Buying used equipment is often the more efficient and cost-effective solution to buying brand new equipment. Nevertheless, buying used machinery and equipment comes with its own set of risks. The quality of performance, its lifespan and efficiency are directly dependent on how well it was maintained by its previous owner. It also depends on the reliability of the dealer who you purchase it from. FA Maker, for instance, is a trustworthy used equipment dealer, as they subject their products to thorough checking before it appears on the catalogue.
Here are some important factors to consider when buying used equipment, so you get the best value for your money.
Inspecting the equipment—what you should know
A personal inspection of the equipment is usually the best way to determine its worth. However, this is possible only if you are located close to where the item is being held. Also, it is essential that you are aware of the different technical factors that affect the overall quality of the item.
A visual and functional inspection of the equipment should help you understand the condition it is in. If you will be investing a huge amount of money in the purchase, this step is definitely recommended. If you are unable to do the inspection yourself, hire a professional who can carry out the required checks and ensure the equipment is in working condition and has good efficiency.
You can avoid this step, if you make the purchase through a reliable vendor. Certain organizations like FA Maker understand the customer’s needs and do extensive evaluation of the product they get hold of, to ensure it is in good working condition. They may also be able to provide you detailed photos taken from different angles of the equipment, so you can visually analyze if the equipment is in good condition for yourself.
A review of the maintenance logs should also be available, to help you analyze the upkeep of the equipment under its previous owner. You can also learn about any repairs that were done and if the device was prone to any extensive damage.
Red flags to look for when buying used equipment
The number of hours that equipment has been in operation will give you a good idea of how efficiently it has performed in the past. This will also allow you to eliminate very old equipment from your list.
When conducting a visual inspection of the device, look for serious issues like dents, cracks and other damages like rust that can seriously impair the working of the device in the future. If any expensive parts show significant signs of wear and tear, you may have to invest a significant amount in replace and repair of it in the future. So, figure out whether the cost is justified for such a piece of equipment.
Finally pay attention to the fluid levels for equipment that uses fuel for operation. Dirty fluids or low level indications mean the previous owner wasn’t diligent with maintenance and repair. This can mean the equipment will operate less efficiently.