Considerations for Buying a Used Crane

Due to economic uncertainties in the crane industries, crane manufacturers have become more cautious about building up inventories and ramping up production. The result is the low availability of cranes helps the manufacturers to maintain prices. It also helps to buoy the used crane markets. Since the price of a new crane is too high, buying a used one can be a viable option. Here are a few considerations to take while buying a used crane.

1. Budget

Your budget is the first consideration. Most people overlook this step because they have limited time. The search for a used crane can be a tedious task. Having a plan on how much you are willing to spend can provide you with a decision-making benchmark, help you narrow down your search, and speed up the whole purchasing process.

2. Machine history

If possible, find out the crane’s history, and the application for which it was used. The application and geographical location is as vital as the model, year, and hours. Environmental factors can affect the crane. Corrosion is one destructive element that is often overlooked. The shock loading and demolition during application can equally damage a crane. While checking the history, also look out for major damage repairs and reports of accidents.

3. Inspection

While purchasing a used crane, a comprehensive inspection is mandatory. You can hire an independent certified crane inspector, and you won’t have sent your money down the drain. Their inspections can save you money, time, and avoiding major and costly repairs down the line. A comprehensive inspection will also help you consider your options wisely, including the cost of replacement.

4. How old is too old?

Ask yourself if it is possible to find an experienced operator to run the machine. Also, consider the availability of spare parts and technical support. Again, check if the manufacturer of the crane is still in business, or they have been acquired by another firm. Buying a crane between five and ten years old is not a problem. However, older cranes have their challenges. Some customers still prefer older cranes because of applications such as stevedoring, duty cycle, and pile driving. Also, they may be easier to use, have better capacities, and are more mechanically friendly. But, these cranes also have technological limitations. The good news is there are numerous after-market providers of LMI and A2B systems that can be fitted to upgrade older cranes. You can find such systems, and spares for your crane from dealers such as

Buying a used crane is a tedious job. Thus, you must create a budget, find out the history of the machine, and hire an independent inspector to check the machine for you before you purchase. Doing this will ensure you don’t waste your money on a dead crane.


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