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Here are the pros and cons of new and used packaging machines

A packaging machine can be a significant investment into the efficiency of your business.

One of the key decisions when investing in a packaging machine is whether to purchase a new or a second-hand machine. This decision is often made on the basis of price and availability, however, there are a number of factors you need to consider to ensure that you are making the right packaging investment.

For example, used packaging machines are a great way to test packaging concepts for low capital cost and investment risk, however, the trade-off is a greater risk of breakdown and cost blow-outs from compliance and repair needs.

This simple guide to packaging machines is aimed to help you make the right packaging investment for your business.

There are a number of factors to consider to ensure you’re making the right packaging investment.

Buying a new packaging machine

A brand new packaging machine is ideal for established businesses looking to improve packaging efficiency.

This kind of business will have an established packaging process and be looking to upgrade to improve packaging quality, packaging speed and production-line efficiency.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons of purchasing a new packaging machine:

  • Equipment designed and optimised for the application.
  • Years of trouble-free service
  • Compliance with current safety requirements
  • Availability of spare parts, service personnel and regular maintenance
  • Genuine warranties
  • Higher initial capital and investment cost
  • Long shipping times (If not in stock long lead times may apply).




Buying a used packaging machine

A used packaging machine is ideal for businesses looking for ways to reduce investment costs of packaging. This may appeal to a startup business looking to test packaging and product concepts at minimal cost.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons of a used packaging machine:

  • Lower cost
  • Immediate availability




  • Equipment may be unreliable and inefficient
  • Spare parts and service may not be available
  • Equipment may not meet current safety standards
  • Expensive modification may be required
  • There may be little or no warranty offered


Minimising the risks of a used packaging machine

First, you should find out whether the original manufacturer or agent is still able to support the equipment and supply spare parts. Without specialist knowledge, some used packaging machines will be difficult to refurbish and repair.

Second, consider the age of the machine and whether any recent changes in technology or compliance requirements has made it obsolete.

Finally, when inspecting the used packaging machine be on the lookout for signs of hard use:

  • Physical appearance – Is there any visual damage?
  • Previous industry – Long operating hours and intensive use may have worn out mechanisms.
  • Oil leaks – Gearboxes which leak oil may be a sign of a poorly maintained machine.
  • Lack of operation – Try to see the machine in full operation.

The best way to minimise the risks of buying a used packaging machine is to find a reliable used packaging machine supplier. A good supplier will have inspected and serviced the machine before sale and should offer ongoing sales support.

Consider the age of the machine and whether recent changes in technology has made it obsolete.

Why choose ITT Jetpak?

ITT Jetpak are leaders in supplying quality new and used packaging machines across Australasia. We only offer second-hand packaging equipment that we have manufactured ourselves, sold new or that we can provide maintenance for. This is so that we can continue to support your business with parts and technical expertise.

We supply new and used shrink wrap machines to suit all business sizes, budgets and products. These include:

  • Pallet wrap machines
  • Flow wrap machines
  • Sleeve applicating systems
  • Bundle wrapping machines
  • Carton sealing machines
  • Strapping machines
  • Banding machines.

A packaging machine from ITT Jetpak is a wise investment for your business’ packaging efficiency and quality.

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