All, thanks for the recommendations.
I'll go and check out the Nesco's in a week or so at my local Target, thay have 4 models listed: 700 watt, Gardenmaster, Snackmaster and 4 Tray.
Laurie, I know what you mean about abuse....ah, wearing out equipment. I have a Quisinart Miniprep; I've so far busted 3 blades on it making sauces, dips and dressings. The plastic ring just seems too delicate to handle anything like cream cheese, chopped aged cheeses or nuts. Wish they had an all metal version.