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I just got this 1956 model 11c stand mixer for $15 bucks. What a steal, they are rare. All if the parts are there except for the spout that pours the juice from the juicer into a smaller bowl. It works great, however there is a slight burning odor when in use. My food processor is older as well and has the same smell. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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I would call an appliance repair company. They should be able to help get the appliance back up to snuff, and the smell should go away. If they aren't able to help then you might just have to put up with it.
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lol.....sorry, I'm not mechanical but I AM sentimental. Is it green? I can picture my mom's mixer like it was yesterday. So I'm going to thank you for even bringing this to the forefront of my mind. It was fun. I was 13 in 1956.
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No it's black and chrome. I'm glad this has brought you fond memories :). I love the way the older mixers look and last!
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Oh you know what!! So was my mom's. As soon as you said it I could see it. ***....I'm way too sentimental. lol......I;ve got tears in my eyes. That's so silly,. I can't remember but I think we called them Mixmasters. And maybe that was the name. I can't remember. But I still frequently close my eyes and walk through the house I was raised in.
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Yes :) it is a Mixmaster. Good memory!
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Yes, but you generally will need to rewire most of it. The burn smell is anclent wire protection and covers......
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The smell is likely coming from misaligned or worn out brushes in the motor. You can replace the brushes (if you know how) or screw them in slightly to make better contact. Another potential cause is dust and bad insulation on the motor's windings. The dust you can fix with a can of duster spray. The bad insulation (usually varnish on the wire comprising the windings at the time of manufacture) you can't. There are places you can take old appliances to have them professionally restored, but the best option is just to use the appliance until it gives up the ghost. Professional restorations of home appliances are usually three to five times the cost of the appliance when it was new.
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Thanks!
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No problem. Being a fan of steampunk/vintage appliances, I can relate to your dilemma. :-)
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What you are smelling is more than likely Ozone. If you are handy and can take it apart and clean things up and re-lube them this may be of some help. They used a pretty heavy duty grease in the gears and as it gathers ***** it makes the motor work ******. A good electrical cleaner will remove this old grease with out harming the wiring. If it should happen to have sealed bearing you will not want to do this as this will remove the grease that is inside the sealed bearing. In that case just clean and re-lube the gears.
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Great, thanks!
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You are welcome!
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Buy a newer one. Not really sure that smell can come out. Mostly likely being caused by the belts/motors burning out. Sorry, wish I had better news.
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Well there is a guy that is called the mixer master who can refurbish and repair. I figured I could see if I could fix it myself before sending it off.
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