Things to consider before purchasing used bakery equipment include wear and tear on the equipment, brand and whether it runs on gas or electricity. Additional considerations are how much money is budgeted for buying equipment and space limitations.
Saving money by purchasing used baking equipment is possible in the short-term, but if the equipment has too much previous wear and tear, it may not be much of a bargain. Used food equipment should have no more than three years of previous use. More than this poses risks of equipment failure. It's also a good idea to seek out top-quality brand name manufacturers. Brands such as Delfield, Wolf and Vulcan have established reputations for quality, which means they tend to be more durable.
Consider choosing used equipment powered by gas over electricity. The reason gas is a better choice is because this equipment has fewer moving parts, making it easier to find any defects. Used equipment powered by electricity can be more energy efficient, but it comes with a higher risk of needing expensive repairs. The cost of used gas equipment should include the cost of hiring a technician to evaluate the equipment. Space is another major factor in purchasing used bakery equipment. Creating a layout plan for the bakery ahead of time is essential for finding equipment that fits into the space provided.