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Help! Cocoa powder down Ankarsrum hole (motor)!

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Theresse

Help! Cocoa powder down Ankarsrum hole (motor)!

Help please!  Ankarsrum USA is closed and I need advice as I'm supposed to be making a birthday cake right now!  I was mixing the dry ingredients in the plastic bowl and decided to transfer to the metal bowl for the addition of liquids.  When I removed everything I looked down the hole just cause I'm always a bit paranoid about that hole being so sorta exposed and when I did I saw a film of cocoa powder down there.  Now I don't know what to do even tho I need to use it asap!  Advice?  Thoughts about how motors work re. this type of a problem?  Will using it hurt it?  Is there a way to get it out that really can get it out?  A vacuum?!  Please let me know what you think.  This is really annoying/stressful.  Thank you!

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jimbtv

Personally I'd just suck out as much as I could with the vac and move on. It probably isn't the best thing for the inner workings but I have to think Ankarsrum would have expected something like this to happen on occasion. If they are half the company I think they are, they'd have accommodated for such a mishap.

 

Jim

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barryvabeach

Theresse,  no need to panic.  There are two holes in the DLX that I can think of.  One where the spatula arm sits, it is a small diameter, and very deep, so I don't think you are talking about that hole.  The other is a larger round hole with a bar across it that the bottom of the bowl sits in.  First, that is actually the top of a shaft on top of a pulley, and anything there has no way to get inside the machine.  Second, even if it could get in the machine, which it can't, the motor is not there, the pulley sits below that hole, and a belt runs to the motor which is closer to the side of the machine.  So no worries at all.  You can vac it out if you want to, but it won't in any way hurt the motor.  

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jimbtv

Barry...

You seem to know the inner workings of this machine. Are you a machine-nerd like me who has to take everything apart or have you found an exploded view of the 6220 somewhere?

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MonkeyDaddy

these wonder machines are belt-driven???

That surprises me... I would have expected something with such a high reputation to be gear-driven, or even direct drive.  

Learn somthin' new every day...

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barryvabeach

Jim,  I have taken mine apart.  Someone here had a post about an older DLX, and the only way to diagnose it was to take mine completely apart.  Yes I am a machine nerd -  I also took apart a Bosh Concept, and on one with a broken transmission, tried to fix that ( which is basically impossible)   but I do like fixing things.  I also tend to buy ebay and every once in a while you get something you need to take apart.

 

Monkey, yes it is belt driven, I assume to get the revolutions for the bowl down from the much higher revolutions of the motor and to make it as compact as it is.  If it was direct drive it would probably have to be quite a bit taller.  I don't think it detracts in any way from the design, and in fact, I think helps make it so heavy duty, it is a pretty sturdy belt.

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Theresse

I've been meaning to come back for a while now to say thanks!  I took my vacuum - forget what they type is called but it's the typical Miele kind (not upright) - and put it on the lowest setting, cleaned the part on the end that I chose for the job and sucked it out.  Worked like a charm!  Thanks for the suggestion and also for putting my mind at ease!  Even if it does have a good warrantee, I don't EVER want to have to send it somewhere to get fixed!!

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barryvabeach

Theresse, thanks for the reply. I would not worry much about the Ank, it is extremely well made, and you would really have to abuse it to break it.