My KA KP26M1XNP stand mixer is possessed by the devil
For Christmas 2009 my family bought me the KitchenAid Pro 600 stand mixer. It worked great until two years later when the gears seized up and I had to rebuild the transmission to the tune of $75 in parts. Here it is two years later, and while mixing up some dough for two loaves of bread this morning, this illicit spawn of Satan gave out a demonic groan in the powerhead and ground to a halt with the motor still trying to turn the seized gears. I had two minutes left of kneading on speed 2, so I extracted the dough and finished it by hand. I have read of others having problems with this machine, and I'm beginning to believe KA intentionally produced a lemon which they refused to stand behind. I have an old KSM9 machine from '92 that still works, but has the old style dough hook that allows the dough to crawl up to the gear head. That will have to do until I find a replacement for the Pro600, and you can bet the bank it won't be another KA piece of junk. I'm not wasting the money on this machine to rebuild it again. I'll just cut my losses and move on. I'm going to put under the track of my friend's D9 dozer and smash it to smithereens, which shouldn't be too difficult the way it's built.
FWIW, I bake about 150 loaves of bread each year, donating 60-70 of those loaves to the church bake sale. Any machine with a name like "Pro600" should be able to keep up with that little bit of dough.
Joseph the Angry Bread Baker