Old Fashioned Bucket Ice Cream Maker

Brand: Maxi-Matic
Model: EIM-502
EAN: 5889332942593
Category: Food & Drinks
Price: $81.96  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 13.40 x 13.40 x 18.50 inches
Shipping Wt: 10.00 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Elite Gourmet 4 Qt. Old Fashioned Electric Ice Cream Maker churns out delicious homemade ice cream in less than 40 minutes. It features a 4-quart heavy duty aluminum canister and a powerful 90-rpm motor with over-heat protection, so making ice cream is fast, convenient and fun for the whole family! Use the included classic die-cast hand crank to manually churn to a firmer consistency. It’s great for entertaining at family parties, BBQ’s and picnics using all of your favorite ice cream, sorbet, gelato and even frozen yogurt recipes. The motor turns a six-fin paddle that whips air into the ingredients producing a smooth, rich soft serve ice cream. The paddle quickly crushes cookies, fruit, chocolate chips or a variety of other yummy toppings and thoroughly integrates them into the mixture. For a firmer ice cream texture, use the included traditional manual crank after removing the motorized crank and hand churn the old-fashioned way for a thick, creamy consistency. The old-fashioned hand-crafted solid pine wood bucket holds ice and rock salt, keeping the canister at the optimal 10°F temperature. All parts conveniently remove for easy cleaning. Great for barbeques, family parties and picnics!

Features

  • Makes 4 quarts of cold and creamy ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, or sorbet
  • Hand-crafted solid pine wood bucket is easy to operate and clean
  • Heavy duty aluminum freezing canister which makes fresh ice cream in just 40 minutes
  • Use included classic die-cast hand crank to manually churn to firmer consistency or use powerful electric motor-driven paddle to whip creamy consistency
  • Motor is equipped with over-heat protection
  • Makes 4 quarts of cold and creamy ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, or sorbet
  • Hand-crafted solid pine wood bucket
  • Easy to operate and clean
  • Great for barbeques, family parties and picnics
  • Heavy duty aluminum freezing canister
  • Powerful electric motor-driven paddle to whip creamy consistency
  • Use included classic die-cast hand crank to manually churn to firmer consistency
  • Makes fresh ice cream in just 40 minutes
  • Motor is equipped with over-heat protection

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Top Reviews

... I even tried to put the water in it like the book said to do but I keep having ...
by w rogers (1 out of 5 stars)
July 17, 2017

The wood barrel leaks and I even tried to put the water in it like the book said to do but I keep having to add water. After one use the wood started cracking we had to put it in a dish pan so it would not leak on the floor. The aluminum freezing canister is not very strong after using it one time it has several dents in it from the ice. We have a 4 quart ice cream freezer and wanted a good 6 quart ice cream freezer. I want to return this one and try again with a different maker.
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Bucket leaks and I can't return it!
by James wiggins (1 out of 5 stars)
October 30, 2016

Do not buy this product. Return policy window is very short. I don't make ice cream very often. Discovered on my second attempt that the bucked does not hold water. After the first batch I discovered that the ice cream would not freeze. On my second attempt I finally figured out that the water was not overflowing like it's supposed to but leaking out of the bottom. I then found out that my window for return or replacement has expired and I am stuck with an ice cream maker that doesn't work.
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Buy a cheaper machine with same quality or get a good $200 mixer
by Justin F Brox (2 out of 5 stars)
August 6, 2016

For clarity sake I bought the 6 quart machine not the 4 quart. As soon as I opened the box it was clear that this was not a specifically engineered 6 quart mixer but merely the 4 quart mixer increased by 50%. The most evident place for this is the stirring stick, to which they literally added an additional 5 inch piece of plastic (there is a seam, please see photo). The pine tub has only 2 bands while most 6 quart mixers have 3, also these bands are so loose they are clearly only for show and are not helping keep the tub together. This has me seriously question if the motor has been upgraded for the additional load from 2 more quarts of ice cream or if mine is simply going to burn out faster.

One of the small bolts holding the motor/crank mounting brackets was missing and floating around the bottom of the box. Not a huge deal, I know how to re-attach a bolt, but it speaks heavily to the kind of manufacturing quality control they have.

My tub had a large knot which was not properly filled and it leaked. Before you throw me under the bus and decide I am a fool, I have made rock salt ice cream before and yes I realize it is a messy process. The issue isn't that it leaked but what leaking means to the longevity of the machine. If water is leaking through the wood then the inside of the wood is being exposed to water and this will lead to premature failure of the tub.

The Hand Crank - One of the reasons I was most excited about this ice cream maker was the dual motor and hand crank. I can never get my rock salt ice cream as hard as I would like it with an electric motor. My dream and the advertising claimed I could take off the electric motor once it shut off, attach the hand crank and crank away to the desired consistency. In theory that could happen, except the hand crank is built so cheaply and poorly that it can barely hold up to churning the ice cream. The loose PLASTIC gears slipped repeatedly as my children and I churned the ice cream. While the poorly designed handle wobbled back and forth, held on only by a small screw. The concept is sound, they have squared the end of the metal bar attached to the gears, and placed a square hole in the end of the mixing handle, but instead of engineering it properly, they went for "close enough" so it is loose.

The chinsy plastic handle cover which encases the metal bucket handle broke on its first trip to the side yard to dump the salt water.

