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Spring Cleaning here at Western Equipment Sales! Save 30% at our Kennewick, WA location!

Getting ready for the Spring Season?  Looking to re-stock your local Kennewick, Pasco, or Richland restaurant?   We are vamping up to serve you even better with more inventory, better pricing, and as always outstanding customer service.

We have been busy this week getting our showroom updated with new inventory, pricing, and organization.

Here are a few things you should look out for!

1.  Everything that is on our CLEARANCE table section will be 40% off or priced as marked.


2.  Completely re-organized showroom, making it easier to find things, and get the current pricing!

3.  New sign out front!  We have updated our logo branding, and we are looking to move forward into the 23rd Century. (Or whatever the future is going to be.)

New Image!

As a way of saying thank you for being a loyal customer, print off this coupon below and bring it into our showroom in Kennewick, WA for 30% off any one item (This excludes equipment).


Happy Spring Cleaning and we hope to see you in our showroom!

Joel, Brandon, and WesWestern Equipment Sales Team

Over 20,000 supplies and parts online at www.westernequipmentsales.com

Happy New Year from Western Equipment Sales

It’s been a long productive year for us here at Western Equipment Sales.  From new employee’s, new websites, to new restaurants built and hoods installed, we wanted to offer you a happy new year and here’s to a very successful 2014!  Here’s a little summary of everything we did this year:

Western Equipment Sales Home PageWe successfully switched to a new website design in May 2013, and will be launching a completely new design in January 2014:

Blog Home Page

We have completely revamped our current blog site, so it’s more user friendly and easy on the eyes!   If you haven’t subscribed you should, as we will be posting regularly starting in 2014.

We built and finished Italiano’s Serious Pies and Pasta in West Richland, WA.  You can watch a video walkthrough and see pictures of the install here.

We installed custom stainless countertops, sinks, and a dishwasher at Redeemer Lutheran in Richland, WA.

We installed a New Hood System at Yokes in Pasco, WA

Read about it here:


We also helped renovate and update the Kennewick Rotary Club’s Fair booth:

Yes we have had quite the productive year, there are many other jobs we completed that we don’t have room for, but lets just say we are looking to expand our reach in 2014.  We have a new website cooking in the oven and we are excited to roll it out in 2014.

Coming Soon!


From all of us here at Western Equipment Sales, to all of you, have a safe and very happy new year in 2014!

Your Western Equipment Sales Team.

Restaurant Equipment Parts – Is knowing my make and model number important?

If your buying restaurant equipment parts, is it important to know the make and model of your equipment?  In a word… YES.

We help a lot of people every day find the right part based on two very important pieces of information.  The make and specific model number of the equipment needing parts.  Without those pieces of information, it can be very difficult for you to find the right part that you need.


Can you tell the difference between these two parts?  They look identical right?  But they are NOT the same part.  99% of the time you cannot tell just by looking at a part online if it’s the right part.  There could be small variations in the part like the inlet size or whether it’s natural gas or liquid propane that you don’t know without having your make and model number.

Another important factor is when your restaurant equipment was made.  There are a lot of part changes by equipment manufacturers through the years, but they may not change their model number on their equipment.  A great example would be a gas safety on a oven.  If your oven was made before 1993, it could have a totally different part in it.  After 1993, it could use a solid state part that replaces the old part.  Other components could have been changed to accommodate the new part.

IMG_1427Buying the wrong part causes a head ache for both the buyer, and the supplier.  The buyer needs the part desperately, usually because a vital piece of equipment is down, and they don’t have the capital to just go out and buy new equipment, especially when times are hard, am I right?   Sure they can borrow money to buy equipment, but that effects the over all overhead of the business.   The supplier then has to help facilitate a return, which takes man hours to process return paperwork, and in some cases, shipping costs to send the part back to the supplier.

So how do you find your model number on your equipment?  Glad you asked.  Here is a link to a previous post of ours that will give you the location on most equipment that the model number would be found.


At Western Equipment Sales, we try our best to help you find the right part, the FIRST TIME, so that you’re not left guessing when it comes to ordering the right part, and getting your equipment up and running so you can have a fully functioning kitchen.

Call us at 866-585-6978 for help finding the right parts for your equipment.

Restaurant Parts, Equipment, and Smallwares.

