Unlike machines, humans make mistakes. And when buying a used industrial machinery, a bad choice can become quite sensitive, costly and damaging for your production.
For instance, let’s say you need a new injection moulding machine as soon as possible, so you surf on the Internet, look at different websites, contact different sellers who seem reliable, you make the deal and the machine is delivered to your factory. This is then that you realize that a perfect looking machine on paper has different parameters, is missing this option (“was not yet included in that year of manufacturing!”), has lower precision than expected or worst, nobody can program it…
Each purchase is crucial for your business and a lot of mistakes can be easily avoided. Let’s look at the 10 most common mistakes when buying used industrial machinery.
1. Not assessing your business reality
In first place, the most important thing to ask to yourself is: what are your objectives? Like any investment, you expect a return on investment back. This can take the form of seeking a rise in productivity, taking the lead on your competitors, developing your business in the medium and long term. You must have an investment plan that addresses both your short- and long-term needs.
2. Not considering the operators
They might not care about the cost of the machine you’re looking for but they will be more concerned about ease of use, skills required, maintenance, security and many other things you would not think of.
It’s a chance for you to ask your operators and technicians their feedback and opinions. They will feel valued and you will avoid many unanswered questions when looking for your future machine.
3. Not using online marketplaces
In a previous article, we gave “5 tips to sell your used machinery“, and using an online marketplace is one of the most effective solution as well to buy a used industrial machinery.
There, you can easily find the machine you are looking for or confirm the ones you don’t want to buy. It’s fast, free as at Exapro.com, and hundreds of sellers add their machines daily.
You can also subscribe to specialized newsletters, so that you stay up to date with the latest machines.
4. Not asking advice from a specialist
So after using your management skills with your operators, you realize you’re not alone in this long and delicate process. You know the machine you need but you still have some worries and questions. The machine is in an other country and the seller don’t speak your language.
For example, at Exapro, we have passionate multi-lingual agents who take for you all inquiries, with technical skills, responsibility and full transparency. This means you can look at worldwide sellers and the language barrier is not a problem anymore.
A specialist can bring you more than you think and help you find the right machine you need.
5. Choosing the secondary options of the machine
It’s easy to be intrigued by the secondary options of a machine. Looking at the different machine offers available on the market, you will probably see some with options that are not necessarily useful for your operators and don’t match your business reality. You will forget the primary features of your machine and spend money unnecessarily. Be clear about what your machine needs to do for your business and your operators.
6. Forgetting the training
Considering your operators is once again very important as you want to avoid the productivity drop when employees need time to get used to a new machine. You can buy a different but better used machine than the previous one but if you don’t block off time to train your employees, they might not run at capacity.
7. Not knowing the safety requirements of your industry
Safety first. Each industry has its own requirements and you have to know them before buying any used industrial machinery.
8. Not going for inspection
Like most things before buying, you naturally want to see them. You want to be sure everything is working perfectly. If you can’t move because of the distance, you can still achieve an online inspection. It’s a perfect way to view the machine without having to travel across the globe. At Exapro, we encourage sellers to provide pictures and videos of their used industrial machinery so buyers can get a better idea of the machine.
9. Not considering a website’s reputation
Always trust websites known and used everyday. You want to avoid a deal with a website which suddenly will disappear a week after your deal. Check the reviews on the web and how many machines the website has. This will be a good start to evaluate if it’s trustworthy.
10. Choosing price over quality
You’re not buying a price, you’re buying a machine that matches your needs. Sometimes it’s better to pay a higher price for a machine that matches your business plans and productivity goals than to limit your budget to cheap machines which will slow you down in the short term.