Carpet Cleaning Equipment & Truckmount Specialist Australia

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Buying Second Hand Carpet Cleaning Equipment

Purchasing second hand carpet cleaning equipment when you are starting a business or expanding your existing business can seem like the best way to get ‘bang for your buck’.

Certainly this can be a cost effective way of getting carpet cleaning equipment at a fraction of the cost however buyers need to beware!!

Last week we had a customer who purchased a second hand truck mounted carpet cleaning machine – a Prochem Legend XL.   It only had 1600 hrs of use and he was told the machine was only 4 years old –  it seemed like a great buy – except .............

He has just had to outlay an additional $3,500 in repair costs and the machine still does not heat!

Purchasing second hand carpet cleaning equipment does make sense in some cases but the buyer needs to be vigilant and check thoroughly that the machine is in good working condition – ideally request that the seller take you on a job with them using the machine.   Request all maintenance records, if not available request information on mechanic who carries out repair, service  and contact them – this particular machine was at least 10 years old not 4 – the mechanic who serviced the machine would clearly be able to advise on this.

Obviously hands-on with the machine is the best way to ensure that your purchase of second hand equipment is not going to cost you a lot more than the purchase price but this is not always possible.

Deciding to buy a Second Hand Truck mount? Deciding to buy a Second Hand Truck mount?

The following are some essential checks that you should carry out:

  1. Run the machine – don’t just turn it on – let it run for a good length of time to see if it runs smoothly, test that the machine is producing sufficient heat, look for potential leaks from heat exchangers, hoses and hose fittings
  2. Listen for rattles, squeaks or other irregular operating noises
  3. Check condition of the air filter
  4. Check belts for wear
  5. Check pressure hose
  6. Check machine under full load to ensure it can maintain engine RPM
  7. Check for condition of motor, vacuum blower and pressure pump oil
  8. Check Spark Plugs
Check to ensure clean! Check to ensure clean!
Oil should be honey colour! Oil should be honey colour!
Look for condition of spark plug! Look for condition of spark plug!

If our customer had of checked - they would have found the air filter completely blocked, the oils dis-coloured and the spark plugs in very poor condition as shown above.

There will always be those that are not honest when selling, it is not our intention however to tar all sellers with this label.  There are many good quality machines on the market that can offer great value and be an excellent way to get into the industry without a large capital outlay.

Our expert team are always willing to give advice and assist with your decision making process, so that you are able to select the right carpet cleaning equipment for your needs.

Power Clean does assist customers with the sale of their second hand truck mounted carpet cleaning machines and have a number of machines currently listed on our website.  Some of these are almost brand new (we have a Rage truckmount with only 328 hrs) have been serviced regularly and we are happy to recommend customers to consider these as an alternative to new equipment purchase.  Please call us on 1300 276 937 if you would like any information.