The following operator training video on the Hobart FP250 food processor is a supplement to the instruction manual that came with your food processor. If you have any questions concerning operation, please consult your manual. The FP250 food processor can process vegetables, fruit, bread, cheese, and nuts. Its sleek, angled design allows food to be loaded easily into either a narrow food tube or a full-sized feed hopper. Various cutting plates can be used to slice, dice, grate, shred, julienne, and make regular cut and crinkle-cut potato chips and french fries. In addition, the pusher plate has an assisting mechanism that reduces the pressure needed to push food onto the cutting plates. The FP250 also has two built-in safety mechanisms. An automatic start / stop mechanism stops the food processor when the pusher plate is raised and swung away from the feed hopper and restarts the food processor and the pusher plate is moved back over and into the hopper. The other mechanism keeps the food processor turned off until the feed hopper is placed in the correct position. To save space, wall-mounted storage racks are available. Each rack can hold three cutting blades. This training video includes this introduction and segments on: installation, operation, cleaning, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Immediately after unpacking the FP250, check for possible shipping damage. If the unit is found to be damaged, save the packaging material and contact the carrier within 15 days of delivery. To lift and move the food processor, grasp the handle at the back of the base with one hand and grasp the discharge shoot on the front with the other hand. Prior to installing the food processor, verify the electrical circuits to make sure that it agrees with the specifications on the machine data plate. The data plate is located on the back of the food processor. The food processor should be placed on a sturdy, level surface. There should be adequate space around the food processor for the user to operate the controls and to place and remove pans and bowls under the discharge shoot.
Warning: The electrical cord on this machine is equipped with a 3-prong grounding plug which must be connected to a properly grounded receptacle. If the receptacle is not the proper grounding type, contact an electrician. Do not remove the grounding prong from the plug.
To install the pusher plate, grasp the pusher plate handle with both hands and place the pusher plate shaft into the food processor's hole. Note: the pusher plate and handle must be at the 10 o'clock position (while looking down at the feed hopper) before it can be fully inserted into the hole. Push the pusher plate all the way to the bottom. Check the following before you install the cutting plate or ejector plate. First, press the "on" button. Then, lift the pusher plate with the pusher plate handle and move the plate to the left. Make sure the food processor stops running. Now, move the pusher plate to the right and lower the pusher plate. With the feed hopper in operating position, make sure the food processor starts. Make sure the food processor doesn't turn on when the pusher plate is lowered and the feed hopper is removed. If the food processor fails any of these tests, contact your local Hobart service office. To install the cutting plate, lift the pusher plate and move it to the left away from the feed hopper. Turn the locking knob counter-clockwise to unlock the feed hopper. Raise the feed hopper, center the ejector plate on the shaft and with the slots and ejector plate aligned with the pins and the coupling, push the ejector plate down to the bottom of the shaft and onto its coupling. Turn it counter-clockwise to lock. If you're dicing or chopping, insert a dicing grid and turn it until the holding pin fits into the notch. Avoid contact with the sharp knife on the cutting plate and put the desired cutting plate on the shaft and turn the cutting plate until it falls onto its coupling. Turn it counter-clockwise to tighten. Now, put the decoring screw on the shaft. Turn it counter-clockwise to tighten. The decoring screw uses left-hand threads. Move the feed hopper back into position. Finally, turn the locking knob counter-clockwise to lock the feed hopper in place. To remove the cutting plate, lift the pusher plate handle and move it to the left, away from feed hopper. Turn the locking knob counter-clockwise to unlock the feed hopper. Raise the feed hopper. Remove the decoring screw by turning it clockwise with a wrench. Remove the cutting plate, dicing grid (if used), and ejector plate from the food processor.
Warning: Rotating knives inside. Always use the pusher plate. Keep hands out.
Caution: Do not put meat, dough, or frozen foods in the food processor. Remove all hard parts that can damage the cutting blades, such as apple and pineapple stems, mango pits and fiberous cores.
Let's take a look at the controls of the FP250. The pusher plate presses food items against the cutting blades. It's controlled by a large pusher plate handle that wraps around the feed hopper. The food processor can be started by pressing the green "on" button and stopped by pressing the red "off" button. The "on" button needs to be pressed only if the "off" button is pressed or after connecting the electrical power cord. The food processor restarts automatically when the pusher plate is centered over the feed hopper and lowered. It stops automatically when the pusher plate is raised and moved to the left of the feed hopper or when the feed hopper itself is raised. The pusher plate must be turned to the left to load food into the feed hopper. Be sure to press the "off" button and unplug the FP250 food processor power cord before cleaning or changing the cutting plates. The full-size feed hopper processes large, round-like items such as loaves of bread, heads of lettuce, pineapple, honeydew, and cabbage. In addition, small, round items such as tomatoes, potatoes, and beets can be stacked against an inner-support wall inside the hopper. To operate the food processor with the feed hopper, raise the pusher plate and move it to the left. Put your produce into the feed hopper. Press the green "on" button. Now, move the pusher plate to the right and lower it into the feed hopper. The food processor will start when the pusher plate enters the feed hopper. Press down on the pusher plate handle with light pressure.
