Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Here we Go! -- Chapter One KA H-5

Kitchenaid model H-5 home mixer
1918 With the end of the war, Hobart production returned to civilian goods and work on the home mixer program resumed.

1919 The Hobart model H-5, the 5qt home mixer with the unique planetary mixing action that is a KitchenAid exclusive, was introduced. When wives of Hobart executives tested the H-5, one remarked, "I don't care what you call it, it's the best kitchen aid I've ever had". From that day forward, that brand name has been the KitchenAid trademark; it was registered with the U.S. Patent Office in 1919.

The H-5 was produced at a rate of four a day in Hobart's Springfield, Ohio, facility, where, just as it is today, quality was the over riding concern in the production of KitchenAid mixers. Incidentally, the first H-5's, which included a juicer attachment, went on the market priced at $189.50… about $1900 in today's dollars.

When we refer to the model KA model H, this is what we are referring to -- not the Hobart Model H commercial model that is their commercial mixer.
In the early years, retailers were slow to take on the KitchenAid mixer. To counter their reluctance, Hobart established a direct sales force made up primarily of women who went door to door offering demonstrations of the new food preparation tool.

With the creation of citrus juicer and food grinder attachments in 1919, KitchenAid mixers were on the road to becoming the versatile "food preparation tools", as they were subsequently styled.


These are the beaters:
A = Flat Beater
B = Pastry Knife
C = Dough Hook
D = Wire Whip

Notice if you will, the beaters look like the Kitchenaid model G
beaters, but there are some differences. The attachment slot is configured differently, so they are not interchangeable with the model G.

Also, notice the shape of the dough hook. It is much more angular than the model G dough hook.

A. The 5 qt bowl for the H-5 is tinned metal, which when the tin comes off, will rust. The sides of the bowl has some nifty little handles, that the newer bowls do not have.

B. The hot/cold water jacket is also made of tinned metal.

C. & D. Appear to be parts of a colander and seive set, but the photo is not clear enough to see. There is no ceramic roller beater which should go with a colander and seive set of this vintage.

To the bottom right of the photo is a tinned metal food chute attachment. It is clipped onto the side of the bowl to make adding ingredients easier.

In the middle of the photo is a metal oil dropper hub attachment. Notice the entirely different styling from the model G oil dropper. It is made of tinned metal and has the look of the Tinman from the Wizard of Oz! It is made to slowly drizzle oil into the bowl while it mixes the ingredients for mayonnaise.

The thing with the handle in the middle right of the photo is a Disc slicer attachment [commonly called a Pelican attachment]. It is a hub attachment and it holds the slicing and the ice chipping discs to the far left of the photo. the front does not detach from the back in 2 easily cleanable parts, it is one piece hinged. This is the one for the model H

The slicing disc is neat because you can adjust the thickness of the slices by using a screwdriver! There are also a coarse shredding disc and a fine shredding disc available for the pelican attachment.

I just noticed something today that I have never paid any attention to before. I was forced to get all of my vintage KA mixer manuals out to figure out what was going on!

After wading hip deep through about 8 manuals I finally figured it out!

There are apparently 3 different types of pelican head slicer/shredder heads!

Yep, there is one type, with as Leathersmith says the front does not detach from the back in 2 easily cleanable parts, it is one piece hinged. This is the one for the model H!

It has been mentioned that a citrus juicer and a meat grinder came with the H-5. Not having any other information, I assume they are the same as the model G -- all cast aluminum models.

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.
And there was a KA cabinet to house all of your KA Model H accessories on slide out marked trays and to hold the mixer to top.
It came in two versions. One with a regular cabinet door and one with a tambour cabinet door.
Both the No. 18 and No. 24 cabinets had quite a few variations in both construction and attachment layout over the years.  There have been a few No. 24s that are laid out, with room for the freezer can and no juicer space. There have also been a few (which I think are newer) that store the juicer and the oil dropper in place of the beaters and the freezer can.

In all the cabinets some have similar attachment layouts, but there are always minor differences in construction.



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.



  1. Hi, so glad to have found your blog! I am so disappointed that I lost my pastry knife in our last move and flood ): Your site is very informative and inspiring. Happy mixing!

  2. Thank you zee! This blog is a work in progress, so if you have any information I don't have feel free to let me know, or any suggestions would be appreciated.

    I was in the defunct KA forum, and if this blog catches on, maybe it can become our new hang out.

    1. Let me know what you are missing and I will try to provide pictures. I do have a really bad copy of an old KitchenAid Coffee Mill Sales Aid. I've got quite a bit of other things too. We are organizing our garage more today so I am hoping to find more of my stuff. I have 2 old ice cream maker attachments. The wood one is rusty. I've cleaned it off before. It makes quite a mess when you use it. Have you ever restored yours to the point it doesn't leak? I remember you having a couple of them. ~Page

  3. So glad to have found you! I was looking for the old forum and figured they had ended it. They probably got tired of reading how much we like the old models (: Do you happen to have a pastry knife you'd like to sell? I lost mine in a recent move ): I don't use my MOdel G very much b/c I have found it is not as strong as my 80's Hobart mixer. That's too bad b/c I have the chrome MOdel G. So sad.

  4. I have in my possession a Kitchenaid Enamel top cabinet that has a fold out door and wood shelves for storing the accessories. Im trying to find out what model number it is can you help?

    1. These cabinets were used with the KA H-5 mixer from the 1920's

  5. I just inherited my aunts K-5A, made about 1940's that she had bought and used all these years. Was repainted shade of green not found in nature, electrical cord is not good. Should I have anything done service wise at minimum besides new power cord? Unit runs and sounds "fine". Clean exterior. Always indoor stored, her pride and joy along with her Guardian Service cookware!

  6. Hi Leolady , since it appears that you are a Kitchenaid "Guru" , I was wondering if you could tell me the part number or any advice on finding a set of brushes for my 1937 Kitchenaid model " K " 3 qt mixer . I've tried to find brushes for it to no avail ( everything states " for K45 and later " , wasn't sure if the after the K , they carried on with the same brushes. I will make sure to use a comm stone on the commutator once I am able to find out what they are. A model # or dimension would suffice ( both brushes are completely worn down ).

  7. If you know of anyone with attachments for the KA H-5 that they want to sell, please let me know!!!

  8. Hello! I found an old Hobart kitchen aid mixer the handle says model 3B but the base where you set the bowl says model 3-C. Do you know which it is. I plugged it in and it still works. It has the Pyrex bowl that locks in and the whip. Curious how much you think it is worth as well and if you would know anyone interested. It is a 10 speed.

  9. Hi

    I have a KA-H5 mixer that has been in my family since new. Still have most but not all attachments but is missing the manual. In the last year it has developed an oil leak. i'd like to disassemble it and try to replace the lower seal but am reluctant to do that without the manual. is there a scanned copy available anywhere online or elsewhere?


  10. We have a Hobart N5 and are trying to locate a Pelican Head slicer that is complete and fits this model. Anyone out there that has one to sell or has information on locating one would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Annie.