New breadmaker needed

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Our trusty old Panasonic SD253 has suddenly dropped the horizontal bars  
from the LCD display of the baking time, making it virtually impossible  
to use. Everything else still works, but you have to know that a loaf  
takes (say) 5hrs, and then add your overnight delay time using one  
keypress per 10 mins, so this is going to get deeply tedious.

Nothing out there seems to proclaim itself as the successor to the  
SD253, so I'm in the market for something useful. The only must-haves are:

* rectangular loaf, not square
* delay timer
* nut/raisin dispenser
* ability to handle rye or spelt without shattering the drive shaft
   (you may detect the voice of experience here :-)
* variety of loaf sizes
* dough-only program

An observation window would be nice but not essential. I'm not  
interested in using it to make jam or ice-cream but I am open to any  
useful additions.

Peter

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Hit the nearest  Salvation Army or Goodwill. Take your smartphone with
you and check the features of whatever you see. You can usually get
one for dirt cheap. Experiment for your $10.

Re: New breadmaker needed
On 27/03/2019 21:10, Boron Elgar wrote:
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Interesting idea. I'm not sure our local equivalents of those  
institutions (St VdeP and assorted charities) even have breadmakers, but  
this sounds good to check out, thanks.

P

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After I posted, I seemed to recall that you were not from Left Pondia.
Apologies.

I do not think most breadmakers made these days are as sturdy as they
were designed for even 10 years ago. Granted they have many more
electronic bells and whistles, though.

I adore wandering 2nds hand stores and any of them that carries
household goods here in New Jersey, tends to have a few on hand. Only
other item with such ubiquity is Mr. Coffee machines.

Re: New breadmaker needed
On 27/03/2019 23:50, Boron Elgar wrote:
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None needed.

Turns out charity stores here don't take electrical goods because of the  
risk of being sued by someone electrocuting themselves or others. No  
amount of disclaimers will stop an Irish judge from assigning vast sums  
in compensation against people who deal in faulty or damaged goods.

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That is also a problem with most goods. We're slowly moving back to the  
1950s when it was thought to be terribly clever to make goods containing  
one irreplaceable part which wore out long before the rest, to force a  
new purchase. The 3D printer may outwit them yet, though.

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I do so in other countries (France especially).

P


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That is quite understandable. Logical, even.
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During most travels I try to hit 2nd hand goods store and used
bookstores. There is something about them that give me an interesting
cultural view.


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