Reply Kitchen Aid Mixer or Cuisinart SM-70 7-Quart Stand Mixers

Donna Tokazowski- Cake Hatteras, Hatteras N.C. ...

I had been saving my money for this viking mixer:
http://www.amazon.com/Viking-Professional-quart-Stand-Mixer/dp/B001AGS1HC
But then Hurricane Irene came along and I had to use the money saved for evacuation expenses.
The price on the Cuisinart looks very appealing. I had a 5 qt KA but I gave it to a friend when I moved up to a 6 qt refurbished KA. I was very disappointed with it. The 5 qt KA last over 20 years. (I was working smaller volume) but the 6qt is less then 6 years old and I feel like I have beat it to death. The lift broke and I repaired it with a bungee cord. It really struggles to knead MMF. I have been babying it because it is all I have until I can save up the $500 for the Viking. My husband did a lot of research on the mixers for me, and he feels the Viking has the power we are looking for. After the 7 qt, I’m going full bore commercial. I’m tired if mixing batch after batch of bc.