Careful visual inspection tells you a lot about the quality and function of a piece of machinery. However, it's important to carefully consider a number of other factors when you are buying industrial equipment. Here’s a list of some of the important factors to help you choose the right equipment when you're buying a new or used heavy equipment.
Specify your requirements and fix a budget. Carefully analyze your needs against the budget. Think about how much you need it and the person who is going to operate the machine. You should also carefully consider whether it's absolutely necessary to buy a brand-new machine or you can get by with a used one. In case you need it temporarily, consider renting one from a broker.
You also need to consider the number of times you are going to use the machine in a week or a day. It will help in figuring out whether it's worth it to invest in a brand-new machine or you could make things work with a used machine or by renting the machinery.
It is important to fix your budget but you will need to weigh it against the quality of machinery.
Do Your Research
Before choosing a particular machine, it is important for you to do your research. Search online to find the major brands of the equipment you need. Carefully check the features and match the features with your exact needs as well as the budget.
You should also find renowned dealers of the particular equipment in your area. It is important that you go and meet those dealers. In case you are planning to buy used equipment, you should always personally meet the owner in order to check the machine. In addition to owners selling their used equipment, you will also find a number of dealers who specialize in selling used equipment.
It is important to choose the dealer carefully before buying heavy machinery. Make sure they are good at communication as it will help you in avoiding any problems at a later date such as any documentation related problems or legal issues. It will also make sure that the machine is of good quality. Ideally, you should choose a dealer who is already part of some regulatory or authority body of dealers as it makes the dealer more credible.
Make a Visual Inspection
You should always check the equipment carefully. Go through all the parts one by one. It is also important to dry run the equipment. Check for possible leakages, rust, corrosion or any cracks. Carefully check for any unusual sounds or emissions, and take special care while checking the engines.
Inspection and Testing of Equipment
You should use the services of an expert or a professional for testing and inspection. This professional should check the hydraulics, pumping system, engine, oil & lubricants, and other things though the actual test will depend on the type of machinery or equipment.
History of the Equipment
It is also important for you to check the history of the equipment in addition to its function and technical aspects. Make sure the equipment is fine as per the current regulation and compliance norms. In addition to this, find out the repairs that have been performed on the equipment. Carefully check the number of hours of operation. Do not forget to check any loan or money dues pending on the equipment by the initial owner in case you are planning to buy a used equipment. Last but not the least, always make sure that you are not buying stolen equipment.
Compliance – Policy and Regulatory
When it comes to legal compliance and regulations, you need to focus on 3 major aspects including worker safety, environment related as well as maintenance of the equipment at later stages. So, consider all these 3 aspects when you are considering buying a new or used machine and make sure it is completely legal.
Seriously consider equipment that is environmentally friendly. Utilizing environmental friendly equipment will not only keep you on the right side of the laws but will also help you generate certain goodwill.
You also need to make sure that the quality of the machine is good and it does not have any breakdown history. Keep in mind that heavy machinery needs to be safe for the workers. The breakdown history gives you an idea of how safe the machinery is for the workers. Any issues with the machinery not only have the potential to harm workers but it also endangers other equipment.