An interesting thing is that we bought a new looking one at Goodwill a few years ago and when he took it apart (it was broke-we took a chance he could fix it)there were plastic parts (whereas mine were metal) and he was able to obtain a new part and replace it. that's what I use to make bread dough in. He had been inspired after seeing a baker mix dough, and thought that there must be a better way of doing the task.  Initially the mixers were only available in white; a range of four colors was introduced in 1955. I also have a metal bowl. The model "G" mixer, about half the weight of the "H-5" was released in August 1928. Perhaps if you disregard the 1, then July 3, 1979 could be the date of manufacture. The reinforcement end of the plug looks much like the one on my Hobart K45SS. Lastly, the "caution" verbiage reeks of advisories and idiot-proofing that began appearing in the late '70s on all sorts of household appliances regardless of manufacturer.  Refrigerators were added to the product line later in 1986. Duh. Although my mixer has a two-prong plug I think it's probably among the last made before the logo changed.  But owing to I now use only the bread flour when I make bread. At that point it was just for cookies,cakes and mashed potatoes,though. As the pictures show, my machine has the earlier bowl, uncoated beater and dough hook, and not shown is the standard two-prong plug. Has anyone out there ever cleaned such a mess up before? Like, when did they start putting the white coating on the flat beater and dough hook? I used to bake 8 cakes in Bundt pans at a time. So Bob, are you saying that the K4 and 4C are the same mechanically but with different housings, pedestals and controls?
It doesn't have as large motor as yours does.
A factory tour, known as the "KitchenAid Experience" is conducted by the assembly line workers. Definitely not so. Clean it first, it is really not hard to do per the first link. I found the bowl-lift Professional HD that we had was annoying to use. Hobart Manufacturing Company. , Egmont Arens was hired in the 1930s to design a low-cost series of mixers. I presume that the un-coated beater and dough hook that came with my K45 can be used, but yeah, if I come across some newer ones I'll probably grab them.
It seems no other model before or since had that same arrangement. My research indicates that the K4's date back to the 1940's and were originally 3-speed machines. You're right about the "missing" planetary spring, but I thought that only the larger bowl-lift models had no spring. Today I perfomed a test on my K45 per Hobart's service instructions, which advises to hold the planetary with one hand and move the switch lever with the other. The brand's stand mixers have changed little in design since, and attachments from the model "K" onwards are compatible with the modern machines. The die-cast parts of the machines come from various manufacturing plants around the world and are hand worked to remove imperfections on the metal cases. It's a lighter duty, more of a medium duty. I had it made into a 45SS by Hobart. I can see where it cannot deal with yeast bread dough and kneating like a K45 with the dough hook. With switch in the #1 position, it shouldn't be possible to stall the planetary (except by a very great effort), nor should it slow down noticeably. My mom's early K45SS made by Hobart has the coated type so now I think the clue to when my mixer was made could be in the logo. They went into the ovens 20 minutes apart. I believe the old ones are great quality and parts are available. Regrease and you will get another 20 years out of it! So while parts are not available for the K5A, beater parts are available for the K5SS. The factory was closed for the duration of World War II. The 4C, from what I've been able to ascertain, was priced and designed to compete with Sunbeam, Waring, ... but still be a KitchenAid. The one with the white coating looks like it's for a larger mixing bowl and the burnished one looks like it belongs on a smaller model of mixer. I had some trouble with the speed control of my original 45.
Hey Rich, I don't mind zucchini bread at all. I think the original attachment hub covers were easily lost. I think it wasn't long after production began on the SS models that the knobs were changed to the style still in use by KA today (compared to your new Artisan). Thanks Bob. Goodman's is another parts supplier with good prices. My KA is from the early 80's, and the plastic coating (guessing) on the beater is pealing really bad, so I've been thinking about getting a new beater, the one with the scraper looks pretty neat. Interesting that NSF approval hinged on the bowl rim. Kitchen aid models that came after the K5SS are not compatable. I wonder if when the logo changed and/or when the K45SS debuted, if that is when the shape changed on the knob that secures attachments in the hub as well. Russell, thanks for that good information. I've checked on line and don't see any timeline for changes to the KA logo though.
