Used Restaurant Equipment: Get Smart Savings with Burkett Quality

Last updated on July 5th, 2024 at 01:36 pm

When opening a restaurant, it can be easy to spend your entire budget on just a few pieces of commercial kitchen equipment.

Professional kitchens typically rely on multiple heavy-duty cooking appliances to keep up with the production levels that restaurants require.

Bob Scharer, Burkett Service Manager

Whether you’re opening a new restaurant or considering an equipment upgrade, buying used restaurant equipment can help you save a ton of money.

Unlike your home stove and refrigerator, commercial kitchen equipment is built to withstand heavy traffic, constant use, and more harsh conditions. By purchasing used equipment, you can enjoy high-quality units at a significant discount.

Burkett has fantastic deals on equipment for every stage of food preparation.

Top 4 Benefits of Used Restaurant Equipment

The biggest reason for choosing used restaurant equipment over new restaurant equipment is value.

As a new restauranteur, purchasing commercial kitchen equipment will be one of your biggest expenses.

However, used equipment can maximize your financial investment by allowing you to purchase more for less.

1. Save Money

Buying used restaurant equipment can save you significant amounts of money, while still providing you with high-quality cooking capabilities. Professionally reconditioned equipment can provide a quality of cooking comparable to brand new units.

When you save on equipment, you can allocate more of your budget to other parts of your business. With the money you’ve saved, you can afford better supplies, ingredients, marketing, and décor.

2. Pay Less Depreciation

Just like buying a new car, as soon as you buy a piece of new equipment the depreciation begins. New equipment will depreciate much faster than used equipment.

The value of used products continues to decline over time, but during a machine’s initial two years it undergoes the most depreciation.

When you purchase new equipment, you must pay the principal depreciating cost. Depending on the market, this principal may account for as much as half of the machine’s price.

By purchasing used equipment, you can receive a newer piece of equipment without having to pay the initial sticker price because the primary depreciation loss has already occurred.

3. Similar Quality

The main deterrent to purchasing old equipment is the belief that it won’t be as high-quality as brand-new equipment. That, however, can be totally false. Restaurant equipment is designed to be strong and endure repeated use.

Burkett started its business in 1977 servicing commercial kitchen equipment.

We understand how important quality assurance is.

Each piece of our used equipment undergoes a rigorous restoration process, including multiple rounds of quality testing, before being placed for sale.

All used commercial kitchen equipment is deep cleaned, stripped and detailed to ensure the best quality product.

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Our team of experienced technicians has over 20 combined years of experience in reconditioning, refurbishing, and repairing high-quality kitchen equipment. You can be confident that the items are in excellent condition and completely functional when they reach our sales floor.

4. Less Waste, More Eco-Friendly

In a world where going green is more popular than ever, buying used can make a positive impact on the environment. Buy a used convection oven or back bar cooler to add new life to an otherwise landfill-bound item.

Brand new equipment can often offer the highest level of energy efficient production thanks to its never-been-used components. However, the price tag and rate of depreciation will quickly add up.

How Does Used Restaurant Equipment Become Burkett Certified?

With over 20 years of combined experience, the team of service technicians at Burkett runs seamlessly to recondition used restaurant equipment.

To ensure each item we recondition is ready to perform for years to come, our team follows a rigorous restoration process:

  1. Assess the unit to diagnose the cause of malfunction.
  2. Clean the item inside and out.
  3. Order and install the appropriate parts.
  4. Address any cosmetic repairs necessary.
  5. Perform in-depth quality control.

To pass quality control, each item is plugged in, and all electrical components are tested for shorts and frayed wiring. Additionally, the units are left on and tested for several hours to ensure they maintain required temperatures.

Depending on the type of unit, the testing period can stretch up to 24 hours to simulate everyday use in the field.

Thanks to the attention to detail, and dedication of our team, we have a 95% quality control pass rate!

Why buy used?

Buying commercial restaurant equipment is a big decision. If you’re replacing a broken unit, or expanding your business, used equipment could be right for you!

Before you decide whether to buy reconditioned restaurant equipment, here are some things you might consider:

  • Function: Replacing dirty or damaged parts can make a used item function like new. Years of consistent use, residue build-up, and general wear and tear impacts the way a unit functions. We test each item carefully to assess the internal components.
  • Reliability: Broken equipment brings food service to a standstill. That’s why we test each unit in field-like conditions before it’s available for sale. Depending on the item, this testing period could last up to 24 hours to simulate constant use.
  • Appearance: Once an item is functioning properly, we shift focus to its exterior. Repairing any dents, damaged shelves, lighting, or paint means that each item looks great in a commercial kitchen and is easy to keep clean.
  • Cost: Condition, age, and repairs determine the final cost of each piece of used restaurant equipment. With our in-house restoration program, we sell reliable units at a great value.

Does Burkett Have the Restaurant Equipment I Need?

At Burkett, we carry a wide range of both new and used restaurant equipment. From ice machines and refrigeration to cooking and hot holding units, our inventory is constantly changing as we add new items daily. Our Perrysburg, OH showroom is restocked daily with used restaurant equipment.

Enjoy same day shipping on used restaurant equipment for orders processed by 2:30PM PST!

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