So let's say your transitioning from home equipment, but don't the extra cash to increase too much capacity. Does anyone have recommendations on something in between home use machines, and a Delta Tempering machine costing upwards of $2,500? I'd like to see if there's something reliable for this in between step. Anything under $1000?
I'd love to hear that such options exist, but I do not think they do. If you are looking for tempering machines, except for some rare find of used equipment from a distressed seller, you won't find inexpensive machines. You might get a reasonable deal on a used Mol d' Art that maintains temperature, but you have to actually do the tempering -- the machine just maintains temperature. Used Chocovision X3210s that take 10 lbs (or more if you use their "holey" baffle) are sometimes sold in the $1500 range. Chocovision occasionally has refurbished ones, but they are closer to $1700. Good luck. I'm sure many others hope there are options!
Thanks for your reply! Good to know info! :-)
I am using a machine from DR that I got secondhand on kijiji for $600. It holds up to 10 lbs, but works only to reheat and hold the temperature. You have to do the tempering yourself. I think any type of baine marie would do the trick if you are willing to cool the chocolate to temper first and then use the machine to rewarm and hold the temperature. I also would love a machine that does it all but it looks like I need to be ready to invest at the least $6,000. Just so advice from my research, most reviews I've read about anything from chocovision was that it is not up to par for any commercial venture.
When you say "home equipment" what do you mean exactly? do you have a small tempering machine like the chocovision Rev I or II? small but better then a baine marie and smaller then the 3210. If you for see really getting into it more go for the X3210, it's worth it and not huge investment. you can always go for the melter as mentioned just takes a little more practice getting the right crystallization.
Hi Jimmy, what is the one you are referencing? I anticipate only doing a few pounds at a time at present. Thanks!
Check out the link here: http://www.chocovision.com/index.php?cPath=37&id=41&name=Re...
The company even sells refurbished machines so you may be able to pick up a less expensive one.
I have an ACMC temperer w/ an extra bowl for ease of changing out different chocolate. It's only been used around 25 hours. It's 2 yrs old. Bought it for 800 + 30 for the bowl I'm selling it for 600 you pay shipping.
Hey Mike! Do you still have the ACMC Tempering machine available? I was wondering why you're trying to sell it after only using it for a short while? What's your take on the machine? I need to get a temperer, but am quite torn on which one to get...
I have a new Rev 1 like Jimmy has the link to that I can sell you for $350 + shipping (and tax, if applicable). It's still in the box. Just send me a message on the Chocolate Life if you want it along with your contact info.