An interesting feature article from sister property, MAchineControlOnline looks at the market for used equipment…
I love a deal. When it comes to the thousands it takes to get into GPS, there will be temptation to get better pricing. Those of you who are reading this have experience with a deal too good to be true. Weather it is a vehicle or a piece of iron, everything has two components, a price and the cost. You initially pay the price; the cost is the additional money and aggravation it takes to bring the new acquisition into the flow of your daily operations. Let’s look at what you can expect from the purchase of GPS equipment from an unproven vendor.
- Consider the Source; Anyone who has spent any time with this equipment knows that a phone call to the right person can take care of 99% of your problems. If the seller is not one of the experienced regular dealers in the technology, the silence on the other end of the line can get scary.
- What is the condition? Just because a component “powers up” does not mean it actually works. I have seen times when a unit was made out of no less than three others cannibalized to get one to power up.
- What you can’t see. We can swap stories sometime about the incompatibility of different version of firmware in various components. Firmware is the software that runs the device you just spent thousands on. Every piece of something with a battery in it has this. If the versions are not made to work with each other, you have just acquired an expensive door stop.
- What Guarantee? Here’s a scenario. You get a job and want to use GPS on it, no problem. You get used equipment online and get used to it; or try to. Due to circumstances you don’t understand it does not work. You purchased it knowing it could be returned, it gets shipped back to the seller and your money refunded. I know what my time is worth, you do too. Lost days and trying to play catch up using traditional construction methods as opposed to the speed increase of GPS have not left a good taste in your mouth.