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How Do I Choose the Best Used Roller Conveyor?

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A good quality used roller conveyor can be a great way to make a production process more efficient while also saving a great deal of money. This makes the option worth consideration when it comes to starting a new operation with relatively little money on the front end. When looking at used conveyors, it is important to consider several factors, including the physical characteristics of the unit, the amount of usage of the conveyor in the plant operation, and the cost of the used unit in comparison to a new or refurbished conveyor.

Focus attention on used roller conveyor units that will work well within the layout of the production floor. Consider both the length and the width of the conveyors to ascertain if they will fit into the general scheme and increase the efficiency of the overall process. If the idea is to use the roller conveyor on an assembly line, make sure the height of the device is ideal for workers to access the components that are rolling down the line without any difficulties.

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Also pay attention to the parts that compose the used roller conveyor. Go for units that are constructed with heavy-duty metal and durable plastic components, as this will aid in keeping maintenance and replacement costs to a minimum. Also inspect the configuration of the components to make sure the rollers in the conveyor can move freely and are not damaged in a manner that could impede the movement of any of the conveyor parts.

Keep in mind since you are considering used roller conveyor units, there is a need to make sure that replacement parts can be obtained when and as needed. Research the design and model of the conveyor and identify several vendors who could supply those replacement parts. If it appears those parts have been discontinued and are not readily available, it may be a good idea to focus attention on a different roller conveyor. If the equipment is to be used daily, quick and easy access to replacement parts is extremely important.

Keep in mind that a used roller conveyor is normally sold as-is, and normally does not come with any warranty. Before assuming that the low price is the best you can do, explore the potential of buying a refurbished roller conveyor instead. Refurbished units are older equipment that has been restored to factory specifications and may come with a limited warranty. Depending on the type of used roller conveyor you have in mind, a refurbished one may be available for little to no additional outlay of funds, and provide a little more in the way of protection.

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