Currently on Deck: Paderno World Cuisine!

Paderno World Cuisine LogoWe are very excited to announce that our next manufacturer we will be adding to Western Equipment Sales is Paderno World Cuisine, a very high end maker of cookware and kitchen supplies.  The majority of their products are made in Italy, and consist of the highest quality aluminum, stainless steel, and materials.

These pans and pots are built to last a lifetime.  We will be creating a little product demo video in the coming weeks showing you how well these pans cook food, and get feedback from great home cooks who take their cookware seriously.

We purchased two frying pans that retail for $219 each, and we are giving them to two of the owners in the company to try out.  Below are a few pictures I snapped with my iPhone showing you the quality of the pans.  Just from picking one up, you can tell it’s made well, extremely durable, and built to last.

Make sure you check in at Western Equipment Sales for special deals, pricing and the complete line of Paderno World Cuisine.

Your Friends in Food Service,
Western Equipment Sales

Over 25,000 products online at
Toll Free at 866-585-6978

Have a suggestion for a blog topic?  Would you like to see a specific product demonstrated for you?  Email rpm@westernequipmentsales.com with your suggestions!

College Kitchen Survival Check List

College BoundWe know the start of a new school year is knocking at the door, and with millions of students heading to college for the first time, and many returning to a less than equipped kitchen, we thought we would write a short article outlining the necessities every college student needs to have a powerhouse kitchen on a budget.

Why buy from a Restaurant Supply Store?

Simply put, when you go out to eat that gourmet meal, do you think the cook used a $300 brass frying pan from William Sonoma, or a commercial quality NSF approved pan that cost $30?  When it comes to stocking your kitchen with the right supplies, you don’t need as much as you think, and you don’t have to spend as much as you expect.

The List

Now that we have made our case for buying from a supply store, here is your check list of basic elements you should have in your college kitchen.  If you’re in a dorm, we have a few extra things to make sure you can cook like a pro in that co-inhabited 5×5 room.

College-Survival-BundleWe’ve made it easy to buy most of these items together on our site.  You can add the single burner and blender as options.  Buy the College Kitchen Survival Bundle for only $125 on Western Equipment Sales, which includes:

1.  One Medium Mixing Bowl  – Cost $3.20

You only need one mixing bowl, and lets face it,
the chance of it being dropped is probable, which is why we
recommend your basic stainless bowl.  Easy to clean, light weight,
And durable. Oh and did we mention cheap?

2.  10″ Nonstick Frying Pan – Cost $28.90

With limited sink/cleaning space, a non-stick pan is a must.  10″ is big
enough for you to cook for up to 2 people, and it’s big enough for those protein packed omelets you’ll want to eat before test day.

3.  8″ Chef’s Knife – Cost $12.70

You only really need two knives in college, a paring and chef’s knife.  This bad boy will stay sharp for you just like it does for the pros.  And it’s NSF approved so you know it’s going to be a sanitary knife in your college kitchen.

4.  Digital Thermometer – Cost $9.40

The worst thing to have in college is food poisoning, or a reputation for horrible cooking.  This cheap little tool will save you from experiencing either of those two in your college years.  Cooking meat to the right temp is crucial for producing perfect steak or chicken.

5.  9″ Utility Tongs – Cost $1.20

These tongs may be cheap, but they will get you places.  With tongs you can toss a salad, flip that steak or chicken, and turn those pieces of bacon.

6.  Plastic Serving/Stirring Spoon – Cost $1.00

You need this basic tool for the majority of your cooking, including stirring that Mac n’ Cheese.

7.  Plastic Slotted Serving/Stirring Spoon – Cost $1.00

This is great to have if you are cooking vegetables, or need a spoon for straining food out of a broth or soup.  Trust us you’ll use it.

8.  Nylon Spatula – Cost $1.00

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  Need I say more?

9.  Paring Knife – Cost $4.80

This comes in handy for skinning or peeling fruit, quartering an apple, or slicing banana’s over your lucky charms.

10.  4″ Pizza Cutter – Cost $5.60

You and I both know that you’ll eat your share of pizza in college.  While most of it might be take out, you’ll cook up a pizza or two in your 4 years.  And if you are in a house or apartment, you definitely need this tool.

