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The RR of your model number stands for reconditioned, your actual model number is K5A, I believe that the side trim band says Hobart on the side, if not you may have a new trim band (Generic type) put on during the reconditioning to pretty it up. In any event in the back of the mixer is an end cover, at the top is a small Phillips head screw, remove it and lift the end cover up and slightly out, (because there are two small and fragile clips on the back that can be easily broken off, they help hold the end cover in place so up and out ) once the cover is removed you will see a black and copper plate with three chrome screws on it in an upside down triangle shape, the two top screws are for adjusting speeds from stir to 6, the lower one is for adjusting speeds from 6 to 10, Turn the screw on the top left to the left a quarter turn while the mixer is in the stir position. it should start turning. if not turn the screw on the right a quarter turn, the mixer should start, if not turn back the other way (both top screws a half turn) if it machine does not start then there is a strong possibility that it is the bottom screw, the bottom screw can and sometimes does get turned in or out due to the pressure caused by contact that it makes with the speed control switch bar attached to the side speed control switch, so let's try that one, turn it counterclockwise or clockwise (no more than one full turn) a quarter turn at a time, if it is the bottom center screw causing the problem then it should start within a full turn, try not to turn the screw in either direction more than one full turn as you can really screw up your speed settings. Don't panic I am probably making it sound more difficult than it really is, just remember that a little is a lot. I am a KA tech and every machine that I have worked on that has a low speed not working correctly it has turned out to be these 3 screws.

If your machine goes to high speed from the get go no matter where you put the speed switch, well that is another problem, but if your machine is not working on lower speeds when set to the lower speed and it does work at higher speeds when the switch is set to the higher speeds then it is the 3 adjusting screws on the speed control plate. hope this helps if not let us know

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If so the motor mechanism may need to be serviced (cleaned). OR it could be the switch mechanism is either 'dirty' (maybe with built up flour?) or has failed and needs to be replaced.

While UNPLUGGED, move the switch back and forth from OFF to full speed many times, if you have compressed air, blow that into the slot around (top & bottom) while operating the switch.

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Could also be a broken wire to the control plate. It's not very often the plate itself. Just looking in there while operating the lever may reveal something. The shaft at the bottom that moves the plate closes a set of points to start the mixer, maybe the points are loose and not closing when they should. Just be careful operating it with the cover off and alive.

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Obtain a copy of the Repair Part List for your model from
Download a Copy of the Kitchenaid Service manual.

You need to adjust the mixer speeds:

Remove the screw holding the End Cover and locate the three screws from the Control Plate.
All three (2 top left and right, and 1 bottom) must be adjusted.

1. Loosen the lock nuts enough & Turn the 2 top screws clockwise until they cannot be turned
anymore. Leave the bottom screw alone for now.
2. Use a dab of white paint or paper whiteout to mark the positions of the Phillips screws.
3. Plug in your mixer and Set the speed selector to "Stir".
4. Turn each top screw One full turn couterclockwise (alternating between Left and Right)
Keep making one full turn at the time (for both left and right) until the motor starts running.
5. Put your hand near the Agitator shaft and allow it to brush your finger slightly. Use your
watch or clock and start counting the number of times the shaft touches your finger in
60 seconds. The correct count should be 60 RPM (Rounds Per Minute). If it is less
or more than 60, give each screw 1/4 turn counterclockwise or clockwise and start counting
again. Now tighten both lock nuts.
6. Set the speed selector to "6" and turn the bottom screw either clockwise or counterclockwise
to achieve a speed of 180 RPM.

For your reference, the planetary RPM's for the 5-qt. tilt-head Artisan Stand Mixer are as follows:
Stir speed - 60
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Speed 4 - 135
Speed 6 - 180
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The Speed Control lever is linked to the Speed Link mechanism, which in turn moves the
Speed Control Assembly to allow the motor to operate at different speeds.
Get a Repair Part List from for your particular model to see how it works.
As you select different speed setting, the Speed Link simply moves forward or backward,
thus pushing the Speed Control Assembly back and forth.
If you cannot move the Speed Control lever, means that the Speed Link is somehow bent
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Referring to the following parts description:

The speed is controlled with a combination of the governor assembly #24 which mounts on the motor shaft, and the phase control board #27 which is mounted on the back of the mixer.

They operate in conjunction with item #25, the control plate assembly.


Remove the rear cover screw #37 and the rear cover #36 and examine the governor when it is running. Also watch the speed control lever mechanism as you move it from off to the highest speed watching for binding etc.

If the governor appears to be opening and closing as the speed increases and the linkage is not binding then the problem is most likely the Phase Control Board, item #27.

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