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Gilchrist Milkshake-Malt Mixer

Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by Turdle, April 1, 2019.

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  1. Turdle

    Turdle Freelance Stuntman Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I like milkshakes!

    In the late 1940's early 1950's my grandfather drove a truck by day and ran Smitty's tavern in Talmage, Nebraska at night. Between the 2 jobs he brought in 125- 130 dollars per month which made the 25.00 per month refrigerator payment easier to swallow. In those days refrigerators cost more than rent.

    Part of Smitty's tavern was this milkshake mixer made by Gilchrist. Going out on a limb Smitty sold more beer than milkshakes with his burgers. It was used until 1955 then stuck in storage.

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    The cord was old cloth wrapped stuff with cracking noises inside every time you moved it so I wanted to replace it.

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    The problem is this design. Raymond Gilchrist had a unique mechanism for sure, however when he took Mr. Hamilton and Mr Beach to court for patent infringement back in 1925,

    GILCHRIST CO. v. HAMILTON | 29 F.2d 282 (1925) | 9f2d2821216 | Leagle.com


    well, let's just say Hamilton Beach won and the rest is history. even though patents were already awarded to Gilchrist in 1922, the courts determined they were not actually new and different. Gilchrist got wiped out.



    Hamilton Beach has a micro switch in the lever, and they should never have won the case. If you need a Gilchrist part you know. The Gilchrist uses 2 pin momentary contact activated only when the steel cup is in proper mixing position.

    anyway, I found a guy in the internet who specializes in these things, a few emails later I had instructions for replacing the cord.
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    In the above picture you can see the block which pushes into the motor to turn it on. So primitive you have to love it. It makes ozone with the milkshakes--

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    I also have 2 of the shake cups with a 1926 patent.

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    Isn't it ironic Gilchrist went out of business in 1926? Sometimes maybe just be quiet and things will work out better.



    Raymond Gilchrist wanted to make eating and serving Ice Cream more enjoyable. My kind of guy!
    He also has patents for various styles of ice cream scoopers.

    http://antiqueoutings.com/hamilton-beach-milkshake-mixer/

    Just some interesting stuff I came across in my effort to find parts.

    The power block device looked to be molded. However, it does unscrew, there is a phenolic plate which holds the spring loaded rods into position. the cord wires are soldered to the rods at the base. One power pin is shorter than the other which prevents them from contacting at the same time which would create sparking.
     
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  3. Mr. Alligator

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    Awesome history!

    Very interesting.
     
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  5. Turdle

    Turdle Freelance Stuntman Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Oh, I forgot to mention. This mixer is so old it was made before the grid decided if it wanted to be AC or DC so this mixer goes both ways--

    check the label.
     
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    If the patent dispute concluded differently, Turdle might be on the “Ferrari Forum”....
     
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    Not a milkshake guy myself but awesome story and cool mixer
     
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    Somethings missing from those cups......
     
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