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Anyone "go rogue" with a spiral dough hook?

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logdrum

Anyone "go rogue" with a spiral dough hook?

Has anyone tried using a KA spiral dough hook on a model not specifically listed as intended for its use? I have a 20 y/o KSM5 (5 qt.) that is driving me nuts w/ the dough climbing up the "c" hook. Otherwise, it's a great machine that hasn't given me one second of trouble in 20 years of use.


 


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milwaukeecooking

I have a spiral dough hook for my KA 6qt and I'm not sure that it would fit in a 5qt.  It would "work" in a different model but the length could be an issue.  If I remember I will measure it when I get home.  Otherwise I am sure someone else on here is at home with a spiral hook and would be more than willing to measue the length.  Good luck.  You will love the spiral.  It is a beautiful addition to the KA kingdom.

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flournwater

Try spraying you dough hook with a spray non-stick cooking oil and slowing down on the mixer's speed.

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logdrum

Thanks for your reply! The dimensions given on the "Chef's" webpage match those of my current dough hook-I believe it's 6 3/4". My biggest concern is that the hook will tax the motor (it is a 325w model-the biggest they made at that time).


 


@ flournwater: I rarely if ever go over 2 (or 2 1/2) so any slower won't really knead; I'll try the spray method tonight.


 


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Thomas Mc

I remember reading on the KA site that they actually had to redesign the mixer bearings to use the spiral hook, as it uses downward force rather than mixing against the side of the bowl. Even if it did "fit", it might just kill your machine.

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JavaGuy

But if I kill my KA, I can justify a Bosch or DLX...

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will slick

Good point

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logdrum

I'm drawn to the spiral due to its commercial provenance, I'm curious why there is no professional equivalant of the DLX.


 


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will slick's picture
will slick

I also was curious about up grading to the spiral design. I checked the K.A. website and there is no mention of the new type hook being compatible with an older mixer. So I gave up on the idea. I am sure if it was interchangeable they would advertise it. Why would they overlook a potential source for more sales?


Edit- I know maybe to sell more new mixers? LOL Maybe not.

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LindyD


The Spiral Dough hook is limited to certain models, Professional 5 Plus (KV25 series) and the Professional 600 (KP26M series.) These models have been designed to use the spiral dough hook, which uses a more vertical action to process a load, compared to the horizontal action of the 'C' shaped dough hook. 

Using the spiral dough hook on any other mixer models may cause harm to the mixer – and will void the warranty.

KA-Leah



http://forum.kitchenaid.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6362


At least she said may harm...

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sewcial

I was told the same thing when I called Kitchen Aid to ask about  my model (KT2651). That is the Epicurean which was made only for 2 years. It is 475 watts and has a 6 quart bowl. I guess, after they made it, they must have decided to give it more power and discontinued it in favor of the 600 Pro model. I got a bargain on it when KA was discontinuing it, but I now wish I had the Pro 600.


Well, the hook was already on my Christmas wish list and I did get it, so we shall see if the mixer holds up to its use. I will be careful not to go over speed 2 or to use it for long periods. I won't be using it a whole lot, of course, because I love stretch and fold method for most breads, but there are some I would like to use the dough hook with. I also plan to use if for certain cookie doughs.


Catherine

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osx-addict

Mine does the same.. I keep a spatula handy to push it back down once in a while.. Kinda annoying.

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logdrum

but I still find myself flipping the dough 1/2 way through the knead in order to fullly integrate the ingredients.


 


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