Purchasing laboratory instuments can be a daunting task as there are many sources available for the laboratory instuments you are looking for. When looking to purchase a microscope or an HPLC one can become overwhelmed with the technology offerings and options, so it’s always good to educate yourself on the differences. Once you’ve arrived at the type of technology you need, the specific make and model you would prefer, it’s now time to see what’s available on the market.
Companies like Agilent, Waters, and Shimadzu are certainly going to try to position a new machine when you contact them and this is understandable as they are in the market of selling state-of-the-art equipment. Many of these companies will also offer refurbished units which can save you thousands on your purchase while still giving you the peace of mind that it’s supported by the equipment manufacturer. Used Laboratory Equipment providers like Arc Scientific are also great resources for lab equipment because it’s possible there may be an unused instrument available that is still in the box or an laboratory instuments still sitting on the bench-top for sale in a lab where it’s been properly used and maintained. The used laboratory equipment route can save you 50-80% of the price of new. Just considering the savings!
Another major benefit to used laboratory equipment is the lead time. Many used laboratory equipment like microscope, gas chromatographs, HPLCs, and centrifuges are available to be purchased today and can be up and running in your lab tomorrow! The lead time on new laboratory instuments can sometimes be 6 months or more. Just imagine the work than can be done on an laboratory instuments during that time.
There are some risks to buying used equipment and this is something that should be considered. We recommend that you always inspect equipment when possible to confirm that it’s in working condition. Some sellers will also offer service contracts and warranties. When looking for an instrument make sure it comes will all necessary software, dongles, and licenses. Licenses can be very expensive so beware.
If you have any questions regarding the purchase of used laboratory equipment please contact Arc Scientific and ask to speak with an agent.