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New Or Second Hand Test Equipment - What Would You Choose?

March 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 205

Acquiring new testing equipment can be quite a commitment because delicate pieces of machinery for analysing networks, power and spectrum, signal generators, digitised scopes and power meters do not come in cheap.

So what are the options when it comes to testing the reliability, performance and parameters of your latest product?

Buy new test equipment The main reason for buying a piece of equipment outright is that you will own it from the start and you can choose to do with it whatever you decide. There are also a number of tax relief and accounting benefits that bookkeepers can use to your financial advantage: one such way would be adding expenditure up at the end of the financial year or writing off new capital expenditure. You will also be able to recuperate some of the initial outlay by selling the piece on at a later date.

Buy used test equipment Purchasing second hand or used testing equipment will most certainly save you a pretty penny over buying brand new machines off the shelves. Used equipment is normally thoroughly checked over before being resold, cleaned and tested to make sure it meets the manufacturers' standards. Often, it is smartly repackaged. Reconditioned and rebuilt equipment from a reputable dealer will often come with a warranty. It will often be manually calibrated should this be required. Many used equipment dealers will have the latest, up to date pieces available, which means there is no need to have to consider buying second best and compromising your test results. Once again, when buying second-hand apparatus you will also own the equipment outright and be able to decide when it will be used and when you should change it.

Rent test equipment or lease it These days rental or leasing of testing equipment is a common practice. There are a number of advantages to hiring equipment that you will not get when you buy your equipment. Leasing can be arranged at short notice and there is no need to wait for delivery and calibration of machines - normally they are available with a moment's notice.

Rental agreements give you the option to change your machine as often as you like, with the choice of hiring the latest, state of the art pieces available. It also gives you the flexibility to take on machines only when absolutely necessary and only for as long as you need them. This ability can provide great cost savings and low financial burden when evaluating your products.

Alex always used to purchase new test equipment for years. However, in the last few months he decided that it would be much more cost effective to switch to test equipment hire instead.

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