I also bought two of these about ten years ago recently decided the duct tape holding the stick to the motor needed replacing. Wow! from $19.99 to $49.00! I went to Walmart and saw a Kitchen Aid for the same price and thought ok that should be great...ha the piece of junk comes apart every time and I have to fish it out of my soap. Think I'm going back to old reliable.I highly recommend this particular model of Hamilton Beach. I'm still using the same one I bought 13 years ago for soap-making, and it's still going strong. I like it because the design of the bell is perfect for soap-making. I never have to 'burp' it, and it never creates bubbles in my soap batter. Looks like it has gone up in price, though, from I bought mine 13 years ago ($19.00 back then).