Originally Posted by Igannon
I guess my point is that even if you buy a total lemon at auction, and end up replacing it after a year, it still might make more sense than paying outrageous amounts for a new one. Plus, if you save that extra $1000, thats less overhead you have to worry about when money is the tightest.
Got problems with that statement.
Say, fer instance, you buy a used Baker's Embarassment Conv. oven. After 6 mths things go well, and you've got business to keep you going.. Then the elements/burners/squirrel cage fan goes. You're out parts and labour for the the repairs, say $300.
But that's not all folks.....
You've got orders to fill.
And it'll take a day or two for the repairs to get done.
You might have the crappy gas oven in the garland range as a back-up, or you might have a friend who'll let you use his oven across town. "course, you'll have to truck everything over there, and then back again
It's not a hotel where you can go to another kitchen or station and use a back up oven.
Same goes for refrigeration.
One of the worst feelings in the world is to come into work at 4:30 and find a puddle forming under your fridge or freezer door, or to open the door and find a nice hot, humid breeze blowing in your face, . Or come in and find the gravity coil in the cake display case has loosened and succombed to gravity, and has smashed not only all the pastries and cakes in the case, but the glass shelves and lighting as well. Mess alone is two hours to clean up.
(don't ask me how I know this....)
You've lost raw ingredients, sure. You've lost time in the form of semi-finished goods (creams, doughs, sponges, etc). You've lost money in the form of goods that were to be sold or delivered that day. Now you have to get in more product and use more time (and spend more money including fridge repairs) to get back where you should have been at 4:30 that morning.
My humble opinion after 25 years in the biz?
Buy all new mechanical equipment. Yes it costs, but it won't bite you in the butt and cost you even more. The warranty will allow you to sleep fairly well for a year or two.
Buy used small wares: Either it's broke or has a hole which you can see right away, or it doesn't.