Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2021
While roll formers can make a massive difference in terms of your seeped and productivity, they are expensive pieces of equipment. They also need to be operated correctly and maintained well in order to make the investment worthwhile.
If you have decided that a roll-forming machine will help boost your business, you may be wondering whether to invest in a new machine or buy one second-hand. There are many pros and cons to both, but before you lose any more sleep over the decision, here are some ways you can weigh up your options objectively to ensure you make the right decision for you.
Upgraded technology - with a new machine, you will be getting the best and most modern technology. This means you are getting a machine with outstanding performance ability and all the advances in technology that will help it perform efficiently and with optimum productivity in mind.
Comprehensive warranties - a new machine will come with a detailed warranty. This means if anything should go wrong with your machine, you will be able to get this fixed or replaced free of charge. You’ll get factory support and a technician coming to your site to install and train operatives on how to use the machine.
Easy part replacement - the newer the machine, the easier it will be to get the parts and equipment that you need. If you buy a very old machine, it might be a more significant struggle if something goes wrong if the parts you need are no longer being manufactured.
Getting precisely the machine you need. When buying new, you can be assured that the machine you purchase will provide the exact specifications you require for your business. A second-hand machine may not fit your application so precisely.
Easier opportunities for growth. If you transition from one to two deck, this will be a much more straightforward move than if you have an older machine. This means, if your business grows, your machine can grow with you.
Part performance - with a new machine, all the parts are designed to run at the same speed and communicate with one another. With used equipment, parts such as shears, the uncolier, and so on may be supplied from different vendors and, therefore, integration may not be so smooth.
Cost savings. The primary reason for buying a roll former second-hand is to save money. Second-hand machines will naturally cost less than new ones. However, it is still a huge purchase, and getting your money’s worth is imperative.
To ensure you buy a good second-hand machine, there are several things you can do.
Make sure you understand exactly what you are getting. Evaluate all the components included in the purchase and consider the price of buying additional parts if they aren’t included as costs could quickly rise if you have to buy uncoilers, shears, and so on outside of the machine itself.
You should also take time to evaluate the condition of the roll former. There are lots of parts to inspect, and you need to be convinced that the machine will last and is in good operating condition before you buy. Make sure you see the machine working before you agree to accept. By seeing it under power you can assess how well it performs. If there are kinks that you need to iron out before the machine runs perfectly, contact the manufacturer first - find out if that kind of support is available and how much it will cost you. If the manufacturer says they won’t support your machine, it might be best to reconsider. Tech support is hugely valuable, so make sure that you feel assured you’ll get the help you need.
When it comes to deciding between a new or used roll former, it is essential to weigh up your options carefully. If you decide to buy second-hand, do so from a reputable supplier, which will make all the difference when it comes to getting good value for money.
At Roll Forming LLC, we are proud suppliers of high-quality roll formers, all of which we will supply with a one-year warranty for parts and labor. So you can rest assured that when you buy through us, you’ll get a quality machine and the peace of mind you need. Browse our range today.
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