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    Best Reach In Refrigerator/Freezer

    Hi Guys,

    Going back in the restaurant business after 20 years of being smart.

    I want to buy new 23 cu ft reach in fridge/freezer but I'm on a budget of $3-4,000 for both. I'm confused by all the new brands, are all the Korean made brands junk? Is True as bad as they say?

    What brand do you guys think is the best value in my price range?

    Thanks!!!

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    IMO Traulsen and Continental are at the top of the quality list. Whatever you decide to buy, keep the coils clean, whether doing it yourself or thru a maintenance contract. Dirt is the number 1 factor that kills units.
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    Is Traulsen still being made?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pecmsg View Post
    Is Traulsen still being made?
    Believe so. Factory is in Ft Worth TX. I think they and Kairak have merged under the Hobart conglomerate. Kairak is shutting down its factory in CA.

    I stand corrected: ITW Food Equipment Group–North America is the parent organization of independent companies such as Hobart (www.hobartcorp.com), Traulsen (www.traulsen.com), Baxter (www.baxterbakery.com), Stero (www.stero.com), Vulcan (www.vulcanequipment.com), Wittco (www.wittco.com) and Wolf (www.wolfequipment.com), all of which design and manufacture commercial food equipment for foodservice and grocery customers.

    I think Kairak is still tied in there somewhere...per an email I got from them recently regarding a part I needed for a VULCAN (not a typo) refrigerator.

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    Continental hand down. I have many customers with them. They just keep running

    Quote Originally Posted by woodman318 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Going back in the restaurant business after 20 years of being smart.

    I want to buy new 23 cu ft reach in fridge/freezer but I'm on a budget of $3-4,000 for both. I'm confused by all the new brands, are all the Korean made brands junk? Is True as bad as they say?

    What brand do you guys think is the best value in my price range?

    Thanks!!!

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    You might check out Hoshizaki. They are well built, and have some nice features like a high head safety, and a recessed door gasket. Three years parts and labor warranty, built in the USA.

    http://www.hoshizakiamerica.com/CommercialRI.asp
    Experience is what you have an hour after you need it.

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    Yes they are the very top of the line. I think the gentleman said something about a budget. I think they are hi dollar, but maybe I am wrong.
    Quote Originally Posted by baub View Post
    You might check out Hoshizaki. They are well built, and have some nice features like a high head safety, and a recessed door gasket. Three years parts and labor warranty, built in the USA.

    http://www.hoshizakiamerica.com/CommercialRI.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by lytning View Post
    Yes they are the very top of the line. I think the gentleman said something about a budget. I think they are hi dollar, but maybe I am wrong.
    The OP isn't going to get a r/i cooler and a r/i freezer for 3-4K as he indicated. The Hoshi's are a middle priced line that I think offer the best value/price ratio.

    But if he wants to go cheap- how about a nice used Koldtech from Vietnam?
    Experience is what you have an hour after you need it.

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    [QUOTE=baub;15598741]The OP isn't going to get a r/i cooler and a r/i freezer for 3-4K as he indicated. The Hoshi's are a middle priced line that I think offer the best value/price ratio.


    Looks like I'm choosing between Hoshizaki Commercial and Traulsen G-series to best fit my budget.

    Considering p price, reliability and parts cost, which would be your choice between the two?

    Thanks for all the opinions guys,

    Woodman318

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    Continentals are good! They are easy to service.

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    I always thought Traulsons were a B*Tch to work on. Just my opinion though. Where are you located?
    [QUOTE=woodman318;15600071]
    Quote Originally Posted by baub View Post
    The OP isn't going to get a r/i cooler and a r/i freezer for 3-4K as he indicated. The Hoshi's are a middle priced line that I think offer the best value/price ratio.


    Looks like I'm choosing between Hoshizaki Commercial and Traulsen G-series to best fit my budget.

    Considering p price, reliability and parts cost, which would be your choice between the two?

    Thanks for all the opinions guys,

    Woodman318

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    [QUOTE=lytning;15600851]I always thought Traulsons were a B*Tch to work on. Just my opinion though. Where are you located?

    I am in Knoxville, TN.

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    what do you guys think of Beverage Air

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