I have had this wonderful old KitchenAid Mixer for about 15 years or so. It was a joint Christmas gift from Allan and my sister Jessica. I love it so much. Who knew that a mixer could have sentimental value. When I was using it last night to make Figgy Pudding, it was making a high pitched metal on metal sound when I turned it off, so I asked Allan if he knew what it was? Of course he grabbed some tools and began dismantling it. He found the sound was coming from some ball bearings that had no oil or grease. He gave them a shot of oil and it is good to go. I am so glad that I didn't need a new one. Although I would have used it until it ground to a slow and screeching halt never to run again. I don't like to replace things until they need replacing. There is something wonderful about using old things that I love.
This is what the inside of my old KitchenAid mixer looks like.