After 14 years with regular use - 10X per month - the frequently used flat beater started to loose its finish at the point. I cleaned and reseated the piece to hold the bowl in place and purchsed a new flat beater - 11 months later the fnish is off again. Is ther an adjustment?
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Re: finish wears off K45SS
Usually there is a screw or bolt at the top of the bowl lift area, when it is almost at the top of its slide, that you can loosen to stop the lift sooner, or tighten to make the bowl go higher, or if your bowl has been dented at the bottom, it may now be going too far up. The other thing that is possible, is the shaft the attachments go on is worn allowing the attachments to touch the bowl, if you look at the bowl, that will probably indicate the contact area.
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You need to adjust the head height. Raise the head and look into the hinge from the front of the machine. There is a single slotted screw there, anti clockwise to raise the beater from rubbing the bowl. Just enough to clear is all you need.
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.
We have never heard of this problem before. I spoke with our KitchenAid technician as well and he has never seen this problem in the over 20 years of working on KitchenAid mixers.
Are you sure that the beater is hooked on all of the way, and there isn't anything in the beater stopping it from turning and clicking into place? Is the pin stuck? If the pin is not sticking out all of the way, or the spring is bad/damanged it is possible the beater could come loose. You would want to replace the agitator shaft.
Get a copy of the Repair Part List for your model at Kitchenaid.com Constant pushing of the beater onto the Agitator shaft (40) can cause it to be pushed in too far into the Planetary (33). With the beater in place, use a rubber mallet to slightly tap the edges of the beater and push the shaft out until you can see the retaining clip. Now you have enough clearance on the shaft to push the beater upward and twist it to remove it.
Attach the Flat Beater to the Beater Shaft, and raise the bowl.
If the beater touches the bottom of the bowl then inspect the
Agitator shaft : the retaining ring should be leveled with the
surface of the Planetary. If not, then of course the bottom of
the beater will start scraping the bowl. You can use a rubber
mallet to tap the shaft back in.
Hi TCMARTIN.This should be pretty easy to do by yourself
the instructions for adjusting your beater to bowl clearance is in your Owners Manual.I you don’t have the original manual you can
easily download a PDF version of your Owners Manual from the KA website: (http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/#/page/home).
on Customer Care>Locate Manuals&
Guides> and enter the 6 character model number, in your case K$45SSW and
select the file listed for your model that
appears under Owners Manuals (2): K45SSWH-0.pdf(2730.37 KB)
and save that file to your PC.Turn to
Page 13 and you will find the instructions for adjusting the mixer head
height.I have extracted the
instructions below: Beater
to Bowl Clearance
Your mixer is adjusted at the factory so that the flat beater just clears the
bottom of the bowl. If for any reason, the flat beater hits the bottom of the
bowl or is too far away from the bowl, clearance Tilt-Head
• Unplug mixer.
• Lift motor head.
• Turn screw (A) SLIGHTLY counter clockwise (left) to raise flat beater or
clockwise (right) to lower flat beater.
• Make adjustment with flat beater, so it just clears surface of bowl.
If you over adjust the screw, the bowl lock lever may not lock into place. I hope this helps! – Howard,
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The height of the beater is easy to adjust on the tilt-head model. Tilt the head back, and look into the pivot from the front of the mixer. You should see a screw on the hinge. With a flat blade screwdriver, rotate this screw half a turn counter-clockwise to raise the beater height. Lower the head and check that the beater does not touch the bowl. Repeat until the adjustment is satisfactory. To lower the beater closer to the bowl, turn the screw clockwise instead.
make sure you are using the right attachment. usually for batters you want to use the flat beater. not the dough hook. the flat beater looks like a triangle with lines through the center. and make sure you are using the correct speed on the mixer. start out at stir and then go up to no more than half speed. these mixers take a little longer to incorperate batters but they do a very good job at it. if the batter is thin enough you can try using the wisk as well. but only if it is a thin batter.