I've always believed in buying the best I could afford. As my Granny used to say, "Cheap is cheap". Must have been an old Polish proverb.
Anyway, Traulsen is the way to go, if you can. I saw a beautiful one on sale the other day, floor sample, big enough to take full sheet pans, for about $1,800. But it'll never break down and you'll have it for years. There's a reason that Globe slicers, Hobart mixers, Vulcan/or/Garland/or/SouthBend stove, etc, are found in bigtime kitchens.
Which is not to say I haven't cooked, and cooked well, on an old no-name range I bought for $75 at an auction.
I don't know about where you guys are, but domestic reefers and freezers (and anything else, including sinks and prep tables) won't pass inspection up here, in most cases, unless they happen to have the NSF seal on them.