If you own or run a commercial kitchen, then I am sure you will agree with me that a commercial mixer is one of those must have kitchen equipment. Depending on the type of food service establishment that you run, then your commercial mixer is actually essential to your daily production especially if you run a catering service or bakery.
So what exactly is a commercial mixer used for anyway?
These heavy duty mixers are used to mix up the ingredients that will be used to make certain types of foods, which include:
- And more
This type of industrial equipment will blend the ingredients by using a motor to mix them, which is a huge time saver, when compared to doing it by hand. The mixer will have a speed controller that can adjust the speed of the beaters. The mixer and its components are typically made of stainless steels so that they can be very durable both for lasting a long time and to stand up to daily wear and tear of being used in a commercial kitchen. You can find commercial mixers in many different styles, they have stand or floor models that are considered stationary models, then there are counter top models and hand or portable models, no matter what model you choose, you will find that these mixers are very versatile.
What are the different types of commercial mixers?
Stand or Floor Mixers – The size of these mixers are normally 12-80 quarts; they come with industrial type motors to handle heavy duty mixing, like kneading dough or mixing very large amounts of ingredients. You can find them either in planetary or spiral styles. They normally take up a lot of space and this is probably the most expensive brand of mixers, but the investment is well worth it, because they will give you a lot more performance and speed.
Countertop Mixers – If you are running a smaller food service establishment, then this will be more ideal for you, they usually range from 5-25 quarts and are a lot bigger than residential mixers. You will only find this type of mixer in planetary style.
Hand Mixers – These are easy to operate, lightweight and portable commercial mixers. They do have a small motor and are only used for blending, or easy small mixing jobs.
Spiral Mixers – These are only used for kneading and mixing of dough and work extremely well if you need to do a mass production of dough. Unlike other mixers, with this one the bowl actually spins instead of the attachment and the motor is housed under the mixing container.
Planetary Mixers – This mixer comes with 3 attachments which makes it very versatile, you can use it to make salad dressings to cookies. The motor is housed at the top of the unit and the attachment is driven in a circular motion around the bowl.
Mixing Attachments – commercial mixers have a large variety of attachments available for them, such as slicers, graters, whipping paddles and beaters.
Common commercial mixer repair problems
The mixer will not turn on – if you mixer will not start; normally it will be either from a defective motor fuse or a bad switch. To properly diagnose this issue, you will need to remove the housing so that you can get access to the internal components and then you will need to use a multi-tester probe or continuity tester, unless you are familiar with working on electronic devices, this type of repair is best left to a professional commercial mixer repairman.
The speed settings are malfunctioning – this means you have a bad speed control unit that needs to be replaced or repaired.
The beaters are not turning and the motor is humming – More than likely in this case, you motor is seizing up and in most cases you will need to replace it.
Excessive vibration – You may need to replace your beater, if the ends are worn or the shaft is bent. If the beater looks ok, then the next thing to check will be the gears to see if they are aligned correctly or broken. If the motor is sparking or the shaft is bent, you will need to get a replacement.
Why you need to use a professional commercial mixer repair technician?
These are not residential mixers and whoever is working on them, needs to know what they are doing, as to prevent serious injury. The United States Department Of Labor requires all employees that use this type of equipment to be at least 18 years of age. A mixer that is well maintained will last years longer than one that is not. Regular maintenance will keep these appliances running efficiently so that you can focus on running your business.
A mixer repairman can also help you to avoid costs that are associated with safety and health violations. Unqualified technicians will typically use cheap replacement parts which could void your factory warranty.
We have experience replacing the following parts in mixers:
- Mixer attachments
- Beater replacements
- Mixer Feet
- Speed controls
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