Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chapter Two -- KA model G




1923 Commercial radio became a reality. Paul Whiteman debuted George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. And an advertising campaign for the KitchenAid home mixer was launched in national media, including the highly respected Good Housekeeping and The Saturday Evening Post.

1927 Lindbergh made his successful solo flight across the Atlantic. Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs. And, John H. Smitzler, a New York salesman, also set a record, selling seven KitchenAid mixers in one day.

The KitchenAid model G, more compact and 50% lighter than model H-5, was introduced. Priced at only $111.00, it represented an even greater value than the model H-5. The same capacity and power as the H-5, the G experienced immediate popularity, selling 20,000 units in its first three years on the market… almost twice the number of model H-5's sold between 1919 and 1927, the year the H-5 was discontinued.

Specs: 1/10 hp

Among the early users of KitchenAid stand mixers, were such famous names as John Barrymore, Marion Davies, E.I. DuPont, Henry Ford, Myrna Loy, Federick March, Ginger Rogers, and New York Governor Al Smith.

For reference, the engraved KitchenAid drip rings were started around 1937-1938.

Painted finish



Now to a machine I am extremely familiar with! The Kitchenaid model G mixer's attachments!

Wire Whip:
The whips are 11 tine wire whips that are metal with tin coating. The sleeve holding the wires are cast metal -- I believe they are cast aluminum. If your mixer is missing it's wire whip you can use a modern Hobart N-50 mixer stainless steel wire whip - it fits perfectly. Or if you have the whip, but wires are missing, you can have them replaced and the whip re-tinned by some of the dealers on the internet that repair parts for the big commercial mixers. *The 5 qt more modern KA K-5a or KSS beaters will fit the attachment stem, but are too short for this machine.

Pastry Knife:
This solid cast aluminum attachment is wonderful for cutting shortening into flour in a sanitary manner and for some operations requiring a minimum amount of beating, and which offer too much resistance to the flat beater. It is great for pie crust, baking powder biscuits, dumplings, short cake, tarts, and fancy pastry. This is an attachment which is no longer available unless you find it used on the secondary market.

Flat Beater:
This is solid cast aluminum also, and is used for beating all heavy mixtures from butter and sugar to fudge, cookies, and nut breads. You can tell this beater from uncoated K 5-A flat beaters by the longer height, the larger number of spokes, and the little tail at the top of one side of the beater. If your mixer is missing it's flat beater you can use a modern Hobart N-50 mixer cast aluminum flat beater - it fits perfectly. *The 5 qt more modern KA K-5a or KSS beaters will fit, but are too short for this machine.

Dough Hook:
This is a solid cast aluminum beater, and it is used for kneading doughs. You will notice the top of the hook near the j slot is a cone shape compared to modern "C" dough hooks with their flat area near the j slot. If your mixer is missing it's dough hook you can use a modern Hobart N-50 mixer cast aluminum dough hook - it fits perfectly. *The 5 qt more modern KA K-5a or KSS beaters will fit, but are too short for this machine.

Model G Bowl attachments


5qt tinned metal bowls with handles.

Aluminum Splash Guard
Made of pressed sheet aluminum this Attachment Sits on Top of the Bowl and Is Designed to Minimize Splash out During the Mixing Process.

Aluminum Pouring Chute
Of pressed sheet metal this Is Meant to Lend a Helping Hand When Additional Dry Ingredients must Be Added to a Mixture While the Beater, Whip, or Dough Hook Is Operating.

Tinned metal Ice or Hot Water Jacket
The Water Jacket Surrounds the Mixing Bowl and Should Be Filled with Cold or Ice Water When Preparing Quenelles, Whipping Cream, Etc.; and with Warm or Boiling Water When Beating Icing or Mashed Potatoes. It Is Also Used as a Receptacle under the Colander and Sieve Set.

Tinned metal Colander and Sieve Set
This Attachment Forces Cooked Fruits and Vegetables Through a Finely Perforated Sheet Metal Surface with a Pestle like Wood Beater Bar – like the Classic Colander. I have seen a fine sieve insert, and a coarser seive insert -- only use one at a time. The model G set has a rolling ceramic beater attachment to force the food through the holes in the sieve. These were provided with the Model G. There may have been a version for the Model F as well. The H5 had a similar (or maybe the same- not sure on that) attachment.

Cast Aluminum Food Grinder
This Grinder Has That Sturdy Construction and Clear Thinking Prevalent in All Hobart Products. There Are Several Size Grinding Plates You Can Use. What Is Best Is You Don’t Have to Worry That this Little Grinder Will Crack or Break. Notice too that the food chute is rounded and the later models are squared at top.

Sausage Stuffer
These are made of molded sheet aluminum and are very hard to find. There was a large one and a small one. This is the large one.

