Originally Posted by WayneT
subfuscpersona, somebody posted recently about a Hobart mixer going cheap on eBay. They said all the parts and accessories were interchangeable.
I am not sure about motor bits. You may know better but worth a thought in case you need spares.
Let me qualify that statement a bit, about all beater parts being interchangeable. A 5 qt beater will fit any 5 qt mixer, "If you have an older model Hobart kitchenaid". The same with all Hobart kitchenaid 4 qt beaters fitting all 4 qt mixers, etc.
Whirlpool has thrown a monkey in the works with some of their new mixers. They are not always interchangeable because Whirlpool has fiddled with the design of the beaters and bowls! :twisted:
Of course bowl based attachments depend on what size bowl your mixer has. You can not use a colander and sieve designed for a 5 qt mixer on a 4 qt bowl, and vice versa.
Now, the attachment hub attachments can be used by any Hobart or Whirlpool kitchenaids and also Hobart N-50 mixers. You may have to put a book under either the mixer or the ice cream maker if you have one of the old bucket ice cream makers to even out height differences.
There is only one exception to my knowledge -- one of the new Whirlpool Kitchenaids does not fit well the pasta roller attachment.
Another one of Whirlpool's mad ideas to make folks buy their newest models!
If you check their forum, they are always encouraging people with good working Hobart Kitchenaids to trash them for the rinky dink clunkers! And they get complaints all the time!
I belong to a electric mixer collector's club, and if any other information comes to light, I will let you know.
Go to http://www.hobartcorp.com/hobartg5/pr/products.nsf/home
for information on the nearest Hobart repair center! 8) They can also repair the new Whirlpool monsters, if you want to bother!
Any other questions? Just let me know!