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Kitchenaid/Hobart mixer manual & attachment question

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Well, my eagle-eyed wife called me this morning to tell me she had spotted a standmixer at a yardsale she passed. I went over to check it out and found it was a Kitchen K45ss mixer made by Hobart. Got it for $20, and it runs great. Has the paddle, dough hook, whisk, and bowl. Been wanting one for years!
Now, does anyone know how I can get an owners manual?
And I know you can get a meat grinder attsachment for it. Has anyone used one? Does it work well?

Thanks in advance for input!

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  1. SCORE!!! Probably an old one which is a good thing, metal instead of nylon gears inside so more durable and long lasting. Check the link below for owners manual info. I got my K5-SS about 1980 and it's like new and it has seen a lot of heavy use. My long time dream is to find one of the industrial 8 qt. Hobart mixers. My old 1950's, hand me down from grandma, free standing Oster electric meat grinder just died so I bought the Kitchenade Food Grinder last week with one of those $10 off coupons at Bed Bath & Beyond. Haven't used it yet though.


    1. Wow! You did good! I've had a K45SS since the mid-80s. It walked itself off the counter once, got a tiny dent in the body, and never missed a beat. A truly great machine.

      I'm embarrassingly anal about keeping owners' manuals and all I have for this is an attachments and parts list and a warranty. I don't think I ever had an owners' manual as such and don't really think you need one.

      As for attachments, I have the meat grinder, sausage stuffer, pasta roller. and pouring shield. I never use the pouring shield. Too much trouble to take out of the closet. I used to make sausage quite a bit, but haven't in many years. I don't recall any problems with the meat grinder, but it's been too long since I've used it to be able to be more specific than that. I use the pasta rollers all the time and wouldn't be without them. They make it so easy to quickly whip up a batch of fresh pasta that except for shells and such shapes I rarely buy dried pasta any more.

      You're gonna love it. I truly believe it's the best of all the Kitchen Aids ever made.

      1. I have a Hobart from the 1980s (working great) and the useful part of the instruction manual consists of this:

        Use the whisk for whisking -- e.g., beating egg whites and whipping cream.

        Use the paddle for somwhat heavier stuff -- e.g., cake batters, fudge, cookies, the beginning stages pf bread dough

        Use the dough hook for the heavy stages of bread dough. Bread dough will knead quite quickly. and is ready when the surface is wmooth and non-sticky (some people finish it off with a few minutes of kneading by hand, but I never have),

        Often, you'll want to use a spatula to scrape down the sides.

        Oh, and use low speed at the start of mixing to avoid a kitching-cleaning disaster.

        Using those guidelines has served me perfeclty.

        Attachments, in my experience, are a gamble. I ordered the ice-cream maker from the new, and it didn't fit the Hobart. The reaction from customer service was, "Oh, too bad." Hundred bucks down the drain. I wouldn't buy a new KitchenAid mixer.

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        1. re: mpalmer6c

          "Attachments, in my experience, are a gamble."

          Right you are. I ordered a new, burnished aluminum mixer paddle and dough hook via Amazon.com, and while the dough hook "kind of" fits, the paddle beater is entirely too short.

          1. re: Anonimo

            Did you know that you can adjust the clearance of the flat beater from the bowl on Kitchenaid mixers? I had a similar problem and fixed it by going to the user manual -- there's a fix there! If your user manual is not nearby, then you can go here (for tilt-top machines):


            The fix is on page 14 of the manual.

            If you have a bowl-lift type mixer, then go here:


            The fix is on page 10 of the manual.

        2. I have a 6 year old KitchenAid I bought at Costco for $249.00. You got a killer deal! Way to go!

          Try contacting the company about a owners manual. I did that with a George Foreman grill that was given to me for free. I contacted them on the internet and they sent me the manual to download. Worked great, just printed it and stapled it together.

          I have the meat grinder which I bought to make raw dog food but have since started making my own sausages both link and bulk. Really easy, really tasty and much less fat then commercial sausage. Although I use a pork shoulder for the sausage with all of the attached fat, my sausages hardly put out any grease when cooking. Kind of makes me wonder how much fat really is in the commercial stuff. I got my recipes of the internet and so far have made, spicy italian, maple breakfast, bratwurst and chorizo. For the links, I go to my neighborhood butcher and the casing. If you don't use them all, put them in a small container with water and freeze for next time.

