Hello Chris. Thanks for the great how to fix it on the hand mixer. I had the same thing happening and was about to toss the darn thing when I came on your piece. I followed your plan until it came to the clip bending. I was having a hard time with the bending so I went to plan "B" by using a 3/16 hitch pin instead. It required shortening and a little re-shaping of the "loop" to fit the shaft but it worked out well. The beaters no longer fall out. These hitch pins are available at Home Depot for under $1. Don't see an option to attached a photo... so 3/16" hitch pin part #570-452, two to a package. Thanks again for putting me on to the fix. Dave
OK, here is a link to the picture of the hitch pin...https://picasaweb.google.com/106797452596027132734/6280159521185936961
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You gave me inspiration. I knew that i could figure out something but when I saw this I followed your lead. I used a small spring that I found in a jar of "homeowner hord" but actually you could probably use a spring from a ball point pen because you don't need to provide much tension on the beater end to hold it in place. Still thanks for the inspiration. P.S. The beater end in my model of mixer was actually in the immediate vicinity of the gear, not the shaft so much, but I was still able to get a slot where I needed and the screw that you mention holds the plate that captures the gears on mine had two screws and were 90 degrees from what you show. Must be an older/younger model.