When getting Check and Measurement Tools there are numerous variables included within the conclusion making procedure. Down below are some things to consider to assist you in these details creating a favorable purchasing decision.
The types for paying for T&M tools can be considered as follows: New, Used and Refurbished.
* New devices requires minimal functional consideration other than “is it suitable for the application?” New gear is obviously the highest priced choice and in some cases may have long delivery or “lead” times.
* Used machines typically is sold “as is” and un-tested with little or no warranty or right of return. Although the low price can be very appealing the actual product condition will vary.
* Refurbished tools usually has been cleaned and tested, with non-functioning parts replaced and has a warranty, right of return, operator manual and basic (standard) accessories. The price may be just slightly higher than the same “used” piece of tools.
Therefore the focus of this article is on “refurbished tools.”
Typically a savings of 30 to 80 percent from new list price is not unusual, including a quicker than new delivery time.
* Consider Your Vendor:
How long have they been in business?
Are they a “brick and mortar” business or a small Internet entity?
Easily accessible by phone or email?
What is their response time?
* Consider Competitive Quotes:
How do the right of return and warranties compare?
Are you comparing similar pieces of machines?
Did all quotes come back in a timely manner?
* Consider Your Buying Options:
Rental for short-term use?
Lease to extend your budget?
Trade-in under utilized machines to defray costs?
* Consider Make, Model, Configuration:
What make and model do you require?
What options do you really need for your application?
What options are on the unit being offered?
* Consider Accessories and Manuals:
What accessories come with the unit?
Operator manual included?
* Consider Warranty:
Length of warranty?
Where is the products serviced?
What is the warranty system?
Is an extended warranty available?
* Consider Right of Return:
Is there a right of return?
How long is the return period?
When does it start?
What is the return process?
* Consider Calibration or Quality Standards:
If you require calibration, what type of calibration is required?
Can they provide it?
If calibration is not a requirement is there a certificate of compliance?
What if any are the costs associated with the above?
* Consider Packing and Shipping Methods:
How is the machines packed for shipment?
Do you need to insure the shipment?
Is there a considerable savings between overnight and second or third day shipping?
According to Frost & Sullivan, the estimated size of the North American used exam and measurement machines market was $446 million in 2004 and is estimated to grow to $654 million by 2011.