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I don't own a mixer, but reading about Kitchenaid mixers have me a little leery, since Kitchenaid was sold off to Whirlpool. I believe Hobart was the original maker of Kitchenaid products?? I've read that the newer Kitchenaid mixers have been using plastic gear housing in their highest end mixers and there have been problems. Now, my question. Do Hobart mixers use all metal parts in their mixers....not scrimping on quality by replacing some parts by using plastic? Is the N50 mixer made in the USA? In your opinion, are Hobart mixers worth the high cost, are they truly the best? Thanks for your help. Also, what is the wattage of power output? Judy

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Judy. Hobart was sold to Illinois Tool Works (ITW) several years ago. The Kitchenaid product line was sold to Whirlpool Corp. several years ago too.

The new N-50 mixers have a motor that is designed by Hobart, but no longer built by Hobart. Last year Hobart began out-sourcing approx. 12-15% of their componnents to Asia. Their parts catalog does not show anything but metal gears. I suspect the new motors have been built in Asia. Wattage is not the output of the motor, but how much power it takes to run the motor and is no indication of how much power goes into your mixing bowl. The true measure of mixing power is horsepower. The N-50 motors are rated at 1/6 HP. Wattage claims by mixer manufacturers is a complete snowjob, and they all do it. Consumers have no protection as a result of this policy. It is a marketing ploy to make you believe that this indicates output power. Shame on all of them! Most componnents of the new N-50's are still manufactured in the USA.

I see that you've done some homework on Kitchenaid Mixers. I wish I had before I bought mine. Yes, they have a plastic transmission housing, and yes, they fail under strong loads demanded by bread dough and stiff cookie dough mixtures (my HD Professional 450 watts failed 5 months out of warranty, after only 30 uses making bread). Go to the www.consumeraffairs.com website and search for Kitchenaid mixer problems and reviews and brace yourself for a shock.

My mixer failed on Oct. 28th. and I had to fight tooth and nail with Kitchenaid to get them to re-imburse me for the cost of the parts that were destroyed by the housing failure. Here we are in 2009 and I'm still waiting for one more part. Kitchenaid parts take at least a month to arrive (in my experience).

I didn't do the research on mixers until mine failed. Since then I've purchased an older Hobart N-50 (with a motor BUILT by Hobart), and this is what I recommend you do, as it will save you much grief down the road. Mine was manufactured in 1990 and only needed. re-greasing to make it like new.

You can find them often on eBay but will have to buy without trying them. Try to find one that is newer rather than older, as a rebuild will get very expensive. I got mine from a Rest. Equip. Wholesaler and was able to try it out in all gears. The previous post (solution) was correct in saying that you should look for one that has a black knob on the shifter handle, this will be a newer one as opposed to an ancient one with an all metal shift lever and potentially worn out innards. If you find one, take it to Hobart, or a Hobart tech can come to you (check service rate) have the unit cleaned, inspected and re-greased. Sit back and take comfort in the fact that these mixers were built like a tank, and will probably outlast you.

Most of all. Good luck, and happy hunting. ricardok45

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N-50 have very good motors the do have one non metal gear its made out of fiber. its the main gear that drives all 3 gears. are they woth 2,000.00 No way. you can get a used one on Ebay for far less. look for one with a round black ball on the shift handle not the all metal this will be one thats not the oldest as the oldest can be a big risk. and parts are more availble on the changes over the years such as the on/off switch look for a toggle switch not a plastic what looks like a wall light switch.

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Kitchenaid stand mixers did have plastic gear housings in the past, but Kitchenaid discontinued that in early 2007. Kitchenaid's Pro line has had all steel gears and transmission housing for the past few years.

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