January 2016 Trends Report

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of January and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inConstruction Equipment including Construction Mixers, Construction Tools, and Construction Vehicles.


Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.

Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 2000%!

Used Woodworking Tools For Sale Used Restaurant Equipment For Sale
Bakery Equipment For Sale Used Dairy Equipment
Tortilla Machine For Sale Used Shop Equipment
Boilers For Sale Used Meat Grinder
Used Printing Equipment Used HVAC Equipment
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Construction Equipment
Bakery Equipment Milling Machine
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Tanks
Restaurant Equipment Meat Equipment
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Vemag Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Multivac
Rheon Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch

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What Type of Extruder Do You Need?

Extrusion is a common manufacturing process that creates material and/or product by passing it through a cross sectional die. There are a lot of benefits to the extrusion process, including the ability to create material that is thin, material that has a good surface finish and materials that otherwise would be difficult to create with conventional processes. In fact, some of the common materials that are created via the extrusion process include plastic film, ceramics, concrete, polymers, metals, food – and even play dough. (Aluminum, for example, is thought to be the most popular extruded material.)

As a reminder, the type of equipment that is needed to extrude material is known as an “extruder” – and there are several different types of extruders, all which have varying possibilities and are usually catered specifically to certain extruded materials. This post is intended to serve as a reference guide in terms of helping you decide which type of extruder you need for the type of material you’re looking to produce. After all, you can’t purchase a hot or cold feed extruder for extruding metal and expect it to be able to also process food or plastic film. Here’s a closer look at helping you to answer the question – “What type of extruder do I need?”

Plastic Film

For plastic film, a material that’s commonly used to create pouches and bags used in flexible packaging applications, all that you’d need is a plastic film extrusion machine. There are various manufacturers that build these types of machines. One thing to note about these machines is that they’re a very expensive capital investment, as they can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Another thing to note is that these machines can create a variety of different plastic film types, such as polypropylene, polyethylene and films of various barriers. They’re a great fit for suppliers and converters of packaging. For instance, a supplier might simply create the film via extrusion and sell it to its customers, who are the converters. Or a converter may decide to purchase a machine so that it can do everything in house – create the plastic film, create the pouch and/or bag and then print on the package before sending it off to be filled.


As we mentioned in the opening, metals are also commonly extruded materials, with aluminum being the most popular of them. Specifically, extruded aluminum is used to make things like frames and rails, profiles for railroad tracks and heat sinks, among others. To extrude aluminum, as well as other metals, a hot or cold feed extruder is necessary, as such metals can often be extruded via one of the aforementioned methods. Aside from aluminum, here’s a look at some of the other metals that are popular via the extrusion process:

  • Brass: Rods, auto parts and pipes are commonly created with such parts.
  • Copper: Plumbing, rods and tubes are popular products that are created thanks in part to extrusion.
  • Titanium and magnesium: Parts used in the aerospace industry are common byproducts of extrusion.
  • Lead: For things like wires and cables.
  • Steel: Similar to aluminum, steel is often extruded to help build rods and parts of railroad tracks.


If you’re looking to produce ceramic pipes, tiles or bricks, then you’ll likely need a specialty clay extruder. These types of extruders are generally less expensive than the extruders that you’ll need to have on hand to extrude plastic film and metals, as clay extruders generally cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars.


Another popular material thing that can be extruded is none other than food. Yes, food. Specifically, the likes of pasta, baby foods, french fries, cookie dough and pet food are popular foods that are often created and processed via extrusion. Extruder machines for the purpose of food processing arrived on the market as long ago as the late 1800s, specifically for extruding meats to make for sausages. Today, most manufacturers use a twin screw extruder for processing foods. These machines work by first grounding mix, then passing this mix through an appropriate pre-conditioner. Any other ingredients are added during this pre-conditioning stage. Following this step, these extruders add steam to the process and the material can then be extruded, as the screw in the twin screw extruder works to force the material toward the die for processing. There are various other steps to the extrusion process, such as cooking the material, cooling it and drying it. What’s more is that there are also several things, both good and bad, that often result from the extrusion of food. These include:

  • Minimizing toxins and microorganisms within the food.
  • Creation of certain starches.
  • Lysine reduction.
  • Loss of Vitamin A.

