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Welbilt ABM-6000

Marcy Michelle Morgan <mmmorgan@tenet.edu>
Sat, 30 Nov 1996 02:04:00 -0600 (CST)
I have an old "bare bones" Welbilt that makes a 1# loaf.  It is presently 
loaned out to a friend.  In the meantime, another friend gave me her 
Welbilt R2D2 type machine that makes 1 1/2# of bread and has a timer.  
She bought a machine that mixes and kneads 4 loaves of bread at a time, 
so she bakes once a week now.

BTW, there is a huge amount of time difference between the two machines.  
The R2D2 makes bread in a little over 4 hours, whereas the old Welbilt 
makes it in a little over 2 hours.  I have concerns about the R2D2 
wearing the yeast out (Sam's Red Star bargain yeast).  Red Star said that 
that particular strain of yeast can not hold up to 3 risings.  Any one 
having any problems with that?

That wasn't the reason I'm writing this, though.  Sam's carries the 
Welbilt 6000 around Christmas.  This year it costs $89.99.  Why would I 
even be thinking about another machine, you ask?  We have a large family, 
we homeschool, and the 6000 machine makes 2-2# loaves at a time. It can 
make two 1, 1 1/2, or 2# loaves.  

Does anyone have one of these machines?  What do you think of it?  The 
back of the machine says 650 watts, but the R2D2 says 750 watts - does 
this mean that this motor is just more efficient -- or is it not as 
strong of a motor?

Any input would be appreciated, and I only have a short time to make up 
my mind.  Sam's usually sells out of them pretty quick around here.  I 
will be calling Welbilt's 1-800 number to get more information about 
number of rises, length of rises, and if it has a FAST cycle (maybe just 
1 rise).