Post # 17
I am not 100% on this, but I know that some models were designed with sacrifice gears – plastic ones that are designed to fail when needed, in order to protect the rest of hte components.
Apparently there was a big outcry from consumers about “cheap plastic parts” … so kitchenaid went back to “break it and it’s all toast.”
I don’t have a solid source for that info, I read it online somewhere ages ago.
Post # 18
You’re half right, actually! There were HUGE problems with this, though, and yup, a bigpublic backlash. However, they still use some gearbox/cases that are made of plastic on the artisan model. This way, it’s lighter (not by much), cheaper to make and still offers the metal geears people want and expect.
Honestly, KitchenAid is great, they look great, but they’re just not the same as they used to be. For a modern, updated mixer, i’d go for a Breville or Cuisinart.