Your Kitchenaid Mixer, Desconstructed
Let me just preface this by saying that I totally recommend that you try this at home.
The other day I was walking down the street and like a mirage, bang, a professional Kitchenaid just materialized on the side of the road. A professional Kitchenaid mixer! For free! Just begging to be in my kitchen, sitting there all indifferent. Sure, it didn’t have a bowl or any of the attachments or whatever, but it was a professional Kitchenaid mixer. For free. This mixer was all like “Whatevs, I hang out on the street all the time. I don’t need you.”
Yet you know that the very same Kitchenaid mixer that was sitting there with a blase expression was secretly wanting to hold a noble and regal spot on my counter. Of course I took it home with me, we were meant to be together.
Well, so yeah. Here’s the scoop. If you find something just sitting on the side of the road like a mirage pretending it doesn’t need you, chances are its damaged goods. All too soon, and inconveniently, I realized that I had brought home a dysfunctional Kitchenaid mixer.
I mean, really, I should have known this by all outward appearances. No bowl? Check. No beaters, dough hooks or a whisk? Check, check and check. Sitting on the side of the road with a fine sheen of grease baked on? Yup. I was totally suckered in by a pretty face yet again.
However, I have never been the type to give up on things, I thought I could work things out. We could build on this! I could be the rock in this professional Kitchenaid mixer’s life! It was me and it, it and me, in it for the long haul! So I asked around about getting some repairs made on this and started pricing out new accessories.
The upshot of my research is that I wasn’t about to shell out enough money to basically equal the cost of a whole new mixer. That’s just crazy talk. However, I did discover that the Kitchenaid mixer line isn’t that difficult to repair if you’re really curious (or cheap). So instead of repairing mine, I thought that you guys might like to see what a mixer looks like dissected in case something happens to yours! Neat, right?
(P.S. Could I say “professional Kitchenaid mixer” any more times in this article?)
The Innards of a Professional Kitchenaid Mixer, Step By Step
Part One: The Outsides
The first step in taking apart your mixer is to take off the metal band (not shown). This band is held on by one square bolt at the back of the mixer. I find that this screw is the Idiot Defense System as all the rest of the screws are the standard phillips head type, as shown. Unscrew these as well, two per side.
Part Two: The Insides
Once you crack the case open, the Kitchenaids are pretty straightforward. A motor, some gears in a case and a simple looking motherboard panel. That’s it.
As you will see, the motor is in the back of the mixer, while the gear case is in the front. The control panel is on the righthand side and connects to the motor with a few wires. The power cord, which is also connected to those wires, is located underneath the motor.
Part Three: The Gear Case
If you need to replace anything on a Kitchenaid mixer, it will probably be the worm gear (from what I read). This is located in the gear case at the front of the mixer.
To take this apart, simply unscrew with screws located on the right and left sides of the case and lift it up carefully. Please note the “carefully” part on that sentence as the gear case is as greasy as a used car salesman at the Exxon Valdez spill. What keeps your mixer running hassle free for years is a crap ton of machinist’s grease (as shown). I suggest wearing gloves and pushing up your sleeves if you need to do this.
Part Four: The Innards, On Display
For your reference, here are the parts of your mixer shown piece by piece. They are:
A: The cover
B: The Idiot Defense System AKA the metal band
C: The gear case cover
D: The motor (with motherboard wire shown to the right)
E: The gears (this includes the notorious worm gear)
F: The motherboard and multiple wires (this could not be removed without taking out the power cord as well)
And that’s about it. Simple, right?
So lets say that you yourself have a dysfunctional mixer on your hands. Congratulations my friend! Now what? Where are you supposed to go to get parts for this magical unicorn of a machine?
Fear not, you can get many of those little parts at The Mending Shed and most of the larger parts at the Kitchenaid website. I also suggest that if you’re really going to do this, to always invest in a can of machinist’s grease to re-lube everything up. What is in that gear case will transfer to everything that you are wearing simply by looking at it.
Armed with knowledge in hand, now you too can do some serious damage to your professional Kitchenaid mixer relationship at your leisure! You can blow that sucker wide apart in just a few minutes. Simultaneously gratifying and horrifying, picking apart a mixer seems like a great way to spend an otherwise boring afternoon, not including remembering where all those little wires went in the first place. Happy deconstructing!