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Buying New or Used Sandblasting Equipment

Created date: 04-07-2020

At BlastTrader, we offer all sorts of sandblasting cabinets, portable machines, and similar equipment from a range of top manufacturers. So how should customers approach one of these kinds of sales?

Identify Your Parts Needs

If you're like many customers, you're going to have a specific set of parts or components that need to be carefully cleaned and scoured through the use of sandblasting equipment. What you want to do is benchmark the types of sizes and shapes of items that you're going to be putting into these machines. That's one way to start to narrow down specs for the new or used model that you want to buy.

Evaluate Your Investment

Then, too, you want to look at your CAPEX and OPEX plans in detail to understand which type of model you're going to look to buy – a brand-new model or a pre-owned machine that comes with a much lower price tag.

Let's take a step back here – because not all of us are familiar with the terms CAPEX and OPEX. It sounds like Latin or Greek.

In reality, though it's simple – CAPEX is capital expenses – the big investments that you make in equipment and other assets.

Opex, on the other hand, is operational expenses – the day-to-day costs of doing business.

In many senses, a sandblasting machine falls into the CAPEX category. Still, it drives savings in operational expenses (or OPEX), so if you can balance those two sides of the ledger, you're in good shape.

Here are some other important things to think about, specifically, when you are trying to price in the value of a used sandblasting model:

  • Age of equipment
  • Number of hours on the equipment – the intensity of prior use
  • Quality of the equipment
  • Whether proper maintenance has been done on the machine over time

All of this research helps you to further define what the company needs in terms of sandblasting equipment.

Figure Out the Controls

This is a step that you don't want to miss. Companies that have narrowed down their needs, as mentioned above, can then look at how they will use this equipment practically in business processes. It's important to have user-friendly and intuitive controls and understand how to run custom batches through a sandblasting machine effectively. That way you get the most out of your purchase over time. It's also necessary to look at any OSHA rules or restrictions to make sure that you're operating these machines safely in the workplace.

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