Opting for used equipment have always been a money saver for screen printing startups, as used screen printing equipment in right working condition can be procured at an affordable price. Nonetheless, used equipment can be a big turnoff if you are unlucky or not experienced enough to detect malfunctioning or overly used equipment.
While starting a new screen printing business, there will be a lot of expenses to handle, ranging from the cost of renting a space to annual running costs. Purchasing a used screen printing equipment helps reduce startup cost, which most of the times pose as a deterrent to startups running on a tight budget.
If you are new to the screen printing business, it might be hard to secure proper used equipment. And you wouldn’t want to start up the business with bad equipment, either. Those will reduce effectiveness, efficiency, product quality, and consequently, the business cash flow. Basically, obtaining faulty equipment can run you out of business faster than having a weak customer base.
Being a seasoned screen printer can give you an edge in buying used screen printing equipment. But one can only spot a good piece of equipment if they know what to look out for and how it works. Here, we will give a few pointers that can help even a novice make a good choice while buying used screen printing equipment.
These are some of the readily available parts of screen printing equipment. Scrutinize the mesh, which must still be usable; if not, you can opt to replace it. Replacing the mesh is still cheaper than buying a new screen entirely. If the screen tension has deteriorated a bit, ensure that it is firm enough for smooth production. Otherwise, it is probably best to look for another supply source or get a new one, instead.
Check the bulbs; some of them might be damaged. The good news is that replacing the damaged bulb is still more economical than going for a new flash cure. With little effort, you can save a lot of money.
This is one of the items left behind whenever a business wants to relocate. Dryers occupy enormous space. The real problem is the power requirement and keeping it ventilated. In most cases, it is pointless buying used electric dryers unless they have been barely used. Ensure that all electrical fittings are in good condition, and won’t cause a hazard in your business location due to unattended faults.
Platens are cheaper when they are bought secondhand and mostly work as efficiently as new ones. Just make sure that they are not warped. Used platens could cost as low as 50% off the initial price.
Plastisol doesn’t expire or spoil provided it was stored properly. Fortunately, it is one of those things that are left behind when a shop is changing its location. It is advisable to stick to full containers. Half-filled containers might contain extra components or might have been contaminated.
Knowing where to look for used screen printing equipment is actually the first step. Most of the time, they outlive the business of the original owners. What happens to this equipment when the owner runs out of business? They are sold off at a very low price. A smart businessman takes up this opportunity.
There are many channels available for sales/purchase of used screen printing equipment.
Spoilt screen printing equipment is rarely the reason shops close down. These equipment last longer than most businesses. They are built to last for a very long time, and that is mostly why they are expensive from the onset. Closing shops are the best place to get affordable equipment, especially if the shop has not been in business for too long.
Printing shops relocate for a variety of reasons. There might be some used screen printing equipment they are willing to part with at a reduced price. Manufacturers also have reasons to move or shift their focus into the production of other equipment. Hence, requiring them to sell off excess old stock in flash sales. In this case, you can get new equipment at an affordable price.
There are a variety of online platforms which allow owners to sell off their used screening equipment, such as Craig’s List, eBay, Facebook Marketplace. But, in most cases, it is best to buy from specialist websites like DigitSmith or screen printing products.
Before you pay for any used screen printing equipment, you must ask a lot of questions; questions bordering on why the machine is being sold, its usage period, the frequency of use, and existing or previous faults, if any. If the transaction is taking place online, then you should insist on getting detailed pictures of the key parts of the machine.
The best line of action will be to observe the machine while it is in use. As well as employing the services of an experienced screen printer while making your purchase, to minimize the risk of ending up with a malfunctioning used screen printing equipment.