We're opening a second shop, so we were out pricing equipment. On the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur there was this strip of places with restaurant/kitchen equipment. We were looking at some refrigerators in one place and the guy said he repped for a big Chinese manufacturer and they had everything we could want at great prices. So I asked him about a dough mixer for 25 kilo bags and he shows me three different models including one that said it was rated for 50 kilo bags of flour. And the price was $1,200. I'm like, no way - I gotta see this. He says he doesn't have any here, but the manufacturers warehouse is 10 minutes away. I say - we'll follow you - let's go. 10 minutes later we enter this HUGE complex and we have a seat and some harried manager comes out and says they need 15 minutes to uncrate the mixer and bring it to the showroom. In the meantime, we look over the catalog and they have EVERYTHING and really cheap - upon asking most of the stuff needs to be ordered 30 days in advance - no biggie.
So the mixer is ready and we take a look. Very simple design, 3-phase electricity and it is gear-driven - which for me makes it a steal and definately worth trying. It's more like a trough than a bowl, but who gives a f..k. So we ordered one and will set it up in our new central kitchen that will feed our two stores.
Now before you go hating on this fine piece of Chinese machinery, I had plenty of doubters in this forum on my used $1,000 SIMTAC (Taiwanese) spiral mixer that we bought for the first store. That baby has been a workhorse since day one! And it's used!
Once I get it up and running (which should be in November) and let you guys know how it is in action.