Cast Aluminum Disc or Pelican Head Vegetable Slicer
You Can Find this Slicer with a Slicer Plate, a Fine Grater Plate, a Coarse Grater Plate, and an Ice Chipper Plate. This Attachment Can Slice Large Whole Vegetables Beautifully. A Marvelous and Unique Feature Is a Kind of Dial-a-slice Thickness Selector, Built into the Attachment. Simply Pull the Shaft of the Slicing Plate Toward You, Turn the Round Nut on the Shaft Clockwise, and You Will Get Thin Slices; for Thicker Slices Turn the Nut Counterclockwise –Easy as Apple Pie! This version does not have a narrow slicing tube. My oldest looking Model G manual shows this version.

And then, this one with the narrow feed chute and wood pusher. What is apparently a later Model G manual shows this particular pelican version for the first time. This is the model that continued to be produced by KA throughout its long reign from the 30's through part of the 70's when it was dumped for the ill fated DVSA.
No, the discs will not interchange. The narrow (two) mouth discs are larger.  Discs for the wide mouth pelican are hard to find. When found, the frames of the slicer and shredder discs are often broken/distorted/unusable, as they were made of pot metal.

Special Triple Action Ice Cream Freezer
It is made
of wood and has a capacity of about 3 quarts -- sufficient for 12 servings. Use only on first speed and with chipped ice. Keep the gears and mechanism of the freezer head oiled to prevent rust and corrosion. I would suggest soaking the wood bucket in water overnight to tighten the seams to avoid leakage during use. 

There were quite a few different variations of the ice cream freezer attachment over the years. In the pre-war years, the Model C-10, Model H-5, Model G, and Model F mixers each had their own specific version of the attachment. All of these used wooden buckets, and had a spring-loaded indicator that let the user know when the ice cream was frozen. With the exception of the Model G unit, all of these freezers are extremely difficult to find.

A word of warning, though- use caution when using a non-original ice cream freezer on a Model G. The original Model G freezers have an indicator which lets you know when the ice cream has reached the right consistency. Later freezers did not have this feature, because the later electrically speed controlled mixers (K5-A, K4-B, etc.) could be relied on to stall out if the ice cream mixture got too thick. The Model G is a much more powerful mixer- they have the power to break the freezer attachment (or themselves) if left unchecked.

Oil Dropper
A one quart metal [now cast aluminum] tank with a faucet for regulating the flow of oil into the bowl. This attachment will help you make home made mayonnaise easily. If you will notice the design of the oil dropper is different from the model H oil dropper. This is more rounded and appears cast in one piece -- not as crude as the H oil dropper.

Coffee and Cereal Grinder
This is a wonderful cast metal [I think it is aluminum] attachment that allows you to grind either coffee, dry wheat, or dry corn. It can make coarse whole wheat flour and corn meal. You set a container on the platform to catch the ground flour.

Cast Aluminum Juice Extractor
This Is a Horizontal Juicer, Where You Place a Glass or Pitcher under the Juicer on a Little Platform Provided to Catch the Citrus Juice as it Comes off the Reamer. It is designed to juice oranges, lemons, and small grapefruit.

Now for the piece' de resistance!!!!!! or however you spell it!

It is my holy grail. The thing I want more than any other.......

The KA model G kitchen cabinet with the vitreous enamel top and the sliding attachment trays! How I lust after it!  I don't care if I get the 24 inch wide tambour door version or if I get the 18 inch wide solid door version.










On the subject of Model G serial numbers. I have come to the conclusion, that the first two digits of the serial numbers are for the year of production.

















A model G2!

I can only extrapolate that the mixer was a prototype for a model that was never released or was released only for a short period of time. There is also the possibility that it may have been the prototype for the model G.



Coffee/cereal grinder.

Pea sheller

Citrus juicer

Ice cream maker

Pelican slicer

Then there is this pelican, which was apparently originally made for the Model G KA MIXER. My oldest looking Model G manual shows this version. 

And then, this one with the narrow feed chute and wood pusher.  What is apparently a later Model G manual shows this particular pelican version for the first time. This is the model that continued to be produced by KA throughout its long reign from the 30's through part of the 70's when it was dumped for the ill fated DVSA.

Rotary slicer

Meat grinder

Can opener

Colander & sieve

Here's the earlier version with the ceramic rollers. These were provided with the Model G. There may have been a version for the Model F as well. The H5 had a similar (or maybe the same- not sure on that) attachment. Both of these use the water jacket attachment to catch the juice that comes through the colander.

Hot/cold water jacket

Splash shield

Pouring chute

Oil dropper

Knife sharpener

Silver Buffer

Ice cream maker

Instruction manual











There were two different cabinets available. The No. 18 cabinet is 18" wide, and has a swinging door on the front. It holds a limited number of attachments. The No. 24 cabinet is 24" wide and has a roll-up tambour front door. It holds all of the attachments, with the exception of the ice cream freezer.






The larger N-50 or its predecessor the model G was based on the commercial mixer which uses a transmission to change beater rpms while the motor runs at a constant speed. You MUST stop the N-50 mixer and allow the beater to come to a complete stop before shifting gears to prevent severe damage to the gear box. Like riding a 3 speed bike, the heavier the pull or load the lower the gear you shift to. The N-50, under a heavy load on speed 3 can stall.

I have both a model G and an N-50 which has a 1/8 horsepower motor like you would find in a washing machine. It can run all day without producing great heat or stress to the motor.

