Hi Kathryn. To me, it sounds like the seal in your jar is starting to go bad. I have a Blendtec HP3A that developed a leaky jar. After about six months of normal use the blade stopped spinning smoothly by hand; it felt slightly ratchety but it still blended just fine. Next, it started to leak a very small amount of dark liquid from the bottom of the jar around the shaft. Then, it leaked more. Right after the one year warranty expired, the seal around the shaft smoked and disintegrated while grinding grain. Now the jar is completely unusable. Blendtec pretty much said 'tough luck, would you like to buy our new (even more over-priced) jar with a 4" blade?' I asked if they had improved the seal, but the Blendtec customer rep. didn't know so she gave me the "sonically welded blade with a lifetime warranty" sales pitch. I have been without a blender for almost a year and I'll have to fork out more money for a replacement jar because I did not recognize the first symptoms of a seal failure. So, learn from my mistake and start complaining to Swindletec about their over-priced, disposable jar with its poor quality seal while it is still under warranty.
Absolutely perfectly. Just put it on the cycle and let it go. The smoothie will be, very smooth. I'll tell you something that I did not expect. Take some carrots, add a little bit of water and put the thing on juicer. You will then have carrot juice with a little bit of water. This works much better than a juicer.
Yes. We made coconut chutney and "puli thogayal" just by pressing pulse button. Surprised to see the real paste, in less than a minute - we are happy we made the correct decision of buying this product. We were using Osterizer and Priya blenders, but they are no match for this blender, despite the fact that this blender costs about 10 times the cost of Oster.
Yes. This will blend just fine. The whole Juice button has been designed to go with the cookbook. If you make a juice that has a denser set of fruits and vegetables then what is in the cookbook, it's not a big deal. You just need to get back up to top speed on the manual controls and run it longer. The blades spin fast enough to heat up soup, so younwant to keep the smoothie cool. I don't think you really need to strain the grass. There are 2 elements to determine the smoothness of your smoothie: water and time. If it is dense add water, if it is still too grainy but thin enough just run it longer.
I have three friends who use the vitamix. I have used it twice when at one friend's home. The vitamix made equally good smoothies and juices. I think the Blentec may have done a more effients jobs of pulverizing things like celery and flax, though I only tried it once. The blendtec does so much more than Vitamix... I have blended grains, made dough, made batter, hummis, and sauces. Blentec is better for all of this.The Vitamix noise was LOUDER! I like the way the Blendtec has cycles that run on it's own. I love the way the inside is smooth-easier to clean. It is also shorter, so it fits UNDER my upper cabinets. (^.^) buy the Blendtec!
buy it from costco.com, its $439, free shipping, no tax, 8 year warranty and it comes with two containers the four side and wild side models. They are also an authorized blendtec dealer and regularly have blendtec demos.