If you're starting a new welding shop, or even just upgrading the welding equipment and tools in your own shop, then you've probably noticed that prices for even basic equipment can vary widely from supplier to supplier. Some retailers have plasma cutters for sale at an extremely reasonable price, while the same machinery can cost almost twice as much with other suppliers.
If you are on a budget, finding the best deals can be the difference between having a well equipped shop, and struggling to complete jobs with tools that aren't quite up to the task. In the worst cases scenario a lack of equipment or the wrong kind of equipment might even mean the possibility of turning work away, something that no start-up business can afford to do. Even if you aren't on a budget, nobody likes to waste money, and shopping carefully for welding equipment could save your company a small fortune.
So where do you find welding gear and plasma cutters for sale at reasonable prices? Well, there are lots of options for buying welding equipment.
How to Get the Best Deals on Engineering and Welding Equipment
If you're starting a new company, then buying used gear might be a good option. It's less expensive, and it will usually serve your needs for at least a few years. A lot of retailers now specialise in sourcing high quality used equipment, then reconditioning it and supplying it with a warranty. If your business takes off, you can start shopping for new equipment.
If you're upgrading your shop, then you might be best off purchasing new equipment. There are a lot of places where you can find plasma cutters for sale. In many cases, general sellers such as eBay are good sources of equipment, however for more expensive items you may prefer to purchase from a specialist seller, so that you know that the warranty will be honoured if you have any issues.
If you are having trouble sourcing the kind of specialist welding equipment you require locally you should not hesitate to find an overseas supplier. In these days of international business having equipment (even second hand) shipped in from abroad is fast, convenient and can help businesses to gain a competitive edge, allowing them to tool up with the best equipment and compete for lucrative contracts.
For bulk orders, buying directly from the manufacturer can sometimes be a good choice. For one off, smaller purchases, you may get better prices buying from a normal retailer. But for bulk orders, you should make sure that the manufacturer is able to help you by putting together a good deal for you.
In many cases, you won't have the purchasing power to cut a deal with a manufacturer, but you can save money by choosing brands and specifications carefully. Cheap welding equipment is often a false economy, but by the same token, blind brand loyalty makes little sense. Ask your staff what machines they prefer, and try to pick something that they feel comfortable with and enjoy using. Sometimes their choices may seem alien to you, but it makes sense to pick something that will work for the person that will be handling it most of the time.
When it comes to choosing features, buy what you need right now, and what you feel you will need in the near future. Don't worry about features that you'll never use. If you only want plasma cutters, just look at the plasma cutters for sale – don't worry about oxy cutting gear or multi-purpose welders. Focus on the job at hand and find the right tools for the job. This buying advice applies to any tool for any kind of shop, but is especially true for welding, where all-singing, all dancing tools can cost thousands more than simpler, but equally effective, devices.
This post was written by James Harper on behalf of Westermans International, an excellent supplier of welding equipment who always have plasma cutters for sale. James writes on subjects relating to business.