Years ago...perhaps fifty...at least forty five... my Mom was baking and decorating wedding cakes for family and close friends. She bought this Kitchen Aid mixer to make her life easier. I'm sure that it was quite a financial stretch for the family budget. We had eight children in the house then so in addition to all the wedding cakes and frosting this mixer was used daily to turn out big batches of cookies as well as pancakes, mashed potatoes and all the other things that you would use a mixer for. Mom didn't buy things ready made. Everything was made from scratch and batches were always doubled or tripled. This mixer made our lives so much easier.
Perhaps twenty years ago. thinking that this one had become to cumbersome for her, we bought a new mixer. It was a different brand and smaller. The Kitchen Aid came to live at my house because we had four children plus another six day care kids. I also baked from scratch and used the mixer daily. During that time Mom missed her big mixer and so bought another Kitchen Aid.
The clip that locks in the bowl has broken so now when I run it I hear a clickety click as it spins. One wire just broke on the whisk attachment but it still whips. It has developed a rust spot on the base but it doesn't affect the food so I keep using it. I am tempted from time to time to replace this dinosaur especially when I see the pretty colors now available. I am reminded of myself with a few creaks and groans and some age spots but still strong enough to keep on working. Kudos to the Kitchen Aid company for making a product of such great quality.