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Hobart Coffee Grinder Restoration

November 1st, 2008 · 56 Comments

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Hobart Coffee Grinder

Here are some “before” and “after” photos of a Hobart coffee grinder we restored. Coffee grinders have been around for a very long time and come in all kind of styles and shapes. They range from commercial models you would find in supermarkets and restaurants to home hand crank grinders. I have always liked the commercial deco-style ones like this Hobart, so when I found one at an antique store we restored it. When complete they make great kitchen, restaurant and coffee shop decor.

Tags: Coffee Roasters and Dispensers · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Unique & Unusual

56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sam Z // Dec 2, 2008 at 8:18 am

    I also have a wonderful machine as above. Any idea who would want to purchase it. Would appreciate any information you may have. I am located in King of Prussia, PA…….

  • 2 Sam // Jan 16, 2009 at 7:10 am

    I have a Hobart Coffee Grinder machine – model #3330 which is in excellent condition that I would like to sell. Would there be any interest. Thank you.

  • 3 J S // Jan 18, 2009 at 1:19 pm


    Wow, what a great job. Can you give me any pointers for restoring my own? Also, do you know where I could find a replacement top?

  • 4 Skip // Mar 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Our museum has one of these beautys. One of the kids in a small tour group leaned on it, and broke the glass with the lettering. Can anyone help us replace this, or maybe they have some at vintage vending. Thanks, The Elmira Heights General Store Museum

  • 5 daralynd // Mar 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    The machine I have is The Hobart, Manufacturing Co., Troy, O., No 471971, model No. 2020. It’s in ok condition, you can still see the gold leaf on and around it grinder and it has glass (I guess) in the top thingy where you place the coffee beans. I am trying to find out the value and was hoping there was a site you trusted. This is a first find for me.

  • 6 vintagevending // Mar 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    We aren’t able to give estimates on the value of an item. If you keep an eye on Ebay or maybe Craig’s List, your item is sure to be listed at some point. That may give you a rough idea of it’s value but prices vary greatly depending on condition. Also, we had a local sign company replace the broken glass in our machine with vinyl on frosted glass.

  • 7 Stu Sherman // May 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I have an ancient Hobart “Buffalo Chopper” Model #-T215GA, Ser# 1-095155 that needs blades and all associated bushings, spacers, washers and retaining nut that fits on the mounting post, thanks for any help, stu 360-683-2404

  • 8 kona cherry hill coffee // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    i am looking for a roaster to puchase, and can not find a new one on your site, did I just miss it.
    Tom B.

  • 9 vintagevending // Jun 8, 2009 at 9:42 am


    A lot of the items we write about in this blog are restorations we have done, but they are not for sale.

  • 10 Mary // Jun 29, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I have a Hobart coffee grinder like the one in this photograph. Would you have any suggestions where I might find somebody who could restore it for me?



  • 11 MASON // Aug 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Hello, I would be interested in purchasing a #3440 or a #3300 if anyone has one in good working condition. Stunning restoration. Well done.

  • 12 Mike // Aug 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I am refurbishing a Hobart Coffee Grinder (exactly the same as the “Black Beauty” pictures on this website). … need help in understanding how to disassemble/remove the grinder wheels. I have removed some corrosion in the grinder wheel area, but I do not want to damage the wheels/blades by forcing them apart … unless I understand how they are supposed to disassemble. Any resources/instructions you could point me towards would be kindly appreciated. Thanks, Mike

  • 13 vintagevending // Aug 14, 2009 at 11:20 am


    Our coffee grinder restoration was basically a cosmetic one. We did not get into a restoration of the interior working parts.
    If anyone else has knowledge on this, please blog in.

  • 14 Lisa Hughes // Aug 14, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    We are currently restoring a Hobart coffee grinder model #3440. It has been used for s working until someone miswired a plug. They set it outside since it didn’t work. We are now freeing up the innards and it working well but runs hot. Ours is a cool retro green color. Any idea where I can get that 60’s lime green color paint?
    What kind of paint did you use to restore the outside?

