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Post# 977280   1/7/2018 at 08:13 (225 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Does anyone on here know how to tell the age of a Hobart Kitchenaid stand mixer?  I can't find a serial # on it, just that it's a K45SS and 250Watts.

Post# 977292 , Reply# 1   1/7/2018 at 09:44 (225 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Late 80's or early 90's.  The newest version of your mixer is 275 watts and has a 4.5 qt. bowl, older versions had a 3.5 or 4 qt. bowl, usually without a handle.  Lots of variations over the years with this "entry" model, some had handles on the bowls, some didn't.   

My mother had this model for a few years before giving to my sister.  I gave mom my 325 watt tilt-head model when I got my crank-up bowl 5 qt. model.  



Post# 977332 , Reply# 2   1/7/2018 at 15:06 (225 days old) by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Also, the "SS" designation indicates solid state speed control.  I don't know exactly when they upgraded to that, but I'd say maybe 10 or 12 years before Whirlpool took over. 


My non-SS K45 sports a slightly older version of the KA logo.  I don't know if the logo was updated when they went to solid state, but my guess is that it was somewhere around that same time.

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Post# 977401 , Reply# 3   1/7/2018 at 22:10 (224 days old) by nanook (Seattle)        

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I do know that Hobart switched to the Solid State controls in 1978 (K45SS; K5SS, fer instance).

Did you check underneath the base for any serial numbers-?

Post# 977437 , Reply# 4   1/8/2018 at 07:19 (224 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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The only other tag I can find is like a paper price tag stuck under the base, 528885 in purple ink stamped on it.  I saw where Target has Pro Series mixers factory refurbished for $199. 

Post# 977459 , Reply# 5   1/8/2018 at 12:06 (224 days old) by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
If you have a Hobart, keep it!

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I got the mixer pictured above at Savers for $29.99 a few years ago, complete with whisk, burnished flat beater and dough hook.   I switched out the burnished parts with coated ones so I can run them through the dishwasher.


The mixer needed nothing but a cleaning, and it's much quieter than a new one.  I put Dave's noisy KA Professional bowl-lift model in the basement and the K45 replaced it on the counter.  I prefer the tilt-head design. 

Post# 977463 , Reply# 6   1/8/2018 at 12:42 (224 days old) by Magic_Clean (Florida)        
I think

the K45 belonging to "RP2813" is a late 1950's or early 1960's vintage. The flared edge mixing bowl was in production at the time.


Post# 977471 , Reply# 7   1/8/2018 at 13:49 (224 days old) by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Thanks for the information about my mixer's age.  I haven't had much luck trying to use the logo to determine its age range.


KA/Hobart's switching to a beaded edge on the bowl was a major improvement.  My mixer was scratched up pretty good from that flat lip hitting the upper area on the riser portion of the base.   If you look closely at the picture below, you can see the area where I applied touch-up to the scratches.  I switched out the flat lip bowl with a later type that has a handle, as the clearance is so minimal that it's hard to avoid the flat lip scraping the painted surface.

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Post# 977836 , Reply# 8   1/11/2018 at 00:23 (221 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I do wish mine had a little more wattage. It struggled to make my oatmeal raisin cookies. I'd love to have a Hobart N50 but not for that much $$$...over $2k!

Post# 977901 , Reply# 9   1/11/2018 at 15:31 (221 days old) by sudsmaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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I believe Costco currently has their 600 watt 6 qt lift bowl mixer on sale again. Something like $280. It should be able to tame the thickest cookie batter...

The Costco Business Centers usually have the big Hobart (or similar) commercial mixers for sale as well. Last time I saw one, I noted a price of about $900.

Forget exactly how big the bowl is, seems like 12 qt.

Post# 977910 , Reply# 10   1/11/2018 at 17:29 (221 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

And Model G, I have several of them and you just about can not slow them down, the torque is unbelievable.

Post# 977994 , Reply# 11   1/12/2018 at 10:43 (220 days old) by SudsMasteR (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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The Costco commercial mixer isn't a Hobart, it's "General".

20 qt enough? LOL.

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Post# 977997 , Reply# 12   1/12/2018 at 10:58 (220 days old) by SudsMasteR (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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Sam's Club (if yours is still open, they just shut down 10% of them) has them for about $825.

Specs are 1.5 hp, 15 amp, can run on 120 or 220 single phase.


Post# 978053 , Reply# 13   1/12/2018 at 22:31 (219 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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I don't know a lot on them but I was told if it says Hobart on it, then it's pre 1986. Also something about grounded power cords and as mentioned, solid state control date it past the 1970s sometime.

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