I bought the Certified Refurbished machine because I usually have good luck with them. I was a bit dissapointed to find some left over flour on the disc and highlighted manual. No big deal.
The machine itself is easy to operate. I followed the included recipe and made spaghetti. The result was good. The pasta came out easy. They were delicious. Since I bought this machine mainly to make Asian noodles, the next day I looked up Asian egg noodle and rice noodle recipes from other Philips pasta machines and other Philips users own recipe. Their machines are the bigger one and the recipes called for larger amount of ingredients. I figured if I keep the flour and liquid porpotion to 200 flour :80 liquid +/- , the noodle should come out ok. They were ok, but they definately did not come out as easy as my first spaghetti batch. Anything that are not from the included cookbook would need some practices.
The machine came with 3 discs: spaghetti, penne and fetticcine. They are not the easiest to clean. Try to clean when the flour is dry as much as you can before soak and give them a real scrub.
I also bought the other discs that are sold seperately:
Lasagna: makes one big sheet appoximately 5 inches wide and the box stated 1/25 inch (1mm) thick. You can cut to your desire length. I tried to make wonton wrappers with this and found that it is too thick.
Angel hair: makes 1/20 inch dia. (1.3mm) noodles. It comes with a cleaning tool. This disc is very easy to clog. Unless you get the perfect consistency batch, be prepare to unscrew the cap and unclog the disc during the extrusion.
Pappardelle: makes 1/2 inch wide (14mm) x 1/18 inch thick (1.4mm) noodles. I use this for Asian flat rice noodle. The noodle are a bit too thick, but still work.
Tagliatelle: makes 1/4 inch wide (7mm) x 1/16 inch thick (1.6mm) thick.
A few Asian rice noodle recipes require boiling water when adding to the flour. Philips manufacture probably doesn't recommend using boiling hot water for this machine. I did not use boiling water, just hot water. It seems to work fine. Just a general tip for using this machine, try to refrain yourself from adding more liquid than the recipe called for when the batch looks too dry at the begining of the mixing cycle. Let the machine work the liquid into the flour at least more than halfway through the cycle before deciding additional liquid. Otherwise, you may end up with a big ball of dough that would not go to the extrusion process.