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Kitchenaid Model G Commercial Mixer.

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Kitchenaid Model G Commercial Mixer.

 

This is one of many models that were made & sold strictly by the Hobart Corporation. The popularity of this mixer became so overwhelming that Hobart had decided to change the name of the mixer to the N-50 with a few modifications & appearance changes!! Back then, it soon became a household name. Literally!! It got it's name by a consumer saying the phrase; 'I don't care what you call it. Whatever. it is probably the best kitchen aid that I've ever seen!!' 

The Kitchenaid name went on in different household models after the antique ones & in the shape that it is today. Hobart had later sold the division in the mid '80s to the Whirlpool Corporation. & that is when Whilpool decided to cheapen the quality of the mixers, which had lead to so many complaints & bad reviews on the machines.

So when I found out about this model, I thought to myself that; Nothing can beat any new KA mixer better than one of the old ones!! It still works very nicely. even today. It feels almost as heavy as a baby elephant!! But that is the quality and materials used to make it back in the early to mid '30s, '40s  possibly into the '50s, right into the time when the N-50 started being made.

Built to last!! The old saying. we still make them like we used to, doesn't hold true any more! Whilpool just can't lay any claims that it made THIS machine! It didn't. Most anything mechanical or in appearance that you buy for the N-50, it can be used for the Model G. Most consumers today are buying either the used N-50 or the used Model G to save money over a new N-50!! They really stand the test of time, even though they are used & might look shabby in appearance. They clean them up. fix them up if need be & repaint them to make them look brand spanking new!! I'm so glad that I bought one!!

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Camarie

I want to get this vintage Kitchenaid  mixer  repaint it to make it look great again!! again!!

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David R

You have a lot of mixers! Do you end up (a) selling all but one or two, (b) using all of them in succession, or (c) using just one or two and just looking at the rest?

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Camarie

8, to be exact!

I use a different one each time that I bake. The lightest one, the Artiste, is used for kneading. The Globe is used for mixing batter The Cuisinart is used for whipping cream or meringue. The KWS, I may sell. The repainted kitchenaid will mainly be for display. The Electrolux Assistant is stored in the pantry. The Kitchenaid G will be for display also, since it will also get a repaint job in gray, after I clean it.

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Camarie

Bought the spray paint and other stuff from the hardware store down the street, to start working on the KA Model G commercial mixer. It will be repainted in gray.

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Camarie

I have a vintage Kitchenaid decal to put on the Model G when the repainting is dry!! Like the one that you see in the pic above!! I'm gonna repaint it in that exact same color!!

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I've managed to get all of the beaters for the Model G from Ebay. Won the bid for the flat beater yesterday, bought the whip & grinder, which came the other day. Ordered the spiral Dough hook & 5-qt. bowl. They on they way here as we speak!!

All that's left is to mask it with tape, sand it & paint it grey to make it look showroom new!! Like the mixer pictured above!!

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flormont

What about a pastry knife ?

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Camarie

Don't know if one is made for the machine yet.

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flormont

Yes it exists one, but no more longer manufactured since many years ago. It's a real shame for a such tool which perfectly handles all shortcrust pastries :/

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Just went to Ebay to see if I might find it there, but no such luck. None for that size mixer.

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Old Man in the Cave

I have a Hobart N50 and a pastry knife for it. I have a friend who has a pastry knife for his KitchenAid K5-A. The K5-A uses the same bowl as the N50, which I believe fits the Model G as well. It is also my understanding that anything that works on the planetary drive of the N50 also works on the model G.

Beaters, dough hooks, wire whips, and pastry knives for the N50 are 1/2-inch taller than the same items for the KitchenAid K5-A and will not work.

Any device for use on the front hub will work on any KitchenAid made since 1937, as well as the N50 and Model G.

--Harold

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Camarie

I would imagine that Hobart did not expect consumers to be buying up used models of the Model G mixer in this day & age for so long.

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Old Man in the Cave

I believe Hobart built all of their mixers to last as long as possible with the technology available, and I can't imagine any of the people who owned or worked for Hobart looking at the Model G, or any of their products and thinking it wouldn't last forever if well cared for.

