All manufacturers insist their products will stand the test of time, but Hobart claims to have the greatest proof yet after revealing this week that one of its original warewashers has been retired after 55 years of service.
The original pass through machine, installed in 1959, has remained fully operational and is believed to be the oldest working example in the UK.
Described as a ‘loyal servant’ by staff at Tendring College in Essex, the warewasher will now be replaced by one of Hobart’s brand new machines
Allan Linford, an engineer by trade, has worked at the college for the past 20 years and it is under his watchful eye that the machine has thrived.
He said: “The machine was supplied and installed in 1959 when the college first opened and in that time I have removed and replaced the main pump, put one or two industrial thermostats in, soldered a broken union and cleaned some sticky contacts.
“The original water softener is still working, albeit with new seals. The old girl really has become part of the furniture, so it’s with a little sadness that we say goodbye. We’re delighted, however, to welcome another Hobart into the fold – as longevity goes it’s certainly got some competition!”
Tim Bender, UK sales director – warewashing at Hobart UK, added: “We’re delighted that this machine – a true classic piece of history – has been such a loyal servant through the years.”
He said the longevity of the machine was testament not only to its build quality, but also to the power of regular servicing. “This is a lesson for all catering sites, regardless of the machine’s age, a sound service plan and some TLC from the operation can add years to the lifespan of a machine.”