My 1982 version is still going strong!! They don't make them like they used to and Hobart was the best of the best when your machine was made. Log in or register to post comments; mikeofaustin. I'm still trying to determine a timeline for the K45. David, your mixer appears to be among the last ones made before the the SS designation. While the finished cakes look the same, the 4c produced a batter that is much thinner than the thicker batter of the 45. 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. I had a K5A mixer and the beater and bowl was the same size as my newer (vintage 1982) K5SS mixer, i.e. After Russell's mention of the K4 series, I had to check Google to see what they look like. It’s the most expensive of the KitchenAid mixers we tested, but if you bake everyday, it’s a worthwhile investment.  The C-10 machine was also marketed heavily to 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. No doubt about it, a late issue K4 (K4-C, I presume) is something I hope to find. I had a Bosch Universal, but sold that on eBay. By the time I got the counters cleaned up, it was time to take the first two out of the oven and that process continued every 20 minutes until they were all done. I've heard many, many "my KitchenAid died" stories, and I am not a real fan of current KitchenAids, my feeling is most of the problems are from people who read neither their manuals nor the web page. You'll know that lots of recipes and dishes involve stirring, whipping, beating or kneading. I did some Googling and it seems that it's not easy to pinpoint the vintage on a K45. 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). Our Pro HD came with un-coated ones, the dough hook being the later corkscrew type. I'll pass it all on!Marni. There are several videos on YouTube showing the inside organs & repair techniques for KitchenAid mixers. I am even blessed with the original glass bowl and companion beater. I also have a metal bowl. Neither of those attachments appear to be the correct size for your mixer. Duh. there's a little portion of my 1982 Sunbeam LeChef food processor. That said, let me make one other suggestion. The KitchenAid – K45SS Classic is the least expensive stand mixer in the KitchenAid line. My 94 year old mother in-law just gave me her mixer. The winner was a 91-year-old woman from Pittsburgh with a Model “H” from 1919 she inherited from her aunt somewhere in the 1940s. That doesn't bother me at all. I also found magazine ads from 1966 that showed a 15 series dishwasher but the copy of the ad included the later logo, so the transition appears to have taken place around then. I first saw the 4C on the French Chef in the 60s, when Julia wanted to be able to show what was happening in the glass bowl. Like, when did they start putting the white coating on the flat beater and dough hook? I wish you good luck in getting it working at optimal levels and hope you enjoy it for many years to come.. that's what I use to make bread dough in. Yours comes with a dough hook so you can do bread dough. On line research produces very little to help, and even KA's own on-line resource people state that Hobart didn't use serial numbers or other forms of identification that would help determine the age of their mixers. That may help you with your rebuild/refurbishing, but I suggest you hang onto the K45 until you're sure you like the Artisan. Jun 18 2008 - 2:05pm. I had it made into a 45SS by Hobart. 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. It will tackle a dense batter bread/sweet bread and can also tackle heavy dough like chocolate chip cookie dough (see arhives of Kelly finding this unit and using it when he visited with his grandduaughters in Kansas August, 2009. Apparently plain old K45's were still being made when the logo was updated, so knowing when that change was made could get me a little closer to determining the age of my machine. The trick is finding a repair person. They don't make them like they used to and Hobart was the best of the best when your machine was made. 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. Aside from the filth, it's in pretty good mechanical order. Since I have an option for making dough, I am very pleased with what my mixer can do for me. And what makes you think they are plastic garbage? Is it beyond saving? Thank you all for the tips, referrals and advice! It must be the different beater that makes the difference. My husband is the fixer in the family and took my mixer apart to look at it and lubricate if needed. If you see any burned parts they can be replaced rather cheaply. I rebuilt a K5A (vintage 1964 same as yours made by Hobart). Good luck... All original site content copyright 2020 The Fresh Loaf unless stated otherwise. One other comment - those older ones are truely built like tanks compared to all of the ones that came out after the K5SS. There are owner's and service manuals available to download for a fee (see link). I just like its practicality and looks. The dirt and grease made it impossible to hold the attachment to remove it, if it wasn't completely jammed anyway! Interesting that NSF approval hinged on the bowl rim. The Fresh Loaf is not responsible for community member content. The beater and dough hook were damaged and scratched - obviously secondhand. Stiff brown axel grease for about $5 a can works well. I can see where it cannot deal with yeast bread dough and kneating like a K45 with the dough hook. KitchenAid is an American home appliance brand owned by Whirlpool Corporation.The company was started in 1919 by The Hobart Manufacturing Company to produce stand mixers; the "H-5" was the first model introduced.The company faced competition as rivals moved into this emerging market, and introduced its trademarked silhouette in the 1930s with the model "K", the work of designer Egmont … I found the bowl-lift Professional HD that we had was annoying to use. Choose from contactless Same Day Delivery, Drive Up and more. They were made form like 1961 until 1977. 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. The plug looks like it's from the 70's and may be the best indicator of my machine's approximate age, as I'm fairly certain the yellowed cord is original. I bought my sister a refurbished 6-quart model from KA on line and immediately noticed the missing spring. If anyone knows about the value of the old mixers, its the folks here. Since the early 1940s, the KitchenAid stand mixers have been made in their factory in Greenville, Ohio. So while parts are not available for the K5A, beater parts are available for the K5SS. Perhaps the part/bowl are not the original? That's about all I find that particular vegetable is good for. Hey Rich, I don't mind zucchini bread at all. The 4C, from what I've been able to ascertain, was priced and designed to compete with Sunbeam, Waring, ... but still be a KitchenAid. My 28 yr old K5 was cleand/greasd-now its 35 yrs old-works well, http://www.mendingshed.com/kaelectro.html, Bagels are not baking in the center or the bottom, Honey Whole Wheat with Poppy Seeds and Lemon Zest, Caramelized Onion Sourdough with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Italian Herbs, Toasted 10 Grain Porridge Sourdough with Sprouted Rye, Sourdough Honey Whole Wheat Multigrain Bread. I think the original attachment hub covers were easily lost. Russell, thanks for that good information. 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. It's very similar to the Combi-bowl, which was a 3 quart bowl for lift-bowl design models which had its own beater and looks similar--so what's old is new again.