When you run a plant that focuses on packaging products, you’ll eventually think about ways you can streamline your work processes or make the day more productive. Usually, one solution is to get new equipment for the workplace, but that can be prohibitively expensive for some companies. The option to buy used and refurbished equipment is out there, but you may not be aware of the benefits aside from cost. What else can you gain from buying refurbished?
Purchasing refurbished or used Bartelt equipment may sound great in theory, but if you are unsure of how to properly use your new-to-you machine, you’re losing out on productivity. Reading a manual isn’t the same as having someone available to teach you hands-on how to use a product. If you buy from a new-machines-only dealer, you run the risk of purchasing from a company who doesn’t much care about what happens to their product. They may only be interested in their bottom line, and won’t be there if you have any questions. If you purchase used and refurbished equipment, the company will likely be more invested in their product, having spent the time to update, fix and repair, and clean it before reselling it. They want someone else to get use out of it, and will be more willing to show you.
Knowledgeable Customer Service
Likewise, if you have any problems or concerns down the road, a new-machinery seller might simply have you speak with the manufacturer. Depending on the manufacturer’s availability, you may not get answers in a timely fashion. Purchasing used packaging and processing machinery gives you a better chance of dealing with people who will be willing to take the time to help you.
If you’re on the fence and can’t decide whether you want to spring for new machinery or purchase refurbished equipment, keep in mind the educational, and thus productivity, benefits that come along with buying used.