Bought a Hobart Kitchen Aid 4C Stand Mixer on eBay - was it a mistake?
- greygarious Nov 21, 2010 11:39 AM
My fault if it was, since I did not do any research before bidding on eBay. It came to just over $100 including shipping, and should arrive this week. It is a tilt-head model (harvest gold, which is ironic since that was the color of the appliances when I bought my house 35 yrs ago and I gradually replaced everything with almond) with a bowl and wire whip. Once I won the auction, I went online to look for a paddle and dough hook, and read that the 4C came only with a whip because it is not powerful enough to handle dough. The eBay photo of the bottom appears to read 240 watts but I'm not certain of that - and wish I had looked more closely before bidding. I have been looking for a Hobart KA because of posts on this board about how the new models are not as well-made as the Hobart era machines.
I suppose I will spring for the online warranty ($12). Can anyone reassure me about this model's ability to handle heavier doughs, or am I doomed to using it only for batters? Should I even bother looking for the paddle, dough hook, or other attachments? If so, do the newly-made attachments fit old models? TIA
The 4C was made between 1961 and 1977. It's OLD. Never was a dough hook for it. Parts for it are eBay only, although you might have luck with a local appliance repair shop. If it's got the original cord, then it's only 2-prong and should be rewired to be grounded.
I asked the company about the attachments that fit in front under that little silver plate and they said all the attachments fit all the models.
The only bummer is I don't want to make sausage or coleslaw.
I wish they had an attachment for something I needed to do like juice carrots.
But I love my 4-c. It's just the best for cookies and it is pretty strong. I put the butter in their cold, in chunks, and it beats it to softened.
Sounds exactly like my moms that I used growing up. Hers was harvest gold too lol. It's now my sisters because she replaced it with a new model. I haven't used hers in at least 25 years though so I can't comment on it's ability to make heavier doughs. She used it mostly for general baking like cakes and cookies which is also what I used it for when I lived at home.
If you want a stand mixer capable of handling heavy doughs I recommend the Electrolux now called the Verona assistent. I hear the Bosch compact and universals are also very nice for heavy bread doughs but I haven't used them. Don't you have a Bosch or am I confusing you with another poster?
I'd say, wait for it to arrive and try it.
My kitchen aid I bought in the early '90s has been in a box in the garage for a couple years now and I don't miss it. It still works.
If you are going to do a lot of heavy dough, a Verona from Becker's Bread might be worth the investiment.
Of course, the newer "small" Hobart's are an option for some people too.