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Hand Crank Conversion Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

Updated on May 13, 2012
The Little Dutch Maid Hand Crank Mixer
The Little Dutch Maid Hand Crank Mixer
The Little Dutch Maid two speed hand crank system
The Little Dutch Maid two speed hand crank system

The Amish have converted Kitchen Aid Mixers to a hand crank machine for off-grid use.

You may wonder why anyone would want to take a perfectly good Kitchen Aid mixer remove the electric motor and replace it with a hand crank gear assembly.

Surprisingly it is not only the Amish who want to get their hands on this relative new conversion. There is a large movement of people who are focused on moving off the grid in order to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Some want to live more green, some want to be prepared for wide spread interruptions of our grid supplied electrical services from ravaging storms to solar and terroristic attacks on the grid. Others just want to escape and relive the nostalgia of less complicated times where grandma made home baked goods with little more than her mixing bowl and hand cranked appliances.

Many still do live without grid connected services across the United States and into many foreign countries. The Amish sustainable living culture is probably the largest population living an off the grid life style in the United States. Like Y2K many are flocking back to the Amish communities to find off-grid products just like this Kitchen Aid converted mixer.

The Kitchen Aid stand mixers are probably one of the most popular and widely used mixers ever made. The hand crank conversion works smooth and surprisingly is very easy to crank. The adjustable crank handle shortens or lengthens the revolutions of the cranking process, which controls the speed of the mixer. There is no need to crank faster or slower depending on if you are whipping or making bread dough.

The conversion utilizes heavy duty parts and gears. Without the electric motor brushes to burn out this hand crank conversion will probably last for the next generation or maybe even more. The Amish shop that does these takes and completely refurbishes the Kitchen Aid 5- quart mixers.

One down side is that in the conversion and gearing configuration for the hand crank assembly disables the docking port for the added Kitchen Aid attachments. This is no longer a working feature on this mixer. Yea, this is disappointing if you have all the attachments, but if you just use it for making bread, whipping cake mixes or using the flat beater for cookies, this mixer maybe a good off-grid alternative.

You can purchase one these converted mixers at www.http//

Cottage Craft Works is a unique online general store that carries all type of neat old time products just like an old fashioned general store. They also carry The Little Dutch Maid hand crank mixer that uses Bosh attachments. It is also a popular mixer for those living or wanting to live off the grid. If you are looking for reproduction items, non-electric appliances, or how to live more self-sufficient check them out.

The Kitchen Aid converted mixer is available only in white; it comes with the flat beater, wire whip, dough hook, 5qt stainless mixing bowl and plastic splash guard. All attachments are new or refurbished just like new.


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    • homesteadpatch profile image


      6 years ago from Michigan

      I've seen blenders, but never the Kitchen Aid mixer. Really neat!

    • RTalloni profile image


      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for highlighting this concept and giving the link to the store. There are great reasons to become familiar and use hand tools--I like the fact that doing so would strengthen my arms. :)


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