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Post# 370286   4/8/2017 at 12:10 (2,573 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Lately I've been interested in the Sunbeam Mixmasters. I've always liked the design of the big speed control. I've been thinking of getting one off of ebay as I cannot find any anywhere here. I'm not sure what kind to get. I like the design of the early white and black ones. I also like the newer ones I think are called plastic masters.

I have some questions. When did the avocado and harvest gold colors come out? When did the handle and knob change from black to brown and the logo from silver to woodgrain? When did the dough hooks come out? I am guessing the ones with dough hooks must be more powerful than those without.

I see lots on ebay but they often seem to have mixmatched (lol) parts so it's hard to tell what came with what. I've seen some with clear glass, white glass and metal bowls but I think most were clear glass? And I think some have dough hooks that originally didn't come with any.

Also what year was the power port replaced with an eject button? Was the plastic models always all plastic, or were just the top plastic until later on when the whole body was plastic?

Post# 370303 , Reply# 1   4/8/2017 at 14:01 (2,573 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Those colors were later 60s I should think. I had my first one in 80?? Almond color, it had dough hooks, 230 watts I want to say.Gave to a friend, who gave to a friend and I think still going. It was $99 back then at monkey wards

Post# 370345 , Reply# 2   4/9/2017 at 11:39 (2,572 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Great mixers!

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I've had four of them. My favorites are the chrome ones. They're just timeless and fit with any kitchen decor. One of mine is chrome with a chrome base and the other is chrome with a brown base and has a built-in work light. I like the chrome base better because it's metal. Both mixers have brown control knobs and turntables. The one with the work light also came with dough hooks.

Glass bowls were standard on Mixmasters from the beginning. The earliest ones were either white or mint green. The clear ones showed up in the '60s and stainless steel bowls, which came with Tupperware type lids, were an upgrade option beginning in the '70s. Both of my Mixmasters have glass bowls but they aren't original to the machines. I had to scavenge them from thrift stores and eBay. Thrift stores will often sell the bowls separate from the mixers but if you're lucky you'll be able to find the bowls much cheaper at thrift stores. You really need the genuine Mixmaster bowls that are optimized for those mixers. Their sides are contoured to match the more slender of the two beaters and their bases have a lip that snugs into grooves on the turntable for better stability.

If you buy one off of eBay, make sure the seller disassembles the mixer before packing (i.e., take both the power head and the turntable off of the base); otherwise, it WILL get damaged in shipping. Both of the mixmasters I've bought off of eBay arrived with damage. The first one the seller packed fully assembled and it arrived with the latch on the base broken and a few pieces broken off of the turntable. The seller refunded my money and let me keep the mixer, which I still have. I bought the second one primarily for the base and it arrived with worse damage to the turntable than the first one. I glued the first turntable back together and still use it. It doesn't look bad and I've just been too cheap so far to replace it.

Regarding the colors, avacado was one of what I like to refer to as the "kitchen colors from hell (burnt orange, avacado, harvest gold, chocolate brown)" that were popular back in the late '60s through mid '70s. About 10 or 12 years ago, I dated a lady whose house was built in 1967 and still had the original Frigidaire stove, which was avacado. My parents used to have a house built in 1972 that had a harvest gold stove and dishwasher, with a hideously coordinating vinyl floor. Almond, also sometimes referred to is 'bisque', came as a more pleasant alternative in the late '70s and was popular into the early '90s when everything went stainless. I still like almond and wish it would come back. It has a nice warmth and doesn't show dirt as bad as white does.

Post# 370357 , Reply# 3   4/9/2017 at 13:11 (2,572 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Thank you for the information.

Great advice on disassembling the unit before shipping, I will keep that in mind if I do buy on ebay.

I too am guessing the harvest gold and avocado came in late 60s. I have seen them in yellow, pink and blue as well which I would guess were what was available as soon as the plastic version came out. But must not have been for long.

Funny you mention the colors. My parents house was built in 1976 and the kitchen had orange colored formica counter tops and the cabinets had brown, orange and avocado colors in the wood grain pattern. The vinyl flooring was a gold and orange pattern. Surprisingly the bathroom was all neutral - white with gray tiles and walnut pattern cabinets. The carpeting had brown and orange shag fibers.

I thought the colors were hideous and later they remodeled with neutral colors and light woods. The appliances were from the 80s and were almond, not sure what the original ones were.

But though I used to hate them, I am starting to like the 70s colors on small appliances at least, I think they are fun. But I wouldn't want a kitchen full of large appliances of those colors or for carpets, counter tops, fixtures, etc. But as small items I like them.

For large appliances I prefer white or black, but I think almond looks nice too if the kitchen has lighter wood cabinets and say light colored corian counter tops.

Post# 370441 , Reply# 4   4/10/2017 at 17:52 (2,571 days old) by compactone (Bainbridge island wa)        
they are the best

The model 12 was the last classic Mixmaster made. 12 speeds. It came in white, chrome, yellow, pink and aqua. The colored ones are very hard to find now. There is a gentlemen in Michigan that totally rebuilds them to work and look like new. Facebook vintage mixers and more. Love my sunbeams. I have a model 10 in white and a model 11 and 12 in chrome in mint condition.

Post# 370493 , Reply# 5   4/11/2017 at 14:59 (2,570 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My aunt bought a brnd new chrome one

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circa 1973 to replace the old one from the '30s. She wanted the stainless steel bowls for my grandfather (had a bakery in the '40s)... those glass bowls were getting heavy for him. I remember her getting it in New York City for a walloping $70.00...that was a lot for a mixer in early 1970+. Of course, it still works perfectly, although it doesn't see nearly the use it did when my grandfather was alive.