Depending on the industry that you’re in and the type of extrusion equipment that you’ll need to produce your desired final product also depends on how much you can expect said equipment to cost. Needless to say, but some extruders are more expensive than others. For instance, a plastic film extruder might run hundreds of thousands of dollars, while an extruder that can process ceramic runs several thousand dollars. Regardless of what type of extruder that you need for your operations, the cost of acquiring a new one can be a lot for a business to stomach, especially if this business is just starting up or is forced to purchase a new machine unexpectedly. Thankfully, there are other options out there. One of these options is the credible, used and refurbished industrial and commercial equipment resource, Bid on Equipment. The comprehensive resource allows people to browse the selected equipment  – many of which areextruders – and make a bid to acquire the equipment for a fraction of the actual new retail price. Think of it as getting like new equipment for a used price, something that can come in handy for many businesses, whether they’re just starting up or have had an unexpected breakdown in current extrusion equipment.

For more information on extrusion equipment, and to browse our library of extruders that are currently available and up for bid, visit Bid on Equipment today.

Chocolate Making 101: Equipment

With how popular chocolate has become, it shouldn’t surprise you that it is produced throughout most of the world. In fact, the industry, as a whole, is growing, and is valued at about $50 billion worldwide. Domestically, the chocolate industry is valued at about $20 million, with big providers such as Hershey’s and Mars combining to generate more than half of this just by themselves. But that’s not to say that other companies aren’t out there also making it, domestically and abroad.

As you can see, because of chocolate’s popularity, there’s the need to produce it in large quantities – it’s the basic rule of supply and demand. But in order to produce it, you need to have the right quantities on hand. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the equipment that you’ll need in your facility if you’re planning to produce large quantities of chocolate.

The Equipment Necessary for Chocolate Production

Chocolate production begins out in the field, cutting down cacao pods from trees using a knife in the warm climates that the trees prosper in. After the beans are removed from the pods, then the fermentation process can begin. This is commonly done inside of a box, and for up to seven days, so the beans can be killed and won’t germinate at a later date. After fermentation has taken place, the beans are dried, usually using sunlight, and then shipped off to the respective factory for production. That’s where the process and equipment that we’ve detailed below enters the equation. Here’s a look at the chocolate-making equipment that will be used at the production facility and the purposes they all respectively serve in the process:

  • Roasting Oven: If you’re just making small quantities of chocolate, your standard house oven is good enough for this task, as temperatures between 200 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit suffice just fine in terms of whatever type of chocolate you’re looking to produce. While all steps in the chocolate production process are important, roasting is perhaps the most important – as it is the step that is most related to the final flavor of chocolate. Roasting also eliminates any bacteria and removes any water from within the shell, which makes it easier to separate from the nib in subsequent steps. For producing chocolate in large quantities, a commercial oven is almost always the way to go in terms of maximizing efficiency.
  • Cracker/Automatic Winnower: Following the roasting process, the cacao shell is puffy and crunchy – and being that it serves no purpose in the production process from here on out, it needs to be removed from the nib. Back in the old days, this removal was completed by hand. But these days, it’s much more efficiently done with a specialized cacao mill, which cracks the shells, and then by using an automatic winnower, which is used to adequately separate shell and nib. Hand peeling and separating is inefficient, usually taking about an hour to do a pound of cacao shells. Using these appliances is much faster, especially when you’re looking to produce the end product in large amounts.
  • Grinders: Following cracking and winnowing comes the grinding step, where the remaining nib needs to be ground into chocolate. If you’re making chocolate a home, a juice maker or a mixer works well for this step. But if you’re making chocolate in large quantities, you’re obviously going to want something that can handle a little bit more volume than just a standard juice-making machine. This is best done with either a specific chocolate grinding machine, a ball milling machine or a standard industrial grinding machine that is able to process chocolate.
  • Tempering: After grinding, the chocolate is mixed. But after it’s mixed, it needs to be hardened. This is done through a step known as tempering, and this is generally the most difficult step in chocolate production. We’ll spare you of all the scientific details that help justify the importance of this process, but generally tempering consists of melting the chocolate, forming seed crystals, adding the said seed crystals into the chocolate and then eventually letting the chocolate solidify. Chocolate tempering machines are sold in all different sizes. Just as you’d buy a mixer or juice maker to grind chocolate in a home, you can find a small, household tempering machine for making small batches of chocolate. For the big chocolate producers, however, commercial tempering machines are the best way to go, as they’re larger and can produce larger quantities of it.