Chalk it up to too much time on my hands during the current situation, but it occurred to me that in trying to figure out when the KA logo changed to its current iteration, I shouldn't limit myself to researching mixers. http://www.mendingshed.com/kaelectro.html Forgot to post this additional link that is the service manual for these vintage machines - step by step with photos... check it out. All KA can provide is a huge spread, such as somewhere between 1962 and 1979 as I mentioned above. After Russell's mention of the K4 series, I had to check Google to see what they look like. I keep a vintage knife sharpening attachment in place on my machine and after checking in all of the logical spots, can't find the plain hub cover plate for it now. , In 1922, KitchenAid introduced the H-5 mixer as its new home-use offering. Content posted by community members is their own. I had a K5A mixer and the beater and bowl was the same size as my newer (vintage 1982) K5SS mixer, i.e. If you do regrease, you will need a new gasket ($6) and it is the same as the K5SS. Specific color mixers were released for specific retailers or to benefit charities, such as a pink mixer released to raise funds for breast cancer research or mixers sold at Target stores being available in that company's signature shade of red. The idea of a stand mixer was formulated by Herbert Johnston, an engineer working at the Hobart Corporation.  The C-10 machine was also marketed heavily toward soda fountains and small commercial kitchens, and was also sold under the FountainAid and BakersAid model names. Moreover the grease inside had stiffened up substantially so I am glad I took it apart, cleaned and replaced the grease. And you are really not supposed to use any other device other than the multipurpose whip/beater that it came with. Easy to do but a messy job. It was about 28 yrs old at the time. Hobart Manufacturing Company. No doubt about it, a late issue K4 (K4-C, I presume) is something I hope to find. I just like its practicality and looks. , KitchenAid mixers remained popular, and in the late 1930s, the factory would completely sell out its products each Christmas. There is an attachment hub on the front of each mixer. It specifically states it's not intended to be used to make yeast bread dough and similar dense item. If you see any burned parts they can be replaced rather cheaply. This site is powered by Drupal. But I love it, I'd never had a stand mixer before, only a KA hand mixer that finally wore out after 20 years. the bowls were the same and the beaters were interchangeable. Is the bowl the original? I also don't get why the entry level K5 bowl-lift model has a spring-loaded attachment post, but models further up the line (like the Pro HD) don't use the spring. I have used mine next to the K45SS for making two pound cakes at a time. I think by that time the K4's were up to 10 speeds or close to it, so that's why I'd like a later one, probably a K4-C. So I did an online search of dishwasher pictures and magazine ads, etc. I've only known my to be referred to as a 4C, not a K4C. And the power cord is about $7 if needed. My husband is the fixer in the family and took my mixer apart to look at it and lubricate if needed. I think durability and the noise factor are the big negatives with newer KA mixers, but if you need more capacity, yes, you'll need a new mixer. Strange how the K4's had that weird way of attaching the bowl to the pedestal. I wonder if when the logo changed and/or when the K45SS debuted, if that is when the shape changed on the knob that secures attachments in the hub as well. In 1985, the company purchased the Chambers Company to incorporate its range of cookers into the KitchenAid brand. I don't know what to make of the sticker on yours.
I like the purpose of the "ear" on the flat beater and may pursue finding a replacement that has its "ear" intact. When did they do away with the flat lip on the bowl (which tends to scrape the paint off the pedestal if you're not careful when positioning it onto its base)? They were made form like 1961 until 1977. The black brush adjusting screws on the side of your mixer also stem from a design change that (by my estimation) was made around the time the SS models were launched. My 1982 version is still going strong!! The quality of the Hobart made mixers and mixer attachments just can't be beat. They were simple round flat plates with teeth around the edge that snapped into place and were pried out. Dishwashers were the second product line to be introduced, in 1949. What does the logo look like on yours and what does the knob for the attachment hub look like? Although the retailer had been carrying KitchenAid products since 1959, the new stores introduced the mixers to a wider range of home cooks. If your Artisan is a tilt-head type, this is the first I've heard of KA doing away with springs on that design too. I'm not a bread baker so it's not important to me that a K4 is or isn't able to knead dough. It was made back when Hobart still owned Kitchenaid and I'd hate to just throw it away. Stiff brown axel grease for about $5 a can works well.