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breadmaker spindle falling out - help

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mike_bike_kite's picture
mike_bike_kite

breadmaker spindle falling out - help

I have a cook works signature bread maker. I've been using it for a few years and have been reasonably happy with it but the spindle that goes through the bottom of the pan (and the paddle sits on) now falls out all the time. I assume some sort of clip should hold it in place but there's nothing there now. 

 

Can I buy one? Are they easy to attach? Or is my breadmaker destined for landfill?

 

Mike

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mrfrost

Sounds like the problem is with just the pan. I imagine replacing the whole pan(including spindle) is the ideal, as that is probably the only solution once that spindle assembly breaks/wears out/leaks.

I started out baking bread with a new bread machine and in short order, the spindle seals began leaking onto my dough. As the pans are relatively expensive to replace new, the best solution for me would probably be to just look for another used total machine. You can often find entire used machines for probably less than the replacement cost of a new pan. I think a replacement pan for mine was about $15US + sh when I looked into it.

Since I really hated the "baking functionality" of the machine, and was using it as only a dough maker, I just decided to make my own doughs.

So yeah, although you don't have to throw the entire machine out, your most practical solution, outside of buying a new pan, if that is even an available option, is to look for another new or used entire bread maker. If you really like the machine though, and replacement pans are available, that may be your best choice.

Doesn't mean you need to throw the machine in a landfill though. There may be a demand for it, as is, somewhere(Goodwill donation?).

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mike_bike_kite

Thanks for the advice. It just seems a bit of a waste when the whole machine works but just the little seal is broken - actually it's totally disappeared so I guess I must of ate it at some point - eeek. I'll admit I find it astounding that spares don't seem to be available and that they don't use standard replaceable parts making supply that bit easier. I guess I'll just have to be careful what make I get in future and see if spares are available.

We have a system called freeserve over here which works well for unwanted items, I'll try there first if I can't fix it.

 

Again thanks for your response.

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mrfrost

Have you contacted the manufacturer(customer service dept)?

Although I doubt the spindle/seal repair is available through them, a replacement pan may be available. Again, maybe not an unreasonable purchase since it seems to serve you well.

Good luck.