  • 15 vintagevending // Aug 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm


    The paint used was PPG Acrylic Automotive paint, codes:
    Black DC9300
    Burgundy DCC71965

    You can check automotive supply stores for the lime green paint, or craft stores. Probably the easiest thing to do is google it.
    Good luck!

  • 16 hENDERSON EADS // Sep 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm


  • 17 Mike M. // Oct 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I have a Hobart 3430 like the one you have restored, need to know where I can get a new glass panel or who may be restoring them. I live in Maryland

  • 18 Mike M. // Oct 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Can you e-mail me a close up picture of the glass panel of the Hobart 3430.I need to get the glass restored. Thank you.

  • 19 vintagevending // Oct 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm


    We no longer own this coffee grinder, so we cannot help you out with images. The blog pictures are the best that we have.
    When we restored ours, we had a local sign company replace the broken glass in our machine with vinyl on frosted glass.

  • 20 Bob D // Feb 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I have a Hobart model 3430 that I restored and now I am in need of a new grinder plate. Does anyone have any idea where I might find one? I am also interested in purchasing another machine if there is one for sale.

  • 21 lynn sweat // Mar 25, 2010 at 10:38 am

    i was wondering if you knew where i could sell a hobart a 9 coffee grinder in excellent shape still grinding coffee as of today thanking you in advance lynn

  • 22 vintagevending // Mar 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm


    Try ebay or Craig’s List. Items seem to do really well there.

  • 23 Chris // Mar 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Anyone know of where I can find a manual or something to help me learn how to clean mine up (from the inside). I would like to use this in my cafe. Thanks!


  • 24 Matt // Apr 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    looking for one of the chrome strips for the bottom left strip on my Hobart coffee grinder. It’s the ame as the one you restored. Where would I find one.


  • 25 vintagevending // Apr 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm


    Your best bet is to find a coffee grinder to use for parts. We don’t have any parts available.

  • 26 Mike S. // Apr 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm


  • 27 vintagevending // Apr 27, 2010 at 11:08 am


    We haven’t been in the restoration business for awhile, so we can’t give estimates on value. Your best bet is to keep checking ebay or Craig’s list. Also, there have been a few online if you google it. One unrestored sold for $175, but I’m not sure of when it was sold.

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  • 29 Doug Davis // Mar 1, 2011 at 1:21 am

    “Can you e-mail me a close up picture of the glass panel of the Hobart 3430.I need to get the glass restored. Thank you.”

    I can still get a pic if you need it. Email me.

  • 30 Brian // Mar 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Nice work, looking around your site it appears you do excellent work on everything you get your hands on !

  • 31 Steve Topper // Apr 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Just acquired a model 3430 and need to find a replacement shelf that fits in one of the two slots on the front of the machine. I have no idea what it looks like as I’ve not seen a photo of the front. Can anyone help me find this shelf?

  • 32 Julie // Apr 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

    My friends just purchased a Hobart double hopper coffee mill Model 2929. It will be displayed and they would like to find out correct history on this particular machine. Does anyone know where to find this kind of information? Thank you!!

  • 33 Kathy Umberger // May 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I have just inherited a Hobart 3330 coffee grinder. I is in great condition with the exception of the glass pieces on the top front and back where the light bulbs are. Any ideas on where we can find replacement. Also, what is this machine worth

  • 34 David Marler // Jun 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I recently purchased this same unit. However, the one thing I need to replace is the front glass sign. Can anyone provide a scan or template of the glass sign so I can reproduce it? I would be willing to pay a small fee for this. Thank you.

  • 35 Sonny Benoit // Jun 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I’m restoring of these Hobart 3430 machines right now and I could definitely scan the glass sign on mine which is in perfect shape. I’ll post here again once I have done so. ;)

  • 36 terry // Jul 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    the hobart coffee grinder no 239102 250 volts
    (hp) made in U.S.A

  • 37 David Marler // Jul 17, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Sonny, Since I last posted, I purchased another unit in much better shape (glass is intact). However, I have a question. The new one I purchased is nearly identical to the first one. However, the glass reads “Your coffee is being freshly ground” then it lists “very fine, fine, medium, and coarse” as the selections to choos from. My first unit stated “Fresh coffee ground to the method of your making” followed by “vacuum pot, drip pot, percolator, open pot”. I’m assuming the second unit I purchased is a later release, since there is this difference. Aside from that fact, the only difference is a more modern Hobart logo and lid (knob) handle. Otherwise, these units look the same. Did I mention it is also clean as a whistle and grinds beautifully? If you have the window glass as shown above with the types of grinds (open pot, percolator, etc.) I would be interested in getting a scan of it. I would prefer the older style glass sign over the newer one. Thanks!!!

