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smoke coming out of the Kitchen Aid Mixer

cassoulady Sep 21, 2010 06:17 AM

I was rolling out pasta dough on the Kitchen Aid Mixer using the pasta attachment last night and I started to smell something burrning, then smoke started billowing out of the back of mixer and now it doesnt work. Has this happened to anyone? My mixer is about 5 years old

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  1. Gio RE: cassoulady Sep 21, 2010 06:24 AM

    Sounds like the engine burned out. I hope you pulled the plug. Is it still under warranty?

    A few years ago I gave my KA to my daughter. I had been using it for about 30 years. It was originally my mother's...she got it in the late 50s...!

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      cassoulady RE: Gio Sep 21, 2010 06:27 AM

      I did unplug it. I called the repair place in Salem, and he said it is $45 to look at it, then the motor will be more than $100 plus labor.. I guess I might as well get a new one. It is only 5 years old but the warranty is only one year. I use it a LOT ( baking, pasta making, meat grinder attachement etc).

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        Gio RE: cassoulady Sep 21, 2010 06:38 AM

        Oh gosh... that's a shame. It's such a handy machine. I kinda sorta miss mine every now and then and the food processors somehow just don't compare. But, you know, the more multi-tasking a machine does, the more likely it will breakdown.

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          cassoulady RE: Gio Sep 21, 2010 06:50 AM

          I have been on such a pasta making kick and making pasta for larger dinners ( 8 people at a time), I guess I just pushed the mixer too much. I guess the only amusing part was when one of my guests started screaming "the mixers on fire the mixers on fire!" The sad thing is, I had planned to havepeople over for homemade pasta (with the KA) and homemade sausage (again needs KA) this weekend.

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            mikie RE: cassoulady Sep 21, 2010 08:09 AM

            My mother-in-law is using my wife's old KA mixer, it's over 25 years old. These were really good mixers, the newer ones, my two daughters have them, are not made nearly as well.

            This is odd coming from me, but I'd seriously consider looking for one on ebay that's about 20+ years old. These seem to last for ever. The new ones, which are only assembeled in the US are not nearly as well made.

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              Jay F RE: mikie Sep 21, 2010 11:21 AM

              Yes, and when you look on eBay, look for the name Hobart, the original maker of KitchenAid mixers.

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                cassoulady RE: Jay F Sep 21, 2010 11:39 AM

                interesting, I will look for them!

                Any idea if the Hobart ones are still compatible with the attachements ( pasta, meat grinding etc)

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                  mikie RE: cassoulady Sep 21, 2010 08:59 PM

                  As long as you don't go back to the dark ages, the Kitchen Aid attachments should still fit. My wife's old KA mixer (4.5 qt) attachments fit our daughters mixers. There's about a 25-30 year difference in the age of these mixers, so I don't think the aux drive has changed.

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                    coll RE: mikie Sep 22, 2010 02:57 AM

                    But if you go way back to Hobart Kitchenaid, I wouldn't think there'd be a port for attachments to attach to? They were very utilitarian as I recall.

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                      JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: coll Sep 22, 2010 03:31 AM

                      The Hobart Kitchenaid mixers indeed have the front attachment port.

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                        coll RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Sep 22, 2010 05:15 AM

                        Good to know, if my old Kitchenaid ever gives up the ghost, I'd rather go that way than new.

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      bellybones RE: cassoulady Sep 21, 2010 08:16 AM

      if there are openings in the motor housing, then you maybe got something in the motor armature which was burning up. That is a slight possibility.
      More realistically, you simply used the motor a bit to much. When you increase load on an electric motor, you will see an increase in current.
      When the current exceeds the motor's capability, it may heat to the point that the coils' insulation burns up and will then cause a short which can vaporize adjunct material. Meaning you smelled the wire insulation burning up.
      For this to happen to a machine that makes pasta mean they planned obsolescence and I would avoid this brand from now on. I like the hand cranked units myself. You can try using the machine again for lighter weight chores, but making pasta will create the same situation again. If the motor will not start at all, throw it away and consider it an expensive lesson.

      1. scubadoo97 RE: cassoulady Sep 21, 2010 10:12 AM

        just for reference, what model do you have?

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          cassoulady RE: scubadoo97 Sep 21, 2010 11:21 AM

          It is the Artisan version. I am thinking that maybe a hand crank pasta maker would be better but I love the meat grinder attachement to the KA as well.

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            coll RE: cassoulady Sep 21, 2010 11:25 AM

            Well you could always get a hand crank meat grinder too, and save yourself a bunch of money. I received the meat grinder attachment as a gift and for some reason never used it, I'm so used to the old way.

            BTW I got my Kitchenaid in the mid 1970s and it is like a cement mixer, my crazy Christmas cookie baking every year doesn't faze it in the least. So glad now that I didn't switch it for a more modern color as I contemplated, I know it's beige but it's a champ. Ebay might be a good idea.

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              Mistral RE: coll Sep 23, 2010 09:21 AM

              Don't buy appliances with Chinese motors.

        2. cassoulady RE: cassoulady Sep 23, 2010 10:02 AM

          Well the temporary solution has been to borrow a friends kitchenaid. /he had not unpacked it from a box since he moved in 1999... so I guess it wont be missed. Now, I am not sure if I want to buy a model witih a higher hp motor ( the professional series) or look for an older hobart model. Any ideas?

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            mikie RE: cassoulady Sep 23, 2010 11:23 AM

            You don't really need a Hobart model, just one that's old enugh that Kitchen Aid was still owned by Hobart, or at least before Whirlpool dumbed it down. Hobart sold Kitchen Aid to Whirlpool in 1986, probably anything older than 1990 is a reasonably safe bet. The other date line of demarcation would be when Kitchen Aid went from Made in the US to Assembeled in the US. Made in the US means 75% of the cost of manufacture occurs in the US, assembeled in the US only means that the last substantial transformation to the product occured in the US. This means more than just screwing a few pieces together, but none of it would actually have to be manufactured here.

            Many small electrical appliance manufacturers purchase their motors from Emerson Electric, who for years made their motors in Wisconson, unfortunately they have moved their manufacturing to China, which may be why Assembeled in the US may be as good as you can find on a new mixer.

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