Okay, we just figured this out ourselves.
There is a little hole on the neck of the mixer, where the mixer motor meets the neck. While pushing the tilt release button, stick a small screwdriver into the hole (it will not go far) and pry the latch upward. While holding the latch up and the tilt button, have someone pull up on the motor while holding down the base. It might take a little muscle, but after that, the motor will be able to tilt back and forth like it did before it got stuck. If you are the one holding the tilt button and latch, please wach your finger so they don't get pinched when the motor swings up.
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I had this happen on my Kitchen Aid mixer. There is probably a build up of dough/cake mix etc inside the hole where the beater fits into. Fill a mixing bowl or a jug deep enough to fit over beater with very hot or boiling water. Immerse the stuck beater in the water up to where it connects in to the mixer and hold for about minute. Once the hot water has melted the build up you should be able to remove the beater. Hopefully this may work on your brand of mixer.
Do you mean the beater is not touching the bottom of the bowl? AS in there is a gap between the beater and the bottom of the bowl so it is not mixing all the ingriedients? If you have a Tilt-head style mixer, you can adjust the beater/bowl clearance by turning out the adjusting screw. Place your bowl on the bowl screw cap, Place the flat beater on the agitator shaft and lower the head of the mixer so the beater is at the bottom of the bowl. There should be a 1/16" clearance between the bowl and the beater, if the beater is too close to the bowl turn in the adjusting screw, and if the beater is too far away turn out the adjusting screw. The adjusting screw can be located by tilting the head of the mixer back, and in the neck of the mixer you will see a flat head adjusting screw. However if you have a bowl lift mixer and the bowl is too far from the mixer there are a few different way to fix that problem. If the bowl and beater are too far apart start by adjusting the adjustment screw. On this mixer the adjustment screw is under the head. Remove the bowl, and beater and lay the mixer on its back. You should be able to see under the head a screw sticking out, it does not have a head, but a little slot in the screw, use a flat head screw and adjust the beat 1/4 turn. Put the beater and bowl back on and test mixer to see if it the beater has a 1/16" clearance. If it doesn't adjust the screw and 1/4 turn. If after adjusting the screw the beater and bowl still have too much clearance use a mallet and tap both sides of the yoke arm up evenly until 1/16" beater to bowl clearance is met. You can use the same dime test in the bowl to make sure you have the correct 1/16" measurement for the beater/bowl distance. Thank you, Colleen MendingShed.com 800-339-9297
Put the flat beater on and mount the bowl to the machine. Now look for the screw next to where the beater mounts on the head- this is the adjusting screw. Turn it counterclockwise to lower the beater, just a quarter of a turn, and then check where it's running in the bowl. Repeat as necessary. If you need to raise the beater, just turn the screw the other way.
you need to remove splash shield, tilt mixer back,with a long screwdriver adj. the set screwclockwise to decrease clearance for beater to bowl clearance,always use b beater when making adj. clearance should be .054" to .115".also make sure there are no deformities in btm of bowl which can cause you problems.dont forget to vote
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
The Professional 600 has a metal gear housing with a metal gearing. Because of this, the Professional 600 will generally run louder than other stand mixers that may have a nylon/metal mesh gearing.
How long is the bread dough being mixed for? Kitchenaid stand mixers must be used on speed 2 for bread doughs, using the spiral shaped dough hook, and mixing for no longer than 7 minutes.
If the flat beater is getting caught on the bottom of the bowl, pleasure assure the bowl is being seated correctly. You will place the bowl on the mixer arms on the left and right hand side. You will also want to take your fingers along the back of the bowl, where it butts up against the base of the mixer, and press downward. You will hear an audible click as the bowl falls into a spring latch and allows the bowl to sit flush and secure. If this is not being done, the flat beater may strike the bottom of the bowl.
If this was not the cause of the problem, please consult your Use and Care Guide about the beater to bowl adjustment. This is an easy adjustment made with a flat head screwdriver that can quickly correct the problem of a flat beater hitting the bottom of the bowl.
Your beater to bowl clearance has come out of alignment. This can happen naturally over time and with normal use of the appliance. This is something you may correct from home using a flathead screwdriver.
Unplug the mixer, with the bowl and flat beater removed. Tilt the mixing head back as far as the machine will allow. In the exposed hinge, behind where the bowl would normally sit, you will see a 3/8 screw exposed. Turn this screw half a turn counterclockwise (to your left) in order to raise the flat beater from the bottom of the bowl.
This may take a few attempts until the beater is clearing the bottom of the bowl again. If the adjustment screw will no longer turn, do not force it. It is only designed to move so far to make the appropriate adjustment.
Be cautious. Raising the flat beater too high may leave dry ingredients at the bottom of the bowl.
If further information is needed, I would advise you to contact Kitchenaid Customer Service. They may walk through this adjustment through you over the phone and can look into ordering replacement beaters for you also.
Their toll-free telephone number is 1-800-541-6390.
Using the tilt release switch, tilt the head all the way back. This will expose a large screw inside the hinge which you can turn both ways to either get the beater closer or further away from the bottom of the bowl - can't remember which way is which, though. (I had the exact opposite problem: the dough hook was grating on the bottom of the bowl.)