I have a 5qt kitchenaid that the gears that turn the atachments are worn out. For $23 I ordered the parts and I will atept to fix it myself. If I fail (With my mecanical aptitude, or lack of, I figure I have a 60% chance of sucsess) I will be shpping for a new mixer. I am tempted by the Viking 5qt but it does not have a grinder . The kitchenaid pro 500 I'm thinking it might not be strong enough, but I would have a grinder. The 600 I think I can pick up for $350, but 6qt is annoying if I want to just whip 2 egg whites or a cup of cream.
For the record I use it:
2x a week for bread
2-3x a week for batters, potatoes etc...
once a month for sausage
any opinions would be helpful