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Mixer whine The mixer has a high-pitched whine that gets louder the more it is worked. Is this normal?

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  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2007

    it has a high pitch wine when you use it!

  • no1mrs Dec 18, 2007

    I have the same problem with my kenmore mixer. The noise is unbearable. I wish I could take it back to store. But my husband bought it for me 2 christmas ago. He was so proud that he got something I wanted. My old mixer had quit on me. I couldnt take it back and hurt his fillings...I just wear ear plugs when I use it .. LOL

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2008

    Kenmore Stand Mixer: KSM100 60Hz 600W MAX, When you turn the mixer on to use it it sounds off with a high pinched whine, I have tracked this noise to the area of the electric motor and drive gear. From what I've read this is common. Only thing is I can't locate the solution. I you could inlighten me it would be very kind of you to back your product as too how to rid this mixer of this.

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Unfortunately, the Kenmore mixer sounds louder than freight train due to a poor planetary gear design. I had to take mine back so that the neighbors wouldn't **** me. I hooked up two identical models at the store to get the same, painfully loud, experience. I think I prefer the sound of a bandsaw to the grating noise it produced.

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