Question about Food Mixers
Dear sir, I see you are a Hobart expert as you have helped many people on this website. I have an older A200 20 quart mixer and the solid metal handle on the speed selector broke. I did call Hobart but those idiots do not know anything. I went to Hobart's online parts catlog and found a really old parts catalog and it shows a machine identical to mine and the lever as being part number p-12728. I called Hobart and they say this part is no longer available and is not replaced by something else. I see a newer online catalog for the A200 mixers and it has the 2 piece lever as part number 437339 which hobart says is the same as part number 00-875241. However the sold metal lever p-12728 is not interchangeable in their computer. I think that if I get the new 2 piece lever I can make it work as all my other pieces (front plate, rear cam, etc) are all in good shape. Can I do this or do the 2 styles of levers not interchange?
This is an older mixer (has an on-off switch that looks like a house light switch) so I want to make sure it is the same before I pay $55 for a new 2 piece lever and find out it is different. I can not find out when this mixer was made or even its specific ML number as only the following is engraved on the side of the mixer:
What unit is this? The person at hobart can not help me out. I would hate to get rid of this mixer all because I can not change the speeds on it as the lever is really tough to turn without having the long arm on it.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Hi. I live in Canada. I called my Hobart Parts people and they tell me that your shifter is obsolete and the shifter is no longer available in North America. I have the same model as you. For your information, the Specifications # is 3943 and your mixer was manufactured in 1966. Your serial # is 1648855. The age of your unit pre-dates the ML identification numbering system.
The newer shifter you speak of is not compatible with your machine as hobart also made transmission changes when they built the newer model. It will not mate with your machine, so save your money and don't buy the new one. Your shifter lever is made of Aluminium.
You have 3 options.
1. Check around the Wholesale Restaurant Equipment places if you have any nearby and see if they have the part you're looking for. Often times they keep some of the old parts from obsolete machines that they can no longer repair.
2. Find a local welder who can weld on a short piece of aluminum to the remainder of your shifter or if you have the piece that broke off, weld that back on.
3. Search eBay.com for the original part. There are many thousands of these mixers still in use, and you might get lucky and find the lever.
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Posted on Feb 04, 2009
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