With many industrial operations consistently upgrading the equipment that they have in their facility, it is fairly easy to find an overhead crane in good condition for sale if you are looking to grab an inexpensive used crane for your own business. While buying a used overhead crane can definitely save you money, you do have to be careful about buying used in general, but buying online brings about even bigger concerns.
The truth is, you really do have to be careful with buying a used crane online from certain websites because this is still a large investment and you are only seeing a portrayal of what the crane's condition is, not the real thing. Here is a look at a few things you should know about buying a used overhead crane online for your business.
Make sure you buy a crane from a legitimate website if you can.
You can find overhead cranes for sale on every site you can imagine, right down to eBay or LetGo. These sites can be okay to buy smaller things, but they are usually not the most reliable place to get something as large as an overhead crane. It is much safer to only trust websites that specifically deal with industrial equipment pieces if you are buying something used.
Make sure you have the option of coming to see the crane in person.
There are all kinds of ways an online seller can give you what seems to be a good look at a used overhead crane that they have listed online. They may have a ton of pictures or even a video to show you the condition of the equipment. However, make sure the seller also states that you can come to look at the crane in person before you buy it. Even if you cannot come to see it in person, any seller that is sketchy about letting you see the crane before you buy it should be avoided.
Make sure you can get access to prior crane maintenance records.
One of the most important things you should do before you buy an industrial crane that is used is look at the maintenance records of that crane. Online, seeing these records can be a little tricky because sellers don't often list these documents for everyone to see without being asked. Before you make an offer, tell the seller you will need to see this documentation.