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    Can you remember the good stuff?

    After a life time of repairing cooking equipment I can still count on ten fingers the truly "Best in Class" pieces. You know the ones that lasted 20-30 years or more if in a school setting. I doubt there will be any equipment made in the last 10 years that will be able to claim the same. Tell me what equipment do you admire that has last a minimum of 20 years in a commercial kitchen?

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    Hobart mixers

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    Up in my top 3.

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    Bakers Pride has to be up there too.

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    The old big pizza ovens. I have to agree.

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    How about the old savory toaster or the Hatco upright toaster. Built like tanks.

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    Yep still have some customers with those.
    If you're doing any refrigeration Traulsen made some of the best.

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    How about the two door Traulsen warmer with the strip heaters. I have a customer with around 75 of them still in use and pushing 30 years old.

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    Herrick was another

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    Hobart mixers
    Hobart C-line dish machines
    Blodgett deck ovens
    Blodgett DFG ovens
    Bunn made a coffee pot, can’t remember the model, that lasted forever
    Edlund No.1
    The old Groen kettles
    Franklin Thermotainer. I don’t think I’ve ever serviced one in my life even though several of my customers have them.
    The old Garland cast iron range/ovens
    I still have quite a bit of GE equipment in my area. I really don’t enjoy working on the stuff but that’s doesn’t happen too often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanMan812 View Post
    I still have quite a bit of GE equipment in my area. I really don’t enjoy working on the stuff but that’s doesn’t happen too often.
    I serviced an electric hot top GE range for many years at a day care here in the Nashville area. They knew me, but would still judiciously remind me that "Elvis Presley bought that for us" to place emphasis on how important that range was to them.

    The problem was always a bad hot top element. We were able to get replacements for many years. Then, around 2010, I had to share the foreboding news that the part was no longer available.

    On a side note, I'd always wondered (but never asked) how they came up with their name: The King's Daughters Child Development Center
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    I service a couple of units that are 23 years old and can attest that they have the original equipment still in place, including 6' lang grill, groen kettles, and ice machine hosh still chugging along.
    really surprised on the ice machine still going, small cosmetic issues have been replaced obviously but other wise sound unit.
    Sent from the van with the a/c on.

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    Perlick refrigeratrors

    Scottsman Ice machines

    Lincoln Impinger Conveyor ovens last quite a spell

    Middleby Marshall

    Bally walkin coolers

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