Question about Sunbeam Food Mixers
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Pry the beater release button out with a screwdriver. There are two screws underneath it and one under the motor housing between the the beater holes. This will allow you to remove the chrome front cover, but not the motor and drive assembly. Getting to the part that contains the gears requires complete disassembly of the mixer. It is not designed for service, and requires patience and a variety of tools to disassemble.
It has a metal worm gear and plastic drive gears. If the beaters are out of alignment, then one or both of the plastic gears are stripped and the mixer is junk. Repair plus shipping costs equals the price of a new mixer. This is the weak point of these mixers and a fundamental flaw in an otherwise robust and sturdy design. It is definitly not the same mixer *********** bought 30 years ago.
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
The speed control on the back is simply a variable resistance potentiometer, the same thing that controls the volume on older amplifiers. The output current to the motor is supplied by the printed circuit board in the bottom of the unit. This allows gradual increases in speed to avoid over-torquing the motor on speedup. Even the poshy-posh-posh mixers do this.
At least it still works. The most common problem is the cheap plastic drive gears that strip out with a mild cookie dough, this jams the beaters together and requires burial-at-dumpster.
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
OK, this may not be a solution, but might help you get there.
The speed control is NOT a potentiometer, it is a mechanical governer, and may be out of adjustment, or one of two components in the speed control mechanism has failed. The following is a test/ adjustment procedure.
During this procedure you will not be fiddling with electrical components (No risk of shock) You will be making adjustments with the motor running.
In the centre of the speed finder dial is a chrome cap. This can be *carefully* pried out. Be gentle, it's easy to chip the phenolic resin plastic.
Behind this cap is a nut around a threaded part with a screwdriver slot. Using a spanner and screwdriver to stop the centre part turning, loosen the nut some.
Turn the speed finder dial to 1. Plug the motor in and switch on. Whilst restraining the outer nut with a spanner, turn the central screw. From memory, it needs to be turned clockwise, that is, screwed inwards. The motor should respond by slowing down. Should you get no speed change, try turning the screw the other way some.
If you get a speed change, continue turning the screw in that direction until the motor stops. Now screw the other way until the motor just starts again.
This is the lowest speed and corresponds to 1 on the dial. Check the speed finder dial is still pointing to the 1 position. Lock the adjustment screw by restraining the central part, and turning the nut clockwise with the spanner until tight. Try turning the dial to see that the speed changes smoothly throughout the range. You may need to tweak the adjustment a little to get things just right.
Once you're happy with the speed control refit the chrome button, and you're done.
If you could get no speed change, one of two components under the speed finder dial has indeed failed.
Now you will need to determine just what the machine is worth to you. A motor specialist should be able to diagnose which part has failed. However, new parts will not physically fit and modifications will be needed. This could prove costly. If you know an inveterate tinkerer, you're costs could be substantially lowered.
Best of Luck.
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
Go to sunbeam.com, select "kitchen", then select "customer service", then "instruction manual", then "stand mixers", scroll down to model #
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
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