Dough Rounder Purchasing

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  1. Sean Ferraro

    Sean Ferraro New Member

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    After some discussion, we have decided to buy a dough rounder to help with the laborious task of rolling dough balls after the end of a busy night but the equipment stores in the area I live in barely know what a rounder is let alone have have used rounders in stock. Our budget for a rounder isn't enough to get a new one, but I'm hesitant to buy one online without seeing it in person first, especially since it isn't a cheap piece of equipment. So far, eBay looks like the only place I can find a good deal on one. Does anyone have any experience with this or advice on where to look?
     
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    How much volume are you doing? If it is not several hundred doughballs per night I can see there being any savings with a rounder. If you still have to cut and weigh the difference will be minimal.
     
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    Good point about the ebay guarantee thing... I don't usually purchase expensive items on ebay I'll have to see what the limits of the guarantee are

    As far as volume goes, we are rolling maybe 100 on a slow night to 2 times that on a busy night, which isn't really the end of the world with a couple people rolling but I am usually doing dough when we are already tired after the shift so I'm trying to find a way to make it a little easier for us. I know there is a bit of cleanup involved with a rounder but the dishwasher can just take care of that so it doesn't add to my workload that much.
     
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    I have one in storage. I bought it at Pizza Expo 2 years ago, It works good, but doesn't really save a lot of time. My employees prefer to roll by hand. It can be cleaned in minutes, the dough just doesn't stick to it.
    I think it would work better if you used it with the lid off and bypassed the safety mechanism. I'm in Houston and would take much less for it. It's barely used.

    Paul
     
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    I watch ebay for deals on dough rounders and in my opinion they are rare. Many of the ones I see are 10+ years old selling for 60% of what a new one costs. If the previous owner used an abrasive material to clean the screw, you'll quickly find yourself shelling out $2000 for a new one. I'd only consider buying a new or nearly new one off ebay(which I have, twice). Most used AM rounders are currently listed between $4500-$5500 plus shipping. Given those options, I think an $8000 new AM rounder should be considered and I'd definitely consider a $5600 Sommerset SDR 400.
     
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    Thanks for the insight into the eBay thing. I didn't think about the cost of replacing the screw, the majority on eBay are around $5k and look like they have been used a lot. I'd really like to get an AM over the Somerset just based on all of what I've read on this forum, even though I hear they are both good, I think I am going to keep my eye out for a nearly new one on eBay and see if I can get a deal. I'm not in a huge hurry to get one, but I would like to get one in the very near future to give my hands a bit of a break
     
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    You are not doing enough volume for the rounder to save you any time or money. I don't know what your batch size is but for us 100 doughballs, assuming a mix of sizes, would have been about three batches. One reasonably fast worker could do that in an hour. By the time you add setting up and tearing down using the machine will not save any time.

    What we eventually did was take the dough job out of the regular prep cycle and made it separate job for which we paid piece rate per batch. We put a chart on the bulletin board and the "dough guy" would come in with his own key and make the required number of batches. Over the years some of them chose to do it late at night, others came in early in the morning. With the piece rate the ones that were fast made really good money. Slower guys ended up about where we were anyway paying the cooks to do it on shift.

    Some years a couple of cooks would take on that extra opportunity for some $$. Other years we had someone who just did it as a side job. We had one guy that did it for about three years coming in at 4AM after his other job.

    We also sometimes had a dough guy do the job on the 4 biggest days of the week and regular cooks do in the afternoon slow time the other days.
     
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    we have a divider and rounder from somerset. have had the rounder for 4 or 5 months year and just got the diver up and running a month ago. also got a LBC spiral mixer 6 months ago when out hobart had a catastrophic injury. the lbc lets us make batches 2-3 x what we made in our hobart and the divider rounder can process it in short order and cleanup is less than 30 min. the 3 pieces of equipment have cut a 6-7 hour dough shift into a 2-3 hour shift. easily a 2 year return on investment. zero regrets with any of the pieces of equipment.
     
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    I have one that I purchased maybe 7-8 years ago. We used it for about a month or two and then my dough guy said he preferred to roll it by hand. Needless to say this machine sits in my dry storage room not being used. Pretty much forgot about it which is ridiculous since I probably paid between $8-10k for it. Anyway, I'd have to look up model number and what I paid for it and we can negotiate a price if you're interested. Be happy to send you pictures if requested.
     
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    where are you located?...although my AM Mfg Round-O-Matic is still going strong after approx 15yrs I always like to have backup...the way I look at it if you are doing at least 3 batches of dough on your slowest days (60qt mixer) than a Rounder is worthwhile.