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METCALFE SP-80 Mixer

MikeCD's picture
MikeCD

METCALFE SP-80 Mixer

I am looking for a good heavy duty mixer for bread making and a little cake / muffin mixing... I have looked for second hand commercial mixers but they are just way overpriced here in Denmark. I would prefer to pay the money now for a good machine that will not let me down or drive me nuts after a couple of years when it starts to breaak down at the end of its warrenty....

I have found these machines which seem to be resonibly priced and have all the bits i will need... does anyone know of Metcalfe ? any input would be appreciated...

 

http://www.metcalfecatering.com/items.aspx?pt=cat2

 

PS The 29Kg (63lb) weight does seem rather a lot, but rather too heavy than too light..

 

Thanks

Mike

 

 

 

 

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Nickisafoodie

These look identical to Globe mixers here in the US.  I have the SP 20 qt version that weighs over 200 lbs!.  These are work horse machines, heavy duty industrial grade.  You will be very happy.

The only caveat is to make sure you look at the spec sheet to ensure that you have the right capacity - which fluctuates depending on the hydration/stiffness of the dough.  The specs on the site show this.   For example, the SP 80 which is an 8 quart bowl/68 pound machine can make anywhere from  1.2 to 1.8 kg of dough depending on hydration.  If this fits your intended output, then you are good to go.   Otherwise you need to move up to the next size...

Mine is in the garage on a stand, but I make 12 pounds of dough at a time. Bought if from a bakery used, like new. 

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gerhard

I have a Bear Varimixer 40L capacity, it was made in Denmark.  I am sure they make smaller machines just suited to your needs.

Gerhard

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MikeCD

Thanks Nick, I do not really have space other than in the kitchen so... the sheer size of the Metcalf could be a problem..

Gerhard, thank for the idea. I did a quick search and found that Bear Varimixer are located just about 25kms away... and they have a great 5L mixer called the Teddy... not sure about the name, but the machine looks great with all the right spec. I will probably order one of these, I have found a shop with an offer on for around €840 instead of €1350... I just hope the offer is still available when I get my next paycheck at the end of the month !

Thanks for the input, here is a link ti information about the Bear Varimixer Teddy:

 

http://www.wodschow.dk/Default.aspx?ID=705

 

Mike

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gerhard

Your link did not work for me but a quick google search brought up the site.  Looks like the mixers have seen lots advances since we bought ours around 1990, we have not had to have it serviced since we bought it.  When we bought the deciding factor was the stepless transmission, no adapter was needed to use the either the 40 or 20L bowl and the bowl locked automatically as you raised it.  

I hope you get yours for a good price.

Gerhard

P.S. I loved their video, it is amazing how much they conveyed without saying a word.