Question about Hobart HL200C Mixer
Hi, I've got a 3-speed 20 Qt. restaurant Hobart mixer. A small amt. of oil is found in the mixer bowl each time that I use it. I am wondering what type of oil/grease is used in the motor area, above the bowl, to lubricate this and can I add the correct lubricant myself? Thanks!
Hi. Your A200 is in need of service. The grease's lifespan has expired. There are two ways of doing this. First, the expensive way. Call for a Hobart Tech to come and service the mixer. This will take about 4-5hrs to service at a rate around $100.00usd per hour, plus the cost of parts. He/she will need to change all seals, remove old grease and oil, check all bearings and gears for excessive wear and replace as necessary, this includes the planetary gear.
Now for the affordable solution. Unplug the mixer, remove the top cover. Gently use a small screwdriver to pry off the two circular metal dust caps found on the transmission housing, use a good flashlight to determine, through these openings, the quality, quantity and condition of the grease inside the transmission case. If there's a lot of oil you can remove much of it a bit at a time by using a wire coat hanger to which you can attach bits of cloth to absorb as much oil as you can. Once oil is removed, add new grease through these same holes until full (Chevron FM ALC EP-2, food grade lube). Run the mixer for a couple of minutes to distribute the new grease. Fill to the top once again and replace dust covers. Remove planetary, clean, inspect change seal and re-grease.
OPTION (mechanically challenging) You can do a more thorough job by removing the trans. cover completely, removing the 3 gear shafts inspect all bearings and gears, change seals on mainshaft and planetary. Remove old grease and oil, clean gearshafts and gears. Parts drawings are available from www.hobartservice.com It's free to register and then locate your parts drawings. Be sure that you have the correct files for your Model #, ML# if there is one and Spec.#, all found on the info plate.
When disassembling, take a digital photo of every step and lay the removed components on a piece of cardboard in the removed sequence. These practices will become valuable during re-assembly.
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Posted on Mar 20, 2009
Although the grease may have broke down it is the least likely dirty little service secret. If the grease has broke down you will definitely call a service pro to change it properly. Setting that aside the most common cause of your problem is that the grease cup ( ring ) has filled up with grease laden air film that has built up on the exterior of your planetary. Remove the s/s ring. This ring is only held on by check ball pressure and will come off by hand of it may need the aid of a flat head screw driver to get it started. Once you remove this thoroughly clean the planetary head and the s/s ring inside in out paying close attention to the under inside lip of the ring with a heavy duty degreaser or oven cleaner. You may need to spray, soak and rinse several times in order to remove all buildup. The better job you do cleaning the longer time will lapse before you need to do it again. Doing this procedure will cure your problem more often then not. If you still experience the same problem you will then need to call a service pro to reseal and service the machine. Good luck. By the way a service pro is going to do what I just suggested during their service. The question than becomes what actually fixed your problem. Was it hour and half you spent cleaning it or the 300.00 to 400.00 dollar service? You'll never know unless you clean the machine as described first.
Posted on Feb 24, 2014
If You have never tore a A-200 mixer apart ,dont try it. Cal me to servive it. 25 yrs at Hobart. www.commercialfoodequipmentrepair.com I charge $55/hr. and cant do it in 2.5hrs.
Posted on Nov 09, 2011
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