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Vintage KitchenAid mixer 4C
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Post# 1025387   2/22/2019 at 22:50 by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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I just bought this and I am super excited to finally have it. I unboxed it tonight and it runs good but Iím sure it needs serviced so tomorrow Iím going to take it apart and Clean and re-grease it. But I have been trying to figure out how old it is but havenít had much luck looking online. Was hoping maybe someone here might have an idea about its age?

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Post# 1025389 , Reply# 1   2/23/2019 at 02:16 by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
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I found a link where you can ask KitchenAid for the exact age of your machine.  I'm not sure how well it works but it's worth a shot.


I have one in white and for some reason I'm thinking that's an early to mid 50's model.  Others may have a better date for you.


Good luck.

Post# 1025393 , Reply# 2   2/23/2019 at 05:17 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Its a 4 C

In Avocado, Avocado was not introduced until 1966 , GE came out with it first, so its late 60s into the 70s,

Post# 1025419 , Reply# 3   2/23/2019 at 16:43 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I have one just like it. Still going strong. I was going to say mid-60's.
Two issues about these, they don't have a very low, low-speed--------so beware when adding liquids or eggs to a flour mixture or it will slosh it right over the top. They will also throw the flour over the side. These really do need the splash-guard.

Post# 1025420 , Reply# 4   2/23/2019 at 17:12 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Steve is right

This applies to all kitchen aids, any recipe like gingerbread that requires the addition of say boiling water at the end of the recipe,,,dont make it in a kitchen aid it will sling it out everywhere.

Post# 1025423 , Reply# 5   2/23/2019 at 17:47 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Nice mixer! Where did you find it?

I have the white pouring shields for both my 45 and 4C machines to prevent the splattering of ingredients. Absent the pouring shields, could you not fold the boiling water in by hand or just add it bit by bit? A quarter cup at a time on low seems like it would not create a disaster. I found that I could not add the boiling syrup to the beaten egg whites for divinity with the KA because it would be slung to the bowl by the whip, but had to shut the machine off and add a small glob then restart it and it made great candy.

Post# 1025430 , Reply# 6   2/23/2019 at 18:58 by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Thanks I was thinking 60s but wasnít sure. I found it on eBay. I made a chocolate cake with it today. There is a few on there still. But one is all green without the polished aluminum top and the other has the pin replaced with a bolt and the other one had the stainless bowl and I wanted the glass. So this was the only one that fit all my but it needs serviced. I took it apart and greased the gear box but the motor doesnít run right. Itís very clanky in lower speeds. I just donít have the experience to mess with that part. I have watched videos on it but still couldnít figure out whatís wrong with it although Iím sure it has something to do with the speed control. When I wiggle it with a screw driver it takes the clanky out of it. It also smells a little hot after running it on low even with nothing in it. I suppose Iím probably gonna have to send it off and have it fixed by someone with more experience. There is a guy in Michigan who really seems to be very knowledgeable about them. Thatís all he does for a living. I sent him a message this evening.

Post# 1025511 , Reply# 7   2/24/2019 at 14:00 by Louvac (M)        
Can you....

Can you post his name and info here for us?

Post# 1025521 , Reply# 8   2/24/2019 at 17:45 by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        

Ditto on the repair guy too, please!  I have both a 3C and a 4C.  My 3C seems to have only 5 speeds starting at 5!  Powdered sugar flew everywhere except in the bowl!  Grerg

Post# 1025528 , Reply# 9   2/24/2019 at 19:27 by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Heís on YouTube. Itís called vintage mixers and more. He has tons of videos on there with step-by-step instructions on how to completely tear them down and redo them. I was able to figure out what was wrong with mine without having to send it in. I had already completely tore it down cleaned the gearbox and packed new grease in but the motor was still rattling even after I adjusted the speed and clean the speed plate of all the flower build up. There were some loose screws causing some of the motor housing to flex and rub on the Armature when the mixer was under a load. After tightening those screws it sounds and runs like a brand new mixer no more awful noises. This guy also has a Facebook page but I donít have Facebook so I wasnít able to check it out very well. I found it just by googling his business name of vintage mixers and more. His phone number is there he says to text or call. I text him and he actually responded quite swiftly. Seems like a very nice guy and judging on the videos on YouTube very knowledgeable on vintage mixers.

Post# 1025529 , Reply# 10   2/24/2019 at 19:30 by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        
Only speed five

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I am by no means an expert on this because this is the only mixer I have worked on so far. But judging on what I have learned from working on my own it sounds like the contacts on your mixer are stuck there for only allowing one speed.

Post# 1025574 , Reply# 11   2/25/2019 at 05:16 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Here is the link to the Youtube channel.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO foraloysius's LINK

Post# 1025647 , Reply# 12   2/25/2019 at 21:59 by MixGuy (St. Martinville, Louisiana)        
Awesome find and . . .

This mixer can be fixed! Find Rick Margle's video of his disassembly of a KitchenAid 4C. The governor or speed control contacts may be stuck and that is easy to remedy. Just handle the parts carefully tag or label what you disconnect

While this mixer cannot knead dough, it sure can handle cookie dough and batter breads like Sally Lunn and brioche

This mixer is welcome in my Kitchen--I ideal model would be a 4-C in brushed chrome with a stainless bowl and a glass bowl backup and an extra beater (referred to as a combo flat beater & wire whip and splash guard--the white plastic one piece version.

Post# 1025649 , Reply# 13   2/25/2019 at 22:19 by MixGuy (St. Martinville, Louisiana)        
Help KitchenAid Information

This is some detailed information from many people in the WACEM site and from a KitchenAid forum/blog that existed before Facebook was created. Some contributors have some knew people that worked at the KitchenAid factory back when the 3-B, 3-C and 4-C was manufactured.


Post# 1026264 , Reply# 14   3/4/2019 at 23:06 by Northwesty (Renton, WA)        

is a very cool color. I have a white one. Good luck with the fixing

Post# 1026366 , Reply# 15   3/5/2019 at 22:06 by Jasonlittle (Southern iowa)        

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Thank you. Yes I love it. And I think I have it going good now

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