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Apr 10, 2021 - 9:43:56 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14979 posts since 9/27/2007

Terry is an awesome bread baker & all the loaves she made were kneaded by hand. 

We got a Kitchen aid & used it a few times to make pizza dough. A guy she worked with gave her a sourdough starter & she gives away all the bread so we don't get too fat! 

If you go through my pics there's lots of tasty bread she made. She's been making sourdough loaves for a year now. 

The mixer didn't sound too good so we found a repairman online. It's been in the shop for a couple months now!

I had to buy a waffle maker & get her to make sourdough pancakes just to use up the excess Monster dough! LOL!

The guy was ancient & said the gear was on back order. I read up on it & it turns out you should warm them up first. All the grease in there goes gooey in the back/cold part of your pantry & it works too hard.

They are not cheap mixers & I imagine there might be a few bucks in fixing them.

Apr 10, 2021 - 10:41:23 PM
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Brian T

Canada

18059 posts since 6/5/2008

I don't think that KA are very well made. They built their image on donations to every TV cooking show on the planet. The accessories are obscenely priced like the ditzy little pasta rollers.
The pieces do not fit together snugly. Always some rattle and slop (is that maybe useful so things don't grind each other to death?)

At the time, I couldn't afford Hobart so I bought a 600W Hamilton Beach stand mixer which has been a delight to use weekly for all sorts of bready things for 15+ years. They don't break down so I believe they quit making them 5-7 years ago.

I suggest you consider buying another one

Apr 11, 2021 - 4:53:39 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25829 posts since 8/3/2003

I bought a Cuisinart stand mixer probably 10 years ago and I've never had to warm it up. When Dave was alive, I'd make bread at least once a week. Now the mixer may sit unused for weeks or months but when I plug it in, I use it, no warm up, no problem.

If you can't get your Kitchen Aid fixed or it's too expensive, you might research the Cuisinart stand mixer. Mine works fantastic for bread and cookies and whatever else I need to mix. You can also add attachments that make pasta and other things like that.

Apr 11, 2021 - 4:58:18 AM
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rinemb

USA

13272 posts since 5/24/2005

We have had ours for 10-15 years of occasional use. Still works fine. I have oiled it a time or two, and adjusted alignment once. Brad

Apr 11, 2021 - 6:58:31 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

14979 posts since 9/27/2007

She's been using it weekly for a year but it started making a grinding noise, I never paid any attention to it.

The first time she tried it she plugged it into the outlet on our new glass top stove (Hate it) & went away for a minute.

The mixer walked off the stove ripping the plug off & buggering up the outlet! I put a new end on it & straightened up the outlet. I don't think it hurt it mechanically & not even cosmetically

Having looked it up after the fact I realize they could use some maintenance like Brad mentioned.

She looked all over town for a repair place & this guy was the only one. I dropped it off in a part of town I had never been, It was like a movie set with with old & new houses all crammed onto a street where there was barely enough room for my small car with cars parked on both sides. There was like a biker bunker with a big gate & bars on everything across the street.

He had 2 gates at the front that were all tied shut with string! The first one I looked at looked like too much work to untie so I went to the other one, He said to ring the doorbell on his shop. I did a few times but nobody answered! I was standing there holding the heavy mixer when I heard some shuffling above on the deck.

I went around to where I could see him & he looked to be in his 90's. He knew I was coming & I reaffirmed whose mixer it was. He said to put it on this stand by the door. Just to add something else I asked how he wanted to be paid. He said "CASH!" Haha!

As I was leaving his wife? came home & looked even older than him dressed in a big hat & long coat. I said hi! & she said hello & I tied the gate back up & left. It was all too weird.

It's been about 6 weeks now & he said he's waiting for a replacement gear? I did hear that the Amazon hub of Canada was hit by a big Covid outbreak.

I've been teasing her that she's never going to see it again & that I never get any bread anyway because she gives it all away! And as long as I'm getting waffles & pancakes i'm good with it!

Edited by - bubbalouie on 04/11/2021 07:01:45

Apr 11, 2021 - 7:05:06 AM
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3486 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by bubbalouie

She's been using it weekly for a year but it started making a grinding noise, I never paid any attention to it.

The first time she tried it she plugged it into the outlet on our new glass top stove (Hate it) & went away for a minute.

The mixer walked off the stove ripping the plug off & buggering up the outlet! I put a new end on it & straightened up the outlet. I don't think it hurt it mechanically & not even cosmetically

Having looked it up after the fact I realize they could use some maintenance like Brad mentioned.

She looked all over town for a repair place & this guy was the only one. I dropped it off in a part of town I had never been, It was like a movie set with with old & new houses all crammed onto a street where there was barely enough room for my small car with cars parked on both sides. There was like a biker bunker with a big gate & bars on everything across the street.