Post# 370509 , Reply# 6   4/11/2017 at 21:13 (2,570 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Several years back I was fortunate enough to find one of the chrome sunbeam mixmasters new in an unopened box from the early 70s. I use it fairly often and its a gem! It came with the large and small stainless steel bowls and dough hooks. The handle is brown as well as the power cord and platter. I love that the sunbeam beaters have that special nylon button that allows the bowl to spin on the platter. It really ensures thorough mixing. The mixer head and stand are nice and heavy.

I looked at a newer mixmaster recently but they just don't compare to the older ones as far as build quality is concerned.

Post# 370512 , Reply# 7   4/11/2017 at 21:34 (2,570 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Great thread! Needs some pictures now...

I never even knew about these units until I found a gem of a 1-8B at a thrift store 3 years ago for $20. I loved the chrome and it goes well with my other slew of vintage chrome small appliances. It worked great when I got it home, but it probably should be torn down, inspected, and relubed. It came with the small bowl, beaters, and dough hooks and has a 225W motor. It weighs quite a bit also. It did not have the large bowl, so I ordered it online (for another $20!) Never knew about lids being available for them - seems like a good idea...

I got white/brown 1-9AU at another thrift store last year for $6 as I wanted it in case I needed parts. However its motor is 235W so not sure if anything will interchange.
I have never had an interest in food prep but I am itching to use that beast, as well as an old waffle iron I restored last year...

I would like to see other colors if pics are available, especially of the vintage models!

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Post# 370560 , Reply# 8   4/12/2017 at 12:19 (2,569 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
That's the one!!

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One of Sunbeam's best. Certainly more 'guts' than the brand new ones...will last a lifetime.

Post# 370606 , Reply# 9   4/12/2017 at 21:38 (2,569 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

That's the one I have as well. I was gifted a spare set of beaters for it last year, which are very handy to have.

Texaskirby, is your waffle iron Sunbeam as well? I got one a year or so ago and it's great! It makes 4 standard size waffles at a time, which I prefer over the Belgian version. Its chrome too and matches the mixmaster. Even has the original cloth cord. I believe it is from 1953.

Post# 370607 , Reply# 10   4/12/2017 at 21:43 (2,569 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I see you have a vintage Toastmaster toaster. Those are nice! I have the Sunbeam T-20 toaster and it's my favorite Sunbeam appliance in my kitchen :)

Post# 370610 , Reply# 11   4/12/2017 at 22:13 (2,569 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Vintage chrome small appliances...

Nothing could be better...
My waffle iron is a simple round Toastmaster 442a.
The toaster in the background is a 1956 Toastmaster 1B14, the 'standard' of the toasting machines. I also have a 1948 Westinghouse TO-72 toaster.
All of these were had from local thrift stores for under $6 apiece. I did tear them all down, completely clean and refurbish them so that they work like new and look the best they can. The 1B14 has seen daily use since I got it in 10-2014 and still works perfect.

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Post# 370622 , Reply# 12   4/13/2017 at 07:06 (2,568 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Awesome! Love the collection. I have variations of some of those same appliances: For a percolator, I have one of the older Farberware 12 cup makers with the glass top; for the electric frypan, I have a Farberware 10". They are just so handy and look nice on the counter tops. I don't use the percolator daily since I found a Bunn coffee maker at the thrift store for $4 that makes coffee faster in the morning. But on weekends I sometimes use the percolator.

Regarding the old chrome toasters, there is something about the toast that comes out of them that most of the modern versions can't replicate. I'm not sure what it is..maybe its the coils or how they are configured. But its usually toast perfection every time!

Does the bread also lower and rise automatically in the Toastmaster, like the Sunbeams do?

Post# 370655 , Reply# 13   4/13/2017 at 20:54 (2,568 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
REAL toast!

That is what today's modern toasters cannot replicate!
Most modern units (at least the cheaper ones) are much lower in wattage to help reduce chances of burns and fires. The bread has to stay in there much longer and the insides dry out before the outsides brown. The elements are much further spaced (and shorter in combined length) to cut costs and reduce wattages. This makes for uneven toasting.
Old high wattage toasters brown the outside, leaving the inside just moist enought to be tasty. You just have to use common sense around them as they are cooking appliances.

None of mine automatically lowers the bread. That was the prominent feature of Sunbeam's "Automatic beyond belief". I would like to get one of those some day...
However all of my units do have pneumatic cylinders to act as shock absorbers to keep the bread from ejecting form the toaster when it pops up.

Post# 370658 , Reply# 14   4/13/2017 at 21:12 (2,568 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

That's neat. I never knew they had cylinders to keep the toast from flying out, but that makes sense. Toasters and other appliances from that era were big investments and in the event they stopped working for some reason, they were made to be serviced. Quite unlike the items they try to pass off as kitchen appliances these days. They are made to be thrown in the trash and just replaced when they stop working. What really bugs me with appliances made in the last 10 years or so are the pathetically short power cords for safety.

Post# 370705 , Reply# 15   4/14/2017 at 13:33 (2,567 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Showin' off my Sunbeams

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Since a few others were showing off their Sunbeams, I thought I'd parade mine also. The first one is my Mixmaster Vista model 7-01-10D. I love the work light but wish it had a switch to turn it on and off. I got it at a thrift shop for $5.75 with beaters and dough hooks. The bowls I had to buy separately. I also have a handy food processor attachment that slices and shreds. It's actually more powerful than my Hamilton Beach food processor. The two other Mixmasters I had lacked the power takeoff that runs accessories like this one.

