How to Inspect Used Industrial Equipment for Sale

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When you’re looking at used industrial equipment for sale to improve your production capabilities, have you taken the time to perform a thorough inspection? If you haven’t, you may be making a poor investment. But what should you look at when considering used equipment? Here are some great tips of what to look at and whether what you find is a deal maker or a deal breaker.

How to Inspect Used Industrial Equipment for Sale

  • Get a solid look at the paperwork. From ownership papers to maintenance and repair logs, make sure all the paperwork is in good order and provides you with a solid view of how well the equipment has been maintained. Check whether the equipment is being used as collateral in a financial agreement, which may mean it isn’t legally able to have ownership transferred.
  • Are there any fluids? Whether it’s an onboard lubrication system or hydraulics, see if you can get fluid testing done. It will give you a better idea of the condition of the equipment and whether it’s been run poorly. At a minimum, get a sample of the fluid and check for metal shards or shavings that could indicate wear.
  • Run the equipment under an average load. Does the motor seem to be running hot? If it does, it could be a sign that it is starting to burn out or isn’t efficiently transferring its power into the machine’s drive system. In either situation, it means that it probably won’t deliver the power you need for very long.
  • What condition is the equipment in overall? If it’s in really good condition, it may provide a long effective lifespan. Make sure, however, to check if the exterior has been painted or had panels replaced that don’t reflect the wear on the rest of the machine, as it may have been updated to present a better picture than the actual condition of the internal equipment.
  • What about any moving parts? Can they reach a full range of motion without binding up or causing undue strain on the rest of the machine? If it doesn’t, you may not be able to get the full use you need out of the machine. How expensive would it be to repair or replace those parts?
  • Take a good look for repairs that have been made, either professionally or jury-rigged. If they’ve been made correctly, try to determine whether they will cause problems with the machine in the future. If they’re not professional repairs, will they hold up under strain?
  • Are there appropriate safety guards in place, or have they been removed? You could be held liable if one of your employees is hurt on equipment that did not have the right safety features in place.
  • Ask to see a sample of the machine’s output. If it produces a poor quality sample, can you do anything to improve the quality? Remember that a machine that is worn won’t produce more accurate pieces over time, but will continue to degrade without repairs.

By taking the time to carefully inspect used industrial equipment for sale, you can quickly determine whether that used machinery will work well for your business or if it will create more problems than it solves. But what do you do if you can’t find suitable used machinery in your area? Many buyers find looking at online equipment auctions provide the best in terms of convenience and selection.

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