Thursday, September 01, 2011

KitchenAid Hobart Model K5-A

You really can't call yourself a baker unless you have a KitchenAid mixer, and that stretching it until you send me some muffins so I can officially approve your "baker" status.


You're a super cool baker if you're using a KitchenAid Hobart Model K5-A (before they used serial numbers!). This puppy is about 50 years old, and is in beautiful shape with the original mixer, whisk, dough hook, a small bowl, and a large bowl.




Look at her shine! She's hot stuff for an old lady, and likes to show off by spinning in circles at TEN different speeds. I think I'll buy her some red sparkly high heels.


The mixer was given to me by Zak's mom, Wendy. She inherited it from her Aunt Dorothy who used it her entire life before she passed away.



It's not the tilting type, but there is a lever that raises the bowl up and down. The big bowl has little fasteners on the side to hold it in place.



It's by far the oldest and coolest thing I've ever owned, and am so grateful that Wendy gave it to me. I will make sure it's well cared for and handed down to her grand-daughters. Madison & Brooke--whoever goes to the least expensive college and decides to bake for me the most gets it!



Brooke and I used it for OUR first time on a banana nut bread recipe. Brooke insisted on "NO Bananas and NO nuts!" in her banana nut bread. I had a bit of explaining to do on what BANANA NUT bread is really made of. Turns out she just wanted some cake...she always wants cake.





If you have any details for me about this mixer, especially the actual date of manufacture, please leave it in my comments.



18 comments:

M Houghton said...

I have almost that exact mixer, except on the model "number" side, it lists Amps (3) not Watts. If your machine is at least 50, mine has to be as well. I inherited it from my super chef grandmother (who ran several professional kitchens in her day). I've made banana bread, pizza dough, white dough, Christmas Stolen, and cheesecakes galore. I've been looking for more information on my mixer as well, but yours is the most recent post I've seen. Have fun this holiday season mixing away:)
Michelle

Lisa said...

I was just trying to find information on this mixer, I received this from my grandmother. I found some paperwork, my great grandfather must have purchased this and he wrote down he registered it 1/16/1975. I knew it was old but not that old. Mine has definitely been used and abused, I think it might have been used in their bakery.
I have what was probably the insert that came in the box and it says "Most powerful KitchenAid mixer made. All the power you'll need for mixing or kneading. Big capacity. Positive bowl-lift. Complete with 5-quart stainless steel bowl, Flat Beater, and Whip. White baked enamel finish. 300-watt motor....."
I hope this helps!

Fugal Family said...

I also inherited mine from my grandma and LOVE IT! I took it to a small appliance repair shop, the cord was looking suspicious and starting to fray. He told me this machine was amazing and he didn't want to start tampering with it in case he ruined it. I figure mine is at least 50 years old. My 69 year old dad remembers is when he was younger.

QUESTION: I need to replacement paddle, the whisk one. The weld broke and one of the whisk wire broke. Where can I get a new one?!?

Lise said...

I just got one at an estate sale. It had a number underneath and I contacted Kitchenaid to get more info, but they replied they couldn't give me a manufacturing date from the numbers I had given them. Must be very old indeed!

Caitlin said...

I just found this same Kitchenaid at a thrift shop for $25! I was so excited cause I've wanted a Kitchenaid for a long time, but they're so expensive! The mixer I bought was missing the bowl. I checked online and they sell bowls but I'm unsure about which one to get exactly for this model. I sent an email to Kitchenaid.com support, hopefully they can tell me which to get :)

dcarter888 said...

I purchased mine back in around 1982 still humming this was back when Hobart made them. The newer ones have plastic gears. I have heard the new 600 series have gone back to metal gears. I wish it had higher Watts but must admit it works great.

Unknown said...

I have two KitchenAid mixers. I have a K5A and a KSM90. I have been using my KSM90 every since I got for Christmas in 1989. The K5A I bought at a yard sale for $10.00. It didn't come any beaters so I have been looking for them. I love my mixers.
Alice

Derina Lavergne said...

There is a website called kitchen collection. http://www.kitchencollection.com

I found my replacement pieces
http://www.kitchencollection.com/small-appliances/stand-mixer-attachments

At really good prices.

ugleeboy said...

The mixer in question has a white cord? Hobart begin using white cords over brown and grey ones in the early 1970's. The Hobart logo and not just the name Hobart appeared in the mid 1970's. This machine is most likely from 1976/1977 and is not 50 but close to 40 years old. In 1978 Hobart began using solid state circuitry and the words 'Solid State' appeared on the name plate until the early 1980's.

All the lift bowl model from the 1940's until recently were all built the same except for the inclusion of more powerful motors and the newer circuitry boards. This is why at times its hard to tell what year and era your K5-A or K5SS (SS stands for Solid State). K5SS are from 1978 and forward and K5-A are from the 1940's until 1977. Sometimes the KitchenAid brand logo on the name plate is a giveaway as it has changed over the years. If u have one that has the word KitchenAid engraved on the right and left on the name plate it is from the 1940's thru early 1960's. If the KitchenAid name is right in front and simply printed on the plate and the name is not thick like the current KitchenAid logo then you have one from the mid 1960's until the late 1960's, after that all mixers had the reworked thicker KitchenAid logo.

Franklin H said...

I remember buying ours at a catalog store in Dublin, CA to replace our aging Sunbeam (which had served us since our marriage in 1959.) The year was perhaps 1973 - I wrote down the order number for the K4 (tilt motor) but they brought down the wrong one and insisted on selling it to me for the K4 price. The planetary gear was cast metal and broke a year or two after we bought it, but the replacement has held up for nearly 40 years now, whether for whipping egg whites or kneading blue cheese bread like today - umm!

CoCo said...

I just bought this mixer at a garage sale for.....$5.00!!!!! Can hardly wait to use it. I just downloaded the owner's manual

Sherel Fagon said...

I have the hobart K5-A (both names listed on mixer) & speed jumps to high even on low. Is it worth getting fixed & where can I get parts ? I've tried KA website & other places without luck. Or cn someone recommend the best KA model to use for baking cakes, cupcakes, making fondant- my primary use

Chefjudge said...

This is awesome info. I have one that has the brown cord. So old the plastic is breaking off in shattered little pieces, exposing fabric and very sturdy wire. The logo on the front of the band is skinny, and the side says hobart, troy ohio. No serial number. Only model k5A. I wanted to replace the cord, but as I got into it I started taking it more and more apart. Now I have parts all over, but have begun falling in love with it, since every single part is so much nicer and substantial than my other new one with plastic bits and circuit boards. So now I am hoping to find a repair manual so that I can take it apart and restore it. It has become a "mission" just born tonight, especially after reading the forums and realizing how truly vintage it is.
Any idea where to find one?

feathersanddimes said...

I have the exact same one, inherited from my great Aunt Ciocia! Still works like a charm-in fact making cookies in it today!

Unknown said...

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Susan Valenzuela said...

When I went in to Barrgreen Ellisson (a restaurant supply place), they gave me a print out for a place named Ajax Electric Company, Inc.phone # 1-800-688-2529

Justme said...

I inherited my mixer from my Grandmother. I remember her using it in the late 70's and I am almost 50 yrs old. ☺
I too have the white cord. Have been looking for a pour guard to fit this baby. Any suggestions as to which current model kitchenaid pour guard will properly fit my mixer?

Unknown said...

You can adjust the screws on the speed control located inside the back cover go leftto speed up and right to lower speed. If this doesn't work replace speed control itself.