The second all chrome Mixmaster model 1-8B is the one I got on eBay that arrived damaged. The broken stand has been replaced and the turntable has been glued back together. One of these days, I'll replace the turntable with one that's intact. I still don't understand why the Vista mixer came with a brown plastic stand instead of a chrome metal one when it's obviously a more deluxe model. And yes, I have considered swapping stands between the two machines. If I were to ever get rid of one, I would definitely play mix-and-match and keep the chrome stand and the better turntable.
Both machines run great.

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Post# 370740 , Reply# 16   4/14/2017 at 20:47 (2,567 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Love that food processor attachment!

Do those fit the older Mixmasters (like your 1-8B) or just the newer ones? I would sure like one if they fit the 1-8B...

Post# 370750 , Reply# 17   4/14/2017 at 21:45 (2,567 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Fully compatible

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Yes, it fits the 1-8B just fine. That's actually why I got the 1-8B about five years ago. My girlfriend at the time accidentally broke the little tab off the lid of my Sunbeam TurboCone food processor leaving it unable to turn on anymore, and I was looking for a replacement. I spotted the mixmaster food processor attachment and was intrigued, especially since I didn't own a mixer at the time. The only thing it won't do that a regular food processor will is chop. I eventually found a Hamilton Beach food processor in great shape for a pittance at a thrift store, so I now have that function covered, but for slicing and chopping, the Mixmaster attachment is my go-to.

Post# 370770 , Reply# 18   4/15/2017 at 07:21 (2,566 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Nice mixers. I really like your early 90s Lady Kenmore range also.

Post# 370781 , Reply# 19   4/15/2017 at 10:04 (2,566 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Here are some photos:

A nice avocado with black handle and knob, silver logo, probably late 60s-early 70s. This would not have dough hooks.

Brown/Almond from 1980s with dough hooks and 235 watt motor. Later the attachment port would be removed for an ejector button. Also has the smaller base without the bowl selector lever, you just placed the turntable into the proper hole for the bowl size.

60th Anniversary Special Edition, from 1990. With dough hooks. Note the attachment port is replaced by ejector button instead of turning handle to the side to eject. This was later sold with "An American Classic since 1930" badging through the 90s, and a gray/white version that just said Sunbeam. These were the last of the classic style Mixmasters around 2000.

There was also a deluxe version of this with chrome upper housing and worklight.

Harvest gold from mid-late 70s with brown handle and knob and woodgrain logo. This would have the more powerful motor and dough hooks.

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Post# 370782 , Reply# 20   4/15/2017 at 10:40 (2,566 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I had a Mixmaster like the one in photo #3. Its beaters and dough hooks weren't compatible with the earlier models and it didn't have a power take-off so I gave it to a friend who needed a mixer. She was thrilled with it.

Post# 370784 , Reply# 21   4/15/2017 at 10:58 (2,566 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I had #2, still going I am pretty sure, handed down a few times

Post# 371245 , Reply# 22   4/22/2017 at 13:55 (2,559 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Well I found a Mixmaster finally! I went to one thrift store this morning and found a few mixers but passed. Then the second one I went to I saw a Mixmaster but it was missing the beaters. So I thought maybe I should pass but decided to grab it. As I was going to pay a lady stopped me and said she may have the beaters for it in another department, so we looked and they fit it. She said they just got separated so I could have them with it.

Anyway it's in good shape aside from a few small scratches on the base. And it doesn't have the small bowl but maybe another will work as I have plenty of bowls.

One thing I found the bottom of the motor is indeed metal. I think the later ones were all plastic.

Post# 371254 , Reply# 23   4/22/2017 at 19:29 (2,559 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Congratulations on your Mixmaster. You'll probably want to keep your eye out for the small bowl. The Mixmaster bowls have a lip on the bottom that snugs into a groove on the turntable for better stability. I've found a couple of small bowls at thrift shops in the past for very little. Some say "Sunbeam" on the bottom and some say "Fire King". Some newer ones don't say anything at all.

That was certainly nice of the lady at the thrift shop to find you the beaters for free. Some thrift stores around here intentionally separate the pieces so they can nickel and dime you to death. I had to argue with a cashier at a thrift shop once when I was buying a CD rack that was in two pieces and she wanted to charge me $3 for each half because each half had a price tag on it, regardless of the fact that they obviously fit together to form one unit. The manager finally intervened on my behalf and I paid $3 for the whole thing.

Post# 371266 , Reply# 24   4/23/2017 at 07:30 (2,558 days old) by kenkart ()        
I think

Ihave almost every model Mixmaster made up into the 80s My favorites are the 10, 11 and 12, But I have a 3, 4 ,5,7 and 8 as well as some of the later ones, one of my favorites is the 1937 model that is a creamy yellow with green bowls and juicer, I think its a model 3 or 4, I cant remember without looking.

Post# 371435 , Reply# 25   4/26/2017 at 19:58 (2,555 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Hmm, I went to clean my new mixer and something seems wrong. The beaters look like the ones in the photos above, one oval shape and one square and the ends look correct, they have four notches in them. But they don't really seem to lock in place at all???

Post# 371442 , Reply# 26   4/26/2017 at 22:41 (2,555 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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The first thing that comes to mind is the handle on the powerhead should be in the upright position when you're installing the beaters. Are you sure you're putting the beaters in on the proper sides? As you're looking at the mixer from the front, the squarish beater goes on the right and the tapered one goes on the left (the side where the power takeoff is). This allows the tapered beater to snug up against the side of the bowl and places the squarish one near the center. They can be a little fiddly going in. If it doesn't snap in at first, try rotating it slightly while applying gentle pressure. Once it's lined up properly, it'll just snap into place.

Post# 371444 , Reply# 27   4/26/2017 at 22:53 (2,555 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Yeah, the handle is all the way up and clicked in place, and I have them inserted per the symbols on the bottom. But when I push them all the way up nothing. I tried twisting them hard but still nothing. Sometimes it feels like they get a little tight and will click in, but they don't. It does feel like a faint click when they go all the way in, but they fall out.