11.  Single Burner Range – Cost $90

Without this piece of equipment, you can’t cook in your dorm.  If you aren’t in a dorm, this might not be necessary.  But if you want to impress your first college boy or girlfriend and cook them dinner, this is a must have.

12.  Bar Blender – Cost $68.80

I know what you’re thinking.  Why would I want a blender at college?  Let me list off a few uses:  Margaritas, smoothies (for those quick breakfasts), salsas, and did we mention margaritas?  You’ll want this inexpensive piece of equipment in your dorm or college apartment.  Your roommates will thank you.

13.  Cutting Board – Cost $8.90

How are you going to show off your chef knife skills without a cutting board?  Oh and using a plastic NSF certified board will make sure there is no bacteria hiding away in your cutting board.

14.  Medium Sauce Pan – Cost $15.00

This is what you’ll use to make your pasta, mac n’ cheese, and delicious dorm room fondue.  One medium sauce pan is all you need in your dorm room area.  With commercial cookware, you can always expand your arsenal later; and it all matches!  If you are worried about burning your hands, pick up a $7 Cool Handle.  And you’ll need a $4.80 sauce pan lid.

15.  Measuring Cups and Spoons – Cost $7.00

We rolled these two items together even though you can buy them separately.  You’ll need these to measure out everything from herbs and spices, to ingredients in your Mac n’ Cheese.  (I keep mentioning Mac n’ cheese because I ate that for lunch.)

16.  Can Opener – Cost $8.80

Without this small tool, you couldn’t eat half of college’s wonderful food, like spagettio’s, ravioli, and green beans!  Oh yeah and soups.

17.  Vegetable Peeler – Cost $1.40

You’ll love using this to shave your legs when you run out of razors before a date.  Just kidding please don’t do that.  Use this for all your carrots, apples, and other great foods you hate the skin on.

18.  Mini Bottle Opener – Cost $1.20

I put this in because lets face it, you’re going to need a cold one when you’re studying or watching the football games with your friends.

19.  Colander – Cost $6.40

You’ll need this to finish off your pastas, rinse salads and clean vegetables.

Other Equipment You’ll Need but can Buy Cheap Anywhere

A Microwave – We figured you can get one for $60 at Wal-Mart, or $30 off of Craigslist.
Mini Fridge – Again, you can find these for really cheap at Wal-Mart, or Costco.

We hope that this list of items all packaged together for one price and shipped straight to your address will save you time and money on your hunt for the equipment needed to make your college experience the best one possible!

Your friends,
Western Equipment Sales Team

You can find all of these products individually on our site by clicking on the images or links.  But we recommend buying them all together for increased savings.

We Have Margarita Mix and Frying Pans!

Happy Friday restauranteurs, and food enthusiasts!

Wustof PRO 7" Santoku Knife $31.60 each
Wustof PRO 7″ Santoku Knife $31.60 each

We are pleased to announce that after much hard work, we have added over 12,000 additional products to our website www.westernequipmentsales.com, and now offer almost everything you could need to successfully open and run a restaurant.  (We say almost because even though we do sell new and used heavy equipment in our store locally, we haven’t ventured into the equipment arena online.  yet….)

Here’s a small list of just a few items we are excited to sell!

Kitchen Utensils
Kitchen Supplies
Dining Room Supplies
Cleaning Supplies
Cocktail Mixes
Libbey Glass

….And More!

We are very excited to offer all of our customers an additional 12,000+ products, and competitive prices, and the  unparalleled customer service you have come to expect from us.  If you need help ordering anything, or want volume quote, just ask us and we will be happy to help!

Happy Friday!

– From your friends at Western Equipment Sales

866-585-6978  Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm PST

Exhaust Fan Grease Containment, Do You Really Need It? Answer: Yes

Example of a exhaust fan grease catcher that isn't maintained.
Example of a exhaust fan grease catcher that isn’t maintained.

Simply put most restaurant owners forget about the roof top equipment until it causes a problem. Sometimes those problems are simple like a broken or loose exhaust fan drive belt.  However sometimes those problems can cost a bunch of money like a HVAC system compressor or a new roof.

That’s right I said a new roof.   Or at least some serious cleaning and repairs due to the  grease that has overflowed the grease drip pan on your exhaust fan.   The standard drip pan is not that big and it does not have any media to absorb grease. The result is often an overflowing pan that is leaking onto the roof, I see it ALL the time.

