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Head of mixer droops

The head of the mixer is drooping some what and I have to lift the head slightly to lock the head down and it is wobbly at high speeds, something inside has slipped maybe? Solution?

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  • famotala Jun 23, 2008

    as above

  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2008

    I have the same problem (mixer head droops). If I don't find a fix soon I think I may operate!!

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I just fixed mine this moring!!
Solution:
1- Lift head. In the lifted position you will see the head of an adjusting screw. Turn it to the left say a half turn.
2- Lower head and see if it is still too low. If so, do it again.

I had to turn mine like two plus full turns.
I beleive it goes into a nylon insert so that the threads are cut as the screw is put in the first time. If the screw is too loose, it may be possible that over time the head could slowly drop because of vibration and the screw slowly moving inward again. If that happens, a new nylon insert may be needed (but that is a different story).

There is another screw that may be loose of the head moves too much right and left. I also had that issue. This screw will be seen if you lay the machine on its side and look up the shaft (pedestal) of the base (large empty area the head attaches to). You will see a small screw head (first item up the open part). That set screw holds the unit in position on the hinge pin to stop movement from right and left.
You will find a full service manual in pdf at:
http://www.mendingshed.com/kitaidparts.html

Hope this helps.
Ken

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

  • jkriho Apr 01, 2011

    This worked! yea!

  • EHDunne Jul 16, 2011

    My experience:
    Originally my issue was a wobbly head - shifting right to left on my 3.5 year old Artisan Series. In an effort to solve what I perceived as something being loose I tightened up all the screws I could see (except the one that actually fixed this - because I sure didn't think to look underneath it for something that would effect the top). Not knowing that the height adjusting screw was, I tighten it all the way to the right. This of course didn't fix the wobble and instead led to not being able to use my wobbly headed mixer at all because now all the attachments were hanging down too far & hit the bowl!
    I'm so glad I found this post because I was able to completely fix my mixer without any disassembly & simply using a screw driver.
    I did have trouble figuring out what screw was being described the loose head solution. The description make sense now that I know where it is, but I spent a while looking at the outer side of the shafts. So, for others using this who may not understand it: the screw is underneath the mixer. When you lay the mixer on its side, look up inside the hollow bottom.
    Thanks for posting this Ken!

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