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Do you have an old blender that doesn't work anymore? Are you thinking you should throw it in the garbage?

If your answer is yes to both the questions above, then think about this for a minute. 

If your a hobbyist like me, then surely there must be some parts on the blender that is still of some use. Perhaps you could make something with the switch provided that it still works or make an electromagnet with the copper wires hidden inside. Maybe you could even make the blender into an art piece. The possibilities are endless.

What will you do?

In this instructable, I will be showing you how you can scrap a blender and extract useful items from it that would have been discarded otherwise. I will be showing just one model in this instructable, so if your want to see the rest, you can click here to visit my website for the full article.
 
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Step 1: Tools

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For this instructable, these were the tools I used:
  • a flat nose pliers
  • a cutting pliers
  • a Phillips screwdriver
  • a flat nose screwdriver

Step 2: Getting Started

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The blender I used is the Hamilton Beach 7 SPEED BLENDMASTER.

This particular blender has a seized motor shaft and a broken bowl.

Of course, make sure the appliance is not plugged in.

Step 3: Open the case

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The two halves of the housing is fastened together by two screws on the bottom of the blender and a tab located near the power cord.

I used the Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws.

Step 4: Remove the internals

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Use the cutting pliers to cut the power cord from the motor and switch. This model has two screws holding the motor in place.

Remove them. 

The switch just comes out without any fasteners holding it in place.

Step 5: Remove the motor

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As for the drive socket (the black mushroom shaped plastic on the right), I found it a bit difficult to remove due to the corrosion, so I got a little creative.

First I tired prying it off with a flat head screwdriver then with the flat nose pliers, but it proved to be a bit stubborn so I broke out the motor instead.
I think the moral of this story is that there are parts available from almost all "dead" electronics. Scrap everything! (except used cat litter)