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Thermador disposal: The never ending search for a good grind has ended!
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Post# 398522   9/20/2018 at 21:50 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Well I finally found the disposal I want, a genuine vintage (albeit a very late example) Waste King garbage disposal! This one is a Thermador branded unit, 3/4 HP, which I think is as powerful as they get, not sure they had a 1HP version ever... I bought the thing used and feared the worst, but itís in excellent condition really, Iíve read that the grind ring in these doesnít really wear down and it seems to be true! See link for video of it having some fried chicken bones!


Post# 398562 , Reply# 1   9/22/2018 at 03:16 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have a 1Hp WK machine-these do work well-but the shred is quite coarse.And the paper items really should go in the trash! Trust me they can cause future clogs.Disposers cannot shred the paper fibers fine enough.Their sizing screens are too large.I let the paper shredder,trash truck or stationary transfer site compactor take care of my paper waste!

Post# 398583 , Reply# 2   9/22/2018 at 10:24 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        
Is your Waste King one of the old ones or a newer Anaheim?

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Coarse grind? This thing grinds pretty fine, I watched the clear P trap I have under the sink, it came out the consistency of a smoothie food it seems, I didn't see the larger flaky bone chunks I'm used to seeing come out of the newer Anaheim Waste Kings, the ISE Kenmore or even the high speed GE I used for a while. I ran some celery bits down it too, and the slicer blades under the flywheel did definitely chop those up!

Post# 398622 , Reply# 3   9/23/2018 at 01:04 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Sadly mine is a newer one-Yes,the older models had the undercutter blades to slice material that goes between them and the flywheel.Good you have one of the older models--good find!Happy grinding and shredding!Seems like there is something in us that likes to see things shredded in disposers or large shredders.Visit the SSI World website and see!And visit the "Classic Refuse Trucks" to see trash truck videos of stuff crushed in them.

Post# 398640 , Reply# 4   9/23/2018 at 10:44 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I had an Anaheim Waste Maid for a while, only replaced it because a metal bit fell down it and no one noticed, then turned it on and broke a hammer off! I was both disgusted and sad, as it was a good disposal even if a far cry from this Thermador WK! Iíve personally seen these Anaheim units take beef ribs, ham bone, and even a pork roast bone!

I was hoping youíd say it was an older one like this, as then Iíd hope to find the 1HP one day... I think 3/4 was as far as these old Kings went, and Iím glad thatís what I managed to find! Timís family and another collector friend of mine here both have the 1 HP like yours, and have been very satisfied and they both use them heavily to avoid food waste in the trash!

Post# 398676 , Reply# 5   9/24/2018 at 00:39 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Heavy bones should go to the dog or the trash-they may be too much for most disposers.Put a beef bone in a Bus-Boy disposer-in an apartment-the bone went thru the hopper!!I had to PAY to have it replaced.So then on I threw heavy bones in the trash.On my brothers farm--they use their pigs as "disposers"!

Post# 398746 , Reply# 6   9/25/2018 at 08:42 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Nice garbage disposal Reggie. My aunt had a 1958 Waste King Universal and a Kitchen-Aid dishwasher. I remember the disposal being very quiet.

Post# 398791 , Reply# 7   9/26/2018 at 10:34 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        
How many pounds of frozen steer bone??

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This is just nuts! But I always have felt a good disposal should be able to dispose of fairly hefty bones... (see link!)


Post# 398889 , Reply# 8   9/28/2018 at 17:27 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Well, I changed out the mounting flange I started out with to a nice 3 bolt one, and now we have vibrations!




They sound like this... 


Undue Thermadorian noise and vibration...

Post# 398921 , Reply# 9   9/29/2018 at 02:24 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

It was just one smaller beef steak bone.I have an ISE Evolution dispoer-right now its in the garage.It will work-but its SLOOOWWWW---A Maytag with undercutters is faster and shreds finer.If you can find an older Maytag-those were good disposers.They have the heavy cast steel,ground shred rings and large stainless steel hammers on a SS flywheel.Your WK is better than the new ISE Evolution.Those are just too slow.Vita Mix prides that their blenders can grind similar wood blocks to "cerial" as they call it.Haven't tried that.-Just take their word for it.Same as for Blendtec.I have used an older VM blender as a disposer-worked really well.Saved a container just for that use.

Post# 398928 , Reply# 10   9/29/2018 at 10:01 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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But do you think this WK sounds bad? I just think it should be quieter, like it was before the mounting flange swap.


I'd love to find a batch feed Maytag or Kitchenaid/National for the other side of the sink, the Thermador WK is the disposal I really wanted for this side, the other side needs to be batch feed because there's just the one wall switch.

Post# 398951 , Reply# 11   9/29/2018 at 20:11 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        
Well I think we have it...

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I tightened the sink flange up a bit and went to a plastic outlet elbow. Then I gave it the business...


Post# 398967 , Reply# 12   9/30/2018 at 01:15 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

That WK disposer is tough-but the bones should just go into the trash-faster!Esp the plastic fork.I have seen MANY plastic forks go thru commercial type ISE and WK disposers.The sewer companies are not fond of that.

Post# 399113 , Reply# 13   10/2/2018 at 14:10 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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You're the first to say anything about the fork! I did that just to see what people might say. I don't usually have such dense and hard bones to dispose of, usually it will just be getting pork and chicken bones which go pretty fast. It really was just for fun, to see how it would handle it, how long it would take.

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