:chef: Hi, all. I just purchased a Kitchenaid mixer, not even used yet. It is the "Artisan" model. It has beaters made of a material that KA calls "Burnished". It looks like a coated metal of some sort. I'm concerned that the coating material might fleck off. It just doesn't look stable. The dough hook looks especially vulnerable already. Does anyone have any experience with this material? Does it perform satisfactorily? Also, one last thing. When the beater head is raised, it's too tall to fit under my kitchen cabinet so to use the mixer I will need to move it out from under the cabinet. Would it be feasible to put the mixer on a material that would make it slide more easily over the countertop? Thanks very much.