Now that we’ve briefly described all the equipment that’s necessary to make chocolate – as well as the purposes that they all play in production – it’s important to note one important factor as it pertains to the hardware that is needed to make chocolate in large quantities. And that all-important factor is cost – specifically that all of this equipment can really add up in capital investment. These high costs for this equipment can really put a strain on a business from a financial perspective. It’s easy to see why this is so, what with such equipment costing thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. That’s why a viable alternative to buying brand new in the case ofchocolate production – or when it comes to any type of large commercial equipment, really – is to buy such hardware used. At outlets like Bid on Equipment, we sell it at a fraction of the used price. This thereby allows companies to acquire the equipment that they need, while saving money in the process and while still getting a good, quality piece of equipment. Think of it like getting a like-new machine at a used price, as it’s a win-win scenario.

For more information on the production equipment involved in producing large quantities of chocolate, and to browse the selection of chocolate production equipment offered by Bid on Equipment, visit or contact the company today.

Bid On Equipment Year In Review: 2015 Top 5’S!

We have hit the ground running for a Strong 2016 and are here ready to help you grow your businesses!


Here is our annual review of Top 5’s for 2015

Top 5 Viewed Categories of 2015

  1. Restaurant Equipment
  2. Bakery Equipment
  3. Dairy Equipment
  4. Woodworking Equipment
  5. Machine Shop and Tools

Top 5 Viewed Items of 2015

  1. BE&SCO Tortilla Press
  2. 100 Gallon Batch Pasteurizer
  3. Bakers Aid Bakery Oven
  4. Human Crematories Retort
  5. 15.5’ W x 12.5’ L x 9.5’ H Modular Walk In

Top 5 Search Terms of 2015

  1. Restaurant Equipment For Sale
  2. Milling Machine For Sale
  3. Bakery Equipment For Sale
  4. Autoclave For Sale
  5. Used Woodworking Tools

Top 5 viewed Blog Posts of 2015

  1. The World’s Largest Conveyors
  2. Be a part of the US Manufacturing Resurgence
  3. Benefits of Walk In Coolers
  4. Popcorn Poppers
  5. 10 quick tips about Restaurant Equipment

Top 5 Countries People visited from 2015

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. United Kingdom
  5. India

Top 5 Watched Youtube Videos from of 2015

  1. Complete Soap Line
  2. Corn Tortilla Machine
  3. Extruder System
  4. Suppository Machine
  5. Comtec LP1000 Pie Press

Social Media Statistics from of 2015

  1. Facebook 6580 Friends
  2. Twitter 2680 Followers
  3. Google Plus 2760 Friends
  4. Pinterest 313 Followers
  5. Youtube 263 Subscribers and over 313,000 views!
As always, if you have any comments or questions please use Contact Us or call us at 847-854-8577.

December 2015 Trends Report

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of December and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inBakery Equipment including Bakery Ovens, Bakery Mixers, and Dividers and Rounders.

Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.

Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 2000%!