Post# 371489 , Reply# 28   4/27/2017 at 21:43 (2,554 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Hmmm...... Maybe there's gunk up in the beater sockets. The only other thing I can think of, assuming you've never had the beaters installed on the mixer, is you've got the wrong beaters for the machine.

Post# 371750 , Reply# 29   5/3/2017 at 19:59 (2,548 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Thought I would show some of my newfound Mixmasters obtained in the last few weeks. These were all thrift finds for a few bucks each. All work great. The little 3 speed doesn't have its beaters. I was hoping its 12 speed brothers ones would fit, but no such luck.

I don't see any gunk in the stand mixer's beater sockets. I am guessing the beaters aren't correct, but they sure look the same. I notice mine have four notches at the end, some have two, maybe that is the problem, I need two notch ones? Not sure.

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Post# 371759 , Reply# 30   5/3/2017 at 21:25 (2,548 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
How could you NOT love them all?

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Well, I'm not too fond of the hand mixer with that 'knob', but the rest are great. And, they all still work just fine, no doubt.

Post# 371979 , Reply# 31   5/10/2017 at 08:22 (2,541 days old) by CajunVac (St. Martinville, LA)        
Sunbeam Infinite Speed Hand Mixer

When this mixer debuted in the late 1960 it was considered one of the best. One of the most durable governor controlled hand held mixers created. Also one that was manufactured for almost 15 years. I included a picture of Sunbeam's first governor controlled hand mixer the model EML that Sunbeam sold from 1957 until 1967. The final version had a dial instead of a slide control and was sold in JC Penny stores.

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Post# 372446 , Reply# 32   5/20/2017 at 11:26 (2,531 days old) by chan55 (Green Bay, WI)        

I have the last model of the infinite speed hand mixer, it was the same but added the burst of power feature. Great mixer, bought it on ebay, new in box,love it.Works way better then my new Kitchen Aid hand mixer.This model was also sold with a stand and a large bowl. This did not work so hot. Beaters were too small for the bowl and it did not rotate well, no button on bottom of beater to drive bowl.I sure wish Sunbeam made products the way they used to. I have a whole collection on their appliances from the 60's and 70's, and I am sure they will outlive me! I grew up with Sunbeam, and they will always have a special place in my heart.

Post# 374776 , Reply# 33   7/1/2017 at 12:58 (2,489 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I found another on eBay just like my stand mixer for $10 and it has the correct beaters for it as well as the dough hooks and original documentation. Seller said it was their mothers'. So now I can have a functioning unit. I did notice that it also sounds quieter than the one I have, so I may just end up using it instead and try to get rid of the other or keep it for parts.

But at least now I have a nearly complete, and at least usable unit. The issue with the beaters is the stems were too short on the ones I had, I was told they were for an older model. The ones I just got seem to be in a lot better condition, so that could be the case.

Also yesterday I found a harvest gold model H at the thrift shop just like my avocado that has the beaters, I passed as I felt $5 was a little too much but I might go back for it.

Post# 375336 , Reply# 34   7/13/2017 at 22:15 (2,477 days old) by Seijun (Portland, OR)        

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Here is my first Sunbeam! A model 7B. I took it apart, regreased and oiled everything. It works a charm. Just need to get a few missing parts. I am disappointed with the logo being so torn up, so at some point I might get one in better shape, but for now this one will do. It was only $6 so I couldn't say no. I love how it sounds a bit like a motorcylce on the lowest speed.

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Post# 375358 , Reply# 35   7/14/2017 at 09:13 (2,476 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Those older sunbeams were real work horses, even the ones made up through the 70s, though by that time, you can see they had cheapened some of the parts. The older ones seem more serviceable than the 70s models too. Into the 80s - 2000s, they became junk. Keep that one you have going! :)

Post# 375393 , Reply# 36   7/14/2017 at 23:22 (2,476 days old) by Seijun (Portland, OR)        

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On a related note, are there any silver/steel mixing bowls that will fit the 7?

Post# 375415 , Reply# 37   7/15/2017 at 12:02 (2,475 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I know they made stainless bowls for Mixmasters in the '70s and '80s and I believe the glass bowls from that era are the same as the ones for yours other than the color. The earlier ones were jadeware (pale green) or milk glass (opaque white) and the more recent ones are clear, so I'd say you're probably safe getting a set for your Mixmaster.

I find clear glass bowls occasionally at thrift stores but I've never spotted a stainless bowl. I have glass bowls for both of my Mixmasters, plus an additional small bowl with a spout ($2 thrift store find). I'd love to find a set of stainless ones, especially a set that still has its plastic Tupperware style lids, but I've never seen anything like that in a thrift shop and when they come up on eBay, they command a higher price than I'm willing to pay.

Post# 375417 , Reply# 38   7/15/2017 at 12:10 (2,475 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I should have added that there is a Yahoo group called WACEM (We Actually Collect Electric Mixers) which is populated by a bunch of people who are as knowledgeable and passionate about electric mixers and other kitchen appliances as folks here are about vacuum cleaners. That group might be an excellent resource for you and others who are into mixers.

Post# 375471 , Reply# 39   7/17/2017 at 06:16 (2,473 days old) by kenkart ()        
The bowls

Before 1950, or Model 9 on back are different than the 10 or later, they made a aluminum bowl in the 30s and 40s.The stainless bowls came out on the mid 60s model 12 chrome, before that the chrome models used clear glass.

