Right now to keep myself out of trouble I'm working part-time for one of the national kitchenware retailers(discount discount discount! :) ). The KA rep was in a couple weeks ago and gave us info on the refurbish program they run.
I've never had a KA mixer though everyone else in my family does...I do hardly any baking so I've never spent the money to get one just to use a couple times a year.
But I thought I'd give the refurb program a try since I could get the 300 watt model for $100.
So the mixer arrived last week...the motor sounded funky...uneven, unsteady...kind of like when you describe a car as "missing"
So I called them up and had me send me another which arrived tonight. This motor is much better - steady as it should be.
But there is no differential between the first and second speed. It seems maybe it's missing the very first gear. Now I bought it refurbished, so even though it's supposed to be "like new" I realize it probably won't be...
Since I don't do a lot of baking....should I live with one that's missing a gear and enjoy having paid for half price...or do you think I'm looking for trouble and should scrap the whole idea.
We don't get a lot of returns on these...but it does seem that the ones that do have problems get stripped at the lower gears..so I'm wondering if I keep this if it's just destined for problems.
Curious what everyone's experiences have been with the mixer..and how important having that lowest gear might be(I know it would depend on what I'm mixing...but since I'm not much of a baker I'm not sure what that would be!)
Thanks for any comments!