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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
i'm looking at conveyor types for the kitchen.

what's in your dish pit?
hobart? jackson?

we're pretty dead set on the conveyor type. we're large enough to warrant it.
worked with them enough to appreciate them.

we're ready to buy, not lease.
brands to not work with?
complete satisfaction?
all opinions are appreciated. unbiased info is gold. who can you trust?
post #2 of 4
For arguement's sake lets consider both Hobart, Jackson, and Champion all equal machines. The major thing is NOT the machine, the major thing is installation and service. For this kind of machine you are going to blow some major bucks, get to know the dealers, and most importantly the factory rep. for your area. Base your purchase on how comfortable you are with the dealer and the rep. The rep--NOT the dealer, can iron out many details, from suggested price, to delivery times and freight costs, to issues with damaged goods arriving at your place and most importantly--warranty work.

After blowing big bucks on the machine you will blow even more on some decent dishtables, sinks, pre-rinse units, water heaters, and booster units. Again, shop around for quotes and go with the stainless mnfctr/food eqpt dealer you are most comfortable with--do not base the decison solely on price. Remember most problems will crop up 4-6 mths after installation, the cheap quote won't even remember your name when you come to him for warranty work, the reputable guy will honour his warranty and probably keep you as a customer.
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
i just talked to an ecolab guy.
he said they use jackson. if we're gonna buy, we should go with hobart. he completely dissed champion.

everything he said after that was pretty much what you said in your reply.

i know, you lease the machine and don't have to worry about it breaking down. is that worth $3700 a year? figuring $100 a week in product...
versus owning the machine and having to call for repairs... and we're using ecolab products anyhow...

i cannot thank you enough for your educated opinion, as well as the time it takes to read the post AND reply. so far your opinions have been spot on with the research that i have done.

i honestly appreciate the fact that you are going out of your way to respond to these posts.
...i hardly have time to post questions...:)

anyhow, i'm looking at a 66" for about 300-400 covers a night. maybe go for the 76"?
post #4 of 4
There are pros and cons to leasing. Ecolab is good but very expensive, and they'll also want to sell you ALL of your cleaning stuff and bathroom stuff. This can get very expensive, and they like to use custom soap dispensers and the like so that ONLY ecolab products can be used. If you look at your regular food purveyor he'll usually carry most of the cleaning stuff, including d/w detergent. Start comparing costs, it does add up very quickly.

How well the machine runs depends alot on the installation and first few weeks of running the d/w. If it is done correctly and a competant plumber has hooked up the system, you shouldn't have any problems. Make sure that you have a checklist for the d/w operator to see that the tank is drained every night and cleaned, check the various soap levels, and that it isn't abused too badly.
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
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