Used Baler Story
This letter was rewritten to remove names and shorten its length. However, we thought it was a great way to show how a refurbished baler can benefit and save you time and money.
A Story of a Used Baler Purchase
I bought a good 60” baler for $3500 from a guy. It came out of a retail chain setting. I got to see it work (without cardboard though), and it seemed fine. So I bought it. I had to rent a forklift for $600. Pay my guys $400 to get it out of there. A friend let me borrow his trailer to haul it.
Now, the set up at my location; I had dock door height doors only and had to have the forklift moved and brought to my site and rent another forklift for the inside at $800 more. My guys didn’t prep the flip of the baler to its side for removal and shipping correctly, so the hydraulic oil leaked out. I bought hydraulic oil for $75. They set the baler upright, and everything went well with that.
They set it where I wanted it. The electrician hooked it up, but he had to change the voltage and a part on the motor starter to work with my building voltage, $250 extra. The electrician also said, when he hooked these up before they anchor them to the floor. I spend time calling around and find out, I should anchor it for safety’s sake, and OSHA’s. Rented a hammer drill and bought concrete anchors for another $100.
I had been up and running with the baler for about four months, and oil started to show on the bales. A local service guy came out and said: “the cylinder rod seal is shot, the cylinder needs to be rebuilt.” Might be able to rebuild it, but if it is too worn, you will need a rebuilt cylinder or new cylinder. How much is a rebuilt cylinder I ask?… He said: “typically $1600 plus labor”. So, I now have $5725 in a baler, and if I need the rebuilt cylinder, I will have $7325 plus labor in it. My used baler will have cost me more than twice as much as I paid.
RefurBalers.com had quoted pretty much the same machine for $7424 with a six-month warranty, installed and delivered. If you count my time directing the forklifts and balers around instead of my business that I know; it could be pushing $8000 for this used baler easy. Moreover, I thought I was saving $4000 bucks.
Were You Thinking of a Used Baler?
All used balers don’t end up being a pain, however you can easily fall pray too. A lot can depend on what makes a used baler good, like age, safety compliance, and installation location. Ask us about our baler evaluation and we can look it over you. email us here
Or, you may want to look at our inventory of balers that come with a 6 month warranty. Installation is quoted for each baler location, so feel free to ask for a quote!