          Couple of extra things to do with the KitchenAid and paddle. Makes short work of pork or beef for shredded meat, great for mashed potatoes and deviled egg filling.

          I don't use mine daily, but when I do I fall in love with it all over again and it has a proud place on my counter!

          Have fun!

            1. Didn't see your second question. Yes, I own the meat grinder and it works very well -- we've made lots of excellent sausage with it and the small sausage stuffer that you can get in addition to the grinder. If you want to make lots of sausage, though, you're gonna want a stand-alone sausage stuffer. If you just want to grind your own meat, though, all you need is the food grinder attachment.

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              1. re: Nancy Berry

                Your right Nancy. I forgot that I had bought the sausage stuffer attachment at the same time I bought the food grinder. Although the stuffer works, we have found it is a two person job, one to push the sausage into the machine and one to hold the casings as they fill. If I was going to make a lot I would probably invest in a stand alone stuffer, but for my husband and I this one works fine for making a few pounds of sausage at a time.

              2. I got a stuffer and grinder on eBay for about $50 (new) and they work well. The loading platform is quite elevated, so it works better on a lower counter.

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                1. re: jayt90

                  That's a good price. I think I paid $60 for the grinder and $13 for the stuffer through the KitchenAid website.

                2. I love the grinder. I haven't gotten around to making sausage yet, but I get a lot of bulk meats on sale to grind up and freeze.

                  1. Thanks to everyone for your help. I finished my second batch of Foccacia dough last night. Maybe a pound cake this weekend!

                    1. I have my Grandmothers K45SS. I have no idea how old it is. I can't remember a time when she didn't have it and I am 66 years old. It works like a charm. Although I have never used the meat grinder myself I remember watching her use it all the time. She used to do a lot of baking, especially with yeast and used the dough hook. I just bought one of the new paddles (the ones with the rubber scrappers on the sides. I LOVE it. It's a wonderful investment. I bake a lot of cakes and you don't have to always stop the process to scrap down the sides of the bowl. My mixer is all metal and very heavy, maybe that is why it has lasted so long.

                      1. The meat grinder is a staple in my kitchen, finally wore one out and replaced it; it took a lot of doing. I got a lot of accessories when I bought it; a coffee grinder (worked great, made an atrocious racket, wore out soon), ice crusher, a set of vegetable slicer shredders, a sort of foodmill attachment, a pasta maker- other than the meat grinder, most of them fell out of use pretty soon.
                        There are some new generation paddles being made- I foolishly bought one not made by Hobart; it has gaskets on the arms to clean the bowl sides; seemed like a good idea, but it didn't work well; the blades have a kind of twist and tend to throw stuff all over the kitchen. It was also, despite the price, all plastic. I've since seen one made by Hobart that has the gasket on 1 arm. The coating has started to flake off of mine, possibly because I usually cream butter for cookies right out of the refrigerator; I'm going for the simple polished metal version next.
                        Congratulations on the purchase, it should be good for several lifetimes.

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                        1. re: oldunc

                          Come to think of it, the coffee grinder and ice crusher were for an Osterizer blender I bought at about the same time as the Kitchenaid; hope no one went looking for them.

                        2. Hi! I just found a Hobart-era KitchenAid K45SS at a Housing Works charity shop in New York City. With my supporter discount it was $77. It isn't as good as your yard sale purchase, but I am pretty darn pleased. I am trying to date it. I wrote KitchenAid with the serial number and model -- we will see.

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                          1. re: gdedrick

                            You did darned well getting a K45SS at all. They usually go for more than that on ebay, which is often the only place you can find them these days. I've had mine since at least the mid-80s and it's been a workhorse all those years. Great machine. Congratulations.

                          2. My K45SS is actually from the 40's. Originally belonged to my Grandmother, then passed to my Mother, and then on to me. Just be careful, I was advised by Kitchen Aid that the new attachments can be a problem for the older models. Mine was originally manufactured by Hobart.