Note: best product quality is achieved when only light pressure is used to keep the product in contact with the cutting plate.
The feed tube processes long and thin items such as carrots, cucumbers, celery, and scallions. It can also be loaded with small, odd-shaped items such as mushrooms, shallots, and garlic cloves. The feed tube pusher sits in the feed tube when not in use, doubling as a cover. Removing the feed tube pusher doesn't stop the food processor from running. To operate the FP250 with the feed tube, begin by positioning the pusher plate over the feed hopper and lowering it to the bottom. Turn the feed tube pusher to unlatch it, remove the pusher. Put the food item into the feed tube and put the feed tube pusher on top of the food item. Press the "on" button and press down on the feed tube pusher with light pressure. Best product quality is achieved when only light pressure is used to keep the product in contact with the cutting plate. Speaking of cutting plates, here's a quick look at what each of them can do for you:
Standard Slicer: for slicing firm produce
Crimping Sliver: for ripple slicing
Fine Slicer: for slicing very thin slices
Dicing Grids: for dicing vegetables
For more detailed information about each of the plates, consult your operator's manual. A wall rack is available to hang the cutting tools for easy access to the operator and to protect the sharpness of the blades.
Warning: Turn the machine off and unplug the electrical cord before you begin any cleaning procedure.
Caution: Do not clean stainless steel with bleach containing cleansers like automatic dishwashing detergent. Bleach can corrode stainless steel. Do not clean the aluminum parts with high alkaline detergents like automatic dishwashing detergents or with hot water. Black aluminum oxide can form.
Nickel-plated parts including plates stamped with a "DW" and the feed hopper may be washed in an automatic dishwasher.
Caution: Do not spray the food processor with a spray bottle or hose and do not scrape with metal objects that can scratch the surface.
Immediately after use, removable parts must be cleaned with warm water and soap. Thoroughly rinse and dry with a soft, clean cloth. Remove the feed tube pusher, lift the pusher plate and move it to the left. Lift and remove. Turn the locking knob counter-clockwise to unlock the feed hopper. Raise the feed hopper and slide it off its hinged pins. Unthread the decoring screw clockwise with a wrench and remove it. Remove the cutting plate and, if used, the dicing grid. Use the brush to push remaining food through the dicing grid. Remove the ejector plate. Remove the food waste from the discharge shoot and cutting plate chamber. Use a clean cloth with warm, soapy water to wipe the cutting plate chamber, discharge shoot, and motor housing.
Note: use caution to prevent liquid from entering the pusher plate mounting hole.
Use a clean cloth with clean water to rinse the cutting plate chamber, discharge shoot, and motor housing. Again, use caution to prevent liquid from entering the pusher plate mounting hole. Wipe the cutting plate blades dry with a clean cloth and put the cutting plates on the wall racks. Put the ejector plate on the shaft until it drops onto its coupling and turn it counter-clockwise to lock. Put the decoring screw on the shaft and turn it counter-clockwise and tighten only for storage. Put the feed hopper on its hinge pins and lower it into the operating position. Return the pusher plate and feed tube pusher to their operating positions.
Each week, do the following checks. With the power cord connected to the outlet, test the safety interlock switches.
Warning: unplug the machine power cord before you do the following maintenance procedures.
With the power cord unplugged from the outlet, inspect the power cord and make sure it's in good shape. Look for cuts, fraying, or cracking. Make sure the pusher plate shaft moves freely. If it doesn't, clean and dry it and lubricate it with several drops of mineral oil. Make sure the cutting blades are sharp. If not, have them sharpened or the cutting plate replaced. All cutting plates can be replaced and all, except the dicing grids, can be sharpened. The dicing grids should be replaced every 8-18 months, depending on use.
If the food processor doesn't start, possible causes include the pusher plate may be raised, the feed hopper isn't in the operating position, or the branch circuit protector may be tripped. To remedy this, try moving the pusher plate over the feed hopper and lower. Put the feed hopper in operating position and check the fuse or circuit breaker panel for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. If the food processor stops while operating and doesn't restart, check to see if the pusher plate is raised and moved to the left. Check to see if a branch circuit protector is tripped or the motor is overheated. Move the pusher plate over the feed hopper and lower it. Check the fuse or circuit breaker panel for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker and let the motor cool down until it automatically restarts. If food is cut poorly or slowly, you could be using the wrong cutting plates. Check the cutting plate guide in your manual. The cutting plates could be dull or nicked. Sharpen or replace the cutting blades. And you may be pressing the pusher plate handle too hard. Remember to press down on the product lightly. If the cutting plate can't be removed, it may be clogged with built-up food particles or the ejector plate isn't used. Using protective leather gloves, rotate the cutting plate clockwise to release. If you find that the decoring screw can't be removed, it too may be clogged with built-up food particles. Turn the decoring screw clockwise with the wrench. Finally, if you hear a scraping noise either the dicing grid isn't down in its coupling or the decoring screw isn't installed. Remove the diving grid and clean any debris on the walls and ledge of the cutting plate chamber and reinstall the grid. Also, install the decoring screw. This concludes operator training for the FP250 food processor. For more information, consult your manual, contact your local Hobart authorized service office for any repairs or adjustments needed.
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