Blum Servo Drive anyone?

califkitchenAugust 2, 2011

Just about ready to start construction.....

Does anyone have a Blum Servo Drive? I tried searching the forum and it didn't come up with anything. We are thinking about having it put only on our trash drawer. It's not cheap, so I'd appreciate any feedback before I commit.

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kev_800

I have one on my trash drawer. Should have gotten one on the below-the-sink drawer too. It rocks.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 12:35AM
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beaglesdoitbetter1

We really thought a LOT about whether to get this. However, the video actually convinced me not to. If you've watched it, did you see the part where the dog opens the drawer himself. Very cute... except not in real life. If you have or may get pets, I'd think about that issue seriously.

We decided to use the Hafele foot pedal instead and it was a lot cheaper. It doesn't have that fun coolness factor of the Servo drive, but I can't see how it is any less functional and we had plenty of other things to go over budget on.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 1:33AM
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plllog

We had a lot of discussions of these a few years ago and pretty much concluded what Beagles did for the trash, and that the servos are a great idea for people with disabilities. There is also a mechanical hip bump opener that has a spring and socket system, like a retractable ball point pen.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 2:36AM
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Wanda18

We just completed a kitchen renovation and have this mechanism on 2 units that both hold trash cans and I really love it.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 8:08AM
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petere

I bought a house with a new kitchen 4 years ago. All drawers in the kitchen are fitted with the Blum servo drive but 3 of the drives are now not working and the drawers only open and close manually.
Is this short life to be expected with these and just fixed with replacements?
Alternatively, is there anything simple to be done with them that will get them working again?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 11:13PM
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firstmmo

I am still intrigued by the servo drive, especially on my trash drawer.

Hope someone will post about service Petere

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 2:15AM
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jennifer132

I have it on my trash p/o and love it.
Our dog does not open it.
No experience with service.
It was easy to install.
Relatively inexpensive for how useful it is for us.
We would have broken the foot pedal.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 4:02AM
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ajc71

I have bought and installed them on several projects, easy to install and relatively inexpensive would not be something I would say about them....sorry, they are a pain to install and keep adjusted and they are for sure a bit expensive

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 9:13AM
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Super45sonic

I have that in our trash pull out. Love love love! I don't think it is hard to install although I didn't install it myself. My cabinet guy did. I saw him take it out for adjustment and it seemed to be a snap. As for not working... Did you check all cables are connected and nothing came lose? Is the red light (for power) still on? Power is supplied to the unit? May also want to call Blum and ask for help. The customer service is actually quite good when I was enquiring about their products.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 9:27AM
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jennifer132

Ajc that's so interesting. Maybe we just got lucky? I am not so handy, though DH and I did the kitchen DIY other than electric and the countertop. It really was super easy to install.

From our perspective, for about $300 we got a great garbage solution in our small, very heavily used kitchen. The garbage is a hot spot: we have a small home and the kitchen garbage is the garbage/recycling spot for the entire family. I would have loved a 18" drawer stack instead. But I had no good location for a garbage can. My sink base is only 27" wide. And it's very crowded at and under the sink. The tiny can that maybe would have fit under my sink would have been too small for our needs. All other areas for a free standing can were in a doorway; we literally tripped over a can in a 30" doorway entry for 7 years! So many friends' pull out garbage cans have been broken; my kids broke my MILs. So the added $300 was genius. It really encouraged my kids to use the garbage hands-free rather than yanking on the pull-out and pressing on the garbage. Yes, $300 isn't cheap. But, it was totally worth it. That's why I said relatively inexpensive for what function it has given us.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 9:38AM
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sjhockeyfan325

What IS servo-drive? I assume some kind of automatic opener. Can it be installed after-the-fact?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 11:30AM
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jennifer132

Yes, here's ours.

It's by Blum. In ours, the wire runs through a small hole to the sink base adjacent and is plugged in there. It's uses minimal lower. There are small clips that get attached to the front of the cabinet. It's hard to get a photo of them w the iPad, very inconspicuous. The Servo Drive was very easy to install for us.

Yes, I imagine, you could probably add it after the cabs are installed. You just need to have a power source.

I think Ikea offers something similar, though I have no experience with it: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30238703/

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 1:50PM
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marcojohnson

Our cabinet dealer had a bunch of these on display ... VERY cool but we couldn't use on our uppers because we're going right up to the ceiling (needs too much clearance).

I already get yelled at because I've put too much automation in the house with lighting, motion sensors, and iphones as TV remotes ... I think that adding push buttons to automated cabinets might be the final straw :)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 4:35PM
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califkitchen

I'm the one that started this thread 3 years ago.

We did install it on our trash pull out. It has not required any adjustment in 3 years and continues to works great.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 1:44AM
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jennifer132

Califkitchen, thanks for reporting back. Glad it has worked well for you. We love ours too. Before we purchased and installed it, I couldn't find any reviews. It's so helpful to her how things have worked, or not, for folks.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 7:35AM
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