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Looking for info about my mixer

Acarreau's picture
Acarreau

Looking for info about my mixer

We have an old mixer that came from my grandparent's house. My grandpa traded it for work so they didn't purchase it themselves. It still runs but I only have the paddle tool and I'd like to do a strip down, clean, and lubricate to make sure it keeps mixing for years to come. I can't find any information about the mixer anywhere nor can I find anything that even looks similar. Anyone recognize it or able to provide any info that might lead me to a manual or something similar where I could possibly get a whip tool that's close enough to make work?

Camarie's picture
Camarie

Judging from the flat beater, I'd say that it was probably made by the Hobart Corporation. I could be wrong though.

Don't get rid of it though!! It can be fixed up to look nice.

Acarreau's picture
Acarreau

Thanks. I was thinking the same thing about the paddle, but just can't find anything that looks like the machine itself to get a model number or something

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flormont

Sorry to tell you that Hobart didn't invented the planetary mixer neither its spinning tools !

The original credits should be for an another american company named Read Machinery Co which released this kind of machine a decade before Hobart.  As you can see, the "famous" paddle shape was already here :

The only feature Hobart introduced (with success, indeed) is the front power hub which turned the mixer into an real universal machine thanks to its bunch of attachments.

Edit @Acarreau : you should take a look at this Read's patent extract https://patents.google.com/patent/US1438856 ; in the first picture, the frame hugely looks like yours, isn't it ?

 

Acarreau's picture
Acarreau

Yes it does! Thanks, great find! The frame is very distinctive, and so is the connection method for the tool onto the tool shaft. I've never seen any other mixer with this detail except in this patent. Thanks again

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flormont

You're welcome. You will not be able to conclude anything from the motor trademark because this is an external device so easy to interchange and not really related to the machine itself... but you're almost sure it's a Read branded mixer thanks to the aforementioned patent. This firm is still alive, maybe they might advise you if some historical archives have been kept : https://readco.com/our-company.html

 

MichaelLily's picture
MichaelLily

Does it have an info plate? Those contain serial number and everything else you need.  Also, the GE logo is on the motor.  That's all I can do.

Acarreau's picture
Acarreau

Nope no nameplate unfortunately

Camarie's picture
Camarie

Yeah, I, also, saw the GE logo on the motor. Other than that, I see nothing else.