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My new spiral mixer

driechel's picture
driechel

My new spiral mixer

Hello everyone,

yesterday my new spiral mixer arrived. I ordered it in Italy and me living in the Netherlands had to wait for over week for it to arrive. (DHL didn't understand my adress notation!) Anyway my patiences paid of. I cannot emphasize enough how happy I am with this mixer. After years of trying different mixer (all planetary) I hoped that I finally found the right mixer for me. And I can tell you I am pretty sure this is the one!
It is a spiral mixer with moving bowl and central shaft. It can mix from 500 grams up to 3000 grams of flour (so 5 kg of dough depending on amount of water). The engine is only 370 watt but the deep low sound it makes is uncomparable with my old kenwood chef of 800 watt (ok I have to admit that this mixer only has one gear and the kenwood has many more).
It took me 3 years to find out that a spiral mixer with a household size existed, so that is why I like to share it with you all. Maybe I can inspire some others.

For those interested here is a link to a movie I made of the mixer at work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTmrH_Ni6nE&feature=channel_page

 

It comes from this store:

http://www.salvatoregreco.com/
Click on kneading machines. It is the IMC5E model. (the smallest)

Stephanie Brim's picture
Stephanie Brim

See, this is what I'd rather have than a regular KitchenAid or even a DLX...but finding used ones is proving to be problematic. The largest I'd want is a 12 quart Hobart and those seem to be the hardest to find.

So what brand is yours? I'm very curious about it.

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ehanner

I'm happy for you finding a new mixer that suits your needs. It looks like a very capable device and simple construction. In the description it says the bowl is fixed. Does this mean the bowl does not come off for cleaning? I have wondered how they clean the large mixers in a commercial bakery. At some point the bowls get heavy and cumbersome.

So mix up a big batch of bagels and invite us over!

Eric

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bostonphotobill

I have a small spiral mixer on order from TMB Baking. I was told today that it will ship next week. I'll report back after I have used it for a few mixes.

http://www.tmbbaking.com/sp5.html

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qahtan

The large 8 quart stainless steel bowl of the Magic Mill holds up to 28 cups of flour (7 lbs.), to make approximately 15 lbs. of bread dough (7-10 loaves). The efficient, high-torque 600 watt motor runs smoothly and quietly; coupled with an advanced transmission design, it providing ample power to mix and knead even the largest batch of heavy bread dough without straining. The Magic Mill was given its nickname, "The Workhorse Mixer" not by its manufacturer Electrolux, but by users who praise this powerful kitchen helper that's so enjoyable to use.

 

                       qahtan

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flournwater

Inasmuch as none of the dealers/manufacturers I've reviewed want to advertise their prices up front I suspect the cost of one of these machines in clearly out of reach for all but the most serios (and probably professional) bread maker.

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flourgirl51

I have never seen a mixer like this before. How many speeds does it have?Thanks for posting this.

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bostonphotobill

The SP5 has only one speed.

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Jenady

This is taken from the product description of this machine, "This model has liftable head and removable bowl for a better and easy cleaning."

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driechel

This one also has only one speed. That is probably where it gets it strength from.
This is the kind of mixer that most bakeries use. If you read instructions for mixing in for example books like, bread from hamelman, and they are refering to a spiral mixer, then this machine is exactly what they mean. So now when he says mix for 4 minutes or 900 revolutions, I know that with this mixer I have to mix almost exactly 4 minutes. I think this can help me get more consistency in my proces. But of course this is all personal.

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qahtan

Here you go, movie of DLX machine in action.

 takes a few minutes to view the whole movie but worth the time... ;-)))))  qahtan

          http://www.everythingkitchens.com/electroluxvideo.html