Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2016
I have an old Atlas 150 that bought about 30 years ago, and it is still working fine. I bought this one because I wanted one with the motor, and my old one does not have the mounting holes for the motor.

Since I have the old one, I can do a direct comparison with this one, and as far as I can tell the quality is still the same. There are some minor differences, for example the fingers that scrape the pasta off the cutters and rollers on the bottom are metal on the old Atlas, and this one has plastic fingers. The fingers on the new one are removable for easier cleaning. They are not removable on the old one. So that is a tossup whether this is better or not. It depends on how long the plastic fingers last.

My old atlas has thickness settings from 1 to 7. The new one has settings from 0 to 9. So I had to recalculate what thickness to use. I used to roll pasta out to 4 before putting it through the cutters. On the new machine I roll it out to 5. That seems to work.

Other than those items, the two machines are so close that the parts are interchangeable, e.g. the crank, the cutters, the clamp... they are all the same.

The electric motor is in a plastic housing. I don't know yet how rugged it will be. Some reviewers said that the motor burns out quickly. But I suspect maybe it has been over stressed. The motor does not have the same power that I do when using the crank, and it labors when I use the rollers like I used to.

For example, with my old press I would knead the dough by rolling it into a rope and feeding it through the rollers at the thickest setting. Then, I would fold the pasta back over on itself and feed it through again. I did that until the pasta was silky smooth. When I tried to do that with the new machine, the electric motor was really laboring hard. So I had to revise my technique.

On the new machine, I roll the pasta somewhat flat with a rolling pin before putting it through at the thickest setting, zero. Then, I change the setting to 1 and put the pasta through again, then I change it to 2 and roll it again. After rolling the pasta through setting 2, I fold it over on itself and start over at setting zero. It takes a bit longer, but doing it that way does not tax the motor so much.

There is one issue with the power chord that bears mentioning. The plug that goes into the wall socket is a polrized two-prong plug. You can only put it into the outlet one direction. That is supposed to guarantee that the hot wire and the neutral wire are connected properly inside the motor. The socket on the motor housing is keyed with one hole round and the other hole square to ensure that the plug on that end of the wire can only go in one way. Unfortunately, the connector on the wire has two round sides, and it will go into the socket either way. So there is no way to tell whether you have put the cord on correctly or not. The motor will run fine this way because the current is Alternating. But it could be a safety issue if there is a short to the case, and the lines are reversed. This is not a huge issue because the case is plastic, but be careful anyway. Don't get it wet.

It looks like a high quality machine, and time will tell how long the motor lasts. I took off one star for the power chord issue.
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