Used Woodworking Tools For Sale Used Restaurant Equipment For Sale
Bakery Equipment For Sale Dairy Equipment For Sale
Used Meat Processing Equipment Used Machine Shop Equipment
Boilers For Sale Used Meat Grinder
Milling Machine For Sale Bakery Oven For Sale
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Boilers
Bakery Equipment Tanks
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Meat Equipment
Restaurant Equipment Conveyors
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Sweco Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Multivac
Bridgeport Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch

Are there categories that you would like to see on Bid on Equipment? Or information you would like to see in future emails? Email us at socmedia@bidonequipment.com

The Complicated Nature of Freight Shipping and Why it Helps to Have a Partner

When a lot of people think of “shipping,” they simply think of ordering a product from an online retailer, and then selecting whether they want it express over-nighted, standard three-day shipping or within five to seven days from the purchase. And while that may be the norm for shipping as it pertains to ordering a lot of consumer goods from big box store websites as well as online retailers, it’s hardly the case when it comes to getting large, commercial equipment from its point of purchase to its purchaser. That’s a whole other animal.

Yes, when you’re dealing with the likes of pallets, skids, crates, wraps, international shipping codes and customs – not to mention other intangibles and logistics involved in transporting commercial equipment – things have a tendency to get a bit dicey and expensive for the customer. Yes, it should go without saying that freight shipping has the potential to be a nightmare. It’s a process that can be so complicated that it can take a lot of the buzz out of purchasing a new piece of commercial equipment for your company or manufacturing site. But working with a quality, reliable and efficient freight shipping partner can take a lot of – if not all of – the hassle out of this all-important transportation process. In this post, we’ll take a look at why freight shipping has a tendency to cause headaches, and better help you understand the value of a quality shipping partner.

The Cost

One of the biggest headaches associated with freight shipping is none other than the costs to do it – especially when these costs change, which is certainly something that has a tendency to happen. Why are costs such a headache? There are so many different options when it comes to moving commercial equipment from Point A to Point B, from packaging options to ways the equipment can be shipped:

  • Packaging Types: Pallets, skids, skeleton crates and full crates are four of the most popular packaging types when it comes to transporting commercial equipment. Depending on the product in question, each has their own place. Pallets offer the least amount of product protection, but they are also the cheapest packaging option. Skids are essentially custom pallets, and skeleton crates are skids with additional wood framing. The most secure type of packaging for a commercial piece of equipment is a full crate, which essentially is a wooden box with a skid-type bottom that’s built around the product.
  • Types of Shipping: Aside from how the product is packaged, there’s also the means of transportation it must take to get to the end user. There are a variety of different transportation options, all of which vary in cost and speed. Here’s an overlook:
    • LTL: LTL, or less than truckload, shipment is best for smaller freight. This method is normally fairly fast, but where it really scores big points is in how affordable it is. However, items transported this way must be skidded and covered with some sort of protective packaging.
    • Blanket Wrap: These types of shipments don’t usually require a skid or crate.
    • Ocean: Items shipped by sea must be specially packed into ocean containers, which can raise costs. Even after they’re stored in these special ocean containers, they must be packaged similar to equipment being shipped LTL.
    • Air Shipment: The nice thing about freight air shipments is that they are normally twice as fast as ocean or truck shipments. The bad news about shipment by air is that these shipments are also about double the price and there are also sizing restrictions, meaning each item in question must be analyzed on a case-by-case basis.
    • Other Shipping: Logistics van shipment and flatbed shipment are two other shipping types that involve transporting items in trailers.

You paid enough for your product, why pay a ton more to ship it to your location? That’s the value of a freight shipping partner, as a quality one can help you choose the right shipping method and packaging for your situation and your piece of equipment.

International Shipping Challenges

Having an item shipped domestically is one thing – having it shipped internationally is a whole different thing. For instance, any commercial freight going in or out of the United States – or any country for that matter – will have to clear customs. Do you have customs clearance? A quality shipping partner works with a customs broker to help streamline this process.

Then, there are what’s called “Incoterms,” or international commercial terms. If you’re not an international shipping expert, you’re likely going to struggle to understand these and just what type of impact they have on transporting purchased equipment to your facility.

Finally, just from Incoterms and customs clearance, you can probably guess that international shipping is complicated. But another way that international shipping can complicate things is when it comes to the invoice – specifically, mistakes on the invoice. That’s another value of a good freight shipping partner, as they’ll take a final look at international shipping invoices to make sure that everything checks out.

