Tips for Buying a Used Commercial Deep Fryer
Before you purchase a used commercial deep fryer, be sure to do your homework and thoroughly inspect the machine to make sure you’re not inheriting something that will cost more in repairs than a whole new fryer.
- Inspect the unit. Buying online is very convenient, but for used restaurant equipment, you’re better off going to a dealer and inspecting the unit yourself. Look for signs of excessive wear or corrosion. If you are able, fill the fry vat with water and check for leaks.
- Go with gas. Gas fryers have fewer moving parts or complex components than an electrical unit, so they’re simpler and less is likely to go wrong with them. Generally speaking, all gas-powered cooking equipment is pretty reliable when purchased used, as long as it was properly maintained.
- Stay away from computer controls. Computerized controls can make life easier, but there are a lot of complicated gizmos and sensors that can wear out and are expensive to replace. You’re better off steering clear of the computerized controls for a manual gas valve model when looking for a used commercial deep fryer.
- Call the manufacturer with any questions. During your inspection, if you see something wrong with the unit or don’t think everything is up to snuff, give the manufacturer a call. The manufacturer will be able to tell you what is potentially wrong and how much repairs may cost. Factor this information into your purchasing decision.
As long as you stay away from the computer controls and go with a gas-powered model, it should be safe to buy a used commercial fryer. However, if you can't do so beforehand, fill the fry vat with water and check for leaks before filling it with oil.
Benefits of Buying a New Commercial Deep Fryer
Even though used gas-powered fryers can be pretty reliable, you are still better off buying a new commercial deep fryer. This way you know the equipment you are purchasing is reliable and will give you years of trouble-free use.
- Power source. When shopping for a new commercial deep fryer, you can choose whatever power source you want so that it matches the utility hookups in your kitchen.
- Warranty on computer controls. The aforementioned computer controls are a huge benefit on new fryers because they provide accurate temperature control and can be programmed with different menu items. The controls also come with a warranty, something you won't find with a used fryer.
- Automatic filtration available. Some of the more advanced commercial deep fryers have built-in filtration systems that allow you to filter the fryer oil while it is still hot or in the middle of a shift. This helps maximize food quality and oil life while maintaining employee safety.
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