Post# 375472 , Reply# 40   7/17/2017 at 06:18 (2,473 days old) by kenkart ()        
And no

None of the later bowls will fit.not properly anyway,

Post# 378424 , Reply# 41   9/14/2017 at 16:42 (2,414 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
My newest 'frankenmixer'

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I needed it like I needed another hole in my head, but it all just came together so naturally. On my way home from work Monday, I picked up a chrome Mixmaster 1-8B power head with a cord at a thrift shop for just a dollar. I looked carefully for the other components but couldn't find them. It was in better shape than the one I had sitting on a chrome stand, so I thought I'd just swap them out and let the other one become a spare or parts donor, whatever need arose first. But that was not to be.

Later that evening, I was idly surfing eBay (when will I ever learn that's never a good idea) when I found not one but two lots that contained everything I needed to cobble together yet another complete Mixmaster. To make things even better, both packages arrived together this afternoon.

One lot consisted of a pristine set of beaters and a large FireKing co-branded mixing bowl. As luck would have it, I already had the matching small bowl, which I had picked up at a thrift shop for $2 several years ago. The bowl and beaters cost me less than the beaters alone typically cost. The other lot was a 'yellow' base with a brown turntable for about what the turntable alone would normally cost. I put the word yellow in quotation marks because in the auction photos, it looked more nearly white, so I assumed it was probably almond colored, which I happen to like on appliances. The color was actually closer to mustard, as it appears in the first photo below, which was taken without a flash. I was able to replicate the color distortion by using the camera's built-in flash on the second photo. The 'yellow' on the eBay photos was even more washed out, appearing almost white. When I first opened the box, I was mildly disappointed that it was mustard gold instead of almond, but now that the thing is all put together, I'm getting over it rapidly. Honestly, it's actually starting to grow on me a little. Although to my knowledge, that particular combination never came out of the Sunbeam factory, it looks pretty good.

The only thing is I don't know what I'm going to do with it. I honestly don't need three mixers, although at one point a couple of years ago, I had four. I now need to decide whether to sell one, donate one to my church's rummage sale as I did last year. or just keep them all. I have even thought of playing mix-n-match and putting the best components with the chrome base, which I would probably do before selling or donating one. I don't know why I love these mixers so much, but I do.

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Post# 378440 , Reply# 42   9/14/2017 at 21:33 (2,414 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I pulled out my other 1-8B out of the cabinet a little while ago and swapped parts around so that the power head I got from Goodwill this week is now on the chrome stand with the better of the two turntables and the FireKing bowls. That puts all the best bits together as a single machine and a complete frankenmixer for parts or whatever.

Post# 378497 , Reply# 43   9/16/2017 at 07:20 (2,412 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Good idea. Sunbeam's harvest gold looks more mustard yellow especially with the brown turtable and trim. I sometimes can't tell what color my 1-7A is. I did something similar, I found mine at the thrift for $6 missing the bowls and beaters. I managed to locate the large bowl and a lady helped me find the beaters but later I realized they weren't the ones for this model.

On eBay I found another 1-7A with the correct beaters, dough hooks and manual, recipe book and hang tag for $10 but it now. I was able to combine it with my large bowl and have a working unit. The eBay unit clearly had little use as it has no scrathes and sounds better than the first one.

I like the looks of your stove, do you like it? That looks like the TOL Sears model in my 91 catalog.

Post# 378507 , Reply# 44   9/16/2017 at 10:52 (2,412 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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You're spot on about the stove. It's a Lady Kenmore from the early '90s. It's been well loved in our family. Dad got it new on a scratch-n-dent sale and used it in their house in Raleigh for five or six years, then took it with them when they moved to Charlotte. They replaced it two years ago because of an intermittent problem with the control board, in which the oven would spontaneously shut off during the pre-heat cycle. I brought it to my house in Greensboro and used it for more than a year before the oven just wouldn't work at all, then I got it repaired under my home warranty. The board was discontinued so they had to send it off to be rebuilt. It came back having been stripped down to the bare circuit board and all components replaced. After putting it back in, the tech said that if it lasted 25 years before being rebuilt, it should be good for another 25. Time will tell, I guess. We are talking about circuit boards, after all.

Post# 386010 , Reply# 45   2/13/2018 at 22:25 (2,262 days old) by CajunVac (St. Martinville, LA)        
Questions asked but not answered plus lagnaipe

The first Sunbeam MixMaster to have a chrome finish was the model 10 only a few were made. late in the model run, around late 1954. Most likely because to see if they had consumer appeal. The only one seen was owned by the late Kelly Beard. Definitely a highly prized collector's item. When model 12 was discontinued and MM series began. Mixmasters were available in white (w/ white bowls), pink, yellow, turquoise, sandlewood and pale blue beginning in 1968, all with clear bowls and Stainless steel bowls with the chrome model. Avocado and harvest gold were added in 1969 and the pastel colors that began in the 1950s were dropped. The 1968, MM models had a 175 watt motor. Consumer Reports did not rate the MM series very well, struggling with the cookie dough test, that previous MixMaster models passed. In 1975 the dough hook models having 225 and a short time later, 235 watt motors were introduced. The instruction/recipe book had very detailed instructions about bread making. The trim color of the handle Mixfinder dial, and bowl shift lever changed from black to woodtone brown. In late 1979, the Power Plus MixMaster was introduced, Shirley Jones was hired to be their spokesperson. Julia Child's comments about MixMasters in her television show and in her cookbooks seem to have had some input in the PowerPlus design. She tested one w/o naming the brand but was through enough know the mixer from her description. At the time, Julia had a monthly column in McCall's magazine. Sunbeam was losing sales to KitchenAid at the time and the Power Plus and later Professional series was expected to compete. Unfortunately the bowl fit beaters of the Power Plus were not set so close to the sides of the bowl. Also the electronic speed control was also found not be very durable in handling heavy loads. The Power Plus had larger beaters, heavy dough hooks and deeper narrower bowls (2 and 4 qt. capacity, 16 speeds and 350 watt motor. there were variations having timers, a slower stir/fold speed. A juicer, slicer/shredder, and grinder/chopper were optional accessories.

