"Hi Kristi, You want to own one piece of equipement that is your main production item.
I would get started with a Hillard 240 with a enrober attached. This will give you a machine
That will temper your chocolate for hand dipping, and also the use of…"
"I also agree. There isnt anything for the newcomer/start up in the middle of the pack. Either home size or factory size. Would be nice to see something on a smaller scale that is less expensive so the company can grow before…"
I am just starting out, still working out my business plan and all the steps to get started. I am finding that there are a lot of companies that are not willing to finance or lease to own. This would be something I would…"
"I have to echo what a number of others have said here in regard to the lack of equipment for start-up chocolate makers. I've been researching this for months now, and while the situation is better than it was a few years ago, it's still…"
"I have a Cocaotown melanger, the ultra. I have used gritty, campo paste; nibs, and finely ground liquor in the machine and still trying to figure out the best times for grinding/conching. From what I have seen and read about, it seems as…"
"I'd like to second the comment from Erin for a reliable Conch machine. That would really be nice. My machine has had several operations to replace parts from belts to motor and the capacity is below 8lbs per load.
"Hmm..I am just getting started in the learning process, experimenting with ganache flavors, the science of long shelf life, and making bon-bons, truffles, etc., and doing market research. The used equipment that I have come upon is usually…"
"Hi, I have some used start up equipement for sale all in excellent condition.
Hillard 240 enrober, up-graded 6 inch wide 16 inch long wire belt, whal jr peppy pumper metering pump and a
Syntron mold shaker. Package priced at $12,500."
"These are some great responses,
For financing as a small company (about 40 people including sales, parts, engineers, assemblers, welders, electrical, etc.) it would be difficult for us to do anything in house unless we hired on an…"
"Yes, I have a brand new (yes NEW) Cocoa Town ECGC and I have now had the pulley fall out twice. It took many days for a replacement pulley to arrive, so the original pulley was put back in before it fell out yet again. The new pulley is…"
"Daniel, I'd look into equipment leasers. Highest I ever got quoted was 14% with a dollar buy out at the end. If you spent 50k on a 30k machine, that's a 70% interest rate which I can't fathom.
Now of course the caveat is your credit…"
"I usually think that it has to do with the supply / demand curve. Then I was thinking, early phase startups are the larger numbers 10:1 vs the established large scale where everyone who has encountered failure, is gone. You'd think there…"