Was canning piccallili, last week, using grinder attachment on my 6 month old KA mixer. This was the classsic, 250 watt machine. Retail about $270. Motor gave out after grinding 1/2 dozen peppers. Tried to get by with hand grinder and decided that I had to have horsepower. Packed up the mixer. Went to store to return. Store very gracious but out of that model. Had to buy the 450 watt machine for an extra $110. Isolated incident or common problem? Noticed a ton of ads on ebay for refurbished machines which makes me suspicious that there may be a design flaw or quality problem.
BTW, finished 15 pints of my Grandmother's 100 year old recipe. Now I have a year's supply.