Post# 386993 , Reply# 46   3/2/2018 at 08:06 (2,245 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Sunbeam Mixmaser Power Plus

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I have the Power Plus mixmaster with all the attachments, and I love it. Great mixer.

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Post# 387036 , Reply# 47   3/2/2018 at 17:44 (2,245 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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That's a nice Mixmaster. I'm envious of the stainless steel bowls.

I've decided to give my 'frankenmixer' to my niece. I'll be taking it to her at Easter. She's excited to get it. Her mom, my sister, has already schooled her right. When I told my niece about the mixer, the first thing she said was "Oh yeah, Mom's always told me the older ones are made way better than the new ones."

Post# 387441 , Reply# 48   3/7/2018 at 14:42 (2,240 days old) by CajunVac (St. Martinville, LA)        
Power Plus Mixmaster

I like using the long KitchenAid spatulas when I am using my Power Plus MixMaster. Mine is a chrome model w/o the stir feature or timer. My favorite mixer to use when genoise, sponge cake or pound cakes. Have two sets of bowls and beaters for it too

Post# 387670 , Reply# 49   3/10/2018 at 07:37 (2,237 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Thanks for answering the questions on your post, especially on the colors. I knew I had seen those 1950s pastel colors on the MM series, but the avocado and harvest gold seem much more common on eBay than the earlier colors.

Post# 387962 , Reply# 50   3/13/2018 at 14:27 (2,234 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My aunt has that mixer, but

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all of it is chrome. Got it in New York City in the early 70s. One thing she likes most is the stainless steel bows....... much lighter/safer than glass.

Post# 387964 , Reply# 51   3/13/2018 at 14:38 (2,234 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Stainless Steel Bowls

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Yes, I'd love to have a set of stainless steel bowls for mine. All I've ever had are the glass ones, not that there's anything wrong with those.

Post# 387972 , Reply# 52   3/13/2018 at 16:09 (2,234 days old) by kenkart ()        
If you will ride up to Mocksville

I bet you will go home with a set of stainless bowls!

Post# 387994 , Reply# 53   3/13/2018 at 21:47 (2,234 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I'll have to take you up on that bet. I'm less than an hour from Mocksville.

Post# 388064 , Reply# 54   3/14/2018 at 17:52 (2,233 days old) by Kenkart ()        
Just let me know

We are in a. Big mess right now looking after Dons parents and getting ready to buy a bigger house between the two our house is a mess but you are welcome anytime

Post# 388178 , Reply# 55   3/15/2018 at 22:03 (2,232 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I hear you. I helped my parents clear out their house and move to a retirement community two years ago. I'm still dealing with fallout from that, so I certainly don't judge. It might be a week or two before I can get over there. I've got to finish up midterm grades this weekend but I look forward to it when it happens.

Post# 388185 , Reply# 56   3/15/2018 at 22:40 (2,232 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Hmm, an estate sale this weekend has an avocado Mixmaster MMA in the pictures, it has both bowls to it too, tempting. May have to go on Saturday and see if it's still there.

Post# 389667 , Reply# 57   4/2/2018 at 21:36 (2,214 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I gave my niece the 'frankenmixer' this past weekend and she was ecstatic. She couldn't wait to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Post# 389673 , Reply# 58   4/2/2018 at 22:02 (2,214 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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My kind of recycling there Edgar! We always seem to be thinking alike

Post# 389765 , Reply# 59   4/3/2018 at 22:07 (2,213 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Yeah, I loved it when she pulled the motor head out of the box, hefted it and said "Woah, now THAT's a mixer!"

Post# 389776 , Reply# 60   4/3/2018 at 23:05 (2,213 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I'm glad she will enjoy that mixer!

When I got to the sale with the avocado Sunbeam a few weeks back, it had sold. But I see a sale this weekend has another Mixmaster for sale with a large bowl and two small bowls. I could possibly buy it and then keep one small bowl for mine and sell the rest. Of course I could just buy a small bowl from eBay. Which may be the better route as I can be sure they're the correct Fireking bowls for my 70s model.

The one at sale this weekend is of a later date, it has the big base without the bowl lever, plus it has the eject button instead of the power take off, and its motor may even be all plastic housing. It's beaters and dough hooks are also of a different kind than mine as well.

Post# 389777 , Reply# 61   4/3/2018 at 23:06 (2,213 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Oh, and at least I do have the large bowl for mine, but I mainly want the small bowl also, because it seems to work better with smaller batter quantities. With the larger bowl, only the very bottom of the beaters are able to do any mixing if I'm not mixing a lot of ingredients.

Post# 390013 , Reply# 62   4/6/2018 at 22:27 (2,210 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Well I went to the sale with the mixer, and it was there but they wanted $50! And it was an all-plastic model as well, too much. If it's there the last day it's half price but I think $25 is still a little much, esp since I don't need another. lol

Post# 442587 , Reply# 63   6/4/2021 at 14:15 (1,055 days old) by Novice (Houston)        
My first vintage appliance

Hello! I have really enjoyed reading this thread and seeing all of the pictures! I just inherited a Sunbeam Mixmaster Power Plus from my 93 year old uncle. I am thrilled! My aunt was the model of a 1960 homemaker. Her home was modern and she always served her guest on china. Best of all she was an amazing cook and baker. So I am honored to receive her main kitchen "tool". My question for the group is what should I do before I use it? It literally still has flour dustings on it from the last time it was used...probably close to 10 years ago!! Some of you spoke of greasing the motor, etc but I don't feel confident unless I have pictures or instructions bc I don't want to ruin it. Should I find a service person in my area to check and restore it before I use it or do you think I can do the service myself?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Post# 442590 , Reply# 64   6/4/2021 at 14:31 (1,055 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Congratulations on: having a family memento, owning a piece of great of U.S. product, and having a great appliance to use and enjoy.
IF it doesn't need grease, some Windex and a paper towel should make it gleam once more.

