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I'm a little confused by the question. Are you saying your machine can't handle the punching down or that it can't handle the kneading, or both?
Dough needs to be punched down after each rising, except the final one in the bread pan.
In my experience, bread machines only do one rising, the final one, so it never needs to be punched down.