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Old 12-28-2008, 02:41 PM   #11
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Congratulations, Tom on your new purchase!! I acquired my KA mixer a couple of years ago from my mom and just love it.

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Old 12-28-2008, 03:50 PM   #12
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Well, I did use my new mixer this morning to make a batch of cookies for my daughter. WOW, this IS a nice mixer!!! It has plenty of power and did an excellent job of mixing all the ingredients.
I can see why you love your KA mixer, it is an awesome machine!!

Now, what can I make next?????

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Old 12-28-2008, 03:54 PM   #13
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Congratulations!! I love mine and you will love yours, this may sound silly but give it a name. what color did you get?
As far as a name, I'll have to think about that for a while. What color? Well, I got white to match the other appliances in my kitchen.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:08 PM   #14
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I am glad the "naming" of KA mixers is still going strong. Who knew when I started it years ago, it would become a real fad?
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:45 AM   #15
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OMG!!! make bread!!!! it is great for that and well everything else
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:43 AM   #16
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A KA mixer was the only kitchen appliance my wife asked for when we got married. That was 15 years ago. It still looks brand new. The only reason the guy at the repair shop (I dropped the plastic bowl cover in it 6 months ago while it was running, bad move on my part) knew how old it was is because they stopped making that color Green in 1995. There was a small part that had to be changed that is designed to break so that if something drops in the mixer, the motor will not burn up. I mix ground beef in it to make hamburgers. It ain't just for cake batter! Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:48 PM   #17
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Glad you're enjoying your new mixer. I bought a 5qt. refurb and the motor started making a horrible noise two days after the 90 day warranty expired. But, I continued to use it anyway, with no untoward results (other than the noise at the lower speeds). I'm a bread baker and my recipes are of the whole grain variety and if I'm going to mess around baking, I'm going to make double recipes, which meant I needed to kick it up a notch. I got the 6qt. and it's almost too big for a single cake recipe, but my black Kitchenaid and me are inseparable. Now, I have to think of a name for it. Maybe I'll start a contest amongst my family members and whoever gets naming rights will get some baked goody or other.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:12 PM   #18
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I too am searching for a stand mixer, I didn't bake all that much but am getting into it more and some batters are way too thick for a wooden spoon, which has been my "stand" mixer for my whole life. Reading reviews on Amazon, about half of the people give Kitchen Aide five stars and the other half have had theirs fall apart. Am also considering a Cuisinart 5 qt. and, ga$p, a Viking. The Kitchen Aide is the less expensive one so would rather spend less $ and the reviews here are encouraging, but am willing to spend a bit more for something that won't break my heart.
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:34 PM   #19
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I had a bad experience with Kitchenaid mixers and just posted a thread about it. Consider this if you're looking to purchase one. Either get a different brand or a bowl-lift model with a direct drive transmission.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:50 PM   #20
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Hi Laurel, thanks for the reply! I just got back from shopping, I got a KA Professional 600 (it is a bowl lift model, whew). After much more research I found a reviewer on Amazon who had spoken with a KA rep. and learned that if the 600 series has an "x" in it's model number it has an all steel gear transmission, not plastic, that the models manufactured after the first quarter of the year in 2007 have this. And it is a direct drive (which is always good).

A lot of people go by what Consumer Reports, and Cooks Illustrated recommend but machines there are tested for performance on new machines and not for longevity, unfortunately that seems to be the hapless job of the consumer. T'ain't right.

O.K. now I have to crow a bit, I downloaded a 20% coupon from Bed, Bath & Beyond, and today is the last day for a 25% rebate for an attachment, so, with those discounts and when I get my stimulus check, I will have paid $87.08 (this includes tax) for this mixer with a slicer/shredder attachment (which was what influenced my decision, I just love shredded carrots, no more shredded knuckles!).

My fingers are crossed, I hope this critter out lives me and I plan on being here a Looong time!

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