I know a good blender is the basis of a raw food diet and mine has helped make it easier to transition but my blender is crap, I have to blend my morning green smoothies for at least 5 minutes to make it smooth enough. I really really want a new blender because I know mine will give out any day soon. I can get a new blender for Christmas from my grandma but she won't and I don't want to ask her for a Vita-mix even though I would love one. But I am saving for one and hopefully next summer I might have the money, oh yes I am not employed I am a student so money is harder to get for me. I can snag one that will hopefully be better than the one I have now on sale before Christmas.
I know the cheapest Vita-mix is 2hp and like 30,000 rpm but it runs at $350 and I want something around $200. I found a Waring which from reviews sounds pretty decent, it is 1 HP and 27,000 rpm and I believe 1000 watts (?) Here's a link http://www.amazon.com/Waring-HPB300-MegaMix-Commercial-Blender/dp/B00007E8FA/ref=pd_sbs_k_1
Its around $190-200. So my question is has anyone had experience with a non-Vitamix or Blendtec Blender that is commercial quality and powerful enough to make smoothie in less than a minute or two? An What do you think of the above blender?