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Offline themadhatter106

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Overhauling a Hobart Mixer
« on: April 16, 2016, 12:16:28 AM »
Hi,

So I just bought a 20 quart Hobart mixer from a guy off of craigslist. I got it for $750 and the guy said it was 30-40 years old.

I like to make mass amounts of pizza dough and bring my Blackstone oven to festivals and camping trips to set up a pizza stand. My kitchen aid just wasn't up to the task of needing to make 30+ 16" NY dough balls quickly.

I also go to burning man which is a festival in the middle of the desert. I had major problems with my kitchen aid pro 600 overheating last year. It wouldn't do more then one batch of 4 balls without overheating.

Anyway, I am looking for some tips on overhauling my old Hobart mixer. Can anyone offer me any advice? If you have any other comment that's fine too  :). I am thinking of at least re-greasing the gears and giving it a new coat of paint.

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Re: Overhauling a Hobart Mixer
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2016, 07:56:39 AM »
There are a number of posts on the Fresh Loaf on restoring old Hobarts,  here is one, but do a search there, for others  http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/24332/hobart-n50-restoration-experience


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Re: Overhauling a Hobart Mixer
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2016, 11:48:03 AM »
If it's working good leave it be! You can take the top off and grease it other than that put it to work. I have a 20qt 1953 going strong.

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Re: Overhauling a Hobart Mixer
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2016, 08:10:29 PM »
If you Really Have To Repaint It be sure to use a paint that is approved for such applications. Your local health department can provide you with direction in this regard.
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Re: Overhauling a Hobart Mixer
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2016, 03:22:43 PM »
I think it's worth it to at least clean the innards and regrease it. There's at least one youtube video on how to overhaul this model. It appears to be nicely designed and not too complicated to work on.

There are much better greases available than the ones that Hobart ships in these mixers (and that they sell under their own brand). I'd seek advice from a lube specialist on the ideal replacements for the stock grease. Some of these mixers use one or two different viscosities (and the bigger ones use oil in the gearcase).

You're looking for, generally, a synthetic grease with FDA h-1 food machinery rating. The synthetic greases last much, much longer than the conventional mineral greases. They also prevent wear better, and work better at high and low temperatures, and are less likely to separate and drip into your food.

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Re: Overhauling a Hobart Mixer
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2016, 09:53:45 PM »
I'll bet there are videos on YouTube showing a step by step 'how to' , there is on almost everything else!

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Re: Overhauling a Hobart Mixer
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2016, 09:59:44 PM »
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Re: Overhauling a Hobart Mixer
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2016, 10:32:24 PM »
Ps.......DON'T forget to pack gearbox with grease. On yours this probably hasn't been done in years so I would clean all parts in parts cleaner solvent, clean out ALL grease from empty gearbox as it will no doubt have metal fragments in it, inspect ALL gears for any wear , chips or other damage and replace as needed. Then reassemble, repack with new gearbox grease and get another lifetime out of it. I have done this on 3 KA's, 2 of my own and 1 of a friends, insides are pretty similar. Yours may not have been done since it was new, cheap insurance on your purchase! Any part replacement taken aside, your cost is a couple hours and a tub of grease :P

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Re: Overhauling a Hobart Mixer
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2016, 10:36:37 PM »
I think it's worth it to at least clean the innards and regrease it. There's at least one youtube video on how to overhaul this model. It appears to be nicely designed and not too complicated to work on.

There are much better greases available than the ones that Hobart ships in these mixers (and that they sell under their own brand). I'd seek advice from a lube specialist on the ideal replacements for the stock grease. Some of these mixers use one or two different viscosities (and the bigger ones use oil in the gearcase).

You're looking for, generally, a synthetic grease with FDA h-1 food machinery rating. The synthetic greases last much, much longer than the conventional mineral greases. They also prevent wear better, and work better at high and low temperatures, and are less likely to separate and drip into your food.

Paul, I didn't see your post til after I posted mine. Was not trying to ambush you, I should read ALL the responses before jumping in :-[ :P
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