Other Challenges a Freight Partner Can Help Solve

Aside from the packaging type and shipment type – which play a role in overall cost – and juggling the international shipping logistics, there are a variety of other challenges that a good freight shipping partner can help overcome. For instance:

  • Freight Class: Do you know what freight class the product falls under? Before you can ship, this must be determined.
  • Qualified Carriers: Whether by air, land or sea, it’s also important to find qualified and professional carriers. A good shipping partner only does business with the best carriers, so you can trust that your product will be delivered on time and in good condition.
  • Insurance: What are your liability limits on your shipments? Will it be enough in the event that the unthinkable were to happen?
  • Transit times: Is your product arriving in the appropriate amount of time?


As you can see, a good freight partner can help resolve a lot of logistical issues that deal with price, transportation and international hassles. And here at Bid on Equipment, we’re pleased to work with a great freight shipping partner who will provide you with free shipping quotes based on the weight and dimensions of your purchase. They’re also pleased to help you manage any other obstacles that have the potential to pop up throughout the process of getting the equipment from Point A to Point B.

For more information, contact Bid on Equipment today.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Commercial Meat Grinder

Meat grinders are essential tools in any home kitchen, restaurant, commercial processing facility or other facility that has a desire to chop, mix or process meat. In a nutshell, a meat grinder is an appliance that replaces a mincing knife, making the task of meat processing much more efficient.

The origins of the meat grinder date all the way back to the 19th century by a German revolutionist. These early grinders were hand cranked and forced the meat into a metal plate that was dotted with several holes, which thereby processed thin, long strands of meat. As time moved on and as technology improved, much of the manual hand cranking involved with these older meat grinders was eventually replaced with electricity.

The meat grinder is still used today, commercially in the likes of restaurants. But today’s meat grinder is a far cry from the early days of the grinder. Today, there are many options and features to choose from when it comes to grinders of the commercial variety. This post is designed to provide more insight and analysis on just what you should be looking for when you’re in the market to purchase a new commercial meat grinder.

What type of meat grinder do I need?

As we noted earlier, meat grinders have come a long way since they were first invented in the 19th century. Today, there are three main types of meat grinders: manual grinders, standalone grinders and grinder attachments. We’ll briefly examine these types below:

  • Manual grinders: Similar to the original meat grinder, a manual grinder fittingly requires the user to turn a crank or a lever to process the meat. Typically, these types of grinders are best suited for environments where there isn’t a need to process large amounts of meat. It’s also best utilized in areas of the country where electricity might not be readily available. Most manual grinders are made from cast iron steel and some are even coated in aluminum or other metals.
  • Standalone grinders: Standalone grinders are those that are most synonymous with commercial industry, mainly for the fact that they are electrically powered. For this reason, standalone grinders are also commonly known as “electric meat grinders.” Because they’re so automated, they’re best utilized in environments which have to process large quantities of meat. While they’re more expensive than a manual grinder, they also come with more plate options for grinding and processing different types of meats.
  • Grinder attachments: These typically are more suited to the household market than to the commercial one in that these are grinder attachments that connect and work with other kitchen devices, such as food processors and mixers.

Do you need a conventional grinder or a frozen one?

While we already covered the three main types of grinders in the above section, there are various sub categories of grinders as it pertains to their capabilities. For instance, some grinders are just designed to grind and process thawed meat, while others are designed to process frozen meat. These “frozen” meat grinders are able to process blocks of meat in temperatures as low as negative 25 degrees Celsius. Before purchasing a meat grinder, be sure you know whether or not you’ll need it to work with frozen or thawed meat (or both).

Do I need my grinder to do anything special?

We already covered one special task that you need to know whether or not you need your meat grinder to accomplish in the processing of frozen meat, but there are a few other special things that you need to keep in mind. For instance, one other task that many want their meat grinders to be able to do is process bone, soft bone to be specific. Some meat grinders are able to do this, others are not able to do this. So if your restaurant or commercial facility deals with the likes of prime rib or other meats that might include a soft bone, you’re likely going to want to choose a model that’s able to process this. It’s another thing to take into consideration.

