For some reason the industrie just doesn't make things as good as they used to or are not allowed to. I think the original Kitchen Aids (or any other brand mixer as well) sold 20 or 30 years were better and more unbreakable.
I heard or read somewhere that it has something to do with some saftey regulations for household appliances. If the kids (or an Adult) gets a hand or fingers in the apparatus.
The torque is limited or regulated by safety laws and with all the lawsuits over the last 20 or 30 years the companies try to stay on the safe side. It's kind of sad, everyone knows that when something is turned on you shouldn't be putting your fingers in the unsafe area.
Has anyone else heard of that as well.
We have an old hand mixer ( just 150 watts), an ugly orange colored bugger, but it mixes those heavy doughs with no problem. Made sometime in the 70's .