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    Ben, I agree, they are pretty expensive, but one can hope :-) 2 grand+ for a Hobart is outta my league.
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    Yeah, they are pretty spendy. I considered one recently from an out-of-business restaurant auction, but it only went for $200-300 less than what was on eBay, and I would have had to pay auction fees too.

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    So "cheap" would be in the $750 or less range then?

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    What are the model numbers that one would look at for home use?

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    Well, I haven't followed prices that long, but from what I remember it was an A200 20 qt and went for roughly $800.

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    I have seriously considered airbrushing mine(Kitchen Aid, not Hobart) And have looked into it a bit. Depending on what stuff you guys are interested in, I have friends from my time on the World Airbrush Tour that i might be able to recommend. Mine is silver and stainless, and i thought about an old 1940's steel panel/nose art idea. Maybe i might do it in a damascus pattern :P

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    OOOH!!! A dammy mixer!! Rock and roll!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    What are the model numbers that one would look at for home use?
    The Hobart N50 is the 5 qt model and are way expensive brand new ($2,000+). You can find them used on ebay for under $1,000 but I think this is still pretty expensive.

    I am looking for the older kitchen aid ones made by Hobart. I think Hobart sold the Kitchen Aid line in the late '80s. You can find these on eBay for around $100. Nicer refurbished ones can fetch a bit more. These are the K5-A, K5SS and K45 models. There is a bit of a following for the old Kitchen Aids as later models reportedly had gear problems/stripping related to some parts being plastic. I'm not sure, but that's the word among bakers. It could be that people are just using them improperly too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    The Hobart N50 is the 5 qt model and are way expensive brand new ($2,000+). You can find them used on ebay for under $1,000 but I think this is still pretty expensive.

    I am looking for the older kitchen aid ones made by Hobart. I think Hobart sold the Kitchen Aid line in the late '80s. You can find these on eBay for around $100. Nicer refurbished ones can fetch a bit more. These are the K5-A, K5SS and K45 models. There is a bit of a following for the old Kitchen Aids as later models reportedly had gear problems/stripping related to some parts being plastic. I'm not sure, but that's the word among bakers. It could be that people are just using them improperly too.

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    I've had my K5 since about 1987 and it's seen all kinds of hell. Never had a problem with it. It was some kind of 'limited edition' model I think, with an extra 25 watts and grey hammertone finish. The only thing I did was to get a set of bowl locks for the Hobart N50 and slap 'em on. The bosses are already on the K5 casting...you just have to drill and tap the holes. Install with blue Locktite.
    I've updated the dough hook and paddle as they wore out...looking at the new silicone stuff too. The only thing I regret not getting when it was readily available was the copper insert.
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