5 Pieces of Restaurant Equipment New Restaurant Owners Should Buy Used Instead of New

If you are getting ready to open a new restaurant, congratulations! It certainly is an exciting time to do so. However, nothing can be more stressful than managing the expenses involved with starting a restaurant, especially when it comes to all the equipment you need.

The good news is you can set up your new restaurant with much more ease when you purchase used restaurant equipment. The first question you need to ask yourself is what pieces of equipment are essential to your restaurant? The second question to consider is which of those pieces are best purchased used? That’s a question we are asked all the time at Kohn-Megibow Company, and we’re happy to answer it.

Now, certain equipment will be needed for just about any restaurant. Ovens, ranges, fryers, refrigerators, freezers, cooking equipment, serving equipment and furniture are the most common necessities. All of these items can be purchased used and can be great investments as long as they are in good working order.

In this article, however, we want to focus on the less obvious pieces of restaurant equipment you’ll need. And more specifically, items that really make the most sense to purchase used from an auction house or dealer. Some things are just built to stand up to years and years of abuse in a restaurant setting, without ever breaking down. Here are some of those equipment pieces.

1.     Sinks
Sinks are simple in nature and made to last a long, long time. They are easy to clean and restore. A used sink will give you much more long-term value than a new one.

2.    Stainless Steel Tables
Whether used for prep space, counter space or service, stainless steel tables are designed to take punishment and retain their shine. Frankly, it’s hard to go wrong with a used stainless steel table or prep station.

3.    Mixers
These are very expensive to buy brand new. Even better, the older used mixers have less complicated designs. Look for one that is purely mechanical and it will last you a long time. You never have to worry about a computer system failing on you.

4.    Slicers
Slicers hold the same appeal and value as mixers and other food prep equipment. When you find these used and with mechanics that will stand the test of time, it’s a no-brainer to purchase them for your restaurant.

5.    Wire Racks 
Wire racks and other utilitarian storage/presentation/service pieces are great investments when bought used. They perform their jobs and are built to last.

Any and all used restaurant equipment can provide excellent value when starting up a new restaurant. It’s expensive enough to open and run a restaurant, so look to save money where you can with some used restaurant equipment. Buying quality pieces from a reputable used equipment auction house like Kohn-Megibow Company will benefit you greatly in the long run.

To learn more about the types of used restaurant equipment you can purchase from Kohn-Megibow Company, please contact us today.

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