When choosing whether to buy new or used printing equipment we will notice that in some cases it is up to fifty percent cheaper to buy used equipment.
In fact, most people that talk about the pros and cons of buying used equipment suggest that if we manage to get at least twenty five percent off the original price, then we might as well go for the used version. There are, however, many critical aspects that we need to consider before purchasing any used printing machines.
The fact and the matter is that if we want to buy something, especially if it’s used, we need to know as much about it as possible. First and foremost, we need to know how a specific machine is different than others.
We need to know this in order to figure out what is the best machine for our specific purpose, and, by comparing it to others, to find out if it’s worth buying it. If we are able to buy something that is much better, and for slightly more money, then we might as well save and get the best machine for us.
Another decisive factor when it comes to automated machines is whether we have any experience in handling them, or if one of our employees does, in order to be able to properly use it. There are some automatic printing machines that are easy to troubleshoot and repair, while others will require the assistance of a trained technician. There is no use in getting a machine that we are not prepared to handle. If even the slightest of errors occurs, we are left with an expensive piece of equipment that we can’t use until a trained technician comes to fix it.
There are many things that we should check before purchasing used printing equipment. The first thing that we need is the user’s manual. Another thing that we should check out and that should be available in the case of most machines is the service record history.
This is something we should definitely have a look at because if there are certain underlying problems with a machine that will make it difficult and stressful to work with, we will find out about it in there. We should avoid buying machines that have had electrical or registration problems, as well as machines that have had multiple replacements of the PLC, the master controller or the output controller.
The decisive factor will be actually seeing the machine operate. We need to be very careful about the sounds that a machine makes. If we hear squeaks, chirps and grinding, then we should know that these are indications that some parts are too close and pushing on each other, or that they are out of sync.
Even if the machine is working now, it won’t take long until these problems will start to manifest themselves in the quality output of the machine and, eventually, in the ability for the machine to operate at all.
For all intents and purposes, when buying a used printing machine we should always seek the knowledge and expertise of a trained and experienced technician.
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