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What kind of used restaurant equipment is available?

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Available used restaurant equipment includes ovens, griddles, hot plates and fryers. Used refrigerators, freezers and refrigerated display cases are available for purchase. Pizza shop owners can find two- and three-door pizza prep tables and service cleanup items such as dish carts, dish washers and commercial sinks. Used furnishings for restaurant dining areas are often available, and it's possible to find nice looking used booths, chairs and table tops.

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Caution is advised when shopping for used commercial ovens. Restaurants should pass on opportunities to buy used electrical ovens, because these come with too high of a hazard risk. In fact, any type of used electrical cooking equipment comes with potential problems due to worn out wires and parts. The safe choice is to go with gas ovens and charbroilers. The exception to this rule is fryer equipment.

Used electrical and gas fryers should be avoided at all costs, because deep fryers tend to become faulty at a certain point. Gas fryer cooking elements place flammable cooking oil close to open flames, which is a fire hazard when a unit is past its prime. Investing in gently used restaurant equipment typically is an economically viable option for new restaurants, and owners should seek top name brands.

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