I believe the old ones are great quality and parts are available. After the last cakes were put to baking, I got all of the prep stuff started washing in the KDS18. I wouldn't bother with upgrading the speed control unless it's presenting problems, and besides, a new SS control wouldn't have the vintage round knob on the sliding lever like the original does, resulting in a mismatch with the locking lever. Based on this, I'd say my K45 can't be any later than the mid '60s unless they had lots of tilt head bands with the older style logo to be used up. It's a lighter duty, more of a medium duty. I still have my Sunbeam food processor which makes excellent bread dough very rapidly and I use recipes where I don't have to proof the yeast (and take a chance of it either dying or being killed with accidentally too hot a water). Good luck! Ralph, my 4C does not look like your above. They don't make them like they used to and Hobart was the best of the best when your machine was made. When did they do away with the flat lip on the bowl (which tends to scrape the paint off the pedestal if you're not careful when positioning it onto its base)? I've seen pictures of K4's using their own original beater (like the 3B/4C types) as well as with the later flat beater, dough hook and whisk found on the K45 and other subsequent models, so other than the different and slightly smaller bowl design the K4's seem capable of doing anything the K45's can do. I wonder if when the logo changed and/or when the K45SS debuted, if that is when the shape changed on the knob that secures attachments in the hub as well. Next, the following two numbers indicate the week. The beater and dough hook were damaged and scratched - obviously secondhand. There is no sticker inside the base of my K45, so it will remain a mystery as to its age until more information shows up on line. Easy to do but a messy job. Moreover the grease inside had stiffened up substantially so I am glad I took it apart, cleaned and replaced the grease.  The H-5 mixer was smaller and lighter than the C-10, and had a more manageable five-quart bowl. KitchenAid mixers have been around for the consumer since 1919. My 94 year old mother in-law just gave me her mixer. But I love it, I'd never had a stand mixer before, only a KA hand mixer that finally wore out after 20 years. It passed, but I did hear some clicking from inside the gear case and am wondering if there may be issues with big jobs such as kneading dough. David, your mixer appears to be among the last ones made before the the SS designation. It seems no other model before or since had that same arrangement. Relish the prep, the ideas and those little creative touches and breeze through the making process. If you see any burned parts they can be replaced rather cheaply. 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