Rev-a-Shelf Heavy-Duty Mixer Lift
Mixers are extremely helpful but can also be extremely heavy. They can also take up much needed space if left out on the counter making it necessary to lift and put away the mixer only to have to lift it back out again later.
The Heavy-Duty Mixer Lift from Rev-a-Shelf allows you to easily raise your mixer (holds up to 60lbs) out of its cabinet to counter-top level. This gives you easy access to your mixer in seconds without having to lift such a heavy appliance. To lift your mixer gently pull it up and fix it into position by sliding the lock back. When you are ready to put your mixer away all you need to do is pull the lock out and gently slide the mixer back into the cabinet.
Rev-a-Shelf's heavy-duty mixer features built-in shock dampers which allow for a smooth movement when going up or down. This lift also features an adjustable spring tension mechanism which helps ease the effort of lifting or lowering the mixer. The mixer lift can be adjusted to several different weight capacities: 0-20lbs, 20-30lbs and 30-60lbs.
|Manufacturer Part Number||RAS-ML-HDCR|
|Organization Style||Base Cabinet Organizers|
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I cannot think of an obvious reason why the mixer platform and mechanism would not function if installed sideways (if sufficient operating envelope and clearance for the mixer exists). Two potential problems: First, are the attachments for the now inboard and outboard brackets accessible for installation? Secondly, the design of the mixer lift mechanism was intended for the operator/owner to be directly in front of the system. Lifting and pulling the mixer forward and up is easily accomplished because the load is reasonably centered in front of you. The locking and release "L" shaped handles are to the left and right of the mixer and project forward. If the mixer lift mechanism is installed sideways (i.e. 90 degrees rotated from design intent), you may have difficulty reaching into the cabinet to raise the mixer and may have a problem latching/releasing the table locks.
I hope this information is of some help,
Installing it can be a little awkward since you have to install the lift brackets first, then make and install the shelf, which necessitates running screws in from underneath, but it is not that hard, just clamp it in place and pre-drill your mounting holes.
We love our lift, it operates very smoothly and works very easily. We make bread dough primarily and since it is pretty stiff stuff we do move the mixer on to the countertop for use. Otherwise I'm afraid the mixer might vibrate off the lift.
I also had a drawer in the cabinet where I installed by shelf. I removed the drawer and the rail that separated the drawer opening from the open cabinet below and reinstalled the drawer at the bottom of the cabinet, below the shelf when the shelf is in the stored position. I took the drawer-front off the drawer so it would fit inside the (now taller) cabinet. The downside of this decision is I had to order a new door for the cabinet since the original door was now too short (fortunately for me, I was able to identify the cabinet manufacturer). It might have been possible to reinstall the drawer at the bottom of the cabinet, reinstall the rail above the drawer and reinstall the original cabinet door above the relocated drawer.
Hope this helps!
1. Is the space between bottom of drawer and bottom of cabinet sufficient to accommodate lifter?
2. If it fits, will the drawer above adversely affect comfortable operating height?
I have the large kitchenaid mixer, I think a 7 qt cap and the lift works fine. it is not as rock solid as I expected it would be, and has a bit of wobble when the mixer is at med & higher speed, but it has a smooth lift and replace action and I am happy with it.
I have already been thinking of using these in my shop when I get around to remodeling.
plus it makes using the Mixer more convenient. as it stays on the lift and is read when you are. just make sure you have the minimum dimensions.in your cabinet. the specs till you what that is. I have installed 3 of them and would recommend them.