My Kitchen Aid works fine except that the beaters are no longer properly aligned in the bowl. They are striking the side of the bowl incorrectly. I have tried adjusting the screws but nothing seems to help. It is so bad it has taken the rubber coating right off the paddle attachment and actually pulls up a little metal off the bowl.
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Re: Kitchen Aid Classic mixer
There are 2 possibilities, the attachments are worn out where they go on the shaft, simply replacing them could fix it, the other is the shaft is worn out inside the planetary ( where it spins), if it moves allot, 1/8 " or more from side to side, the housing is probably worn, and the planetary needs to be replaced, easy job, don't know cost, a new mixer may be in order.
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You may need to adjust the head height if the new flat paddle is a bit bigger than the original. When you have the head lifted up with beater out of the bowl you will see a single slotted screw where the head hinges on the pedestal. Anti clockwise to lift the head up, clockwise to drop the head lower. Paddle should just clear the bowl with head down & motor running.
One thing many KitchenAid mixer owners complain about is that it's
difficult to scrape the bowl while the mixer is running. Because the
beater rotates around the inside of the bowl, and because the beater
doesn't actually touch the bowl, you have to stop the mixer frequently
to scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all the ingredients are
Two companies have come up with fixes for that problem -- the
BeaterBlade+ and the SideSwipe.
They are available for most KA mixers.
Cook's Magazine tested both in January 2009 and liked the SideSwipe a
tad more than the BeaterBlade
because they thought it performed a little better on a particularly
heavy cookie dough, but one reviewer on another forum commented that
dough tends to bunch up on the SideSwipe's inner parts.
In any case, I have the BeaterBlade+, mainly because it was available
from Amazon for $30, no tax, free shipping, and I didn't feel like
driving around to find the other.
Both are made of very strong plastic and have silicone scrapers on the
edges of the blades. The scrapers do touch the bowl and thus provide a
constant scraping of the ingredients, assuring that everything gets
mixed in. I've found that I rarely have to stop the mixer, except to
make sure that the ingredients that cling to the beater itself are