Lessons Learned - Buying Used Mixers...
I have bought two used Hobart mixers in the last couple years and learned a few lessons I would like to share about what to watch for and possibly avoid when buying used equipment.
Oh yes... buyer beware... Commercial equipment is made endure constant use, but it still will wear with age at best or lose structural integrity if abused at worst. You might find that 1958 Hobart 20 quart that sat in the corner of a church or school that kept it well maintained and rarely used but that is an exception to the rule... There are "deals" on Craigslist and Ebay, but those too are not the norm.
Unfortunately, many sellers are either intentionally "ignorant" of the item's true mechanical condition, or out right intentionally deceptive. So you have to go into the "deal" knowing what to look for... and what information to seek to piece together the history of the item you are considering and put on your best Sherlock Holmes hat and use these insights to look for other clues of the mixer's condition.
It is easy to do, and a mistake, to go into a deal with the intent to buy, and not with a an attitude of "wait and see". See, feel, hear, and ask questions... It is easy to let your excitement cloud your judgement.... ( I do speak from experience unfortunately)
I hope others will post their good and bad experience related to this topic so everyone can learn from our experiences. I'll go into detail about mine in the following post....
This is not to discouraging anyone from buying a great used mixer... It is just that the relatively high cost, might be only the beginning of a much higher cost and regrettable mistake.