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Kitchen Aide Pasta roller Problem

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TimCarroll Apr 12, 2009 04:39 PM

I have the kitchen aide pasta roller that attaches to the front of my mixer. I get black specks coming out from around the drive shaft. Also some specks are getting into the dough. Has anyone ever had this problem? I'm about to take it apart but I thought I would check this board for advise before doing so. There isn't any parts list that come with the attachment so I'm afraid if I do find something broken I might have to buy a whole new one.

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    Brunhilde RE: TimCarroll Apr 12, 2009 04:48 PM

    Is it new? I seem to remember it taking more than one batch of dough to "clean" mine out when I first got it.

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      smtucker RE: Brunhilde Apr 12, 2009 04:53 PM

      Same. I actually sent some damp paper towels through it on the "0" [or is a "1"?] setting to clean it out. However, Kitchenaid swears that all the lubricants used on the machine are food-safe, so it is safe to eat.

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      jazzy77 RE: TimCarroll Apr 12, 2009 05:36 PM

      If it is new, then the black spots are to be expected. In fact, I read somewhere that the first batch of dough will "clean" the parts and "should" be thrown out. This happened to me the first time I used my roller set and I haven't seen any spots since.

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        TimCarroll RE: TimCarroll Apr 12, 2009 07:16 PM

        No it's not new, it's about 7 years old and I use it about 10 - 20 times a year. Today was the first time I got a lot of black stuff from around the shaft end that goes into the mixer's head. Before, I would get some little black specks in the dough. I didn't mention it but now it’s starting to screech a little on and off. I'm thinking it’s an impregnated bearing of some sort. Can I buy individual parts for it is the question. Like I said, the literature that came with it doesn’t show any. Looks like its time to do some web searching. – Thanks

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          smtucker RE: TimCarroll Apr 12, 2009 07:24 PM

          Lots of annoying flash, but this has links to all their repair options. Good luck!

          http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/...

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            TimCarroll RE: smtucker Apr 12, 2009 07:33 PM

            Thanks sm, I will check it out.

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          adamshoe RE: TimCarroll Apr 12, 2009 08:28 PM

          Now, I don't know nothin' bout' no impregnated bearings (said in the voice of Butterfly Mc Queen...) but, have you lubricated your rollers lately? A provocative query, I know, but KA recommends it after every 50 batches of dough or once a year. You put a drop of foodsafe oil at each of the 4 points of the rollers. Or is your black stuff actually coming out of the attachment hub? Congrats on having ANY attachment (or appliance lately, for that matter) for 7 years!! BTW, I've had mine for over a year and way-y-y more than 50 batches of pasta; what IS a good food-safe lubricant/ oil? Resist the temptation to give crude responses...(winking!) adam

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            TimCarroll RE: adamshoe Apr 13, 2009 05:08 AM

            Mineral oil is probably the best but I think it's too late. FYI - impregnated bearing is a porous metal bearing that has lubricant contained inside the pores. Thanks

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