How much meat do I need to process?

Just how much meat do you need to process? The answer to this question will more or less dictate what type of grinder you’re going to want to acquire. For instance, as we covered above, if you don’t process a lot of meat, you can probably get away with buying a manual grinder. But if you process a lot of meat, an electric grinder is almost always the right way to go. Generally speaking, the more meat you’ll need to process, the bigger the motor you’ll need on your meat processor. You wouldn’t attempt to tow a boat in a sedan vehicle now would you? No, you’d select the truck or SUV for that. Think of meat grinders similarly. If you’re only looking to make a batch of hamburgers every now and then, you don’t need a very powerful meat grinder. But if you’re processing all kinds of meats and crafting all different kinds of foods, make sure you’re purchasing a meat grinder with the ability to handle such capacity.

What’s my budget?

Last but not least, there’s the aspect of cost when it comes to the purchase of a commercial meat grinder. There’s always the challenge of acquiring a product that is able to fit within the budget you’ve set aside for it. Meat grinders are hardly the most expensive piece of equipment that you’ll likely need in your restaurant or commercial facility, but they can still put a decent dent in the wallet, as they range in price anywhere from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. While many businesses can absorb these costs, many others are looking for a more affordable upfront cost, especially those who are just opening a restaurant. For these businesses, buying from a credible, reliable source such as Bid on Equipment could be the best route to take. Because of the turnover rate of the restaurant and food business, Bid on Equipment regularly receives lightly used grinders that it is able to turn around and sell for a fraction of the like-new price.


There is a lot to consider when it comes to the purchase of a new commercial meat grinder, from style to additional features and, of course, to price. But price should never be something that stands in the way of you and the equipment you need. That’s where we come in at Bid on Equipment. Visit our website to browse our selection of meat grinders today.

November 2015 Trends Report

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of November and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest in Meat Equipment including Meat Grinders, Meat Preparation Equipment, and Breakdown Meat Equipment.
Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.


Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 2000%!

Used Woodworking Tools For Sale Restaurant Equipment For Sale
Bakery Equipment For Sale Used Dairy Equipment
Used Meat Processing Equipment Used Machine Shop Equipment
Used Boilers For Sale Used Meat Grinder
Used Printing Equipment Bakery Oven For Sale
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Boilers
Bakery Equipment Tanks
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Meat Equipment
Restaurant Equipment Welding Equipment
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Sweco Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Multivac
Miller Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch


Everything you Need to Know About Industrial Mixers

In the kitchen, a mixer is a simple, yet essential, tool that serves as a baking instrument. But there’s a whole other world of mixers out there beyond what you may find in a kitchen. While you’re likely more familiar with these household mixtures, mixers are also developed on a much grander scale for industrial applications – hence they’re given the name “industrial mixers.” They operate similarly to the types of household mixers that you’re likely more used to using, but they are also much more complicated and intricate when it comes to their applications and uses.

This post will take a closer look at these industrial mixers, including what they’re used for, what specifically they do, the various different types of them and more. Just think of it as Industrial Mixers 101:

What do industrial mixers do?

Simply put, industrial mixers do the same types of things that household mixtures do – just with larger volumes of materials. Specifically, industrial mixers are used to either mix or blend materials used to create products for several different industries, including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastic and mineral. In this sense, industrial mixers differ from the mixers used in homes in that they’re used to create product for several industries beyond just edible product. As we noted in the opening, there’s a wide world of applications for industrial mixers.

What industries are industrial mixers used in?

We already mentioned food, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastic and mineral, but there are several more notable industries that are worth noting. These include biotechnology, oil, biofuels, water treatment and paints and coatings. When you think about mixers and blenders, they truly have a role in a great number of industries – and they’re being applied to more and more industries and products as we speak.

What types of materials do industrial mixers mix?

Industrial mixers are able to blend a variety of solids, gases and liquids, or a combination of each. In terms of solids, they typically blend powders to homogenize bulk materials. Mixing is usually completed in either single-phase or multi-phase formats.

