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Post# 426765   6/10/2020 at 17:06 (228 days old) by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I was gifted this KitchenAid mixer by another collector. What year is it? Itís heavy and works great! Iíve never had a stand mixer before. It mixes much better than my hand mixer.

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Post# 426772 , Reply# 1   6/10/2020 at 20:33 (228 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Wow, nice gift! I don't know much about Kitchenaid mixers but no doubt going from a hand mixer to that machine is like going from a VW Beetle to a Hummer. Enjoy!

Post# 426774 , Reply# 2   6/10/2020 at 20:59 (228 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Guessing around 1960,K45 I think. Others will know better

Post# 426786 , Reply# 3   6/11/2020 at 01:23 (228 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
One thing

you can do is go over to WACEM, "we also collect electric mixers", that is pretty much all they do!

Post# 426797 , Reply# 4   6/11/2020 at 12:04 (227 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
you'll enjoy that mixer.

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The new ones, of course, don't have that chrome bar.
The attachments are great, too.
But, you still have that nice little Hoover............... it made a lot of things, too.

Post# 426865 , Reply# 5   6/12/2020 at 15:10 (226 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Another thing you can do...

is check the grease inside.These big boys need to be used on a regular basis or the grease can break down and start to ooze out and stain your white mixer or worse drip down into your bowl of food being mixed.You have a great mixer made by Hobart.I worked as a bakers helper where they had mixers on floor stands with mixer bowls so big it took two people to lift them on and off the mixer.The KitchenAids are now made by whirlpool and Hobart still makes the commercial duty mixers.You'll see a lot of threads on yours and similar models over at WACEM. There are a gazillion attachments for you to use also,so enjoy!

Post# 426909 , Reply# 6   6/13/2020 at 23:18 (225 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have many of the attachments.

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Perhaps you can get a "pouring shield" too. They really keep your fluids from running. You'd hate to have the best part running out or down the side.
I have two of them. Perhaps they will fit your model.

Post# 426933 , Reply# 7   6/14/2020 at 17:04 (224 days old) by Louvac (A)        
Kitchenaid mixer information from the horse's mouth is revised information from a post I submitted in 2014.....

I recently learned something about KA Mixers!

Not only do I collect vacuum cleaners but my second love is mixers. And, who am I kidding, any and all other small kitchen appliances, too!

I met a gentleman where I was working who liked to tinker with all kinds of things, mixers included. As we talked further he said he would bring a couple in for me to take home home and "play" with. And so I did.

The Azure Blue bowl lift model (from 1996) was in redeemable shape; however, it was leaking oil around the band and under the attachment area, as well. It needed new attachments since the previous owner apparently put the wire whip into the automatic dishwasher (which KitchenAid recommends against doing) and it tarnished to a grotesque and putrid condition-not something I would be using for something I would be eating later. The other attachment, the dough hook was in rough shape, too and the paddle was missing. Anyway....I decided to call KitchenAid and inquire about the oil leak. Here is what I learned:

KitchenAid mixers are packed with three times the amount of grease (which is food-grade) that they will ever need. Two ounces is sufficient but they are packed with six ounces. Over time without normal use-in other words, if you use it only for holiday baking, the grease will begin to break down and the liquids will separate from the solids. Since the oil has no where to puddle it will leak out around the band. The rep with whom I spoke told me to prevent this from happening simply run the mixer for 2 minutes on the highest speed (10) for two minutes once a month!

Apparently, what happens is the gasket allows the oil to seep out around it. Perhaps this is a design flaw.

Now, I have a 4.5 qt lift bowl model in white that I had purchased in 2008 and really never used other than to play with it a few times and when I finally decided I was going to use it this past Christmas (I am really a fan of the older Sunbeam MixMaster mixers! Don't let anyone tell you different-these mixers are every bit as capable as a KitchenAid mixer and in many areas, excel!!) I had noticed that there was some light brown oil around the band. My heart just dropped and I was so mad to think that this occurs. So what I also learned is that old adage is true! If you don't use it, you will lose it! USE your mixers and vacuums and to hell with saving it in the box. I am often told that no one is going to want my vacuums and mixers when I am gone and they will only end up in the dumpster anyway! Once I started using the mixer the oil seemed to not accumulate as much after I had wiped away what was previously there. Lesson learned.

Now, for most poeple a 5 qt KitchenAid mixer is just fine. It has a 9-cup flour capacity which means that it can handle a recipe containing 9 cups total of dry ingredients. A 6-qt mixer can handle 14 cups and a 7-qt can handle 16 cups. All of this information is on the KitchenAid website. Just remember that a larger mixer with a smaller amount of ingredients (or 1 recipe) will require you to stop the machine and scrape down the bowl more often than smaller capacity machine.

By the way, Consumer Reports still rates the Kitchenaid Classic model mixer as a great machine and a leading contender. There is really no need to purchase the higher end models such as the Ultra or Artisan models as the results a virtually the same. A few extra watts in the higher end models doesn't necessarily do a better job. I also had learned that the larger size mixer models such as the 6 and 7 quart sizes actually have SMALLER motors!

