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Post# 505795   3/22/2011 at 07:23 (1,367 days old) by Terry (Alpena)        

Does anyone know what other KitchenAid models' front panels are interchangeable with a Superba KDS-17? I'm looking for the 2 front panels in any finish. For example, I found a KUD123OB for sale cheap, but would its panels fit my KDS-17? Thanks, Terry




Post# 505797 , Reply# 1   3/22/2011 at 07:33 (1,367 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
KDS-17 PANELS

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Only KD 16 and 17 panels are a direct fit for your KDS-17.


Post# 505829 , Reply# 2   3/22/2011 at 10:25 (1,367 days old) by alabamboy (Birmingham)        
SS panels on ebay

I purchased these panels from this company for my KDS-19. I emailed them my size and they already had another auction listed with the sizes needed for a KDS-19. They will also custom cut the panels! They are very good quality!!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO alabamboy's LINK on eBay


Post# 505832 , Reply# 3   3/22/2011 at 10:44 (1,367 days old) by 3beltwesty (Miss Gulf Coast, MS)        

With a 1990's Frigidaire dishwasher my dad had one of those type companies make a custom real wood panel out of pecan. The company he used used the old panel as a template.

This making of custom panels must be real old; we did this too back in the mid 1960's for a Tappan dishwasher too.



Post# 505839 , Reply# 4   3/22/2011 at 10:56 (1,367 days old) by rp2813 (The Twin Cities: Priusville and Tesla Town USA)        
Make Your Own!

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When Nate and I were repairing the Thermador THD3600 prior to installation, we had to figure out a panel solution since it had custom ones on it that matched 80's vintage maple cabinetry.

 

We found stainless and aluminum sheets at Orchard Supply.  Both of us felt that the aluminum provided an acceptable stainless look, and it was way cheaper and easy to cut to size with tin snips.  Side by side with real stainless, the aluminum provides a softer sort of finish, but it pulls off the stainless look to everyone else who doesn't know any better.

 

Here's a shot of the Thermador with the aluminum inserts:


Post# 505851 , Reply# 5   3/22/2011 at 11:45 (1,367 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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In my experience it's not the panels that are ever hard to find, it's the Trim Kits. Especially for older appliances. I'd love to find a source for trim kits for KD-17 KitchenAids.


Post# 505869 , Reply# 6   3/22/2011 at 12:44 (1,367 days old) by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        
I'd love to find a source for trim kits for KD-17 Kitche

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At this point, that source is a scrap pile.

Any 17 or 18 series machine heading for the scrapper should be stripped before they are turned into Kia's. At least that's what I've been doing now for the last few years.

Ben


Post# 505889 , Reply# 7   3/22/2011 at 15:38 (1,367 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Ben has been a great KitchenAid parts-magnet in the last few years - here are a set of panels he found for an 18 series that I cleaned up and installed last weekend with a 70's effect on the camera...  (pardon the messy environs, I just snapped a pic quickly to share as soon as I was done scrubbing and buffing)

 

 

 


Post# 505999 , Reply# 8   3/22/2011 at 21:48 (1,367 days old) by stevet (palm coast florida)        
Trim Kits etc

Yes unfortunately, only the 16/17 panel kits will fit the 17 series. It was funny how fast Hobart/Kitchenaid discontinued the kits for the 15 series. They didn't stick to the 15 year parts availability program at all. Instead, they dropped them and advised users to use the 16/17 panels and panel kits and then to drill a hole in the bottom panel for the timer knob to go thru.My Uncled had to do just that when he refaced his cabinets and made the panels for the dishwasher. We used the updated kit and drilled the hole in the new solid lower panel to make it fit.

Ken,(bajaespuma),I know the trim kits are hard to find so whenever I found an old KA lying at the curb, if I didn't take the whole machine home, I always took the panel kits, We had quite a few Kitchenaids in the family so if someone needed a new panel or piece of trim I had it for them. I currently have a few trim kits in the attic that I took with us when we moved down from Long Island and some I have added since.

I think if someone has a 16/17,that you could safely use the top panels and kits from the 18 and ups and just cut the panels to size as well as the side trim, But if mnemory serves me correctly, the 16 and 17s came with a less self contained kit than the later models and included a primed wraparound panel which had the holes drilled in the panel sides to accept the hardware that held the trim pieces in place. I think you could make the newer panel kit work with some careful cutting, unrivetting of the trim itself and reattatching it to the current panel on the smaller machine and then figuring some way to strecth the stainless trim to make it work on the larger bottom panel. So now maybe you would need 2 trim kits to make one to fit.

I knew one guy who had a Hobart UM undercounter machine and actually put wood panels on it by screwing it in place with stainless corner material. So I guess if you find a higehr series panel kit, you could probably adapt somthing to make it work of use your old 16/17 panels and find some way of just loading in the new color or stainless panels and holding it in place with some cornering.

I found a suitable moulding you can use from Mc Master-Carran at the link below. See if this would work for you. I am sure that they would even have the paneling in stainless or aluminum as well. How about a brushed Copper panel for the machines.. Now that would be sharp!




CLICK HERE TO GO TO stevet's LINK


Post# 506000 , Reply# 9   3/22/2011 at 21:49 (1,367 days old) by stevet (palm coast florida)        
Trim Kits etc

Yes unfortunately, only the 16/17 panel kits will fit the 17 series. It was funny how fast Hobart/Kitchenaid discontinued the kits for the 15 series. They didnt stick to the 15 year parts availability program at all. Instesad they dropped them and advised users to use the 16/17 panels and panel kits and then to drill a hole in the bottom panel for the timner knob to go thru.
Ken,(bajaespuma),I know the trim kits are hard to find so whenever I found an old KA lying at the curb, if I didnt take the whole machine home, I always took the panel kits, We had quite a few Kitchenaids in the family so if someone needed a new panel or piece of trim I had it for them. I currently have a few trim kits in the attic that I took with us when we moved down from Long Island and some I have added since.

I think if someone has a 16/17,that you could safely use the top panels and kits from the 18 and ups and just cut the panels to size as well as the side trim, But if mnemory serves me correctly, the 16 and 17s came with a less self contained kit than the later models and included a primed wraparound panel which had the holes drilled in the panel sides to accept the hardware that held the trim pieces in place. I think you could make the newer panel kit work with some careful cutting, unrivetting of the trim itself and reattatching it to the current panel on the smaller machine and then figuring some way to strecth the stainless trim to make it work on the larger bottom panel. So now maybe you would need 2 trim kits to make one to fit.

I knew one guy who had a Hobart UM undercounter machine and actually put wood panels on it by screwing it in place with stainless corner material. So I guess if you find a higehr series panel kit, you could probably adapt somthing to make it work of use your old 16/17 panels and find some way of just loading in the new color or stainless panels and holding it in place with some cornering.

I found a suitable moulding you can use from Mc Master-Carr at the link below. See if this would work for you. I am sure that they would even have the paneling in stainless or aluminum as well. How about a brushed Copper panel for the machines.. Now that would be sharp!




CLICK HERE TO GO TO stevet's LINK





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