Later models of the N-50 have a 1/6 hp motor.

An N-50 might be a wise investment for someone needing to use the power hub commercially. Every attachment designed to fit the attachment hub in the whole history of Kitchenaid is interchangeable, old on new and new on old.

*The new ice cream attachment can only be used on selected models because it is attached to the planetary.



  1. When my grandmother passed away, they asked what I wanted. The Model G was at the top of the list. It had a ton of attachments, which I use. One thing that amazes me is the screw-in glass fuse in the back. Apparently, back in the 1920s, they put the fuses in the appliances, rather than in the houses. I suspect that a few wiring shorts burning down a house or two convinced them that the fuse should be upstream of the wiring. I've used that mixer twenty more years, after my grandmother put 70 on it.

  2. Cool beans! I am glad you are loving your model G!

    1. I just purchased the KA model G kitchen cabinet, in excellent condition aside from the cheesy paint job.
      It's the one with the two sliding drawers, and the roll-top door. Anyone interested?

    2. What do you want for the cabinet, any attachments with it

    3. Was trying to see how much the cabinet

  3. Im glad you could use a picture of MY mixer . Deco Dan restored my model G and I have all attachments and the cabinet !

    1. Where did you manage to find your cabinet? I've been looking for a great amount of time now. Thanks!

  4. it was my grandmothers and she received the mixer,cabinet and all attachments as a wedding gift!! It was passed down to my mother and then to me, my three sisters did not want "that old thing" my good luck.

  5. Does Kitchenaid/Hobart rebuild these if you send them back? Also, how do I lube gearbox? And with what

  6. I had my grandmothers model G until my husband cracked the top case while trying to rejuvenate the old girl. He dropped the top case onto a cement floor. I cried.

    She was battleship gray, and a dependable friend. My father inherited this from his mother, and I received it when my mother eventually upgraded to a "new" KA mixer. I suspect that was a Hobart K5 - A.

    I suspect my grandmother may have had a table, but my parents did not take that it when they received the mixer.

    Mom had the old girl from 1957 (or maybe earlier - I was not around yet) until the mid 1980s. She got her new KA mixer and I got the old one with the attachments.

    My coffee grinder would never be used as a cereal grinder. It was meant for grinding coffee, not grain. You could take it apart and clean the whole assembly, but why bother if you are grinding fresh beans every day. It is heavy. I assume everything is steel, but I am not about to take it apart to check the internal screw / grinder. It came with a thick heavy glass to catch the fresh grounds. The platform has a spring attached to it so that the glass would always be secure. My husband also broke that glass. It is gray, and has the KA logo on it. It has the raised numbers 3466. I would love to find a replacement for the broken glass.

    My juicer is heavy. I assume it is zinc coated steel. There is a small wire thing that slips in above where a glass would be. It is used for catching pips / seeds.

    My meat grinder is also heavy. I assume it is steel. It also has a zinc coating to it. It came with one disc. I assume it is medium one. On one side it has in raised letters MADE FOR KITCHEN AID. One the other side it has BOLINDERS SWEDEN.

    My pelican slicer is light. I assume that is aluminum. The pusher / press flap is not removable. It came with one slicing disc and the ice crusher. The ice crusher is zinc coated. The raised marking is R - 8699.

    The model G was a wonderful mixer. I miss my old girl. I replaced it with a Whirlpool made KitchenAid K5SS. I have been happy with her, but I miss my childhood friend.

    1. Is any of your stuff for sale? I am looking for a parts machine and older attachments

  7. I have my grandmother's Model G, attachments, even the receipt from when she bought it. I've had the drive shaft replaced and a grounded wire put on it. Now the switch needs to be repaired but it still gets near-daily use. It was built in 1935.

    My coffee grinder is missing the original glass but still works well. I even have two pea sheller attachments!

  8. Can anyone help me find a switch for my model G? Mine has failed and an electrical engineer has been unable to repair it so my machine, sadly, no longer works. The model is G 35 36468. I'll appreciate any and all leads.

  9. My wife and I recently received a 24" model g cabinet from her grandmother's estate. It is an amazing piece. Only missing a few of the metal attachment labels from the pull out shelves.

  10. Have the 24" tamboor cabnet unpainted and in good shape. I will be selling and need help pricing it. Thanks can be seen at https://nmi.craigslist.org/fuo/5696846744.html

  11. My model G just quit rotating. The motor runs and I can get the planetary to revolve if I push it to start with no load. I'm sure it's a stripped gear. Best place to find parts?

    1. No place for parts unfortunately.. if you end up selling it I'm interested in buying for parts

  12. Is there a way to date a model G? i have one that someone has removed the tag and gave a nasty paint job. It does not have a fuse either. The only thing I can figure is some parts may have been swapped with N50

  13. I also may be looking for other model G or N50 parts or parts machines. Please let me kn0w

  14. I have a white model G that was dropped and where the stand that holds mixer up broke . the machine worked great . does anyone know where I could find a base for it ? I know it will have to be used which is OK !

  15. I may be interested in buying the rest of it if you are unable to find the part.