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How To Identify Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixers

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Hamilton Beach 3-head Malt Mixers

Models 40DM and 940

The triple head mixer is the "Cadillac" of all malt mixers. Over the 40 years of production, there was only a minor change when the 940 replaced the 40DM, which was manufactured in the final phase of production.  Parts are interchangeable between the two mixers except for the cup holders.

Cup holders for the model 940 are removable and attached with thumb screws. Triple heads were made in jadeite green, almond and black. Check the plate on the back of the mixer to find the model number.  

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Hamilton Beach 40DM Malt Mixers

The Three Original Colors Plus a Custom Red.

We resurfaced these mixers with new porcelain.  At a customer's request, we finished one in red to match his kitchen.


Hamilton Beach Single Head Malt Mixers

Models 30, 930, 33, and 933

Models 30, 930, 33, and 933 are all single head machines. They are a good alternative for those who want a smaller machine.

Many of the parts are interchangeable among all four machines.  Like the 40DM, the cup holders were changed to removable cup holders, and the machines were renamed 930 and 933. 

These models were manufactured in jadeite green, almond, and black.  The model number of your mixer is usually found on the band around the mixer head. Occasionally the number is under the base. Model 30 is larger and considered heavy duty. Model 33 has a smaller head and is a medium duty machine. 

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Vintage Hamilton Beach Malt Mixers

Models 10, 12, 18, 22, 25, 27, and older.

These older single head malt mixers were introduced in the late 1920's. Except for the Model 27, the motor bearing is located on the top of the mixer head, giving them the appearance of wearing a top hat. 

Originally, a Malted Milk was just malt powder, chocolate flavoring, and milk, so the motors were not very powerful.  Once ice cream was added, machines required larger, heavy duty motors to blend the mixture.  Models 18, 25, and 27 have the model number stamped on the label.  While the 18is considered heavy duty, the 25 and 27 are medium duty machines,  All three machines came in jadeite green, almond, and black,

Model 25 is on the far left. Model 27 is on the right. Model 27 was the first machine to feature a domed top.  Both have similar labels, the difference is in the shape of the head.

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Model 18

The Model 18 was the first heavy duty dual-purpose malt mixer introduced.
The Model 18's mixing blade will whip ice cream and also function as a bar mixer and stir ice too. Unlike modern day blenders, malt machines were not designed to break large ice cubes. Use crushed ice from your ice maker, and the 18 will easily stir it.  

Find the model number on the front label. It is considered a heavy duty machine. They were made in jadeite green, almond, and black.  

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Model 18 - B

The Model 18-B Barmixer was made specifically for bar use. Some 18-B's are also labeled Bacardi Mixers, as there is a recipe for a mixed Bacardi drink printed on the front label. The model number is on the label.  

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White Flash

This malt mixer is fairly rare, as it was manufactured for just a few years. This is the only Hamilton Beach model that has a pull-down external switch, which is built into the motor. This switch is most likely why this model was so short lived. To turn the mixer on, a special cup with a very large rolled edge, which was issued with the mixer, is hooked over the switch, pulled down and held during the entire time the machine is mixing. Most motor parts fitting other Hamilton Beach mixers are not interchangeable with the White Flash.


Early Hamilton Beach Model ca 1915

Mounted on a marble stand, this malt mixer is marked "patent pending." Some of the earliest models were nickel over brass. This malt mixer has had the nickel removed, which is easily done, and the brass shined to a beautiful luster by one of our favorite customers.


Hamilton Beach Model 12

This hard-to-find machine was the first of the heavier duty machines.

It is similar in size to the Model 18, and both machines are capable of mixing ice cream. Note the "Drinkmaster" on the unique shield- type label, which was shortened to "DM" on later machines, like the Hamilton Beach triple head Model 40DM

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Hamilton Beach Model 5

One of the rare, early models beautifully restored by one of our parts customers. Well worth the effort!

Honestly, we think he put us to shame!

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Hamilton Beach Model 51

The small Model 51 mixer is probably the most under rated mixer that Hamilton Beach made. The body was cast aluminum and was issued in white, chrome, and brushed stainless. The accompanying square cup was made of either white plastic or the rarer clear plastic. Both had the Hamilton Beach name printed in red across the front. Because they were plastic, most of the cups have been broken and are missing. Made from 1951-1963, the mixer is a single speed. The year of manufacture is stamped on the bottom. This is the only mixer that Hamilton Beach consistently dated. It has the four-fold "butterfly" mixing blade in a smaller size. This model is an excellent small mixer for malts and milkshakes.

From a distance, the 51 is often confused with the newer plastic models. The new models are made of light-weight plastic. The blades, which are flat wavy metal or plastic discs, are static and do not move.  They produce an inferior drink, as they cannot whip the ice cream and milk.

To ensure you're getting an original Model 51, always check the mixing blade to make sure that it has the "butterfly" blade with movable or "floppy" edges.

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