Looking To Buy A Used Hobart Mixer, What To Look For?

Business By love2makecakes Updated 19 Mar 2014 , 9:25pm by ekimura

love2makecakes Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 1:55am
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***Yes, I am a licensed baker and yes I own a business...

***Yes, this is a double post as I did post this in a different forum. With no responses I thought maybe I should post this where people are more likely to use bigger mixers.

So I am looking at purchasing a used hobart mixer, a 20 quart perferribly. I have toyed with the idea of a 10 or 12 quart too, but I am at least moving up from my 4.5 quart Kitchenaid.

So my question is... If I find one that is the price I like, how do I know what to look for next? Newer models (how do you tell? I dont want to buy one that is 60 years old, but since they dont have model years and sellers rarely know how old they are. What do you do?), horsepower (do they make better more than one model for the same quart machines?), I just have no idea what to look for I guess... Any help or advice is very welcome!!!


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Jeannem Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 1:59pm
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Maybe try calling a Hobart Service center--they've got over 200 across the nation--maybe you'll get lucky and find a friendly one that can help. Check your yellow pages under "restaurant equip-repair". HTH.

Loucinda Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 3:03pm
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IMO, I don't think the age of the Hobart is an issue. If you look at the tag on the side of each mixer - it actually has the date of manufacture on it. The older ones were made with tougher parts I have heard.

Make sure you get a phase 1 - otherwise you will have an expensive electrician bill to hook up the proper electricity for it.

I love mine, it has cut the mixing time considerably for me. Good luck!

leah_s Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 4:27pm
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Yeah, age isn't an issue. A 60 year old Hobart will likely be just fine. I bought a used one from a local restaurant supply house. I didn't get a great deal, but they delivered the same day.

littlecake Posted 26 Oct 2009 , 4:59pm
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when i bought mine, they had some pretty old ones, he told me a gear driven motor will go forever, it didn't matter how old they were,

you'll love it.

if you make very many cakes you might wanna think about a 30 qt.

it's the perfect size for me...on saturdays i only gotta stop and make icing twice.

1234me Posted 27 Oct 2009 , 1:05am
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I love mine! ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! (yes I am shouting!) There is a serial number on the side but I have not looked to see when it was made. I have no real advice for you when buying it other than it is a decision you will not regret. I have only had mine for a month or so and it has saved me soooo much time! I wish I had gotten it sooner.

love2makecakes Posted 27 Oct 2009 , 1:52am
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Thank you everyone for the responses!

If I remember correctly, I believe we have it either wired or can be easily wired for a large mixer since I told my electrician that I was expecting to get one someday...

Does a Phase 1 mean that it only has one speed? If so, doesn't sugar and liquid fly everywhere?

I have all my money saved; now I am just watching for a deal!!! Wish me luck! I am terribly excited at the prospect of not standing at a mixer making batch after batch of icing!!!!

Loucinda Posted 27 Oct 2009 , 3:18am
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The phase one has 3 speeds too, the difference is the wiring - a phase one has a plug that you can plug into a regular outlet with a ground, the phase 3 is a huge plug, like what a dryer or an electric stove has.

I have never used any speed other than 1 on mine so far! Keep looking, you may find one. Check the restaraunt auction sites too.

prterrell Posted 27 Oct 2009 , 3:20am
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No advice, just saying I'm jelly...would LOVE a hobart even though I'm really just a home/hobby baker primarily. Hope you find a great one at a great price!

Mike1394 Posted 27 Oct 2009 , 2:51pm
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What I would look for. Grab the part that holds the beater. Try to shake it. If it wobbels, run. It should be tight, no wiggle.

You also want to see it run. Check to see if there is any hesitation between gears. Alot of time when people get in a hurry they will jusy change while the machine is running. You want to make sure there is no stripped gears.


love2makecakes Posted 27 Oct 2009 , 3:16pm
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Mike - Thanks for the info! I was thinking of getting one on E***, but now I am rethinking it since I can not see it run or actually feel it to make sure it is tight.

Mike1394 Posted 27 Oct 2009 , 3:24pm
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Originally Posted by crlovescakes

Mike - Thanks for the info! I was thinking of getting one on E***, but now I am rethinking it since I can not see it run or actually feel it to make sure it is tight.

It comes down to how much risk you want to take. You can use it as a bargaining chip LOLOL Tell the person, "How do I know if the bearinds are good" "How do I know if the gears aren't stripped?".


love2makecakes Posted 27 Oct 2009 , 3:30pm
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I guess I couldn't use that to bargin with them icon_sad.gif

ekimura Posted 19 Mar 2014 , 9:25pm
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Does anyone know where to find a key or guide for hobart model/serial numbers?


Lots of good information and advice given here!  I once tried to sell a 30 quart hobart mixer for real cheap b/c I couldn't find anyone that had 3 phase. 

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