Used Survey Equipment

Should You Buy Used Survey Equipment

In this budget conscious environment we have to ask the question whether You Should Buy Used Survey Equipment? The big question is whether it would be a sound investment to buy used surveying equipment. Many are quite rightly concerned about ending up with a piece of sub-standard kit that will cause problems when being used out in the field. There is nothing worse than trying to operate with unreliable equipment and we can all recognize the potential problems that this will cause.

So on one hand we need modern equipment to do the job reliably and efficiently. But on the other hand we need to keep the costs down. Buying used survey equipment from a reliable supplier is an obvious solution to the problem. But there are some useful tips on how to do this successfully.

Tip 1 - Always look for equipment originally manufactured by top reliable suppliers like Leica. You know that this type of equipment was built to last. You know that you will be getting a piece of equipment that will do the job. You know that you will be able to get technical information and support if you require it.

Tip 2 - Always buy your used survey equipment from a reputable supplier. Find someone who has been in the business for a while with a good reputation. Preferably someone who deals in both new and secondhand equipment and who can provide the necessary technical backup and support.


Tip 3 - Always ensure that the surveying equipment is fully reconditioned/serviced, fully calibrated and certified and provided with a suitable warranty period. The warranty period should extend beyond the instruments first use so that you get a chance to fully check its operation.

Typical Examples of Used Surveying Equipment

The Leica Builder R200 Reflectorless Total Station.
The Leica Builder R200 Reflectorless Total Station.
Measurements have never been so easy to perform with the Leica Sprinter 150M Electronic Level. The Leica Sprinter 150M allows users to perform their job quickly and efficiently.
Measurements have never been so easy to perform with the Leica Sprinter 150M Electronic Level. The Leica Sprinter 150M allows users to perform their job quickly and efficiently.
The new Leica TPS1200+ is our most competitive total station ever. It provides the markets most accurate reflectorless EDM with the smallest laser dot and measures distances over 1000 metres.
The new Leica TPS1200+ is our most competitive total station ever. It provides the markets most accurate reflectorless EDM with the smallest laser dot and measures distances over 1000 metres.
Leica Builder T100 Theodolite The extremely fast theodolite
Leica Builder T100 Theodolite The extremely fast theodolite
  Garmin eTrex Handheld GPS Combining intuitive, easy-to-use features and a rugged exterior into a lightweight package that fits in the palm of your hand.
Garmin eTrex Handheld GPS Combining intuitive, easy-to-use features and a rugged exterior into a lightweight package that fits in the palm of your hand.

Used Survey Equipment

The current economic climate has increased the demand for used survey equipment we have an extensive range of fully reconditioned, calibrated and certified used surveying equipment.

All our used equipment comes with a 3 month full warranty for both parts and labour.

The list of available used survey equipment is ever changing so the best way to see what we have is to visit our main website. From a supplier who can provide full technical service/support.

Comments 12 comments

propertysearch profile image

propertysearch 7 years ago from UK

Hi, just wondering if used survey equipment holds it's value. Or whether it just becomes obsolete because of technical advances?


Jran profile image

Jran 6 years ago

This is very useful information, and I see it is applicable to many other types of equipment during these economically troubled times.


jasonweb20 profile image

jasonweb20 6 years ago

used survey equipment from a reputable supplier will be the perfect and easiest way of buying equipment... :)


Mindfulness profile image

Mindfulness 6 years ago

I have worked in an office where the company used similar equipment though it was for testing the air. Anyhow, your tip #3 is so right on point about making sure that the equipment is fully calibrated and certified beforehand, especially when dealing with previously used equipment. That is an extremely important point and this is a very informative lens.


samuelbrownf1 profile image

samuelbrownf1 6 years ago from Washington

The prices of survey equipment are very high and it is reasonable to buy used equipment if it is in good shape.


richardsonlynda profile image

richardsonlynda 6 years ago from Melbourne

Hi, just wondering if used survey equipment holds it's value. Or whether it just becomes obsolete because of technical advances?


smdtime6 6 years ago

In this bad economy, business owners have to keep costs down any way they can to avoid passing the expense on to clients. Thanks for the tips on buying used survey equipment!


HoldemPokerTable profile image

HoldemPokerTable 6 years ago

Buying used survey equipment is a great way to save money. As in most business ventures, if you can get your tools of the trade at a reduced price, why wouldn't you want to? Similarly, I never buy a new car.


skyhiroad 6 years ago

Amazing hub! It really helps to know how we can buy used survey equipment without compromising on quality and budget! Thanks!


GrinningFool 6 years ago

I searched for used survey equipment and came across your page. Good information, especially about the calibration of the equipment. Very important.


profitweaver profile image

profitweaver 6 years ago

Survey equipment is specialist, so I expect that it will retain its value. However, if the technological advances are rapid, then the value of second hand equipment may not be so good.


2008 Tax Man profile image

2008 Tax Man 6 years ago

It looks like you can save a lot of money and still get good survey equipment if you know what you are doing. Very Good!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    More by this Author


    Click to Rate This Article
    working