Post# 442595 , Reply# 65   6/4/2021 at 16:16 (1,055 days old) by Novice (Houston)        
My first vintage appliance

Thank you @Gottahaveahoove!

I feel honored to have it and can't wait to mix up some of my favorite cakes that my aunt made with it.

Can I tell by just looking at the motor if it needs greasing or servicing? It turns on okay but I don't want to burn the motor up by using it after it hasn't been running for 12 years!

I'm excited about cleaning the exterior to make it pristine, but I have to say I'm sad to remove the flour dusting on the base from my aunt's last time to use it. sniff sniff!

Post# 442641 , Reply# 66   6/5/2021 at 11:29 (1,054 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I know how you feel. I have my grandmother's rolling pin with flour/dough residue from the last time she used it, wrapped in the Roman Meal bread bag she kept it in. I've had it since about 1996, the year she passed, but I don't really bake so I haven't felt the need to disturb it. That said, I'm sure your aunt would want you to make good use of it and think of her while you do so.

I doubt you'd hurt anything by plugging your mixer in and turning it on for maybe 20 or 30 seconds, long enough run through the speeds and listen for any squealing, scraping, grinding or other nasty sounds that set your teeth on edge. If it sounds smooth, you're golden. Otherwise, you'll probably need to tear it down, clean it and lubricate it with a non-toxic, food quality grease.

There used to be a Yahoo group called WACEM (We Actually Collect Electric Mixers) that was a great source of information. Unfortunately, it went away with the rest of Yahoo Groups six months ago. As far as I know, it re-formed on Facebook. Can't say for sure as I don't use that service.

Post# 442645 , Reply# 67   6/5/2021 at 14:37 (1,054 days old) by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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Both my mom and grandmother had Model 10 Sunbeam mixmasters, both of them white with black control dials.


I have a beautiful all-chrome Model 12 that I love, but after getting a red Kitchen-Aid for Christmas about 10 years ago I haven't used the Sunbeam at all.

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Post# 442693 , Reply# 68   6/7/2021 at 10:15 (1,052 days old) by Human (Pines of Carolina)        

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My paternal grandmother went the opposite direction. For many years, she had a vintage Kitchenaid mixer similar to the one in the photo linked below, except it it was a very pretty deep blue, a bit darker than the "contemporary" button on this page. Somewhere along the line, late '70s or early '80s maybe, it disappeared and was replaced by a chrome and brown Sunbeam Mixmaster. I have no idea what happened to either of them but knowing my grandparents' hoarding tendencies, I can't imagine the Kitchenaid got tossed right away but it may have when their house got cleaned out after the both passed.


Post# 442757 , Reply# 69   6/9/2021 at 08:44 (1,050 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have a Sunbeam Mixmaster from

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the 40s and,one from the 50s plus a NIB hand held mixer. (modern) I have 3 Dormeyers (not keeping), as well as 3 Kitchenaid mixers.
HOW does this happen?

Post# 442760 , Reply# 70   6/9/2021 at 09:18 (1,050 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        
A pink Mixmaster

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Is a vision of loveliness. I like to think Marilyn Monroe would have had one like mine.

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Post# 442763 , Reply# 71   6/9/2021 at 11:09 (1,050 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And, in one of the basements, I believe there

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are attachments in the box! The one from the 50s came from a convent. (Sunbeam)."Vista"... mint condition.
I know I don't need all of these mixers, and the Dormies will eventually go.
I usually use the white Kitchenaid stand mixer. But, it is fun to mix things up at times.

Post# 442803 , Reply# 72   6/10/2021 at 09:05 (1,049 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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So many Mixmasters. Even the Vista (plastic model) which doesn't have nearly the style and charm of the more vintage models. I'm blessed to have the mixers I want and use. Love my Dormeyer Silver Chef (a gift from a good friend in California). I use it to make Hans Craig's recipe for Poundcake all the time. And the Air-Way Zephyr is an added bonus (a gift from Stan Kann - the godfather of the vacuum collecting hobby).

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Post# 442806 , Reply# 73   6/10/2021 at 10:40 (1,049 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And, my aunt bought that stainless steel model in

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New York City, when she worked there.
It's now in her house. My late grandfather (owned a bakery) used it a lot.Someday, I'll have to post some pics. Now is not a good time. got a lot going on at the moment.

Post# 443490 , Reply# 74   6/30/2021 at 21:19 (1,029 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Harvest Gold Mixmaster

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So I was walking through a thrift shop today and spotted a nice harvest gold Mixmaster with all of its bowls and beaters but they wanted way too much for it. They had it priced at $44 but it will drop by $11 each week (25% off the original price) until it sells or bottoms out at $11. I might consider it at that price, even though I don't need it. I don't need it but somebody will find themselves a really good mixer for a nice price. It's kind of funny but this thrift store has two locations, only one of which posts the scheduled price drops on higher ticket items. The other location just has a half-price shelf where stuff goes when it doesn't sell.

