Industrial Equipment Shopping Guide

Industrial Equipment Shopping Guide

If you’re in the market for industrial equipment, making the right purchasing decisions is critical for long-term business success.

(Not to put pressure on you or anything!)

Let’s say you make the wrong choice. Just some of the negative consequences include:

Endless maintenance. If your equipment is always in the shop, it’s not on the production floor, construction site, or another place it’s supposed to be. This lost productivity has a ripple effect that impacts your ability to minimize expenses.

Lost productivity. If you don’t select the “right” machine, even simple tasks can be difficult. For example, if your landscape company requires occasional telescopic aerial lift capability, but your purchase doesn’t include this feature, it’s tough to complete everyday work – let alone those specialized, high paying projects.

Higher costs, less profit. Just like automobile owners try to avoid those dreaded “lemon” purchases, purchasing departments likewise need to stay away from “clunkers.” Whether it’s industrial machinery or aerial lifts, the “wrong” piece of equipment creates negative equity.

Those are just three reasons why it’s so important to have a system in place when shopping for industrial equipment. In many ways, shopping for your company’s equipment isn’t much different than everyday household shopping. You need a budget. You should have a general idea of what you’re looking for, as far as features and benefits.

Many of our customers are involved with industrial equipment purchases on a regular basis (scissor lifts, aerial lifts and similar machinery). We figured it would be a good idea to publish a shopping guide for machinery.


Industrial Equipment Shopping 101: What You Need to Know

The purchasing process is much easier when divided into three specific categories:

-Pre-purchase research


-Post-purchase activities

Too often, only that second bullet point, the actual purchase, gets the required attention from purchasing agents, CEOs and others involved with purchasing industrial equipment.

For pre-purchase research, we recommend:

Go the extra mile with your research. Read reviews. Test drive or simulate any equipment you can. Talk to your friends in the industry for valuable perspective on reliability, maintenance requirements, and more.

Attend trade shows. If you have enough time before your purchase, go to an industrial equipment trade show. Trade shows are the perfect opportunity to ask questions directly to the manufacturer, see the equipment firsthand, and ultimately make a better decision!

Check the maintenance records. For used equipment, this is a must. Ideally, you’d like to have a comprehensive record of all major repair work, regular fluid changes, and more.

Consider purchasing used equipment. You could save hundreds or thousands of dollars with used equipment. A few things to consider with used equipment: warranty coverage might not be comprehensive and obvious signs of wear & tear should be carefully examined. Oh, and make sure the title is clear for ownership transfer.

Once your research is complete and you’ve decided to move forward with your purchase, it’s time to re-focus on the actual transaction. Purchasing day can be quite hectic, so make sure you:

Double-check the purchasing terms. Dot your I’s and cross your T’s. Make sure financing numbers are accurate before you sign the dotted line!

Test the equipment. If possible, test run your new equipment. For equipment like aerial lifts, work all the controls to ensure smooth movement, no funny noises, etc.

Confirm shipment and delivery. Nothing is more frustrating than expecting industrial equipment on a certain day, and it not arriving. Make sure the dealer/owner has the delivery process in place and ready to go!

Congratulations! Your new equipment is now in place and performing as it should, thanks to your diligent pre-purchase and purchase day preparation. So what happens afterward? A few post-purchase items to take care of:

Keep your warranty paperwork handy. If anything goes wrong with your new equipment, hopefully, it’s covered by your warranty. Figuring out warranty terms should’ve already been handled during your pre-purchase process.

Operate your equipment to manufacturer’s recommended specs. This not only ensures a longer operating window, but you’ll also enjoy higher resale value down the road, should you decide to sell or trade in your equipment!


Shopping for OSHA Compliant Aerial Lift and Scissor Lift Training? Contact Today!

If your shopping list also includes aerial lift and scissor lift training, look no further than CMO.

Check out our courses and choose the best packages for your company. With a great selection of aerial lift and scissor lift training classes, along with fall protection instruction, CMO has everything you need to promote safety – all while gaining productivity!

Register today to get started with your aerial lift and scissor lift safety program! We’ll help your entire AWP fleet achieve OSHA compliance, which means a safer workplace for everyone involved! For any questions about our training programs, or to finalize your online training shopping list, give our aerial lift training experts a call at (602) 277-0615. Thanks for visiting, the leader in OSHA complaint aerial lift and scissor lift certification!

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