I went through my 58-year old Hobart N50 totally, and all it really needed was work on the switch, fresh grease and a new power cord. I'm going through a 57-year old Hobart C-100, and it's totally solid inside. The bearings and gears look like new. It does need a new power cord, and fresh grease.

With the advancements in the quality of lubricants since the early 1960s, neither machine should need fresh grease for at least 100 years.

Eight machines is a lot. I'm not even close.

Mixers

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Camarie

I wanted the Hobart C-100 so bad! Tried to get it on Ebay, but it was just too expensive!! I DO have the K-5SS in the commercial version . The N-50 looks brand spanking new with the gold paint!!

I have a KSW, Nurimill Artiste, Globe DLX-2000, Model G, & a hand-held KA mixer in orange. 8 in all!!

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Old Man in the Cave

Thank you for your kind words on the N50. The paint is Satin Bronze, and it looks way better in person.

The C-100 is a monster! I got it from a friend in a trade, no cash. I also got 2 bowls, one tinned, one stainless, 1 wire whip, 2 beaters, one is aluminum, and one is stainless (I didn't even know beaters for the C-100 were available in stainless. I don't know where he got it, or how much it cost, but a stainless beater for an N50 costs $350!!)

I have all new bearings, o-rings, a cord, grease, and a new capacitor for the C-100. All I need now it the paint, and I'll be taking it down to bare metal. I'm thinking almond, but I might change my mind when I get to the paint store.

All it really needed was a new cord and a roll pin on the bowl lift linkage, but I'm a bit obsessive.

I have a lot of accessories for the KitchenAid: a vintage grain mill, a vintage metal meat grinder, a vintage K5 A colander/sieve, a vintage metal bodied roto-slicer, and a vintage wide-mouth pelican slicer from the 1920s. I also have a pastry knife for the N50. I think that's about everything.

I also have a MilleGnocchi pasta maker that makes Sardi Gnochetti, Cavatelli, and Rigatelli, that I modified to run on the KitchenAid mixer hub.

--Harold

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Camarie

You're welcome! I may stop getting mixers now. Running out of room for them. I still have the Model G to pretty up.

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flormont

I always considered the C-100 (or, more better, the C-10/210) even more versatile than the N50/KA-5G when fitted with both 10Qt and 3Qt accessories sets. However, finding all pieces of this puzzle will be a hard work today in 2019 ... especially the 3Qt tools, and even more especially the stainless steel beaters & whips.
However, for all small kneading jobs, nothing can definitively beat the Artofex PH0 :)

 

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Camarie

I know that stainless steel beaters are out for the N-50 mixers. But I bought the aluminum ones for the Model G, cause the SS ones are very expensive.

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Old Man in the Cave

A person would have to have money to burn to buy a stainless-steel beater for any Hobart mixer. The N50 stainless-steel beaters are primarily used in laboratories. In public projects such as dams, every batch of mortar has to be tested to ASTM C109, C227, C305, AASHTO T106, and/or T162 specifications. It requires a special clearance adjustment bracket (I have one) and a stainless-steel beater. (The mortar would just chew up an aluminum beater.)

I guess an exception might be a person who believes that using aluminum will give them brain damage.

Since stainless-steel N50 beaters cost $350, I wouldn't be surprised if a C-100 stainless-steel beater cost north of $500.

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Old Man in the Cave

One would have to be very lucky to find any parts for the 3-quart C-100. 

I had to look up the Artofex PH0. Weird machine. Love to have one though.

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Supposedly, the older things get, the harder they are to find. These old mixers seem to pop up all over Ebay, but they seem to go just as fast!! Thus why they don't stay around much. They are in very high demand!!

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The N-50 had started out looking exactly like the Model G during its early years. Over time, it began to look a little bit different with a few changes, perhaps cosmetic or mechanical. Which is probably why most of the parts for the N-50 can be used for the Model G mixer.

Even though the Model G is no longer in production, it is still being regarded as a treasure & a reliable machine for a long time.