I have the same food processor I bought 20-some years ago, a Braun. It deserves some plaudits for lasting so long, I guess, but truth be told it is not a good food processor. Light-duty, minimal selection of discs (which are merely metal inserts that snap into the plastic disk support), smallish bowl. It can't pulverize lobster shells for bisque, julienne veggies for salads, cut french fries. About all it does is make modest amounts of pesto and grate cheese - if its not very hard cheese. I should probably thank this old Braun for helping develop my knife skills, but it is Time To Go.
After some research, I've settled on a Cuisinart food processor. Why? I can't remotely justify the price of a Robot Coupe or even a Magimix, and I don't like the look of the Kitchen Aid. How's that for logic? However, I don't want a Chinese-made Cuisinart. So I am trying to decide between the old Japanese-made Cuisinarts from the 1980s (?) and the even older French-made ones from the 1970s (?). I may have my dates mixed up.
This means, I believe, choosing between a French-made "CFP" model, like the CFP-5, and a later Japan-made "DCF" model, like the DCF-7. I would appreciate advice on the pros and cons.
(See what I mean about long memories?)
Here's what I think I know and what I know I don't know. I may be wrong on the former and missing the point on the latter. I'm hoping you guys can set me straight.
- Made in France by Robot Coupe in the 1970s
- Some have a metal base (CFP-5 is most common), others went to plastic (CFP-9 is example)
- Some lacked on-off switches. Locking the lid turns the motor on. Seems inconvenient for pulsing?
- No pusher interlock, meaning it will operate without the pusher inserted in the feed tube. So you can zap a whole leek or carrot without first cutting it to fit in the feed tube.
- Parts hard to get. Cuisinart won't help. Must resort to eBay or a few specialty parts vendors
- However, bowls, lids, blades and discs for some Robot Coupe (RC 1, RC 2) and older Magimix models will fit. True? That's what the info at some parts sites says.
- Kind of basic. No doodads like the weird whisk thingy.
- Made in Japan by unknown - up until some point when production moved to China. Can I assume any DCF-7 was Japan-made?
- Have the familiar "on" and "pulse" switches
- Will not operate if the pusher is not inserted in the feed tube (pusher interlock). So everything has to be cut to 2" lengths first.
- Is the feed tube shorter or smaller-diameter than on the CFP?
- Parts quite readily available, via Cuisinart or independent sources.
- Lots of discs and doodads.
- Is the motor stronger than the CFP's? Is the quality better than the CFP's? Someone told me the Japanese Cuisinarts were the best.
What do you think? Is my understanding right? Can you help with my questions? And, most important, what would you pick? Suppose you had a choice between these, both example being in good condition?
I guess I should say what I plan to use the thing for. I'd like to use this to shred and slice potatoes and vegetables when I need a lot, to matchstick veggies and semi-frozen meat, to cut french fries, and to fine dice (small cubes, brunoise) if it can do that. To chop meat. To make pates. To pulverize lobster and crab shells. I don't own a stand mixer, so the food processor will be used for any dough tasks that it can manage. As well as emulsions, sauces, pesto, nuts, etc. I'm not a professional cook, but I do cook a lot. Hopefully it will be the last food processor I buy. Unless I run across the $30 garage sale Robot Coupe that I never do run across.