I'm looking at a used mixer, but it is belt driven. Can anyone tell me if this is good, bad or indifferent. The only research I can find is that it might be lower maintenance because of the lack of gears.
Any info would be appreciated!!!
Back in the days when I sold restaurant equip, a gear driven mixer was considered better quality and therefore more expensive. Hobart is gear driven--Univex belt driven. Both are serviceable--like buying a Buick versus a Cadilac.
this one is a univex. 20 qt-- will it being belt driven mean that it won't hold up to thicker batters/icings?
We mostly sold Univex, and had very few problems. It should work great, but will depend a lot on the age of the machine and the volume you will use it.
A new Univex would cost around $3200 plus shipping.
They are located in New Hampshire, and have a toll free number 800-356-5614. Might be worth a call-- say you are thinking of buying a new machine, and see what they say.
I have a very old(over 50 year old) 20 qrt mixer. I bought it 10 years ago and my husband serviced it. I love my mixer. It has made thousands of pounds of cake and buttercream icing. It has also made large recipes of bread. This thing is a true workhorse. I would not sell it for no amount of money. Just to tell you a quick story, when I first opened I purchased a new mixer, over $2000. When I went to use it, it would not run, since it was under warrenty we did not want to mess with it. I was mad enough to spit nails. I had them pick it up and return my money. My husband found this old mixer for $300.00!, and it was the best investment we ever made. This mixer shifts gears like a car. It is also very very heavy. Good Luck
thank you again for all of the help. I won the auction on EBAY last night for $425 for a 20 qt Univex. The description says Good Working Condition. I plan on testing it when I pick it up. My hubby is also very handy and can probably service this for me if needed!! I'm so excited. I thought I'd have to shell out $3k for a new one. I'm also hitting a few local auctions of restaurant equipment next week. Wish me luck!
Wow-great price--especially since you don't have to pay to ship it!!