I think these are now made in China - and it shows. Was just mixing pasta dough - admittedly it was made with "strong" flour - but still!
Now off to find a replacement (EDDOUGH-ALU005)....
are not made in China.
Sorry - to be clear, the hooks and attachments now seem to be made in China, and the bowls are made in Korea.
The N50's themselves are still made in Ohio, USA.
I ordered a replacement hook from a2z culinary. I just hope it's a spiral, not a c-hook, which I already have.
It says something about the rest of the mixer if the dough hook was the first thing to break.
The locating pin in the main drive shaft recently came loose, necessitating a complete tear down, but that was my own fault for accidentally leaving mixing pasta dough with the beater attachment.
Lovely solid little mixer in general!
Does the N-50 have a plastic failsafe gear like the Kitchenaids do? People have a hard time understanding what that failsafe gear is for.
Nope. Well, there is a fibre gear as part of the transmission, and it would probably fail before any of the substantial metal gears failed, but as far as I know it's not specifically a failsafe.
The fibre gear is at 11am on the 3rd picture at this excellent webpage of N50 restoration:
EDIT: In fact picture #8 on that page (img_6914.htm) shows the shaft pin which was the cause of my mixer's woes recently.