When it comes time to purchase a strapping or stretch wrapping machine, some buyers look for used equipment. Usually, the rational is … Why pay for a brand new machine when you can get a used one for a fraction of the price? Used equipment can be a tempting proposition and a very good option. However, it’s important to understand the risks that go along with the reward and appreciate when the risks outweigh the reward?
First, consider your operational situation. How demanding is the application? How critical will the machine be to your operation? Will you have a backup for the machine if it goes down? Do you have like machines in your facility already that allow for common spare parts and service?
Second, consider the machine itself. Of course used machines are well USED so their service life is shorter and may require extra maintenance. But there are other important factors to keep in mind. Has it suffered any major failures, damage or abuse? It may not always be obvious. Is the service history of the machine known? If it’s been in storage, has it been properly stored? Is an operation or maintenance manual available? Does the machine meet local electrical or safety standards? If not, how much will it cost to bring it up to snuff? Who will service & support the machine? Can spare parts be sourced and what do they cost? Electronic and electrical components can become obsolete in as little as 10 years. Once they do, they can be notoriously difficult and expensive to source. On an older machine, it’s probably long past the OEM’s original warranty period. Ask the seller if they will provide some form of warranty.
With used equipment it’s essentially “buyer beware”. Deal with a reputable company that specializes in equipment & service and has experience with the type of equipment you’re looking for. If you’d like more information on buying used equipment or want to discuss your specific situation give us a call at (800) 665-4040 or (905) 507-4040