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Old 09-06-2012, 12:41 PM   #41
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Well I still have it. Repairs are expensive, though. But I have the meat grinder attachment for it, so it is still good for that, at least.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:15 PM   #42
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Thanks. If the cheapo Hamilton Beach doesn't work out I will try one of those other brands, particularly the Cuisinart. I can't even remember how old my Cuisinart Food Processor is, but it is still getting the job done every time.
My experience with Hamilton Beach has been that they can't stand up to the abuse of constant use, and they usually expire right after the warranty does.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:50 PM   #43
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I have one of their blenders that has lasted a long while, but, yeah this thing does seem like it might do just that. Still, for the price of a tankful of gas I thought I'd see.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:55 PM   #44
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Well I still have it. Repairs are expensive, though. But I have the meat grinder attachment for it, so it is still good for that, at least.
Parts are fairly cheap and if you are a bit handy and look up some YouTube videos, fixes can sometimes be easy. But I'm also one of those people that will try to tackle a repair myself if it isn't too involved, but I understand that not everyone wants to jump into a project like that.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:34 PM   #45
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Thanks. Now I at least know how to take it apart. My problem is at the other end of the head unit, but maybe I can see a way to tighten it up once I'm in there. However, mine is from that same general era, and it is the same style, so I think I can look forward to the transmission self-destructing, as has happened to so many others. Talk about how to trash a well-respected, decades-old brand name just to save a few bucks on worm gear parts.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #46
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I've got one from the 50's (a lighter duty model, doesn't have a dough hook), and it still purrs like a kitten. I'm going to take it apart and re-grease it, and hopefully get more years out of it, it's kind of a show piece, but I use it now and then.

I'm thinking about buying an 80's era KA (maybe one when they were still made by Hobart) and refurbishing it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:36 AM   #47
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Fixed It

Thanks to everyone's help here, and those Youtube videos, I was emboldened to take the Kitchenaid mixer apart and see what I could do. It turns out that the head assembly is fastened to the base by three bolts which, incredibly, they assembled without lock washers, so they had worked loose. Well, it has lock washers now and it is solid as a rock once again. btw, I had to take the motor out to get at them and that involved taking off the transmission cover so I got a look at the infamous worm gear assembly and mine looks OK- no broken teeth or anything and all the parts were well greased so I left that alone.

So now I have two mixers. I'll use the Hamilton Beach for small batches (which the Kitchenaid does not handle very well) and the Kitchenaid for everything else.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:43 PM   #48
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That's awesome!
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:03 PM   #49
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Grease

That was so easy I think I will change the grease in the transmission assembly, too. I just ordered a can of Kitchenaid mixer grease from Amazon. Also, according to one video I watched, the grease will start to separate and leak if a) it gets hot from working really hard, or b) the mixer is used infrequently and the grease sits. So if you have one of these things and you use it infrequently it is a good idea to turn it on every couple of weeks and let it run for a minute or two.

I bet that's true for the Hamilton Beach mixer, too, so I'm going to have to find a way to run that every couple of weeks now. The Kitchenaid will be back on bread dough work (it's a lot stronger), so it will get plenty of frequent use automatically.

I wonder if anyone makes a good synthetic food quality grease that won't separate like that.
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:13 PM   #50
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Late to the mixer party...esp with a bag of lock washers sitting right here on my desk. I am just waiting for my wife to leave for long enough to install them. I ask much more from the tilt-head KA and the wobble is something I am very familiar with, to date, she is not. A couple of dissections to tighten those 3 bolts convinced me to obtain lock washers.
In other news, I have also been shopping the Ebay like a demon possessed. People pay big money for the Industrial/Commercial (not "Professional" not "Artisan" not "Heavy Duty" not "New & Improved") Hobarts. Like I have space for a 60 qt stand mixer that comes up to here when I am standing up. Not. I do want something that will handle Whole Wheat dough in prodigious amounts, sufficiently hydrated but no, not with Ice Water as that reduces the capacity significantly. Not to sound elitist but I have serious doubts that WalMart carries anything with enough OOMPH to handle the required task.
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