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Hamilton Beach mixers
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Post# 446513   9/26/2021 at 10:18 (376 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I've seen these metal Hamilton Beach mixers around sometimes, there's one in chrome on my local Offerup now. But I was wondering when these metal ones were discontinued. The logos on some of them look 70s era to me and I've seen some in avocado or harvest gold so I assumed it was in the 70s. Were these good mixers? They look quite sturdy, I've seen some also with a timer knob on the base, usually the chrome versions.

Was there any overlap with the square plastic stand mixers with slide control that they made? Such as this one?

Finally, do those Hamilton Beach milkshake mixers work well? I notice they seem to be on the market still and their design is very iconic. I've thought of getting one a few times.

Post# 446515 , Reply# 1   9/26/2021 at 10:52 (376 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
They're great mixers...

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My mother got a chrome one as a wedding gift in 1961. Sixty years later, it's still going strong. My sister got one just like it in almond when she got married the first time in 1988 and it has outlasted that marriage by a couple of decades. In answer to your question, that model was still in production in the late '80s, possibly into the '90s.

I'd say Hamilton Beach milkshake mixers are pretty good, too. They're based on the commercial commercial models they made for the restaurant industry for many years.

Post# 446525 , Reply# 2   9/26/2021 at 14:26 (375 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        
Late 80s/early 90s

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Wow! I wouldn't never guessed it was that late that they made these. I guess by then these were better than the Sunbeam Mixmasters because those were mostly if not all plastic by then.

Some of these were labeled CounterCraft for Sears. I've also seen the milkshake mixers branded as Kenmore.

I believe Hamilton Beach still makes those Commercial milkshake mixers, they have some 2 and 3 headed units also.

Post# 447047 , Reply# 3   10/13/2021 at 11:02 (359 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
H.B. Mixers

Those mixers were really sturdy and heavy! I have two of the Art Deco styled model G's from the 50"s and then an avocado green from the 60's. I had one of the G's motors rewound which cost about 80.00 and it really purrs! What is unique to these are the beater cages. Both beaters are mounted in to a chrome rack that bolts up to the motor head with a large chrome knob. Not sure when they switched to plastic body's. I'm thinking around the time Sunbeam did.

Those Hamilton Beach milkshake/Malt Mixers were built like Sherman Tanks. They were everywhere! I've seen them in single shake all the way up to 5 shake models. Green was the most popular color. Seen them in white,yellow,pink,black and chrome also. Someday I'd like to score one. Plenty out there!

They also made commercial duty toaster for restaurants. I cooked at a 24/7 hr. family restaurant, a very busy place. We had 4 of these in the kitchen and 4 out front . I couldn't believe the quality that these toasters had. They had handles that were designed to be easy to push hard ans fast. They cost about 500.00 a copy back then. Never broke down and the engineering was second to none.

Don't have receipts but read somewhere that Chester Beach, great name, was who designed the universal motor used in mixers then and now.

Post# 447078 , Reply# 4   10/14/2021 at 09:07 (358 days old) by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Beach worked for Westinghouse in Michigan and invented the fractional horsepower electric motor. Because of them, we had vacuum cleaner motors that were light weight.

The Hamilton/Beach mixer beaters in their 'cage' allowed a spatula to be pressed against the side of the bowl almost directly in front of the rotating beaters without going through them. Very unique (and wonderful) design. I've known of many Mixmaster beaters to be ruined because of a wooden spoon or spatula.

Post# 447088 , Reply# 5   10/14/2021 at 13:32 (357 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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The Hamilton Beach beater assembly is also dead simple to remove and install, unlike the Mixmaster, where the beaters are slightly different shapes I'm always wondering which beater goes on the left and which goes on the right. One of mine does have little beater icons molded next to the ports for easier identification but they're hard to make out. The only downside to that design is it's harder to clean.

Post# 447116 , Reply# 6   10/15/2021 at 22:54 (356 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I do like the Sunbeam "bowl fit" beater design. Mine has those symbols too. The way I remember it is the rounded one goes on the left against the bowl, where the square one sits toward the middle of the bowl to provide wider mixing area.

The current model candy apple red Mixmaster I have also has the bowl fit beaters, but both beaters are the rounded shape instead of one round and one square. Likely this is to make production cheaper and faster since the only difference is the left beater has the bowl spin button. But it is an obvious cost cut, and likely lowers mixing performance slightly.

Were the later Hamilton Beach Model G stand mixers really plastic body? I didn't realize that, they all looked metal to me.

Hmm I haven't seen an older Hamilton Beach commercial toaster. I know some of the newer Proctor Silex toasters are "commercial" rated and have the NSF approval. I've seen some at continental breakfasts at hotels.

Post# 447119 , Reply# 7   10/16/2021 at 00:58 (356 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Model G

Both my model G Hamilton Beach mixers are on metal stands, I've never seen them on plastic stands. Hmmm. You just grip the handle and slide the mixer forward and off the stand. The bowl platter is medal also.

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