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Can't get the screw adjustment to change the height of the bowl

My stand mixer is not the tilt model, rather there is a handle on the side that raises or lowers the bowl. The problem is that the paddle beater is banging on the side of the bowl. I have adjusted the screw on the mixed behind the bowl to no avail. It doesn't seem to matter which way I turn it - and it doesn't turn very far either way- the beater still hits the bowl hard enough to peal of small shards of metal. Needless to say, this makes the mixer useless. Any suggestions? Are there other points of adjustment?

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  • lindaherbert May 26, 2009

    I have the same problem with my Pro HD Stand Mixer. The adjustment screw lowers the bowl a tiny amount, but not enough to prevent the beater from touching bottom causing whatever is in the bowl to have black stuff in it.



    My mixer is the 475 watt Professional HD stand mixer.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Just can't adjust screw enough to make beater and paddle not hit the metal bowl. It is leaving marks in the bowl.

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I had a similar problem with mine - the problem turned out to be that I hadn't clicked the bowl into place corectly. If you find the bowl is tilting forward slightly then you probably need to push it into the clip at the back.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

  • Mary M Ford
    Mary M Ford Dec 09, 2013

    Thanks, I have done that before. the handle that I move up and down to raise and lower the bowl is locked in one position.

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