to fit.

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