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Thinking about getting this mixer.

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Camarie

Thinking about getting this mixer.

I'm thinking about getting this used Kitchenaid Commercial mixer from Ebay. Looks like the old K-5SS Bowl-Lift mixers!

It was out before the design of them had all changed. Still looks great & works good!!

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clazar123

Is it old enough to be branded Hobart on the side label as the manufacturer?

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David R

I might be far wrong, but I don't think any Hobart KAs had "Commercial" displayed on them.

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stanss

I have a KA Commercial for about 1 year now, no problems.  KA Commercial will have a ORANGE power cable unless they have been replaced.

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Camarie

It doesn't have a label verifying who or where it was made.

It looks just like the K-5 bowl-lift mixer that was out in the early to mid '70s, except there's a overload reset button on the right side.

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Isn't the name plate with power ratings etc a legal requirement? Has it been intentionally removed?

EDIT: I'm not claiming that the plate must be kept on the machine by purchasers, because I don't know that one way or the other. But aren't manufacturers required by law to put the plate on in the factory?

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Slybee1

Get it.  I bought one just like about 6 years ago.  bought it for 20 buck because they said it didn't work.  I purchased a new set of brushes for six dollars, been working like a dream ever since.  I even did a custom paint job.  It even came with the dough hook, paddle, and whisk.  Next purchase for my KA is the grain mill. 

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Camarie

Greenville, Ohio is where the Whirlpool-made ones are from. When Hobart was making them, they came from Troy, Ohio. Big difference. The ones that were made by Hobart have better quality. But If You can't find the Hobart-made ones, then if you're still interested, the Whirlpool-made ones should be ok.

Most of the older ones look just like the K-5SS. New looking mixer, BTW!! I may repaint it also, to give it a fresh new look!!

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Yippee

I strongly suggest you to reconsider purchasing the KA grain mill. Make sure you read the reviews, especially by bakers from this forum and not on Amazon, before making your decision.

Yippee

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Camarie

I plan to get a Nutrimill grain mill to match the Nutrimill Artiste mixer.

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Camarie

For the most part. The K-5SS & other KA mixers that looked like it were pretty much made the same They had the same inner workings. About the only slight changes were that an overload button was added,  the motor was beefed up somewhat for more wattage power & torque.

Pretty much everything else with it was the same, until the styling was changed altogether when the machines were all switched over to the present style, & that is when stuff started to go wrong, such as inferior quality, plastic gear cases & more. Whirlpool thought that it could get away with stuff & that no one would find out. Then the tops were taken off & flaws were revealed. I'm surprised that no one filed a class action lawsuit against them!!

The mixers were breaking down left & right!! That is why no one trusts KA any more.

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I ordered it. Note  the thick heavy black cord on the mixer. A true sign that it was made with commercial quality.

It also has the NSF logo on the ID label. It is located on the back of the base near the bottom of the machine.

 

There's a small poster at the top of the accessory drive that reads; 'No attachments are available for this machine'. Only the flat beater & the stainless steel bowl came with it. I want to replace the beater with a shiny white or ss one or the Flex-edge beater.. The bowl has a dent in it. which the beater hits slightly. Needs a little cleaning. Thinking of repainting it in orange.

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Camarie

I have begun the process of dismantling the mixer & cleaning it in preparation for painting it. I want to paint it in orange. Pics on the way.

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David R

...with flames on the sides? 😁

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Camarie

Sorry for the fuzzy pics. Mixer was taken apart for cleaning & repainting. Love that nice white color, but I need to give it a new lok. Look at all that crud left that's on the planetary!! Gotta come off!!

When done, this will look so new!! I'll be getting a new bowl & beaters for it. I'll replace the bowl & beaters so that it will look spanking new!!

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Now for the cleaning!

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Camarie

Cleaning is done! Can't find the masking tape though!!

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Camarie

 

Thinking abut doing it in THIS color now. In honor of Julia Child. She had one this color!!

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Slybee1

Make sure to sand the surface good.  The white paint is like a porcelainized paint, this way you can get a good bond.  I used automotive grade paint.  A base coat clear coat system so I could add a few coats of clear so it could be durable.  It's still easy to scratch. 

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The parts are prepped & ready for painting. Still don't have the tent yet.

 

I want THIS model if it is still available in a few weeks. I'll give it some TLC, clean & repaint it to make it look like new again!! This is a true Hobart-made Kitchenaid machine from which the N50 was first thought of. Long before Whirlpool took over the Kitchenaid division!! It is said to be still working good! I've even ordered a big Kitchenaid decal for it, to put on it when it's done!!

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Camarie

Here it is! Coming tomorrow.
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First 2 pieces are done for now!

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Two more parts being painted!! The motor head will be last. Need a tiny brush for some touchup work.