How to Inspect Used Metalworking Equipment for Sale


When you’re looking at used metalworking equipment for sale, it can be easy to get caught up either in the excitement of the bargain or the fear that there may be hidden defects. Knowing how to inspect the equipment can go a long way to ensure you’re getting a good piece of used machinery that will provide years of reliable service. Here are some of the basics of what you’ll need to know for inspecting used metalworking equipment.

How to Inspect Used Metalworking Equipment for Sale

Papers Please

The very first step in investigating a prospective piece of used metalworking machinery being offered for sale shouldn’t actually start at the machine, but at its paperwork. Are the maintenance logs or, barring all else, receipts available so that you can document how well the machine has been maintained? Are there any outstanding repairs that have not been undertaken and if so, why the delay? If maintenance or repairs are ignored, they can lead to much larger problems down the road or leave the machinery unusable in terms of accuracy and precision. You’ll also want to ask a few questions to make sure the equipment isn’t being tied up as collateral for a loan or other financial instrument, because if it is, you’ll need to make sure the company holding it as collateral are okay with it being sold.

Consider the Environment

Does it have significant rust, but none of the other machines in the area have any signs of it? Though there may be a logical reason for this, such as this being the last piece of equipment in that area that was replaced, it can also be a sign of something more sinister, such as equipment that was stored in poor, damp conditions and moved to another area of the building to be photographed or sold. If you have any concerns at all, be sure to ask about the environment the machine was operated in, whether it was damp, dusty, dirty or otherwise had issues that could impact the machine’s performance and longevity.

Upgrades or Additions

What about the bells and whistles? If there’s a newer feature that would make your job much easier, be sure to ask whether it’s available on that machine or if there’s a kit or package you can get from the manufacturer or another source to add that functionality. At the same time, make sure that any upgrades or additions that have been made won’t compromise its performance. Finding a metal lathe with advanced options to secure the piece being worked on is great, but not if those alterations cause vibrations that blow precision completely out the window.

By keeping these inspection points and potential problems in mind when you’re looking at used metalworking equipment for sale, you can be confident that your purchase will be a solid investment for your business instead of a poor decision that has you losing money. If you need metalworking equipment that is difficult to find in your region or is inflated in price due to high regional demand, many people find online equipment auctions to provide the selection and price points they need to improve or expand their business.

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