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What To Do With Old Machinery?

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In the world of sports there is a point where the Director of an organisation must make a crucial choice regarding players in the team

Maintain an older veteran player on the roster, swap the veteran player with an alternative player or let the veteran player go to make more room for the next young star.

In the same way, those who deal with industrial machinery and equipment need to make similar choices which is to either keep old machinery idle behind the store, or sell it and trade it in for the possibility of a profit.

If you’re the plant supervisor of a huge manufacturing facility, or the owner of an machining shop in your neighborhood you’re the one who plays the job of the General Manager in deciding what to do with the company’s old equipment and machinery.

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Alternatives for Machine Disposal

Industrial machinery that is in the warehouse, not being utilized or is nearing the end of its existence and what should be done with it isn’t an issue for most businesses. It’s also difficult to move or remove of the equipment yourself particularly if it weighs hundreds of pounds.

We’ll go over four alternatives: recycling (scrap) selling direct or through a broker, partner with one auction, and partner with a broker. These options allow you to assess the benefits of each option prior to disposal of your industrial machinery and equipment.

Option 1 Option 1: Scrap or recycle

If the old industrial equipment is damaged beyond repair and can’t be offered for sale due to its condition scrapping or recycling the machine is better than keeping it in a safe place and out of sight at the back of your plant. The storage of your machinery for a long time will not make any money.

Recycling centers and scrap yards accept a wide range of industrial equipment and machinery. Recycling old industrial equipment can also help the environment by making sure that the equipment is not disposed of in landfills around the world.

Employ a Machine Mover for Scrapping Your Equipment

Moving industrial equipment from your premises and transporting it to the scrapyard can be difficult, especially when the machine weighs several hundred thousand pounds. A specialist machinery mover will have the proper equipment and years of experience in the removal of heavy machinery and transporting that equipment to the recycling yard.

Have a look at some of the equipment we’ve hauled and moved over the years on this page.

Option 2. Sell Directly to an individual buyer

Selling your equipment directly to a buyer could yield better returns than recycling or scrapping. The problem is finding buyers, especially when it’s a highly specific equipment.

Finding buyers and markets for your equipment requires a lot of energy and time. Many plant owners, plant managers as well as operations managers on are typically already overwhelmed. There isn’t enough time to do day-to-day tasks and identify the most suitable buyers for the equipment.

Time is money. Do you have the time?

Directly selling your equipment to buyers is akin to being the salesperson. You’re responsible for marketing efforts to get buyers. However, this comes with its own limitations. You are in charge of addressing any questions buyers might have at any point. Buyers might also wish to visit and examine the machine. Do you have time to take care of the potential buyers?

Option 3: Join forces with the Broker

Working with a reputable machine broker is another way of get rid of machinery that is not being used. Machinery brokers are usually familiar with the equipment. They may have a buyer and ready to buy before they even look over the equipment. A reputable and reputable broker can also result in an efficient partnership. If your plant’s machinery is being upgraded, and the old equipment is in the process of being removed or purchased, you’ll know exactly whom to contact.