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Jul 16, 2014 09:52 AM

vintage KA mixer question

I found a vintage K45 (Hobart era) KA mixer. I've never owned one of these before and I'm pretty excited. It's advertised as being in good condition and is selling for $85. However, it only comes with the beater attachment. Will it be hard for me to find other pieces? Or do the pieces for recent models fit in the old ones? Does this price seem fair?

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  1. The new attachments fit. I have quite a number of them.

    I understand the preference for the vintage model - mine is 35 yo and my daughter has a deep attachment to it. Told her I would buy her a new one, but she wants the old one.- no dice!

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    1. Most are, but some, like the ice cream maker, are not. The KA Web site will tell you just which attachments are compatible with which machine.

      Just to add, I've had my KA 45 for nearly 40 years. It "walked" itself off the counter once, got a small ding in the housing, and stopped working only because the plug pulled out. Put it back on the counter, plugged it in again, and it kept on going. And has kept on going ever since.

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      1. re: JoanN

        That's a fantastic resource, thank you JoanN. Based on your comment I am thinking that yes, this is a VERY good price.

        Btw, the Ice Cream maker attachment says it fits all models except KSM6573C and KSM7...

        1. re: pistachio peas

          Forgot to add that, yes, I do think it's a good price. Perhaps not a bargain price, but older KAs aren't easy to come by these days. I think it's definitely worth snagging while you have the chance.

          1. re: JoanN

            I took a quick look on ebay and it seems that except for one auction that had loads of people watching it and 5 days remaining, most of the older KAs were going for much least $150.

            1. re: pistachio peas

              Surprised that even on ebay there were that many of them. I know other people here on the boards said they rarely saw them for sale, and then only at garage sales. Wouldn't sell mine for $1500.

          2. re: pistachio peas

            On the ice cream attachment: even KA Customer Service can get it wrong. I received 5 wrong attachments, even when I gave them all the model #s, etc. Just be patient and persistant if you can't find the right attachment initially!

        2. There have been some other threads on vintage KA mixers recently. The problem with buying a vintage appliance like this is how has it been treated. Did it mix a cake mix twice a year or was it used to mix heavy batters and bread and close to being shot. The trouble with looking at prices online is that, that particular mixer might have some factor that makes it unusual. That price seems a little high to me given the fact that you don't know how it has been treated. I have a mixer like the one you are considering and it works great but I am easy on it. It has overheated once. Consider how much money you can afford to risk and how you plan to use it.

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          1. re: wekick

            Well, I just bought it! I decided that I think it's a good investment and something I will enjoy using. I got it for $80. I would have tried to negotiate for less but she brought it to my house, so I think that was fair. I can't wait to make something with it this weekend!

            1. re: pistachio peas

              Good for you! I just bought a K5SS for $100 and we are very happy with it. I posted the same question you did, did people think it was worth it? Half said yes, half said no. But I have looked for a few years at local townwide garage sales and the GW store near me and have never found any for sale. People hold on to them and pass them down. I could never afford the brand new model I wanted. Even the reconditioned ones were alot of money. I know I am taking a chance buying used but that's okay.

              Best of luck!

              1. re: pistachio peas

                Happy Mixing to both with your new mixers.
                One of the first things to know is how to adjust the beater up and down. It can make a racket if off or just not mix as well if it is too high. This video tells how to adjust the beaters.
                There are many helpful things online including user manuals if you did not get it with your mixer.

                You might also want to read the history of KA mixers on this blog.