There are a lot of things that you need to consider when buying used cranes. Will you be using it constantly or for just the next little while? Is there any specific task you need to do which requires a specific lifting gear? Do you really need a new one or could you make do with an old one?
The weight and shapes of the things you need to lift also affects the quality and type of lifting gear you’ll need to choose.
All the answers to the questions above may help you in choosing the right crane spare parts for you. Cranes should not necessarily be new, even used cranes can work properly well.
Here are some of the tips you have to remember when buying used cranes:
- Visual inspection is necessary. If you see signs of rust or cracks, be sure to ask your engineer for a second opinion and thorough inspection. These little details may affect the performance of the crane eventually. Better be careful—check everything you need to—so your money won’t go to waste.
- To confirm proper maintenance of the cranes and crane parts, ask the owner to provide you with necessary papers like certificates and service records to be sure that they have been properly maintained. This is a must: an equipment that isn’t maintained is useless and will just cost you a lot of money in the long run.
- Most of the cranes being sold in the market are obsolete, so before buying one consider if you’ll be able to find companies that offer crane spare parts and services when needed. There are cranes that might be too old. So looking for spare parts might give you more problems in the future than that crane is worth.
- Calculate your budget. Most often than not, knowing your budget narrows down your choices pretty quick.
- It’s also important to know the history of the crane, where it was used, for how long, were there any major repairs done—all these may affect the crane’s effectiveness and duration.
- Check how old is old when it comes to cranes. Will you need to do any upgrades? If so, you should always consult your engineer about this. See into getting some proper reconditioning and repairs done to turn your old crane into new.
Before deciding to buy new or used cranes, take into consideration all things listed above. Also, don’t forget that one of the most important details to look for is the LOLER (98). This is proof that the equipment is still fit for use. This way, you’re pretty sure your safety is covered.