Thinking this would be great because of its name and reputation I was great disappointed in this product.
The first thing i noticed that was strange is that the drive gear is clear plastic with what appears a round brass base connecting to the blades. For a $200 product I would expect it being all metal.
In using it I found in very noise and it vibrates, I had to hold the Pitcher to reduce the vibration and noise.
I use this blender for Smoothies I do in the morning every day, consisting of nuts and fruit. I use the Crush Ice mode first to break things down then Liquify, nothing tough. If it can do Ice then this mixture should be easy.
Well that plastic drive gets hot, and after a month the blender all of a sudden spun and nothing moved in the Pitcher. I checked the gear and it was so hot it melted around the brass base inside. Once it was cold it worked aagin, well I packed it up and returned it for a new one. The new one is just a noise and im afraid to have it blend long in case it melts, so Im in the process of returning it back to the store for a refund.