How to Find Your
Vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster's Model Number
Knowing which vintage model Mixmaster you have is
crucial when repairs or parts are needed. A lot of folks aren't sure how
to locate the numbers or which ones are used, so I thought it might be
helpful to put the instructions here on the website.
To find your Sunbeam Mixmaster's model number,
unlatch the mixer's motor from its stand and turn it over. On older
models (3-12) with a cord that enters the motor from the rear and
doesn't unplug, you'll find the model number on the junction box cover
plate, just in front of the big steel mounting pin.
These can be very hard to read, because Sunbeam
stamped them onto the cover, often pretty lightly, then sprayed a thick
coat of paint over them. Typical numbers are: 5A, 10A, 12,
etc. You'll also find a serial number stamped onto the body of
most motors through the model 11, but the model number is what I need to
help you with repair advice, parts, manuals, etc.
Note: if your eyes are anywhere near the age of
mine, you'll find a strong light and magnifying glass really helpful.
On later, 70's and 80's models, Sunbeam complicated
things a bit by changing the number we need from "model number" to
"service number", but it's a lot easier to read. As a general rule, 70's
models normally have a cord that unplugs from the right side of the
motor. 80's cords usually connect to the right side, too, but are
On 70's and most 80's mixers, you'll also find the
number underneath the motor, but it's usually stamped into the
rectangular beater eject plate where you insert the beaters.
Some common numbers to look for are: MMA, MMB, 1-7A,
1-8B, etc. There doesn't appear to be much "rhyme or reason" to Sunbeam's "service
number" system during that time, but the good news is, they're all very
reliable little machines, requiring very little repair or maintenance.
Unlike the earlier designs, they require no periodic oiling, and have
none of the oiling ports of their older models.
Note: To get an idea what year your Mixmaster was
I hope that's of some help. As always, if you have
any questions about your Mixmaster, please feel free to
drop me an email any time.
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