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Adjust the Beater to Bowl Clearance

Adjusting the Beater to Bowl Clearance KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Signs that your mixer needs to be adjusted:

Your stand mixer is adjusted at the factory so that the flat beater just clears the bottom of the bowl. If, for any reason, the flat beater hits the bottom of
the bowl or is too far away from the bowl: you can correct the clearance easily.

  • The beater hitting the side of a bowl lift mixer means that the bowl has not been adequately snapped into place, even though it may appear level.
  • Ingredients on the bottom of the bowl not being incorporated means the beater is too high.
  • Tilt-head not locking into place means the beater is too high.
  • The white flat beater is chipping on the bottom or the beater hitting the bottom means the beater is too low.
  • Due to the nature of glass manufacturing, the clearance will be slightly different, and adjustments should be made without the dime until satisfied with the mixing performance.

How to Adjust

On bowl-lift mixers, the adjustment screw can be in one of two places. If you do not see it as in "A" above, then it will be a tiny screw as shown in "B." Before 1980, there were no adjustment screws, and an Authorized Service Facility must make adjustments.

  1. Unplug the stand mixer.
  2. Place the bowl-lift handle in the down position.
  3. Attach flat beater.
  4. Adjust so the flat beater just clears the bottom surface of the bowl when in lifted position by turning screw (A) counterclockwise to raise the bowl and clockwise to lower the bowl. Just a slight turn is all that is required: the screw will not rotate more than 1⁄4 turn (90 degrees) in either direction. (The full range of adjustment is 1⁄2 turn or 180 degrees.)

Bowl Lift Adjustment Screw.jpgClassic Bowl Lift Adjustment Screw.jpg

NOTE: The adjustment screw for tilt-head mixers is the same. But for some of the bowl-lift models manufactured after April 2003, the adjustment screw must be rotated in the opposite direction. If turning clockwise does not help, try turning it in the opposite direction.

  1. Place bowl-lift handle in the up position to check clearance.
  2. Repeat steps 4 and 5 if necessary.

When properly adjusted, the flat beater will not strike on the bottom or side of the bowl.


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