In short if you are looking for a rock salt ice cream maker this is not what you want. Either buy a cheaper machine with a plastic tub, they run around $40. If you want a really good machine then you will need to double your budget to get what you're looking for.
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Missing parts and cracked wood
by GoldMiner1849 (1 out of 5 stars)
October 16, 2017

I pre-soaked the container as recommended and it ended up cracking one of the slats. Still, the crack went from the top to about 1/3 of the way down and didn't leak. Also, the clip on the latch which goes over the motor to hold it in place is missing. Where can I get a replacement latch, I can fill the crack?
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I am disappointed in Amazon for not allowing more time for this
by Patti J. (1 out of 5 stars)
July 11, 2018

I bought this as a gift for my husband who loves to make ice cream. We have a couple of 4 qt. makers but wanted another 6 qt. maker. (We have had one in the past.) This one seemed a bit expensive but I couldn't find another one anywhere, so I purchased it. We have tried it out twice now. Both times have been a fail. The motor shuts off after just a couple of minutes for no reason. We tried the hand crank mechanism and it was also not effective. If I could find a 6 qt. with a plastic bucket, I would purchase it! I would not buy this one again. Wood buckets seem to be more problematic than plastic ones. Now as I want to return it, I see that the window of opportunity has passed. I am disappointed in Amazon for not allowing more time for this, as we don't make ice cream every week. If something doesn't work, it should be returnable.
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Decent for the price, but make ice cream at least a day before it is needed.
by Amazon Customer (4 out of 5 stars)
July 8, 2014

Mine arrived with a dented canister, but since it is made of such thin aluminum I was able to reshape it with my hands. The book for this mentions that the motorized top will automatically shut off after the ice cream gets to soft serve consistency, and says that the average time is 45 minutes. This was not the case with the ice cream I made, and I ended up shutting it off after 2 hours, assuming that something was wrong. I then attempted to use the hand crank, which is recommended to thicken the ice cream up a bit more, but the ice cream at the bottom was a bit thicker than the top, and the internal blade would not spin when cranked (it intentionally doesn't spin when using the motor, only the canister spins, but when cranking the blade and canister are supposed to spin in opposite directions). When I would try to hand crank, it seemed like the top of the axle that the blade is on just kept slipping out of the port is supposed to be in.

Other than the above problems, the 3 batches of ice cream that I made came out awesome after placing them in the freezer to freeze solid. I'm used to my grandmother's old ice cream maker that makes a much thicker ice cream right out of the ice cream maker, but for the price this is not a bad option.

My one recommendation is to make ice cream with this at least a day in advance, since it will most likely need to freeze overnight. If I had just assumed it worked as my grandmother's did, I'd have had a bunch of disappointed friends on the 4th of July.

Oh, and my bucket was perfect. I never had it leak.
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Junk
by Medicgirl1978 (1 out of 5 stars)
June 29, 2018

This product is horrible. Made ice cream two times and the motor burned out. My husband tried to finish the ice cream with the hand crank and the gears stripped out. What a piece of junk. IF I COULD GIVE IT LESS THAN ONE STAR, I WOULD.
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Exactly what we were looking for!
by Stereo (5 out of 5 stars)
August 12, 2014

I remember that sight and sound when I was a kid... the motor humming in the back yard and the wooden barrel churning away. You know it is close to being done when you hear the motor straining. If you are looking for that feeling again, and plan on using 3-5 times a summer, and not looking to break the bank, then this is your unit.

We are extremely happy with this ice cream maker. We don't make ice cream a lot, but when we do, we like to make it an experience. This unit allows for the automated churning, but also includes a nice hand crank that the kids love taking turns cranking at the end of the ice cream process. It makes them feel like they are invested in the end result, which in turns make the ice cream taste that much better.

I will point out that other reviewers mention that the handle on the hand crank seems flimsy and I would partially agree. The design flaw is in the connection between the rod an the handle. It is simply held together by a screw and it wobbles like crazy as you turn it. It is mildly annoying and I could see how the constant movement will create a stress on the screw causing it to eventually break. However the fix seems simple enough with the purchase of a new screw. This did not warrant a lowering of the stars in my review as we are just too happy with the product.
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Works great the first dozen times then motor ware out to ...
by Wink4Glenn (1 out of 5 stars)
June 21, 2016

Works great the first dozen times then motor ware out to the point it will not churn the ice cream. I bought it two years ago but when you only use four or five time per year you expect for this price to last longer. I have had smaller and cheaper units that still work after six years. Called the company about purchasing a new motor as some reduced price, nope they want almost $50! Time to find a new unit but will NOT be this brand.
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Worked for almost four months
by stratum (2 out of 5 stars)
September 2, 2014

With a 6 quart capacity, this ice cream maker is a good size and makes enough to last over a week for our large family, although we haven't needed to make more than 4 or 5 quarts. As others have reported, the rustic-looking bucket is not entirely water proof, so just use it outside or put a towel under it. After 10 weeks and about 7 or 8 uses, the motor gears have stripped out leaving the motor completely useless, even if the container is empty. The hand crank works fine, but we keep a screw driver nearby since the screws loosen; I guess I'll get the Loctite out.

Overall we are disappointed with the quality of the motor unit. I plan to disassemble the motor and attempt some kind of repair, and will update this review with the results.

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