August 31st, 2023
Buying a Refurbished Baler? Beware & Careful
Buying a refurbished recycling baler can be a cost-effective way to acquire the equipment you need for your waste management operations. However, there are several important factors to consider to ensure you're getting a reliable and functional refurbished machine.
Here's what to look out for when buying a refurbished recycling baler:
1. Reputation of the Seller: Research the reputation of the company or individual selling the refurbished baler. Look for reviews, testimonials, and references from previous customers. A reputable seller is more likely to provide quality equipment and transparent information.
2. Condition and Inspection: Ensure that the baler has undergone a thorough inspection and refurbishment process. Ask for details about the refurbishment procedures performed on the machine, such as repairs, replacements, and maintenance. If possible, request a detailed report of the refurbishment history.
3. Warranty: Inquire about the warranty offered with the refurbished baler. A reputable seller should provide a warranty that covers a reasonable period of time, indicating their confidence in the baler's condition and performance.
4. Performance Testing: Ask for information about any performance testing conducted on the baler after refurbishment. The baler should be able to effectively compress and bale materials to the specified capacity without frequent breakdowns.
5. Service History: Request the service history of the baler, including records of maintenance and repairs. This information can give you insights into the machine's reliability and potential issues that have been addressed.
6. Compatibility and Capacity: Ensure that the baler's capacity matches your waste generation needs. Consider the types of materials you'll be baling and the volume of waste you expect to handle. Make sure the baler is capable of handling these requirements.
7. Spare Parts Availability: Check if spare parts for the specific baler model are readily available. If the model is older or less common, it might be challenging to find replacement parts when needed. Excel provides parts for machines in service that are over 20 years old. But is that the best way to go? Maybe new should be considered.
8. Safety Features: Safety is crucial when operating recycling balers. Make sure the refurbished baler meets safety standards and has necessary safety features, such as emergency stop buttons, safety guards, and warning labels.
9. User Manual and Documentation: Request the user manual and documentation for the baler. Having access to the proper documentation can help your team operate and maintain the baler effectively. Our manuals are up-to-date and easy to follow.
10. Training and Support: Inquire about training and support options. Some sellers may offer training sessions for your staff to ensure they can operate the baler safely and efficiently. Excel offers training and has up-to-date manuals for additional support.
11. Price Comparison: Compare the price of the refurbished baler with the cost of a new one. While refurbished balers can be more affordable, ensure that the price difference justifies the potential risks and benefits.
12. Transport and Installation: Consider logistics such as transportation, installation, and any associated costs. Ensure that the seller provides assistance or guidance for these aspects.
Before making a purchase, it's a good idea to consult with professionals in waste management or recycling equipment to get their insights and recommendations. When you contact Excel Baler we are happy to work with you whether you are considering new or refurbished.
Careful research and due diligence will help you make an informed decision and choose a refurbished recycling baler that meets your operational needs.