Are Second Hand Packaging Machines Reliable?
Buy New… or Used?
The decision to purchase a used packaging machine is usually made on the basis of lower prices and greater availability.
However, some used packaging machines also come with risk. The lack of a warranty or unavailability of parts and servicing may mean that used packaging machines can break down with little recourse available to the new owner. Old packaging machines may also require modification so that they are compliant with safety regulations and match a product’s packaging requirements.
To reduce the risk of used packaging machines, contact a supplier who can continue to support their machines with spare parts and technical expertise. Here at ITT Jetpak, we supply quality new and used packaging machines backed up with technical support and quality assurance.
The benefits of second-hand packaging machines
The immediate benefits of a used packaging machine are price and availability:
- Used packaging machines are cheaper than new machines.
- Some new machines have to be imported or made to order, whereas used machines may be immediate available.
The lower capital outlay required for used packaging machines will be appealing to businesses who are looking to test a new packaging concept or product, without high investment risk. The immediate availability of used packaging machines also reduces lead time for small or special projects.
New machines, however, are better suited for established products with higher volume and efficiency demands. As well as being matched with product specifications, new machines are guaranteed to have long equipment lives and are readily serviceable.
New Machines are ideal for:
- Established businesses looking for packaging efficiency.
Used Machines are ideal for:
- Start-up businesses testing packaging concepts.
The risks of used packaging machines
While the initial purchase price of a used packaging machine may appear cheap, there are a number of additional risks when compared with new machines. These risks include the costs of machine break down, upgrade costs and the risk of obsolescence.
Break-down. Some packaging machines require specialist knowledge and parts, which may be difficult to source with older machines. Manufacturer’s warranties may have also expired for old machines.
Hidden costs. Used machines may need refurbishment before they can meet product specifications or electrical compliance requirements. The cost of these upgrades should be considered when purchasing a used machine.
Inadequate safety and technology. Changes in technology and Work, Health and Safety regulations can expose used packaging machines to the risk of becoming obsolete.
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.
How to buy a used packaging machine
When purchasing a used packaging machine you should be ensuring that the aforementioned risks can be avoided.
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. Has the machine been looked after? Is there any visual damage?
- Previous industry. Harsh and long operating conditions may have worn out some mechanisms.
- Oil leaks. Gearboxes which leak oil may be a sign of a poorly maintained machine.
- Lack of operation. Always try and see the machine in action.
ITT Jetpak, experts in new and like-new packaging machines
At ITT Jetpak, we are leaders in supplying quality new and used packaging machines across Australia. We only offer second-hand packaging equipment that we have manufactured ourselves or sold new, so that we can continue to support your business with parts and technical expertise.
We supply used shrink wrap machines, used pallet wrap machines and used flow wrap machines which have all been refurbished and updated to meet current electrical and safety requirements.
A used packaging machine from ITT Jetpak is both low cost and low risk investment for your business.