Buyer Beware When Buying Used Crane Systems
I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoy getting "used" stuff if it saves me a few bucks. I’ve spent a few Saturday afternoons combing through garage sales, I’m on my third used car, and I still love getting hand-me-downs from my older brother and sister, even though we’re in our 30’s now.
Where am I going with this? With all the plant closures we’ve seen in recent months, we’re noticing an increase in the number of used Gorbel crane systems for sale on sites like Craigslist. Budgets are tight – we totally understand wanting to save some money by buying a used crane system. But we want to make sure that you and your employees are safe, regardless of whether you bought your Gorbel system new or “previously enjoyed.”
Things To Keep In Mind
The main message I want to get across is this: Don’t assume that your used crane system is safe. Unfortunately, there’s no “Car Fax” for used crane systems, so you just don’t know what you’re getting when you purchase used equipment. You don’t know if it was properly serviced while it was up. Rails could be bent or rusted, or parts could be missing, all of which compromise the safety and reliability of your crane system.
Considering a Used System?
If you found a great deal on a used Gorbel system that you can’t pass up, we recommend having a capable local crane and hoist company install, inspect, and certify load test your system before it goes into use. Not sure who to call? Call us at (800) 821-0086 and we’ll help you find an authorized Gorbel dealer in your area who can help you make sure your new-to-you Gorbel system is up to snuff.