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Kitchenaid Food Grinder attachment does not seem to fit my machine

Been wanting this for quite some time. However, I have the original Kitchenaid stand mixer.. model K5A. This has been a great machine. Never had a drop of trouble and is quite a workhorse. KA states that this attachment fits ALL mixers. However, I can not get it to fit all the way into mixer. I get it to "fit" but it is not totally secure. Was wondering if I should return it to store and give up or if I possibly have a defective attachment OR it just is not made for these older models. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I had planned to use it today. Will just have to do the grinding in food processor which was not my preference. Thanks. Joan

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  1. Make sure the screw is backed out enough....Turn the attachment left or right as you insert it in the machine...Other than that?....No clue

    1. I have a Kitchenaide 5 Professional (which I've never had any problems with) and occasionally I have a hard time getting the attachment to fit. Uncle Bob is right, you've got to fiddle with the screw to get it to fit. I've found with my attachements if I take the screw all the way out and then fit in the attachment then replace the screw and tighten, it'll fit just fine. Try that, and if that doesn't work, return the attachment, it may be defective.

      1. There is a guy over on the Cook's Illustrated bulletin board site that seems to know everything about KA stand mixers. You should ask this question over there. It might not help you for today's cooking, but might save you a return. The guy's user name is jim262 (he might even be here under another name, who know's?)

        http://www.cooksillustrated.com/ibb/c...

        1. I have been fiddling and fiddling :) I am going to play with it some more before I take it back. I took the screw (one on mixer) off altogether and then tried screwing it back in. Thanks. I am going to go over to CI board as per your suggestion

          1. AHA..... Another question

            Is the screw (on mixer) supposed to fit thru the whole on the attachment? If that is the case the hole on attachment does not go all the way thru. This will help me find out if it is defective or its just a major pain the rear :) Thanks again

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            1. re: JoanNYC

              The screw on the side is a 'set' screw and is only there to keep the grinder in place. There is a notch on the mixer and a nub(?) on the grinder that fits into the notch. Sometimes you have to wiggle it depending on where the orbital thing underneath is positioned (that's the part that the blade/ hook/whip attaches to).