Do industrial mixers look like household mixers?

To a certain extent, yes. That’s largely because industrial mixers and household mixers both serve the same basic function of either mixing or blending product, so there’s the use of blades and other tooling to get the job done. However, the big way in which industrial mixers differ from household ones is in their size. For instance, while household mixers are generally small enough to fit on a kitchen countertop or be placed into the palm of your hand, industrial mixers range from the small side to the very large side. These smaller mixers are typically used in laboratory environments where as the large, production-sized mixers are used just for that – production – and little to nothing else. Furthermore, some mixer models are available to process just a few pints of product, while others are able to process up to several hundred or several thousand gallons worth of product. Industrial mixers are commonly made from stainless steel or some other type of high-strength, durable metal.

How many different types of industrial mixers are there?

There are dozens of types of industrial mixers and blenders. Here’s a list of some of the more popular types:

  • Ribbon blender
  • V blender
  • Continuous processor
  • Double cone blender
  • Jet mixer
  • Mobile mixers
  • Drum blenders
  • Planetary mixer
  • Screw blender

In particular, let’s focus on the planetary mixer for a moment. These types of mixers work with a variety of round products, such as adhesives, pharmaceuticals, foods, electronics, plastics and pigments. Blades on a planetary mixer rotate on their own axes, and simultaneously on common axis, thereby enabling these types of industrial mixers to complete their tasks in a short period of time.

Another type of mixer that we didn’t mention on the list above is the Banbury mixer, which is used to mix compounding rubber and plastics. These types of mixers have spiral shaped blades enclosed in cylindrical shaped housings, which helps to reduce labor and costs when blending and mixing product.

What types of accessories are industrial mixers/blenders often outfitted with?

Because industrial mixers serve so many different industries and help produce so many different end products, it’s only fitting that they’re also commonly outfitted with a variety of add-ons and accessories. For instance, external or internal heating systems are often added to this type of equipment. Spray nozzles, and pneumatic systems and electric systems are also often added to ensure smooth starts and stops in the mixing and blending process.

How much do industrial mixers cost?

There are a lot of different types of industrial mixers, and these various types often differ in size, complexity and other aspects. On that note, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that industrial mixers vary in price based on their type and size. For instance, this price range can span several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars for an individual unit. While this may not seem like a large sum of money, for startup businesses or companies looking to expand their operations, acquiring these mixers are often a tolerated inconvenience that comes with the job at hand. And for many entities, several thousand dollars might not be in the cards at that point in time. That’s where an outlet like Bid on Equipment can come in handy, as previously owned equipment, like industrial mixers, are purchased and then resold for a fraction of the retail price. It can provide a business with that all-important costs savings when money is tight, yet production is imminent. And quality won’t be sacrificed, as pre-owned mixers are still adequate enough to get the job done and meet worksite expectations.

As you can see, industrial mixers play a large role in many different industries and are available in a plethora of shapes, sizes and styles in order to meet any application. For more information on industrial mixers, and to browse the vast selection of mixers and blenders contact Bid on Equipment today.

Be a Part of the U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence

The United States has a long history of manufacturing excellence, from the railroads to the automobile and much, much more. But over the years, companies began outsourcing manufacturing operations overseas, largely due to cheaper labor. And when the “great recession” hit between 2007 and 2009, manufacturing took a big hit in the United States. Factories closed, two of the “big three” domestic automakers filed for bankruptcy protection and many skilled workers were laid off from their positions as output dwindled.

Needless to say, but it wasn’t a good time for manufacturing.

Years later, manufacturing is coming back in this country – and coming back with a vengeance. Are you planning to be a part of the resurgence?

Before you answer that question, let’s take a look at how manufacturing is back on the rise, and just how important it is to the U.S. economy:

  • It’s estimated that every single manufacturing job creates about three additional jobs in other sectors.
  • For every $1 of goods that manufacturing produces, an additional $1.48 is generated for the economy. That’s believed to be the highest multiplier of any U.S. economic sector.
  • If you eliminated all other sources of the U.S. economy, just manufacturing alone would be good enough to make it the 10th largest economy in the world.
  • It’s estimated that manufacturing produces $1.8 trillion worth of revenue each year, or roughly 12.2 percent of the U.S.’s total gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Nearly half of all U.S. exports (47 percent, to be exact) are a byproduct of manufacturing.