At another thrift shop yesterday, I spotted a pair of Mixmaster bowls for $2.99 each but I didn't buy those either, even though I could have claimed a 10% educator's discount with my school ID and saved a whopping 60 cents. I already have an extra set. I'm really proud of myself for remaining strong and not buying anything at either store. I've got to get this junk addiction under control. That said, I am planning to take a couple of my vacuums to my church for their rummage sale in September.

Post# 443989 , Reply# 75   7/19/2021 at 14:34 (1,010 days old) by steveg (Houston, TX)        
Family MixMaster

New here. While cleaning out the store room (you probably heard that before) I came across my mother's Sunbeam MixMaster. I would like to give it to someone vs. the metal recycling. Would someone be interested in this MixMaster? Preferably in the Houston TX area. But it can be shipped if needed.
Thanks, Steve Goldberg

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Post# 443993 , Reply# 76   7/19/2021 at 16:08 (1,010 days old) by steveg (Houston, TX)        
Family MixMaster

Email correction:

Sorry about that. :(

Post# 444538 , Reply# 77   8/7/2021 at 23:01 (991 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Yellow frankenmixer?

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I was at a thrift shop in a town a few hours away today and saw a yellow Mixmaster with beaters but no bowls for $6. It was tempting but I really didn't need it so I passed. It was kind of weird though. It had a black handle and control knob instead of brown and the turntable was yellow also. I'm thinking it may have been a repaint because there was a touch of yellow paint on the handle where it met the motor unit. I'm thinking the motor unit may have originally been chrome and was painted, along with the turntable, to match the yellow plastic base. I didn't look that closely at it. I just never saw one quite like that. The beaters alone were worth the $6 but I just didn't didn't need another one. Had I been alone, I might have succumbed to the temptation and bought it, maybe even rationalizing that I could have sold it on eBay for a tidy profit. Heck, I even have an extra set of bowls. But for better or worse, that wasn't the case and I decided it was better to leave it where it was.

Post# 444690 , Reply# 78   8/13/2021 at 14:16 (985 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Human, I recently saved a very dirty Harvest Gold MM (which looks yellow), and has the black handle and knob, and yellow (almost looked painted) turntable. So what you saw might have been a real thing (unless it was a repainted different unit or parts).

Mine is a model MMA, 175W with PTO. It has the plain aluminum nose cover that pops off to access the screw under it.
I did not need another mixer, but it was on the $1 clearance table, only an hour away from being destroyed and tossed in the dumpster (this particular thrift store does this - PO's me for sure.)

On the same table I got a small white glass bowl (Sunbeam Fire-King) for another $1). I bet it came along with the mixer, not sure of them once being matched or not.

Not sure if I missed the beaters or if they were not included. They sell everything from a set separately in different areas of the store which again hacks me off to no end.

The original price of the mixer was $13 and the bowl $10.

I spent a few hours tearing it down and washing the parts. It looks next to brand new and it matches a GE AM clock radio of the same era (and color). It runs okay but the motor drags - the old grease is solidifying and needs to be replaced after going a complete overhaul. Maybe later for this one - not sure if I want to keep it or not, despite its beauty. I just have too much right now! :o(

Post# 444703 , Reply# 79   8/13/2021 at 21:35 (985 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I know my Mixmaster 1-7A, which is also harvest gold, also sometimes looks yellow. It is hard to tell what color it is sometimes depending on the lighting.

The Mixmaster with the black handle and Mixfinder dial are model MMA, and I believe those did actually have the turntable matching whatever paint color the unit was.

So likely the one you saw could have been all original.

The 1-7A had the brown knob and handle, as well as a brown turntable. The 1-7A has a higher wattage motor and included dough hooks. The MMA was lower wattage and wasn't designed to use them.

As to the bowls, I believe the MMA from the earth tone colors era (white, avocado, harvest gold), and the 1-7A all included clear Fire King bowls, except for the chrome versions, which had stainless steel bowls (with Tupperware lids).

The slightly earlier MMA mixers from the pastel era (white, pink or turquoise) had white glass Fire King bowls. So that white bowl may go to one of those.

As far as I know the bowls are all interchangeable with the turntable. My Mixmaster came with the original large Fire King bowl, but missing the small one. I found a small bowl at Goodwill, that doesn't say anything on the bottom (I'm pretty sure it's from a 90s era Mixmaster from pics I've seen) but it locks in the turntable just fine.

I also have a current model China Mixmaster in candy apple that I bought just to play with, and both of my vintage bowls surprisingly fit its turntable perfectly also.

Post# 444763 , Reply# 80   8/16/2021 at 10:10 (982 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Thank you for the info on the MMA units - I am very new to the mixer world, so this is good to know.
Below is a picture of my MMA mixer along with a matching radio from a different store (that is sadly unrepairable - it is for show only).

The white bowl must have been donated along with the mixer, but could have been from a different model as you mentioned.

At that same store 3-4 weeks prior I had picked up a set of glass bowls that fit the Mixmaster perfectly (2nd and 3rd images). I got them for $1 each also. They have no logos or names on them and are very heavy. I need to be on the lookout for more of them, along with some beaters...

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Post# 462118 , Reply# 81   4/7/2023 at 21:24 (383 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Today during lunch I stopped at Goodwill and saw another Mixmaster.

This one was a Mixmaster Electronic in white and black with a shiny sticker stripe down the side of the motor.
It had a bowl light as well, push button beater eject.

There were two stainless steel bowls, the spiral dough hooks and it appeared possibly only one beater.
It was $9.98.

I was very tempted but knew I didnít need it, so I decided to wait and go back after work, and if it was still there Iíd get it. But it was gone when I went back.

Still a little bummed because the price was right and Iíve yet to come across one with a bowl light before. But oh well, more clutter avoided.

Post# 462119 , Reply# 82   4/7/2023 at 21:51 (383 days old) by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Good mixer!

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