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I have a ten year old Hobart N50 that I want to sell.

MaryJane's picture
MaryJane

I have a ten year old Hobart N50 that I want to sell.

My ten year old gray Hobart N50 worked perfectly until the movers dropped it. The flaw shows in the picture I posted... a big round dent. Now, my beloved Hobert does not even turn on. Maybe one of you handy guys could take it apart and make it work. Or maybe you could use the parts. The whip and paddle and all that are perfect. It has been sitting in our garage for two years. I bought it new in Manhattan ten years ago. Can anyone help me? I love your website. I know I won't be able to get much money for it. Dang movers. I warned them to be careful, but they dropped it anyway. So sad. No more whole-grain breads come out of our kitchen nowadays. - Mary Jane

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BreadLee

Just an idea and total guess,  but if you take it to your local auto body shop guy,  they may be able to remove that cover and beat it out.  It could be just impeding a moving part behind it.  Good luck! 

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MaryJane

That was so kind of you to reply. I feel like such a goofus on this forum. The problem is not just the dent. It has just stopped working. The people on this forum are so nice, I just am figuring I could sell it to someone for not much money.

 

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MaryJane

Dear BreadLee, I realized I missed your point. I did already take it to the Hobart people who removed the casing, and they said the motor needed to be rebuilt (for $700). I should have said that to begin with. Only, the thing is, I didn't necessarily believe them. Thanks for your input though. - Mary Jane 

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BreadLee

Ok I see what you mean.  Yeah that stinks.  I'm sorry they messed it up. It looks strong enough to be a cement mixer. Lol

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MaryJane

Also, the Hobart people have not helped me at all. They are only interested in their restaurant customers, not in little old housewives with N50s like myself. Not that I'm blaming them. They are in business to make money. - Mary Jane 

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clazar123

If they were a real moving company (not just family members helping) then they have insurance and should be able to cover the cost of repair or replacement.

Alternatively, look for exploded views of the machine and find out what is contained behind there. Like THIS

Find a small appliance repair person-usually on Craigslist or local community newspapers. Take the machine and the repair manual.

Open it up yourself and take a look-see.

These machines were designed to be repaired and parts and service are still available if you search.

What city/state are you located in? Maybe a local Fresh Loafer is available.

 

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MaryJane

Thank you for your thoughtful reply. Unfortunately I am a 73 year old woman who is not in the greatest health, so my ability to get things done is not what it used to be. That is why I just want to unload the whole thing. When I was young I would have taken the whole thing on, but now I'm not so much of a go-getter. :))

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MaryJane

Dear clazar123,

Also, by the time I discovered the moving company had dropped the Hobart, several months had already passed, and it was too late to prove it. I had wrapped my Hobart in tons of bubble-wrap and tape, so the dent didn't show up. I am located in New Jersey by the shore. Thanks for your caring input. - Mary Jane

 

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breadforfun

I believe these units are pretty heavy and would be difficult to ship. A local user might have better luck with it. Where is it located?

-Brad

MaryJane's picture
MaryJane

Dear Brad,

So sooo heavy. I can hardly pick it up. I am at the Jersey Shore. Thanks for your comments - Mary Jane

David R's picture
David R

According to the diagram, what's directly behind that dent is the motor bearing. This means (best case) the dented metal is simply touching the bearing or other nearby part and preventing the motor from turning; or (worst case) the dented metal went in a lot further, and has ruined the bearing, or bent the motor shaft, or whatever other bad stuff.

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MaryJane

Dear David R,

You are a lot smarter than I am about these things. I can bake a heck of a cake or make a pie, but as to taking things apart and so forth, I'm a putz. Thanks for trying to help me though. - Mary Jane

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Old Baker

Before giving up and selling it cheap, I suggest you (or someone) remove the dented cover and see if that corrects the problem.  If it works without the cover, then, as suggested, take it to a body shop or one of the dent removal services.  The dent didn't scratch the paint, so it must mot be too bad.

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MaryJane

Dear Old Baker,

If only you were my neighbor. You sound so smart. Thanks for your input.

- Mary Jane

David R's picture
David R

This is an older-style mixer, and that's a good thing in this situation - unlike with some newer appliances, people who are "the handy type" can take apart a Hobart mixer, and they can usually tell what has gone wrong just by looking.

Either way, I'd agree that you are going to pay a terrible shipping charge if you try to send it anywhere; whether you call someone to fix it or whether you decide to sell, it should be somebody local. If someone coming to your home is something you'd rather avoid, then take your mixer and meet them at a coffee shop or other friendly & busy place.

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MaryJane

Dear David R,

Do you live near the Jersey Shore? - Mary Jane

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CelesteU

I'm willing to make an offer, but I'm thinking that packing & shipping will be a PITA for you.  Where is the mixer located?

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MaryJane

Dear CelesteU,

I'm at the Jersey shore. I have no idea what to charge. I already packed it up, and my husband said he could get it to FedEx. - Mary Jane

David R's picture
David R

Don't ship it anywhere if you can help it - it will cost too much.

I'm not nearby, but even if I was, I'm not the person to fix the mixer.

MaryJane's picture
MaryJane

Dear David R,

I'm not so worried about the cost of shipping. It won't be as much as people seem to believe (although maybe I'm wrong). You seem to be a nice fellow though. - Mary Jane

David R's picture
David R

I read some more, further up the thread but things I hadn't seen before, where you said it's already been looked at by Hobart and they expected it would cost $700 to fix. That makes my suggestions sound pretty pointless - sorry about that.

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breadforfun

Maryjane:

There is a group on Yahoo! Groups called WACEM, an acronym for We Actually Collect Electric Mixers. All they discuss there is buying, fixing and trading all sorts of mixers. The N50 has come up quite often there. I suspect that might be a better forum where you can find a taker for a nonworking mixer like yours. 

Here is a link. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WACEM/info;_ylc=X3oDMTJlY2lwbzAwBF9TAzk3MzU5NzE1BGdycElkAzU3MTE2MjYEZ3Jwc3BJZAMxNzA1NTY2MTQ1BHNlYwN2dGwEc2xrA3ZnaHAEc3RpbWUDMTU1OTAxNzIyMA--

Good luck. 

-Brad

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MaryJane

Dear breadforfun,

Thanks so much for your suggestion. I will try WACEM.

Several people on this website seemed interested to buy it, but then dropped out when I mentioned I wanted to get $250 for it. I guess that was more than they wanted to pay. I know, though, that just the bowl, whisk, paddle, and dough hooks (all of which are in perfect condition) are worth some money on their own. 

I'm thinking about going ahead and getting the Hobert fixed myself and then offering it as a working model. Maybe that would be smarter for me to do. I really want to get it out of my garage. - Mary Jane

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MaryJane

The reason I didn't mention the $750 charge right away was because that was what the Hobart dealer in Fairfield, NJ said they would charge me to fix it, and in my experience, dealers tend to overcharge. Maybe I should just find a smart and handy local guy and see if he can rebuild it for a reasonable price.