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Where can I buy an older Kitchenaid mixer?

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walker Feb 6, 2013 10:11 PM

My Kitchenaid mixer (tilt head) is a bit more than 40 years old; I used it about 12 - 15 times a year. It is still in GREAT condition. My daughter wants one but I was reading reviews on Amazon and many of them are negative, that the newer ones are made poorly.

I'd love to find a gently used one like mine for her.

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  1. John E. RE: walker Feb 6, 2013 11:06 PM

    I don't know what year was the 'cut off' for when the 'good' KitchenAid mixers ended and the 'bad' ones began. Our KitchenAid was purchased in 1997 and it has held up well. However, I don't know where it falls in the 'good/old vs. bad'new' line of KA mixers. I have seen some KAs in thrift stores and on Craig's list, but I don't know the vintage of those machines.

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      JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: John E. Feb 7, 2013 12:53 PM

      It's pretty easy to tell the vintage ones, as the metal band with the KitchenAid mark has a Hobart logo somewhere on it, usually toward the back of the machine. I have a K5SS in my kitchen, the same kind my grandmother had, and it still purrs like a kitten.

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        walker RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 7, 2013 05:29 PM

        All great advice, thanks a lot!

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      paul balbin RE: walker Feb 7, 2013 05:00 AM

      I have been able to find a couple of good old ones for my
      daughters on Craig's list, household, I paid $ 35 for one and
      it is still putting it's shoulder to the wheel, years later.
      Paul

      1. TraderJoe RE: walker Feb 7, 2013 06:10 AM

        The newer KA's are not made poorly. There was a phase in the KA line where select models had problems but that is no longer the case. If you are buying used getting a problem mixer is far more likely than buying a new KA IMO. This is especially true if you buy one from Costco with their killer return policy and price.
        If you really want used search e-Bay.

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          mikie RE: TraderJoe Feb 7, 2013 09:57 AM

          Do you know when that "phase" started and ended? Two of my daughters got married a few years appart right around 2002-04. My wife bought them both flip up KA just like the one she got back in the mid '80s. Both of these newer mixers are junk and have been for quite some time, although they are still marginally usable. The head on the older one moves so much the bowl and beater are all banged up. Until I see some proof that KA has the same quality they had when owned by Hobart, I'm not buying another one.

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            TraderJoe RE: mikie Feb 8, 2013 04:28 AM

            KA is never going to be like Hobart ...ever again. If you want a Hobart N50 expect to pay 2k plus or start searching for a very old KA. There's no reason you can't find the date range on the problematic KA's if you get your Goofle-Fu on. IIR the problematic models had plastic gears.
            I've used a KA in commercial kitchens for many years. They are not going to work for bread daily but for light duty commercial work they are fine.
            KA does indeed make a commercial model. It does not have plastic gears.

            http://www.jbprince.com/blenders-and-...

            FWIW This is the same wattage as the Costco model.

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            Ajfcnj4 RE: TraderJoe Feb 7, 2013 10:11 AM

            My twenty year old model works like a champ...I have a restaurant and I use it every day , now the new models are awful I go through 3 a year I return it and get a new one ...and I'm only mixing cake batters cookies and cream ..if you lift the lid on the new one you can see its all plastic ...my old one is metal..when I called the company they said its not for commercial or restaurant use , then maybe they should take professional or commercial off the label!!

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              c oliver RE: Ajfcnj4 Feb 7, 2013 05:40 PM

              Where is this "lid" that you reference? I'd like to check mine out although it's probably four or five years old and works great. And I mostly grind meat with it...but that's a different thread :)

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            GH1618 RE: walker Feb 7, 2013 08:54 AM

            There's a lot of useful discussion about KitchenAid mixers here:

            http://www.cheftalk.com/t/35775/kitch...

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              treb RE: walker Feb 7, 2013 09:59 AM

              Costco will be your best deal, better than Amazon.

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                c oliver RE: treb Feb 7, 2013 05:42 PM

                My Costco (Reno, NV) has one for $200 and then a mail-in rebate for another $20. I got a refurbished one from Amazon that came with a full factory warranty. We have a second home and I was really tempted to get the Costco one. But then I'd want the meat grinder. And then the pasta maker. So not yet. Darn it.

              2. juliejulez RE: walker Feb 7, 2013 10:02 AM

                BTW, I purchased my KA Artisan in 2006 or 2007 at Bed Bath & Beyond and it works great for me, no issues at all. I use it for cookie baking, and it can handle even very thick oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, the occasional bread/pizza dough, and meat grinding (with the attachment).

                My mom also recently got the Pro one with the bowl that moves up and down at Sears, and paid around $200 for it after using coupons and a rebate.

                1. BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: walker Feb 7, 2013 11:31 AM

                  The Artisan uses plasctic gears as opposed the metal gears on the other models.

                  My Mom's C-3 from 1950 is still going strong.

                  Found a 70's avocado green k-45 for $30 at a thrift store.

                  CRaigslist, garage sales, newspapers, ask around your friends to see who may know of one.

                  My main mixer now is a Hobart A-120 12quart. $295 off craigslist

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                    kseiverd RE: walker Feb 7, 2013 05:07 PM

                    Found a "vintage", faded yellow, crank up/down stand mixer at Good Will a few years ago. Had paddle, whisk, and dough hook and ran well. Was marked $39.99 but tag color made it half price!! Took it home, cleaned it up (minimal needed). Taped everything off and spray painted it out with flat black pain... for outdoor gas grills. Loks and WORKS great! And found an spare bowl at GW for a few $ a little while later!

                    1. Will Owen RE: walker Feb 7, 2013 05:57 PM

                      My first one was bought off a dirt floor at the Nashville Flea Market for $65, then cleaned and partly rewired at an authorized KA service shop for another $100. It's ugly, but it works just fine. After we moved to California I found a refurbished one in an Old Town Orange antique mall, reduced to $110; after dickering with the dealer on the phone I got that and a new-in-box meat-grinder attachment for $125. These are both K5s from around 1955-65. One note about refurbished ones: the replacement metal bands lack the more important ID information, so just because the band doesn't say "Hobart" doesn't mean it can't be a Hobart-made machine.

                      I strongly recommend malls, estate sales and good flea markets as a source for good cookware and appliances. Well over 90% of my batterie de cuisine (and cookbook collection) was found in such venues.

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