I was so surprised at how well this dehydrator works expected it to work okay but not this good! I put 5 pounds of beef to dry, expecting it to take at least a day. 5 hours later and it was done! This was thicker sliced than the paper thin I usually do on top of that! I love that the heater and fan are on the top that makes clean up after jerky a breeze. My sister just bought one too and is very happy she did. We both contemplated on buying the Excalibur one but this by far is a better deal for your money. I have had it a week now and have used it almost every day. With the excellent quality of this dehydrator I expect to get many , many years of use out of it
Update... over a year later and we found that we needed more than one dehydrator, so we purchased another one of these with extra trays, screens. we were hooked on dehydrating...so easy and no food spoilage! We found ourselves needing even another dehydrator to keep up with all the fresh produce and meats that we would purchase in bulk to save money. This time we bought an Excalibur 9 tray with timer. I have to say, we should of just bought another Nesco American Harvest FD-75PR. The Nesco dehydrated the corn faster than the high priced Excalibur and I found I did need to rotate the trays in the Excalibur, because the foods on the back of the trays dried faster than the foods on the front of the trays. So ...if we need another dehydrator down the road we're sticking with Nesco American Harvest FD-75PR 700-Watt Food Dehydrator and putting the extra cash we save in the bank!
9/21/2012 update...Over 5 years later and still going strong. Have used it for everything from dehydrating fruits and veggies,various types of jerky, raw foods recipes , roll ups and dehydrating meals for camping. Still Very happy with this dehydrator.
8/5/2014 update still going strong!
8/26/2015 harvest time and still working as good as ever!