Second Hand Commercial Kitchen Equipment
We had a very busy day palletising used commercial kitchen equipment machines for customers interstate by placing them on chep pallets and strapping each machine with several ratchet straps to secure the machines in place. Some of these machines weigh 1500 – 2000kg making them too hard to lift so each machine needs to be carefully placed on a pallet with a forklift.
Packing Used Bakery Equipment, Catering Equipment and other Machines Ready for Shipment
We generally always use Chep or Loscam pallets as these pallets are capable of holding 1500 kgs (1.5 tonnes) as a safe working load and chep recommends not to exceed a weight of 6000 kgs (6 tonne) the pallets are strong unlike standard wooden pallets.
Other Packing Materials to secure the equipment:
We made some wooden wedges that we nailed down into the base of the pallet to securely hold the machine in place.
This generally tends to be something that needs to be done for any machine that has wheels on it. Although the wheels make it easy to move the machine around when it is on the ground, it makes it very difficult to pack this sort of machine. A machine with wheels on its base can easily roll off the pallet when placed on a pallet, so to secure the machine load for transit, we attached wooden wedges to each machine with wheels.
Each pallet has spaces in between the strips of wood, most machine wheels are unable to sit in between the gaps of the pallet, if they can then this is a bonus as you can use the gaps and wooden wedges to secure the machine in place, though most of the time the machine will not align to neatly fit in-between the wooden slats. The wedges are made by cutting large pieces of wood into small chunky wedges and then nailing them down into the pallet so that they act as a barrier for the machines wheels to butt up to.
Each machine is then pallet wrapped to provide a protective plastic covering for the machine and then labels are added to the machine including delivery details for the customer.
Although many people may not realise unless they have packed equipment securely on pallets themselves that the process takes a quit some time, to pack and prepare each every commercial machine for transit, it certainly is not a quick 5 minute job.
Some of the Second Hand Commercial Kitchen Equipment we packed and dispatched to customers today:
- Refrigerated Cold Display Units
- Cake Display Fridges
- Moffat curl flow bread slicer for bakery
- Rational oven for a restaurant
- Cobra Moffat gas oven
- Pasta Fryer
- Suzumo rice mixer
Do you pack any large items on pallets to send to customers, if so, what do you do to pack and secure the items? Have you ever packed any Second Hand Commercial Kitchen Equipment if so what was the process that you followed?