Sunday, March 02, 2008
This is a legendary mixer post.
Sharp readers already will have zeroed in on the ambiguous adjectival construction in the previous sentence. Props to you.
Meet the Deluxe family's Hobart C-100 10 quart mixer. It does not have a pet name. It does have an exploded view. =>
Suitable pet names would include Bertha, Dreadnought, Neaddought, L'Utile, and GL'Utile.
I brought the mixer out its mixer kennel to meet you. I discovered that it weighs 96 lbs. All muscle.
A big mixer [a small commercial mixer] has been an object of desire in the Deluxe household since way back when.
My potter friend Alex gave me the C-100 in June 2006. I was giddy. But my bride wasn't sure that a 100 lb vintage mixer from a friend's barn qualified as a dream come true.
It did have a few problems.
The lifter arm [25, above] had become welded by corrosion to the cast iron body. It would not lift.
Was the solution more force? Sometimes that's all that is needed. When forced, it indeed did move a bit, then more. Then, too much; it broke off flush with the frame. A degiddying setback.
Drilling and hammering were the bones and bowels of Plan B. And pondering and cussing. A heat gun perhaps. In time I made a new lifter arm and the rehabilitated C-100 moved into the pantry in the fall of 2006.
It may be 25 years or more since Hobart stopped making the C-100. It is hard to find good information on the model. I joined a newsgroup for a while called "We actually collect electric mixers." A jolly, privileged group, they actually didn't collect C-100s.
But I do see these machines purring away at fairs and boardwalks, making batter for fried dough sellers. Like all planetary gear Hobart motors, the C-100 is essentially bombproof, except for the Achillean lifter arm.
If you are looking for the C-100 diagrams featured in this post, try here: catserv1.itwfeg.com/Hobart-Root/cart.cfm
[Update from Joe: The above method to see the C-100 manuals is broken. Try this instead:
Aftermarket bowls and beaters still are made but they are pricey. One interesting fact is that the hub for attachments that mount on the front is the same size as the common KitchenAid stand mixer. A No. 10 tapering hub. Named for the C-10, common ancestor of the C-100 and the KitchenAid. That wasn't interesting for you?
I use the mixer every week to make dough for bread and pizza. We use spelt flour. If you have come here to read about spelt flour, I'll tell you to order your flour from www.dakota-prairie.com 50 lb bags of flour via UPS. It's the way to do it.
So this weekend, as is typical, bread was made. A pleasant sourdough 80/20 spelt/rye.
With 20 oz. of extra dough Big One and Little One made some crackers. They shared the rolling and cutting and all the rest.
According to B.O. and L.O., this qualifies as homeschooling.