He had 2 gates at the front that were all tied shut with string! The first one I looked at looked like too much work to untie so I went to the other one, He said to ring the doorbell on his shop. I did a few times but nobody answered! I was standing there holding the heavy mixer when I heard some shuffling above on the deck.

I went around to where I could see him & he looked to be in his 90's. He knew I was coming & I reaffirmed whose mixer it was. He said to put it on this stand by the door. Just to add something else I asked how he wanted to be paid. He said "CASH!" Haha!

As I was leaving his wife? came home & looked even older than him dressed in a big hat & long coat. I said hi! & she said hello & I tied the gate back up & left. It was all too weird.

It's been about 6 weeks now & he said he's waiting for a replacement gear? I did hear that the Amazon hub of Canada was hit by a big Covid outbreak.

I've been teasing her that she's never going to see it again & that I never get any bread anyway because she gives it all away! And as long as I'm getting waffles & pancakes i'm good with it!

 

 

 


This reads like the opening of a Stephen King story. I'd just leave the mixer where it is. Or even sell your house and move to the other end of the country.

Apr 11, 2021 - 7:20:32 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

14979 posts since 9/27/2007

Yeah Andrew! There was busy car garage on the corner of the residential street & another heavily fenced in front yard that could have been a wild animal enclosure! 

I can't wait to go back & have another look around!

Apr 11, 2021 - 12:42:33 PM
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DC5

USA

18430 posts since 6/30/2015

KitchenAid, like me, used to be better than they are. They were originally manufactured by Hobart and were rock solid. If you owned a KitchenAid in the middle of the 20th century you probably kept it running forever. Now they are made by Whirlpool. See my thread on the issues I'm having with my dishwasher. They are riding on the name, but building them with cheap components.

Apr 12, 2021 - 6:24:58 AM
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rinemb

USA

13272 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by DC5

KitchenAid, like me, used to be better than they are. They were originally manufactured by Hobart and were rock solid. If you owned a KitchenAid in the middle of the 20th century you probably kept it running forever. Now they are made by Whirlpool. See my thread on the issues I'm having with my dishwasher. They are riding on the name, but building them with cheap components.


Dave, The good news is, for folks like "us", is that we no longer need to buy with priority of quality to last forever.  I figure most things I buy anymore, will last the rest of my life, or need of the product.  sadfrownsmiley Brad 

Apr 12, 2021 - 6:34:08 AM
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11788 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by DC5

KitchenAid, like me, used to be better than they are. They were originally manufactured by Hobart and were rock solid. If you owned a KitchenAid in the middle of the 20th century you probably kept it running forever. Now they are made by Whirlpool. See my thread on the issues I'm having with my dishwasher. They are riding on the name, but building them with cheap components.


My mother's Kitchen Aid, probably in the 40's or early 50's was a great mixer and lasted her lifetime.  Both my daughter's and our new ones have also been excellent, but admittedly we do not use them nearly as much as my mother used hers.

Apr 12, 2021 - 6:36:18 AM
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DC5

USA

18430 posts since 6/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb
quote:
Originally posted by DC5

KitchenAid, like me, used to be better than they are. They were originally manufactured by Hobart and were rock solid. If you owned a KitchenAid in the middle of the 20th century you probably kept it running forever. Now they are made by Whirlpool. See my thread on the issues I'm having with my dishwasher. They are riding on the name, but building them with cheap components.


Dave, The good news is, for folks like "us", is that we no longer need to buy with priority of quality to last forever.  I figure most things I buy anymore, will last the rest of my life, or need of the product.  sadfrownsmiley Brad 

 


Unfortunately I'm also beginning to think that could be true of magazine subscriptions.  sad

Apr 12, 2021 - 7:18:13 AM
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rinemb

USA

13272 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by DC5
quote:
Originally posted by rinemb
quote:
Originally posted by DC5

KitchenAid, like me, used to be better than they are. They were originally manufactured by Hobart and were rock solid. If you owned a KitchenAid in the middle of the 20th century you probably kept it running forever. Now they are made by Whirlpool. See my thread on the issues I'm having with my dishwasher. They are riding on the name, but building them with cheap components.


Dave, The good news is, for folks like "us", is that we no longer need to buy with priority of quality to last forever.  I figure most things I buy anymore, will last the rest of my life, or need of the product.  sadfrownsmiley Brad 

 


Unfortunately I'm also beginning to think that could be true of magazine subscriptions.  sad


Interesting point.  Back in the day, as a kid my mom always allowed each of us kids to have a magazine subscription...Man, did we look forward to those.  As adults up until 10-20 years ago, my wife and I each had several magazine subscr. all the time.  Now we have no paid fors, unless they are a part of a product like AAA.

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