I'm surprised you didn't get a Hobart. Even a used one is better than most new mixers.
I looked far and wide for a used Hobart but none were to be found with a reputable seller. A new one is almost double the price of a thunderbird. Moving a thousand pound mixer costs a lot of $ in crating, shipping, and unloading. I have used a thunderbird for 8 years, overloaded it to death, and it out performed our Hobart of the same size. I also checked in with Tom Lehman and he agreed the thunderbird is a great mixer and well worth buying over a Hobart when one has no idea of what condition a used hobart is in. Most online hobarts are repainted and called reconditioned. George Mills, a longtime used Hobart dealer, didn't have any for sale and he is about the only guy I would trust buying blind from. Once you get one of these beasts inside it is a nightmare to move them out. There is no go to companies that move them. Most restaurants use their staff to move them. We had to call dozens of places to find someone to move our original in and it cost $600 with the electrician to hook it up. You can buy heavy restaurant equipment all day long and it will be dropped at your door but there is basically no one easily found that will lug it inside and place it where you want. Luckily Thunderbird has been very responsive with sending out new parts - phase module (powers the control panel of the mixer), bowl lift motor, and also has been good about sending a tech to install this stuff. They also paid to have the old mixer removed, crated, the new one unloaded, installed. I shredded about 50 pounds of cheese yesterday with it no problem and hopefully it works when I mix a full dough batch this afternoon. Walter