Why Buying a Refurbished Crane could be Beneficial

Used crane on trailer with semi truck

In its February issue, American Cranes & Transport Magazine (ACT) posted an article about the potential advantages of purchasing a refurbished crane. If a company is financially unable to acquire a brand new crane but needs to add one to their selection of equipment, buying a second-hand model could be a wise investment.

The author outlined six compelling reasons for buying a used crane:

Higher profits – With challenges to the current economy and shortage of raw materials, new cranes come at a high cost and are not always readily available. Buyers are often required to wait while the crane is being built. A pre-owned crane, on the other hand, is usually available to purchase immediately and sellers can benefit from healthy profits.

Less expense – Some crane manufacturers support the idea of repair and refurbishing of equipment because of the potential cost savings. Refurbishing existing components, according to Liebherr, protects natural resources and costs up to 75 percent less versus creating a new part. When customers take advantage of Liebherr’s Reman program, they can choose from three options for their crane to have a “second chance for a new life.” The first is to replace worn components with brand new counterparts. Second, Liebherr will recondition components and bring them up to the latest technical standard when possible. Third, Liebherr technicians will inspect damaged equipment, perform necessary repairs, and replace or remanufacture parts that need attention.

Better for the climate – Ongoing construction has shown an impact on the environment, and companies looking for opportunities to reuse, repair, and recycle can extend the life of an existing crane instead of buying a new one.

Technical advantages – Refurbished cranes offer many of the same benefits as new models in the way of power, drivetrain, boom length, operator conveniences and high tech features. Many manufacturers like Tadano provide ongoing service for their equipment even when it’s no longer considered new.

Upgrades – Tadano conducts repair and upgrade work as part of their specialist crane workshop.  OEM parts are used and, when possible, updated features can be added to modernize the crane.

Reducing downtime – Manufacturer Manitowoc’s repair division is called EnCore, which has seen an increase in demand for service in recent years. EnCore technicians can rebuild boom cylinders, gear boxes, and motors, plus update hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems. Manitowoc offers this as an alternative to a new crane purchase and says it reduces downtime with the assurance that the crane has been restored to industry standards.

Read the whole story at ATP’s website by clicking here. Image above courtesy of American Cranes & Transport Magazine.

March 22, 2023

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