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A KitchenAid mixer does not have adjustable gearing; at low speeds it’s being run at low power. If run at low power with a viscous, resistant load like bread dough it can end up stalling, either continuously or repeatedly during the knead. This can overheat the motor and reduce its lifetime.


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I suspect that one of two things is happening: The gears aren't aligned correctly, and they're far enough apart that the teeth are just barely touching, so under load, they start slip rather than mesh up correctly. The sacrificial gear is failing. Basically, there's a gear that's designed to break rather than have forces get transmitted back to the motor ...


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The wattage refers only to the power consumption of the machine but tells you nothing of the power efficiency or the amount of force the mechanical parts are built to handle. The problem with this value is that it is seen as a selling point in the consumer market and building a machine with a high power consumption is a trivial task from an engineers ...


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The motor has likely overheated (not uncommon when overloaded and operating at low speed), melting some of the insulation in its coils and causing it to operate at lower torque. There's no fix for this other than replacing the motor. The good news is, replacement motors are reasonably priced and straightforward to install. (Only use genuine KitchenAid ...


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all non-pro Kitchenaid mixers have plastic gears, if used properly it should not be an issue. According to this, the plastic gear is a "safeguard" : "This gear is designed to shear or break apart should the machine bind up and protects the motor from burning up or otherwise become damaged. They are available for all models through Amazon or ...


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I generally agree with @GdD. I use my kitchenaid as my only meat grinder, and regularly grind up to 5 - 10 pounds of meat for sausage and salumi making. I do have some tips to improve the experience. First, do not purchase the plastic Kitchenaid grinder attachment. Instead, purchase an all metal one. I believe Chefs Choice makes one. There might be ...


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Kitchenaid mixers can grind meat, I know because I have one with the meat grinder attachment and I've used it do just that, as well as make sausages. The problem is one of expectation: it is not the biggest or the fastest meat grinder, if you are going to grind meat often and in large quantities a purpose built one is a better choice for you as it will be ...


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