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That is a huge price for a VERY vintage machine of any brand. Plus shipping-which will be high as old machines like this are VERY heavy. Untested, sight unseen, off of ebay, possibility of improper packing and shipping damage? No returns, possible bearing issue, bent paddle. Even though the seller has 100% positive feedback, I'd call this "Taking a big chance".
Is this for home use? It is only a 5 qt bowl-adequate for home use but not for any large volume purposes.
Looking at multiple pictures of other Hobarts of this vintage, it probably is a Hobart but looks like it is missing any badges/labels. It also looks like it may have been re-painted. Has it had any maintenance?
If the budget is endless, how about THIS ?
I am look ok ng to buy my self a personal commercial mixer. I'm a chef and the owners of the restaurant I have worked choose to buy the kitchen aid brand countertop mixers which are always breaking and falling apart. I want a nice small mixer that will last
XRS, if you are looking for a mixer primarily for bread, this would be my ultimate choice.
A fellow Fresh Loafer (Lance, aka albacore) has one a loves it.
I own an Ankarsrum and am super satisfied.
I don’t know where you live, but any large city around you should have a restaurant supply store. We have several here in Philadelphia. They often sell gently used refurbished kitchen equipment. You might pay as much as the ebay guy wants, but at least you will be able to see and test out the mixer and have somewhere to take it back to should you have problems or find out it's not what you want.
Kitchen Aid mixers are fine for home use but really aren’t designed to withstand the demands of a restaurant kitchen (despite all the fancy labels of “Professional”). The Ankarsrum is a workhorse and much more sturdy, but if you are looking to produce restaurant volumes, you’d probably be better off with a commercial 10 or 20 qt machine. Look online for TheRestaurantStore.com, RestaurantSupply.com, WebRestaurantStore.com, benjaminfoods.com...etc.
Out of interest I checked out Craigslist and Facebook offerings. Around here a used N50 in need of repair can be had for $300-400.
I will add another vote for Ankarsrum. You can’t get a more reliable, good capacity mixer for home use. The old kitchen aids used to be made by Hobart and had metal gears, the newer ones are made by Whirlpool with plastic gears. I have seen many complaints of these just giving up under moderate use mixing bread dough.
The Ankarsrum has a belt drive to a solid metal coupling and is built to last. Plus it will chop, mix cookies, whip cream, make pasta grind grain and the works.
Good luck Xrsaintsxx