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  • I need a new mixer suggestion

    I just stripped the gears on my very old (20+) Kitchen aid mixer.

    I don't know if I am doing something wrong all of a sudden, but it is the second time in about two months after no problems mixing my dough two to three times a week for the last couple of years.

    What is the best mixer to buy?
    1. Another Kitchenaid? Big as possible?
    2. Some other brand?
    3. Should I just have mine fixed one more time? Maybe I got a bad gear or ???

    I do have various attachments, pasta roller, ice cream maker (my kids love that one!) for the kitchenaid.

    Like I said before, I mix some kind of dough (mostly sourdough) about three times a week. My amounts are usually around 1,800 to 2,300 gms total (Flour, water and salt)

    Thanks for any suggestions, Eric.
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    Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

    Eric, I bought a new KA 6 qt mixer a few years back and I am not very happy. I had to return the first one because graphite was dropping from the gear box. Support was great but the replacement overheats on 2-3 batches of dough. In hind sight, I wished I bought an old Hobart and had it rebuilt. Good luck on your quest but I would stay away from KA.
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    • #3
      Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

      I had a KA to start with and it seriously lacked power.
      Ive since bought a Chinese copy of a 10 litre Hobart and this thing has got some serious grunt.
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      • #4
        Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

        Al - if you don't mind, what did you have to pay? I was in China just last week but a mixer was furthest thing from my mind.
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        • #5
          Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

          I think I paid about A$600 for the knock off, I put the KA on ebay and got A$400 so it all seemed to have paid for itself.

          Also, new KA's sell here for A$700, thats for the big one.
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          • #6
            Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

            Look for a Univex 12 Quart it is made in NH and is a work horse. Parts are still available. I have a 30 quart and a 20 quart and I feel they are better then Hobart.

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            • #7
              Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

              I would get a new kitchen aid they are great love mine

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              • #8
                Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

                Originally posted by REE REE B View Post
                I would get a new kitchen aid they are great love mine
                Ree Ree, have you made 3 batches of dough in a row? Mine shut down because of over heating - not fun when you are getting ready for a party...
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                • #9
                  Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

                  Yes I have for a super bowl party, I use 00 flour what type of flour are you using?

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                  • #10
                    Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

                    Originally posted by Les View Post
                    Ree Ree, have you made 3 batches of dough in a row? Mine shut down because of over heating - not fun when you are getting ready for a party...
                    I think my troubles started when I started upping my mixing times up to about 12 minutes.

                    I looked over some off the commercial units and they weigh 300lbs???

                    Is that correct for a 12 qt model?

                    Eric
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                    • #11
                      Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

                      Originally posted by REE REE B View Post
                      Yes I have for a super bowl party, I use 00 flour what type of flour are you using?
                      I use the stuff you guy's sold me, Caputo I normally use K/A but for special occasions I break out the good stuff.
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                      • #12
                        Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

                        I talked to one of our local bakers a while ago and he is prepared to sell me ready mixed dough done to my specs for A$2 per kilogram.

                        Sounds like a good option if having a big party.
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                        • #13
                          Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

                          Hi Eric,

                          I looked over some off the commercial units and they weigh 300lbs???
                          Is that correct for a 12 qt model?
                          They are not designed to be lifted in and out of a cupboard but you have no option if you want reliability and performance. Your KA's I feel are more domestic suited and not for the hard yakka that dough kneeding requires.
                          I, like Al, bought a Chinese 10 quart mixer (it had all the whisks etc. but no dough hook so I made 2, a straight and a spiral), used it a dozen times and then found a broken 20 quart Hobart for $50. A day later I had it welded, stripped and repainted and now I use nothing else.
                          Do a search on the forum as this topic has been well documented before.

                          Cheers.

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                          • #14
                            Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

                            I made sure the pantry in my new house could fit my 20qt.....wouldn't be without it

                            having said that....if it broke down I'd use the ready mixed stuff for big parties.
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                            • #15
                              Re: I need a new mixer suggestion

                              I am looking for a used Hobart or similar 12 quart unit and will put it in the garage. I have a nice sized pantry, but my nephew has converted it to a bedroom (long story) so the garage it is! I don't think it will be too bad as it will be only for mixing bread dough about three times a week and the weekend pizza dough.

                              I will get the old KA fixed and use it for the less demanding mixing chores.

                              Thanks for the help, Eric.
                              Thanks, Eric

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