  • 38 Mark // Aug 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I have a hobart coffee grinder serial number 1075912 …..model number 3440 It is from Hobart MFG co. I am looking for the grinder parts. All that was there is the shaft, spring and the back grinding disc and that is it I any on could help me find the information it would be great. Thanks

  • 39 cindy // Aug 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I have exact same one…my grandparents had a little corner store and bought this one. It was never used after the war broke out and coffee was rationed. Any idea how much it might be worth…it is mint.

  • 40 john // Oct 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I have a star mills stand it stands 35″ tall.. 8″ square on top where the holes are
    and 23 ” wide at the bottom I am missing the Receiver pan that fits almost in the center of the legs.
    does anyone have one for sale or know anyone that has either an original or if they are being reproduced ?
    I really need your help.
    Bill Remingtons web site talkes about that exact part..his E-mail is not correct does anyone have a correct e-mail for him or ph. #

  • 41 Ursula Wortel // Nov 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Have model 3430. Would like to restore and use it for grain grinding.
    Are any parts or instructions available

  • 42 Michele // Feb 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Hello – we have three vintage coffee grinders for sale as just listed on Craigslist. We just moved our wholesale coffee roasting company and would like these to go to a proper place that they might be appreciated. Advice /anyone interested? We can crate and ship. Thank you. ~Michele


  • 43 Wallace // Mar 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I’m trying to find out for my dad, where to get his big antique coffee grinder restored. Any information would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

  • 44 brian milton // Oct 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    good afternoon , my name is brian, i have recently bought a hobart 3440 electric coffee grinder, i just adore the light display but can you please tell me when it was first produced, thank you for your help

  • 45 Connie // Nov 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Any idea how much this Hobart coffee grinder is valued at?

  • 46 John // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Do you have a wiring schematic for this model or do you know where I can get one?

  • 47 pepper peddler coffee // May 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I have rebuilt a bunch of these and figured out a great way to restore the rubberized base…

  • 48 John Biber // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I saw a coffee grinder that was restored, it looks better than great, do you restore other items like an old pepsi machine? and where is your location?

  • 49 vintagevending // Jul 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    John, We are no longer in the restoration business. This blog is intended to promote discussion among collectors.

  • 50 charles // Nov 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I have a hobart commercial model no 3433 that has two hoppers for coffee beans. My father was in the coffee business for over 50 yrs. I’m selling it on craigs list. I also have another one model 265 for sale. Has a large aluminum hopper on top. mfg. in the early 40’s or 50’s.

  • 51 ed buturla // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I have a Hobart 299200. Looking for info on vintage of this unit.

  • 52 Jeremy // May 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I bought one of these to restore and was wondering if the local shop you used for the glass and graphics could make another one. If so please let me know.

  • 53 Ron Rosa // Jan 20, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Anybody have NOS parts or manuals for a Hobart Model # 3430?

  • 54 henry // Mar 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    I have a Hobart Coffee Grinder model 3440 and need to know if parts are available for a restoration

  • 55 STAN // Apr 5, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    I have a hobart grinder model#2727, serial#753218R, which has 2 hoppers, that I am restoring. I’m trying to determine it’s original red color so I can re-paint it. Is there somewhere I could get replacement decals? Also would like know the year it was made. This is a great web site, it’s appreciated, and thank you for the job you’re doing.

  • 56 Bob Wilkins // Apr 11, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I just purchased a very old Hobart grinder. This model is older that the 333os. The motor sits in the middle and has a grinder on one side and a pulverizer on the other. I am looking for help in cleaning it, adjusting the burrs and possibly a complete restoration.

    Can anyone offer me and help?


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