Post# 426945 , Reply# 8   6/14/2020 at 19:32 (224 days old) by Louvac (A)        
By the way....


Look under the inside of the neck of the mixer. There may be a small rectangular sticker with purple-ish numbers on it. This will have the date code on it.

Post# 426949 , Reply# 9   6/14/2020 at 20:12 (224 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Sage advice

given by Louvac,I do the same.Bought my black heavy duty 5qt.bowl lift KA in '91 and make sure it's put through the paces on a regular basis.Never had any problems at all,can handle anything,just bring it!Could probably mix cement but why would you? Was shown the method used to check for proper bowl to paddle height or clearance.With bowl raised to top position by crank and paddle locked in place,toss a dime in and run the mixer at lowest speed.The paddle should lightly touch the dime,barely moving it,not scraping it all around the bottom of the bowl or ignoring it all together.HERE'S A TIP FOR BOWL LIFT MODELS:If you need to raise the bowl higher to the paddle for getting everything mixed in from the very bottom of bowl,do this.Place a metal washer on each of the pegs you snap the bowl down on to. The thickness of the washer will determine how much lift you get!You can try different sizes or even double up,whatever you need.Don't let the paddle scrape the bowl when empty that's too close.
ON OLDER SUNBEAM MIXERS LIKE MODELS 7-12 a clue you need to change out that original 60-70 yr.old dirty gear box grease is if it doesn't reach the top speeds,7 or above until it's been running for a few minutes and you can here it gradually speeding up,that's a sure sign.Carbon brush wear or speed govenor adjustment also affect speed control also condenser or resistor failure.

Post# 427043 , Reply# 10   6/16/2020 at 07:30 (222 days old) by Louvac (A)        
Look at Consumer Reports for...

Look at Consumer Reports for May 2020, page 18 for a mixer report. The Kitchenaid Classic model still comes out ahead of most. Although most orbital mixers are pretty much the same, none of them to do a stellar job at everything. My Sunbeam mixers will out perform the Kitchenaid in many other aspects such as creaming butter and sugar and you don't have to necessarily stop the machine to scrap down the sides thanks to the offset beater/bowl ratio-as long as you are careful and don't get to close to the beaters!

BTW...never, never wash your wire whip in the dishwasher (or the other attachments, as well) because the detergent will severely darken the aluminum components in the wire whip. (This would also apply to the newer burnished [unpainted/coated] attachments, as well since I don't believe they are stainless steel but rather cast aluminum.) It's always best to hand wash all attachments in very warm water and dry thoroughly. I usually wash them first as soon as I finish mixing, dry them and place them on top of the warm stove to make sure they are completely dry. You also don't want to bang the coated (painted) attachments around too much to avoid chipping which to me looks gross! So, it's best to wash the attachments first before you add any other utensils to the soapy water.

Post# 427055 , Reply# 11   6/16/2020 at 11:30 (222 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I have several options, for a good reason! Different machines are better at different things. Handheld KitchenAid artisan, vintage chrome Sunbeam, small and big KitchenAid stand mixer and Bosch universal plus. I agree for creaming or mixing light cake batter that the Sunbeam does a better job than the KitchenAid but the Bosch is also very good with the little beaters that they have but it is nice to have options

Post# 427058 , Reply# 12   6/16/2020 at 12:34 (222 days old) by Unconscious (London, UK)        

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Speaking of different machines, I have recently taken a step to get rid of majority of mine. It's my birthday coming up soon so my mother has decided to gift me the long awaited - Thermomix. Any fans out here? I think I've seen somebody mention it before. We've had one since 1997 and it's still going strong. I've missed it ever since I moved out 6 years ago so I guess it was just a matter of time till it makes it back in my life. With the whole lockdown shenanigan happening i've really been baking and cooking more which I guess is just a great excuse to play around with my new toy every single day. This weeks plan will be red velvet i think!

Post# 427164 , Reply# 13   6/18/2020 at 02:47 (221 days old) by OldSuck (Houston, Texas )        
These things are great!

Thatís a very cool mixer.
I bought my Kitchenaid almost 2yrs ago and Iíve made almost all my own bread ever since.
Fresh homemade bread is SUCH a luxury! You have to try it.
It only takes 15min to get all the ingredients in the mixer. From there itís just a matter of letting it rise, then throwing it in the oven. So simple.
I use mine all the time.
I made a big shepherdís pie last night. My slicer & shredder attachment prepped the onions & garlic. Then I threw the potatoes, milk, butter, etc,... into the bowl with the paddle attachment, turned it on low, and the mixer made the mashed potatoes while I cooked the ground beef. I love this thing.
All the new attachments will still fit yours.
Iíd love to get the pasta press.
Oh, and homemade pizza is a breeze too!
I like to double my dough recipe and freeze one, flattened in a big freezer bag, for a fast easy pizza next time.
Try this bread recipe- itís the best one I have found. Itís amazing. (This guy has the best recipes, and theyíre all easy.)

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