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NOS KitchenAid Mixer Repair

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by WarrenB, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    So on my usual travels around the local pawn shops I found a NOS KitchenAid Ultra Power Mixer, looked great, all boxed and unused.
    A look at the packaging revealed signs that some kind of oil had run onto it, so then I looked even closer at the mixer and could see a very small amount of oil around the seam between the top and bottom of the motor housing, so after pointing this out and getting the price down even better than it was originally, I took it home!

    I guessed it would be the original grease had separated due to lack of use, so started to strip the motor/gear housing down, I had already started by the time I realised you guys might like to see some pics:oops:

    I am sure some of you might have been inside one these before, but here's a few pics and brief description anyway.

    After removing 4 screws under the body and 5 screws and a pin holding the planetary section I was able to separate the motor housing.
    I was relieved to see the original grease had indeed separated and become a thinner oily mess in places. This is after removing most of the grease.

    A lot of the oil had run down into the bottom of the housing, again this is after I had removed the bulk of the grease.

    Cleaned a lot of the grease off and got all the oily stuff removed.

    I was surprised at the amount of grease these things have in them:eek: I tried to put back a similar amount to what I had taken out. Looks a lot, but that's about what was in there!

    The gasket was fine and it was leaking elsewhere anyway, these are just not meant to have thin oily stuff in there, hence the big dollop of grease!

    Just worked back in reverse order to reassemble it, plugged it in and...........

    .... it's all good, pheww:D

    It's actually a pretty simple job, nothing complicated in there and just a few screws really to get to it all.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  2. WildBoar

    WildBoar Founding Member Contributor

    ugh, looks worse then repacking wheel bearing. Nice job!
  3. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    many times over the years I have hankered for one of these. good job Warren
  4. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Yeah pretty mucky in there with the thinned grease everywhere!

    Me too, Mike! just always been a little too expensive for the limited use I would give it, this was cheap though:jump
  5. John Fout

    John Fout Founding Member

    I've rebuilt mine many times... Not much to them!
  6. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Yeah I was quite surprised, guess that's why they last so long, just simple and solid
  7. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  8. Awesome work and great to see inside. Mine was a house warming gift from my parents and i love it (the wife loves it more)
  9. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Thanks guys! I can't help trying to fix stuff, I love diagnosing faults and then fixing them, guess that's why I was a heating technician(fancy title they gave us) for 12 years:D
  10. WildBoar

    WildBoar Founding Member Contributor

    I'll send you my ex-wife. The diagnoses part is easy. Good luck. :D
  11. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Well if it's something I can fix with a very large wrench I'll give it a go:D
  12. John Fout

    John Fout Founding Member

    I tell people if they see a broken kitchen aid to pick it up for me. Unless the motor is blown it will be worth repairing. Half the time they just need a cord or a worm gear. Occasionally the electronic panel fries. Easy flips :-D
  13. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Yeah I am very tempted to sell this on for a tidy profit;)
  14. Mrmnms

    Mrmnms Founding Member Gold Contributor

    you guys are the right kind of smart
  15. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Well I reckon I could get at least 6-7 times what I paid for it, so it is very tempting to move it on:D It's what I seem to be doing for a living these days, buying stuff at good prices and either cleaning/repairing or just reselling them as they are.
  16. John Fout

    John Fout Founding Member

    The guy at the parts store recognizes me... But I'm there for the restaurant stuff too
  17. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

    I need a mechanical speed adjuster for my Hobart if anyone runs into that.
  18. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    There is a place near me that sells parts for all sorts of catering equipment, think they strip down broken appliances and sell the working spares. I'm not too clued up on Hobart, is there a specific model number of yours Jim?
  19. Lucretia

    Lucretia Founding Member

    I need to fix mine. I have a 6-qt model with stripped gears. Tried selling it "as is" but no takers. (Moved on to Electrolux and am much happier.) Probably would sell a lot easier working. I've checked an online site for parts, and you can buy small quantities of the grease now--used to be sold in a giant can for $$$. Might be worth fixing now.
  20. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

    I am not near it at the moment Warren.
    I will look it up when i am. I did a thread on the rehab and may be able to find that.

    Good luck!

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