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Can't believe there is not a way to adjust the beater to bowl clearance on a K5SS without taking it in for service. Clearly if the service center can do it, it can't be impossible. I just need a slight adjustment, and my husband if very handy. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  • jakmawbiz Apr 27, 2010

    Thanks, but the K5SS model does not tilt - it is the 325 watt model that goes up and down. The info you gave is for the tilting model. The manual says the K5SS can only be adjusted by a service center. That seems ridiculous. Kindly let me know if i should work with another expert if you are unfamiliar with this model. Thanks.

  • jakmawbiz Apr 27, 2010

    My model does not have such a screw.

  • jakmawbiz Apr 27, 2010

    There was no solution but to take it in. thanks.

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Hi,
Thanks for using Fixya.
You can correct this 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.


Good Luck and have a nice day.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010

  • Ranglo
    Ranglo Apr 27, 2010


    • Unplug mixer.

    • Place bowl lift handle in down position.



    • Turn screw (B) SLIGHTLY counter clockwise (left) to raise flat beater and clockwise (right) to lower flat beater.

    • Make adjustments with flat beater, so it just clears surface of bowl.

  • Ranglo
    Ranglo Apr 27, 2010

    Sorry to tell you but you will need to take to the repair centre if these steps do not solve your problem.
    Few models like yours need some special machines (equipment) to open it.
    That's why the manufacturer doesn't advice you to repair it yourself.


    Hope you understand the solution.

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:) Hope it works for ya,

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