Having the right kind of equipment to accomplish a job is a key to success in any industry. For manufacturing in particular, using equipment that is in good shape, runs effectively, and is well-maintained is going to produce the best results and save cost in the long run. If you are a manufacturing facility looking to acquire new equipment, the choice can be raised as to whether you should buy used or new equipment for finishing processes. There is no right answer to this, but understanding weighing out the pros and cons to each will help you make a decision.
The primary reason that anyone considers buying used equipment is to save money, as used equipment is always going to be cheaper than new ones. While this is certainly true, it may end up costing you more in the long run. Depending on how old the equipment is and how much it had been used in the past, it might not last that long and need replacement again sooner than you might like. Having to replace equipment more frequently is not going to be cost-effective this way. That being said, if the equipment has not been used too much or if you purchase it from the right place, this will be much less of a concern.
If you are looking to save money but don’t want to worry about the risk of used equipment, another alternative is to repair the equipment that you have. Essentially, you can save costs by not replacing the entirety of a piece of equipment, but instead only parts of it. You could even do this in stages if you follow preventative maintenance practices. Repaired equipment will minimize the risk of getting equipment that is too old, and it is also more convenient, as the repair technician will appear on site instead of shipping the new equipment to you.
New equipment is always going to be the best kind to purchase for a business facility, but there are alternatives that can help you save cost. At Mikro Industrial Finishing, we offer both new and used equipment, as well as offer repair services for all kinds of finishing equipment. If you aren’t sure exactly what you need, we can send someone to your facility to help evaluate the situation as well and assess how you might best want to move forward. For more information about our equipment and services, please call us any time at (860) 875-6357.