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Old 06-14-2007, 11:56 AM   #1
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Stand mixer (Kitchenaid?): New or old?

Okay, both my birthday and my graduation from college are coming up within a one-month window in late July - mid August. Especially after paying for my college, my parents aren't well-off enough to get me the new motorcycle I've been eyeing, but they want to get me something nice... and I've been wanting to make my own pizza crust... so I've been thinking, how about a stand mixer?

I figure I'll probably get a KitchenAid just because they're so ubiquitous, but I'm wondering if I should get a shiny new one, or an old pre-Whirlpool commercial workhorse? It's torque, durability and versatility that really appeal to me; looks, weight and size don't matter. I'm also enough of a tinkerer that any needs for routine maintenance or lubrication requirements on an old one won't bother me.

What say ye all?

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Old 06-14-2007, 01:31 PM   #2
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How is the market for used kitchen aid mixers?

Do you have alot to choose from?
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:33 PM   #3
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LMJ, I think from reading what people say about them on this board, and talking to folks who own them I would go for the workhorse myself. It seems they last a lifetime. And I mean that literally. I know someone who has one that is going on 30, and that sucker is used DAILY.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:38 PM   #4
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I love my workhorse model. I use it all of the time and I have never had an issue.. I would look for a 6qt if you can..

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Old 06-14-2007, 01:45 PM   #5
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Love my older KitchenAid. I've had it for well over 25 years and it performs like new. I'm with Brad, go with at least a 6-quart size. You won't be sorry.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:46 PM   #6
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I just bought the DW the Artisan model. I'm not up on the mixer lingo, is that the 'workhorse'?
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:55 PM   #7
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I went for an older model Kitchen Model because of its durability. I did my research and was certain the Hobart 4.5 KitchenAid was the one for me. I had DH buy it for me off of Ebay about 4 years ago. I think he got it for $169.00 and it was like brand new....had only been used a couple times. I love it and cannot say enough about it.
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Love my older KitchenAid. I've had it for well over 25 years and it performs like new. I'm with Brad, go with at least a 6-quart size. You won't be sorry.


Likewise!!!

My 20-year-old K'Aid mixer is STILL going strong after all these years!! And yes, if anyone can get a pre-Whirlpool-made model, it would be great!
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Old 06-14-2007, 05:04 PM   #9
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Well that settles it! Thank you all!
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