Example of a good  hydrophobic grease catcher.
Example of a good hydrophobic grease catcher.

The answer is to invest in a roof top grease containment system. There are several choices but the good choices include a system with hydrophobic grease absorbing media.   Hydrophobic means that the media does not absorb water, so when it rains the media does not get waterlogged. However the media is designed to absorb grease and hold onto it even when it rains.   The result is that the grease from the exhaust fan is contained and allowed to run onto the roof causing damage.

There is a second part to the answer that can not be overlooked. A routine trip to the roof to inspect and replace the hydrophobic media.  Even though the media can hold more grease than the standard grease pan it still has a limit to its capability.  If you don’t maintain the system it will fail.

So spend a few bucks now and a few minutes every few months and save your roof and your wallet.  If you don’t want to take the time to climb your roof every couple of months and do the inspection yourself, or if you don’t know what you’re looking for, give Western Equipment Sales in Kennewick, WA a call.  They will give you a quick estimate, and send someone out to look at it for you, and if needed, provide some great suggestions on ways to take preventative steps against roof damage and proper grease containment.

WES-ContractingIf you are in the Columbia Basin Area of Washington State and are interested in a grease catching system or inspection estimate, Call 1-866-585-6978 and press 3 for general contracting.  Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm PST.

Here are some examples of other grease catchers that are either home made, or custom fitted that don’t necessarily work properly.

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Commercial Hood Install at Harvest Foods in Connell, WA

This is a brief video of our most recent work out at Harvest Foods in Connell, WA.  Special thanks to Harvest Foods for the opportunity to improve their deli space, and to shoot video and photography while on the job.


Need to renovate your restaurant or food service area to be up to code?  Would you like a more efficient hood system?  Give WES Contracting (also known as Western Equipment Sales) a call for your future project at 866-585-6978, serving all of eastern Washington.

Tuesday Update with Joel

Hi everyone,

We haven’t posted in few days so I thought I would let you know what we have been up to over here at Western Equipment Sales.

1. We have added beautiful photos of our staff on our website! Check them out here. (Hint: I’m the one named Joel) Stay turned for short blogs on each employee so you can get to know us better.

2. We are in the process of categorizing over 12,000 additional products that range from cookware and glassware, to cocktail mixers and bar supplies and tools. We are excited to have all these additional proucts available at incredible prices!

3. We are removing our free shipping from our website. We have decided that as a company we want transparency across the board, including pricing and shipping. We are LOWERING our pricing across the board, so when you check out you will still be getting the best prices, and it will show how much you are paying for shipping. We do not add anything to the shipping costs, what you pay is what UPS charges us. We hope you enjoy our competitive pricing, great selection, and fast shipping!

4. We have a new video created on a hood install we did last week, which I will be posting today! We hope you enjoy seeing how we do things here at Western Equipment Sales.

If you have any suggestions on how we can make our site better and more usable for you, we would love your feedback! Fill out the form below and we will take every suggestion seriously. Thanks for following us, and we hope to serve you in the future.

Joel Kruse
Business Development Manager/Blog Writer
Western Equipment Sales
WES Contracting

Italiano’s Serious Pie’s And Pasta Open for Business

After a long 6 months of remodeling and building the restaurant from the ground up, Western Equipment Sales of Kennewick, WA has finally finished Italiano’s Serious Pies and Pasta located in West Richland, WA by the Yokes Fresh Market off of Bombing Range Road.

Italianos pies and pasta Kitchen areaAs far as restaurant equipment goes, we provided almost every piece of equipment in the restaurant, including two Blodgett Pizza Ovens,  6 Burner Natural Gas Range, Over 15 ft of exhaust hood and make up air installations, and much more!

Italiano's Final Pics (36 of 47) In addition to the back end operations, we installed everything from the tiling on the back end floors, to the carpet, custom granite counter tops, pass through, tables, dropped ceiling, and lighting.  If you are looking for a general contractor who knows restaurants inside and out in the Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco Washington area, you need to contact Western Equipment Sales.

Italiano's Final Pics (41 of 47)

With over 10 years of experience in the Tri-Cities restaurant industry, Western Equipment Sales offers you the best combination of experience, quality work, and competitive pricing.  Enjoy the pictures below of our finished job!