Starting a production, manufacturing, warehousing or fabrication business is a big step for many people. Finding the right equipment to get work done while staying in the budget is another big step, but too often first-time startup owners make missteps at this critical stage.

To avoid making mistakes when buying equipment, there are a few mistakes you can easily avoid when looking at overhead cranes for sale. Having the ability to spot these issues and avoid them, or at least understand the risk you may be taking, can help you to make the right choice in cranes to get your company up and running.

Buying Used

There is always the option to buy used overhead cranes for sale. Manufacturing companies, warehouses, transportation hubs or other types of businesses that are closing their doors are all too happy to sell their equipment and often at a very good price.

The biggest problem with buying used is that you have limited ability to know the regular maintenance and inspections on the cranes and if they were overloaded or used beyond their recommended capacity. This can dramatically decrease their life cycle and can even lead to increasing costs in repairs or bringing the cranes up to code to pass inspections.

Choosing a Crane on Price

While price is always going to be a factor for a new startup business or an established company, buying overhead cranes for sale based on price without considering quality and needs is a mistake.

It is essential to think not just about the needs for the crane in the immediate future, but what about five or ten years from now? Buying one crane that will last through your growth phase of the business is a better investment than having to buy one now and then be limited in the capacity because of load constraints.

This doesn’t mean that the largest crane on the market is the best choice, nor does it mean the most expensive is the best option or the best quality. Instead, do your homework, compare companies and talk to others to get feedback and information on top brands and models to consider.

Working with a specialized crane company is always the best option. Look for a company with a significant presence, a top reputation with past customers and a focus on customer service. Some of these companies offer 24/7/365 emergency service and maintenance, which is certainly an important factor to think about before making a final choice.