Buying a Used Printing Machine: 4 Things You Need to Know

Technology is an expensive investment for a business. On one hand, good technology helps a company operate efficiently and can increase profits, but on the other hand-- it often is a big expense all at once which can cut into operating budgets. Commercial printing presses are a great example. It can cost a fortune to buy one brand new, but if you are in the market for a printing press, maybe you should consider buying a used one. Most pre-owned printing presses function perfectly, but cost less, and will provide you a much higher ROI.

Here are the 3 things you need to know about used printing machines:

 

1) Personally Inspect Equipment

When you first start looking for a used printing press, you will want to inspect in-person the equipment that you are considering. This way you can see the machine up close and personal, ensuring the quality is as claimed. You’ll want to ask for a demonstration and a mechanical inspection.  

Inspecting the equipment also gives you a chance to ask the dealer about this particular printing machine’s past performance and maintenance record. You’ll want to know about prior owners, past work, as well as the hours or impressions the machine has run.

 

2) Buy from a Reputable Firm

The best way to ensure that you get a good used printing machine is by buying from a well-respected company with the right expertise and experience to inspect and refurbish your equipment. When looking for a used printing press, stay away from online-only retailers, as you want to be able to see the press in person. Buying from a reputable firm ensures that replacement parts can be found, and the machinery is not so obsolete that it can’t be repaired.

Another benefit of working with a reputable firm is that they will also serve as consultants. One of the biggest downfalls seen in the buying process is that people buy machines that are not actually the right machine for their intended application. If you are buying from a company that is so knowledgeable about industry applications they will be able to help you find the right fit, even if it is not the machine you were initially looking at.

 

3) Consider the Time Table for Breakdown, Delivery, and Setup

It is no small task to move machines of this size, with so many parts. It generally takes at least 30 days to dismantle, remove, and ship a machine to its new location. It will then take an additional 30 days to set up and get the press back to its baseline standard, established in your mechanical inspection and print test. Ensure that you have factory trained technicians who are familiar with your machines to prevent this process from taking even longer due to error. As the machines are so technical with thousands of moving parts, there are hundreds of variables that need to be accounted for within the setup and breakdown process.

 

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We understand that this process can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for a good used printing machine dealer, look no further. Advanced Print Technologies offers expertise and experience in the both new and used printing equipment.

 

Contact APT today, or browse their selection online before contacting a professional.