That’s a look at how important manufacturing is to the U.S. economy, but it’s worth noting that jobs in this sector are highly regarded as well. It’s estimated that the average manufacturing worker is paid $77,000 per year. The vast majority of these jobs also include medical benefits and are among the most highly tenured in the entire job market. And as manufacturers reduce outsourcing and offshoring and begin to bring operations back domestically, the number of manufacturing jobs will likely only continue to grow.

Today, it’s estimated that there’s some 12 million manufacturing jobs in the United States. It’s a far cry from the estimated 17 million that there were in the early 1990s, but as we’ve mentioned already in this post, that number is increasing and will continue to increase as operations improve and expand.

So, we’ll pose the question again – do you want to be a part of the manufacturing resurgence in America?

Here’s a look at why manufacturing is coming back:

  • High global demand: It’s simple economics – supply and demand. The economy is improving, and so is the demand for American-made products. When there’s demand, someone has to supply it – and product demand is music to a manufacturer’s ears.
  • No more outsourcing? OK, so outsourcing may still be going on – but it is not like it was in previous years. That’s because it isn’t so much of a cost savings to outsource production to China anymore, as wages have jumped in the Asian nation. That means more companies are moving production back domestically, which is obviously good news for manufacturing in the U.S.
  • Attracting other nations: Not long ago, it was the U.S. outsourcing labor to China and other countries. Now, many foreign countries are actually recognizing the benefits of U.S. labor and outsourcing their operations to the United States.

To be a part of this manufacturing resurgence, however, you can’t just open a shop and expect things to take off on their own. In addition to needing the right people to work in your operations, you also need the right equipment to help streamline operations and produce product. The latter isn’t always as easy as it seems. That’s because product development is tough. And when a potential customer or product end user has certain expectations for how a product will perform and what types of things it will do over time, you have to have the knowledge and know-how to take the product from its concept stage to its manufacturing stage. In between, there’s the design stage, engineering stage and prototyping stage of product development.

Yes, there are challenges in taking a product from concept to production. And even with the right people and equipment, there’s still risk involved. So just how do you go about minimizing risk and streamlining operations, while keeping time to market on point? Here’s a look:

    • Lower the financial commitment: No, we’re not talking about underpaying your staff or cutting corners when it comes to the quality of your product – we’re talking about saving some money while you get your manufacturing operations kick-started or expanded by investing in previously owned equipment. At credible previously owned equipment outlets such as Bid on Equipment, we have a variety of lathes, CNC machines, rapid prototyping systems, milling machines and turning machines that are like new in every way but the price. Let’s face it, with production equipment ranging upwards into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, starting production or expanding production capability isn’t exactly something that’s simple to do. That’s why buying previously owned equipment can behoove a company in such a position – not only are they saving money when it comes to overhead costs, but they’re also reducing the risk involved in doing so.


  • Partner with a broker: A good broker can pay big dividends when it comes to manufacturing. How? By assisting you with the planning and development of your operations versus you going about it blindly and attempting to plan things on your own. To review, a broker is an individual who buys and sells goods, or in this case equipment, for others. Brokers can also arrange or negotiate plans or deals with others. Bottom line – a good broker can be a huge asset to your manufacturing operations by reducing risk and, ideally, saving you money.

To be or not to be… a part of the U.S. manufacturing resurgence, that is the question. It’s a booming field right now, which certainly makes it an attractive one. But it’s not an industry that is easily mastered. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with people who know what they’re doing and equipment that you can rely on, whether you’re expanding your capacity and operations to produce more or you’re starting up manufacturing operations altogether.

So are you planning to be a part of the resurgence? Make sure you know what you’re doing, or what you’re getting in to. For more information, and to browse a wide variety of equipment, contact Bid on Equipment today.