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Offline Camaro10

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Need help choosing KA mixer...
« on: May 25, 2013, 02:48:13 PM »
Been looking online and in stores at different KA mixers. I am leaning towards this one....

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/KitchenAid+-+Ultra+Power+Tilt-Head+Stand+Mixer+-+Imperial+Gray/8815516.p?id=1206749661568&skuId=8815516

Does anything have this model and if so what are your thoughts?? :pizza:

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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 05:15:24 PM »
I don't know about that model but I've owned a similar KA for the last 30 years with heavy use for a home machine and never had a problem.
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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2013, 01:16:45 AM »
When I go home to visit I use that one. My mom has it and it is nice unit. However I definitely think KA mixers are for making things like cakes and cookies. They are good for whipping and long/fast mixing. If I was going to buy a mixer mainly for breads/doughs I would not purchase a KA.

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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2013, 05:13:28 AM »
I don't know about that model but I've owned a similar KA for the last 30 years with heavy use for a home machine and never had a problem.
Kevinbrown, if your KA is 30 years old it is a Hobart unit. Hobart sold the Kitchen Aid business to Whirlpool in 1986. I also have a Hobart KA, wouldn't trade it even up for anything with the KA name on it today. From what I understanf, the best KA today for dough is the Professional model. Buyer beware!
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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2013, 07:41:21 AM »
If I was going to buy a mixer mainly for breads/doughs I would not purchase a KA.

Seconded.

The spiral hook doesn't appear to be compatible with that model and in my experience the C hook doesn't work very well.

Have you considered the Bosch Compact?

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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2013, 11:12:02 AM »
In our bakery/pizzaria we used KA pros for a few years for small order stuff and they all died.   The motors burnt up and or the gears stripped.   The old hobart ones were a different breed for sure.  The new ones are junk IMO.  Walter
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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2013, 09:52:20 AM »
Thanks dmcavanagh I do have a Hobart, hadn't known they sold that line.
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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2013, 02:26:05 PM »
What year did the KA began to lose quality? Looking at a few older ones on craigslist.

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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2013, 02:43:03 PM »
They were sold to Whirlpool in 1986. The original Hobart's have the Hobart name on the silver strip of metal on the side of the machine where the speed control knob is located.
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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2013, 07:09:07 PM »
I've read a lot people on here use the KA with no complaints. I was also looking at the artisan series.

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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013, 07:13:40 PM »
Do a lot of research, many KA mixers have a plastic "sacrificial" gear which is designed to break as a way to protect the motor from failure if overworked. The plastic gear breaks before the motor fails, motor is saved, but then the gear must be replaced.
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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2013, 07:19:14 PM »
I've read a lot people on here use the KA with no complaints. I was also looking at the artisan series.

I have one (K5SS), I use it for dough, and I generally don't complain about it. That does not mean I would recommend it to someone who primarily wants a mixer for dough. Quite the contrary. It's not the best mixer for dough. There are no ifs ands or buts about it. If you use it infrequently and within its capacity, it will probably work OK and last for a reasonably long time.
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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2013, 10:31:35 PM »
I have the KA Pro 600 and replaced the worm gear (metal, not plastic) twice before buying a Bosch and relegating the KA to lightweight duty like mixing cake batter, etc.   You'd definitely have to put me in the camp of saying the KA won't hold up to regular dough work unless you can get one of the older Hobart ones.

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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2016, 12:48:39 AM »
DO NOT BUY A KA MIXER, IT WILL BREAK!!!!! I have owned a kitchen aid for 3 years. When just mixing eggs and light liquids it was ok. A year ago I started making dough and I could tell right away it was working to it's limit. After 3 times of making dough, it started making a loud noise and died. I called kitchen aid and they said the warranty was expired and I had to drive to their repair center (they would not pick it up). I live in NYC and I would had to rent a car and waste a day just to bring it there. Repair said would be around $300 to $400 basically the price of a new mixer. I'll never buy a kitchen aid product again. I see they advertise everywhere and in every cooking show there is a KA and I believe they just pay these people or just send the mixer for free that's why. Stay away from KA, they are toys.

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Re: Need help choosing KA mixer...
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2016, 02:07:52 AM »
The champ of all the 5-quart size Hobart mixers is the Hobart Model N-50. This is a real workhorse, 3-speeds, all metal gears, only complaint is that there isn't a spiral dough arm made for it. The mixer was originally designed for use in making small test batches of concrete and ultimately found its way into the food industry. As far as I know, all N-50s were painted only Hobart gray. Great mixer if you can find one, pretty scarce though. Another excellent option is to buy a used A-120/A-120-T (12-quart) or A, A/S, or AS-T-200 (20-quart capacity) Both operate on standard home voltage (110-V/15 AMP) both can be had with all the attachments including a reverse spiral dough arm. These mixers are actually pretty easy to come by as you will find them in most restaurants. The last restaurant sale that I was at  had two A-120s that went for under $1,000.00 each. Not a bad price when you consider that it will most likely be the only mixer you will ever need to buy for dough mixing and if you should ever decide to sell it you can always get your money back out of it. These mixers stand about 30" tall so they are hard to put on an average counter top but a friend of mine who has one has his mounted on a bench out in his garage.
BTW: The "A" designation is the basic model, A/T has a timer integrated into the switch and the T/S has a timer in addition to a position on the switch which allows you to jog the agitator in a "stir" mode.
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