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Dough mixer design has changed in the last decade – here's how to keep them in good working order.

Blenders typically have a service life ranging from 10 to 15 years for heavy-duty models. When these units stop working, it is generally time for a new one. Proper maintenance not only helps to provide a more consistent blend, but it also prolongs the blender’s service life.

Like with all equipment, operators will first need to consider the application before choosing the type of mixer best suited for the task. While spiral mixers are designed for dough only, planetary types offer other attachments that make them more versatile.

Start by assessing how the operation will use the blender. This will help determine the necessary speed and how the blender will fit within the workstation.

Dough mixers include the spiral type, which is suitable for working with dough, and planetary mixers, which have attachments that make them more versatile for creating dough, batter, cupcakes, frosting, whipped cream and other items.

Commercial blenders are versatile, performing the functions of food processors, mixers and even nut grinders while occupying little space. This powerful equipment handles food prep or concocts blended beverages. Multipurpose models can create soups, purees, salad dressings, sauces and foams, among other items.