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Tanya

Please help identify this mixer

Please help me to identify this mixer.  We bought it not knowing what it was, but it's missing the bowl and we only have a paddle for it.  It works, smooth and quiet, but without the bowl and a hook, it's really useless.  It is way too heavy to drag around from dealer to dealer in the hope of getting it recognized, so I thought that maybe someone on this blog may know what this is.  There is a spec plate, but no manufacturer's name on it or anywhere else that I've been able to see.  The model is MIX0040, 220V, 1 phase, manufactured in 2001.  It appears to be 40 qt.  That's all that's printed on the plate.  Google search was unrevealing.  Thanks in advance.

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thomaschacon (not verified)

...but it looks a bit beat up for only 10 years old.

I don't know the brand, sorry; but, my guess is that it's a Chinese/Taiwanese mixer. There are about 100 brand names and/or resellers for these mixers (but only a couple of actual manufacturers), so it won't be easy to pin down. This reseller is an example :

http://www.hsiaolin.com/p05.htm

You might be able to unscrew some of the plates (or even the hood) and find more information.

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Tanya

I've taken the round hood off the back.  No identifying markings at all.  The round back maybe its best identifying feature - I've never seen any other mixer using this hood.  It doesn't really matter to me who made the mixer if it has the same spacings for the bowl and accessories as some better known brand so that I can get the missing pieces. 

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thomaschacon (not verified)

...but many commercial mixers (even the Chinese/Tiawanese ones) use standardized attachments, bowls, etc.

If it's a 40 qt., I wouldn't be surprised if a Hobart 40 qt bowl would fit it.

Not for certain, but I'd wager there's a 3:1 chance it would fit.

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JustinB

I agree. To be honest, looking at the space for the bowl, it looks exactly like my 80qt Hobart bowl area. It has the two nubs to hold it in, and the lip in the back to prevent it from jumping, then the two locks on the left and right.

I'd say it probably would work with a 40qt hobart bowl. But, I still can't answer you what brand it is :{

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thomaschacon (not verified)

Can you remove those with a Phillips-head screw driver.

There might be some information on the back of those.

Strange that the plate itself doesn't show some residual information (like a serial no.), but who knows what stories that mixer has to tell? How it made its way across the Pacific after being stolen from a Tawainese bun factory, serial numbers filed off, it's theft the beginning of one man's new life in a new world across the ocean. I will leave my wife. I will leave my children. But I will not leave my mixer! Pork Buns for all! And I've had too much coffee again. :)

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Tanya

No writing behind the plates at all.  No writing behind the round hood, either.  The model number has a resemblance to Anvil, but their mixers are completely different, at least within the last few decades.  I am beginning to suspect that someone might have affixed an incorrect label to the unit, and it may in fact be older than 2001 (maybe just a wild imagination, but ...)  The power switch has obviously been replaced with a light switch, but that is not unusual.

The problem is that I don't know anyone with a Hobart 40 qt to try their bowl.  Buying a Hobart bowl will set me back $200+ and it may not fit.  I have a Thunderbird 40 qt and it's bowl and accessories are completely different.  Another option is to drive it around to various dealers in the hope of finding the missing pieces, but that does present some difficulties in the DC area.  I will send the pictures to the dealer recommended in another post, but hopping that someone has had one and can identify.  Thanks again.

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thomaschacon (not verified)

You probably won't have any luck getting someone to loan you a new Hobart bowl.

If you look on Craigslist, however, you might find a used one (and maybe someone who'd trust you to bring it back after you try it for fit).

http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites

Look in Craigslist > for sale / wanted > business/commercial

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tn gabe

seems to be the company that has model numbers MIX__40. the last 2 numbers are obviously the size, i think the first two are the generation. 00 is the original. is it possible plate says something other than 2001?

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arlo

Looks like the hobart I use at work, but then again I don't think it is a hobart : /

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richkaimd

Last week I had a similar problem.  I spoke to a woman at OneSharpStore.com (check out their website for the number) who offered to identify a mixer for which I needed a new bowl and dough hook.  She identified it from a picture I sent here.  Good luck. 

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flournwater

Many commercial mixers, whether made in the US or the far east, use what is essentially identical pedestals but their power heads vary considerably.  This one looks to me to be a Hobart 40 quart but, because there is no indication that the "Hobart" insignia was ever rivited to either the right or left side, I'd have to say it is something other than a Hobart.  I also believe that the original power controls on this one pictured have been replaced with a single pole toggle; makes me think it's pretty old.

I would expect, however, that Hobart accessories (or those marketed by Globe, Varimixer or similar companies) should work wth it.  Take some pictures and measurements (shaft sizes, lengths, etc.) and make a few inquiries.  You'll find something that will meet your need.

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tn gabe

;)

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Tanya

I'm pretty sure that it is not a Hobart, although it may be compatible with Hobart accessories.  I've looked at hundreds of Google pictures of mixers and none had that tell-tale back hood with ventilation holes.  I would hate to give up on it because it runs very smooth and quiet and I could use another 40 qt mixer.

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flournwater

Don't give up on it, Tanya.  Try those options I suggested and any others you might dream up.  I've done some work searching for "phantom" parts for machines that come through my shop and it's exciting when I find something that may not have been made specifically for the machine I'm working on but that works perfectly ...