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Used Cleaning Equipment or Buy New Ones?

Updated on October 14, 2010

Cleaning Equipment- Buy New or Used?

Used cleaning equipment or new?

Looking for used cleaning equipment?

What are the pros and cons for purchasing a new one versus used equipment?

It depends on which equipment you are looking at.

Here are examples as to what to consider.

Used equipment:


Price: You can purchase most used equipment at very good prices than a new one.


Risk: You have to consider the risk of breaking down of equipment anytime soon in the future. It could break down on your first use. If you are willing to take that risk, so be it. However, if you buy from a reputable janitorial supply company who is willing to give you some warranty on used equipment, that should help you with some ease of mind.

Are you buying from an unknown individual? Well, you will have to assume full responsibility in case something goes wrong while you are doing a job. This could cost a lot.

New equipment:


It is a new toy for you.

It will work well and you don’t have to worry about breaking down on you for a while. If it breaks down, you know it has a warranty service that you can rely on.

It will work well, because it is new.


Price is high and you have to pay the full price.

Note: There are some used equipment that you should not even consider buying. These are vacuum cleaners, small size scrubbing machines, unless they are exceptionally clean, well maintained and used for a very short period of time. If not, please do not consider buying used. This type of equipment break down very easily and you could be spending more time trying to get it to work right and added to that the cost of repairs. However, in most cases, used equipment could be considered if your budget only allows for it.

Such as floor buffer, burnisher, auto scrubber, sweeper, etc. might be a good buy. However, before purchasing it, take a look at the machine thoroughly in and out and under the machine to see if any rust corrosion is taking place. Also ask for warranty, if you are purchasing from a dealer or janitorial supply company. They usually give 30 to 90 days warranty on used equipment.

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