Quick kitchen clean-up is closer than you think. It is relatively easy to install a garbage disposal right under your sink! Two types of garbage disposers are available for consumers. These include continuous feed and batch feed disposals. Garbage disposals are installed under your sink and are either direct / hardwired, although there are also plug-in types available. With a continuous feed disposal, on/off operation works with a standard switch. Simply toss all of your scraps from vegetable prep to dirty dinner plates down the drain, turn on the water and the disposer and all of your scraps are ground up and washed away. A continuous feed disposer allows for the ability to add scraps while the disposer is running since the drain is not covered. Caution must be taken when adding scraps while your disposal is running. It is probably best to turn the unit off if you are adding additional scraps! The other type is a batch feeder disposal. With a batch feeder disposer, you would push all your scraps down the drain, cover it with the sink stopper (included with this type of disposer) and push down to activate the disposer. The cover/stopper is the power activator. It is pushed in place and turned to power on your disposer. The sink stopper can also be used to seal and drain the sink without starting the disposer. For either type of disposal, it is best not to dispose of bones, hard, large rinds and cobs (these can be cut into smaller pieces) and other fibrous items (celery strings, for example) down the drain. With a batch feeder style disposal, it is less likely that utensils accidently fall into the disposer while it is in operation.
The GFC520N is a Continuous Feed Disposal and features 1/2 horsepower motor, with 2600 RPMs and a 2-level, pre-cutter to help prevent clogs. It is also jam resistant. The grind chamber capacity on this unit is about 25 ounces. It is also safe for use in homes that have septic systems. The GFC520N has galvanized steel components including the pre-cutter, turntable and grinding ring and offers a 2 year parts warranty. This size garbage disposal is small in size and will probably work best in households with up to 4 people.
- Stainless Steel Jam-Resistant
- Dual-Swivel Impellers
- EZ Mount installation – 3-bolt mount adapter kit included
- Direct Wire Power Connection
- Standard Sound Insulation Package
- Cold-Rolled Carbon Steel Armature Shaft Material
- Wall Switch with Sink Stopper
- Manual Reset Overload Protector
- Dishwasher Drain Connector
- Stainless Steel Sink Flange
- Galvanized Steel Turntable, Pre-cutter and Grinder
Garbage disposals are only meant to grind and dispose of natural food waste and not meant to be used with solid items such as cans, bottles, glass, rubber or even seafood shells like oyster or clam shells.