In the past few years I have had moderate success with panning choc. hazelnuts, and have been happy with the D+R panning bowl. My sales are growing and the D+R is getting too small as well as developing problems.
The first problem was the shaft snapped off from the thick steel plate. This happened during a production run, and I needed the thing fixed FAST! I found a very competent welder who got it back to me within a day. However when the shaft snapped off, it dented the bowl a bit. Now the bowl has developed cracks where it was spot-welded to the shaft plate. It goes without saying that the warranty is long expired.
Does anyone know of a source for small (5-10 kg capacity) panning machines? I am in Vancouver, Canada.