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Buying Machinery At Auction

 

 

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The Condition Of The Machine

When you buy anything online, the experience is unsettling for you. Online auctions have become popular and are where most people visit when they want to sell their underutilized machinery.

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You need to make sure you have a condition report on the machine before you can bid on it. some auction houses are going to provide you with the report if you ask.

If the location of the machine is not far, then you can go and inspect it in person. You can bring along a trusted friend who is going to help in inspecting the machine.

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If this isn’t possible, then pay a local mechanic to help you inspect the machine you are interested in.

 

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Retail Price vs Auction Price 

This is an important thing to consider because in the past auctions provided buyers with a place they could get machines at a bargain. The internet has made life a little easy and auctions can be done online.

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Online auctions are handling a lot of transactions daily because it has become the go-to place for many people. One thing that has happened in the auction “bargain” price becoming the auction “retail” price. If you check out eBay, you will see the “buy it now” option is popular.

You need to research so you can know the difference between a “retail” price and a “bargain” price. There is no need of paying more than needed when buying a machine when you can visit the Surplus Database.

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The Service Records 

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Before you buy a machine, you need to ensure that you can service the machine.

If you are good at mechanical stuff, you can do it yourself. If you have to rely on a mechanic to repair or service the machine, make sure you can get the service books or advice from an OEM if needed.

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One thing you have to keep in mind is the machine is going to break down at some point and the important thing is how long is it going to be down. You can save yourself a lot of time when you have the service manuals and you need to work on the machine after it breaks down.

 

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Spare Parts Availability

Spare parts are very important because you will need them when the machine breaks down. When you buy from an online auction and see a good machine from a brand that is unfamiliar in the marketplace, ask yourself whether you are going to get spare parts easily.

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If the machine is from a foreign brand, then it is going to be hard to get genuine parts when you need to repair the machine, which will complicate things a lot.

There are few dealers who will have the reach to get international parts when you need them.

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Machine history

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This is going to go hand in hand with the condition of the machine. you will find many machines at the online auctions that are reported to have low hours of operation, but they are not. The owners gave it a quick “liquid overhaul”.

You need to know where the machine was before. The place where the machine was previously is going to have a big impact. A machine that has 1000 hours of operation in a fruit shop is different from one that has 1000 hours of operation in a foundry.

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Transportation costs

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Many people overlook this when buying machines online. They realize it when it is too late. When they realize the machine is in another state and they have to spend it the moment they realize they have made a mistake.

Make sure you factor in the transport cost when calculating how much you are spending on the machine. You might be surprised to find that you could have bought it locally at the same price.

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Warranty

When you buy a machine from an online auction, forget about getting a warranty with that purchase.

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The machinery is most of the time sold as it is unless it is stipulated. If you get the machine and you start using it then you realize it has broken down a few days later, you don’t have a warranty that covers the purchase.

You have to meet the full costs of repairing the machine.

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The condition of the unit, service availability, and spare availability is very important if you want to keep it running.

 

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The afterlife

You need to think about what you are going to do with the machine after you are done using it.

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Is it easy to resell it? Can you relist it on the online auction and then sell it? Are you going to own the machine until the end of its natural life?

It is a good idea to have a disposal plan for any machinery you purchase.

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Reese Weil released an EP, “Beatwave”

Reese Weil

Reese Weil is a Bay Area musician who recently released an EP called “Beatwave.” This EP is a mix of hip-hop, rap, and rock that has been very popular among listeners. You can find it on all major streaming platforms.

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The EP was released on February 14th, 2024, featuring other famous artists such as Nef the Pharaoh and Scando the Darklord. Each song on the EP is unique and showcases the talents of its collaborators. The EP is an excellent representation of the Bay Area’s music scene.

“Beatwave” is a great EP that has something for everyone. From catchy rhythms to meaningful lyrics, it will keep you entertained. Some of the best tracks on the EP are “Day Drinkin’,” “Night Ain’t Over,” and “Summer Love.” These songs showcase Reese Weil’s great melodies and guitar skills. Other tracks like “Wild Side” and “Airplanes” highlight the tremendous rap skills of Nef the Pharaoh and Scando the Darklord.

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The EP is about 19 minutes long, and it’s a celebration of creativity and unity. It’s a great example of how different genres can come together to create something amazing. “Beatwave” will make waves in the music industry and establish Reese Weil as a great artist to watch out for.

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Luanne Hunt Paints a Vivid Picture of Addiction on “The Vice”

Luanne Hunt’s “The Vice” is a hauntingly beautiful exploration of the highs and lows of a gambler’s life. With its rich imagery and introspective lyrics, the song captures the essence of addiction and the isolation that often comes with it.

Hunt’s vocals are the perfect vehicle for this emotional journey, delivering raw vulnerability and warmth with every line. Her voice is melodic and captivating, drawing the listener in and immersing them in the story of the protagonist.

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The instrumentation of “The Vice” is minimalistic yet impactful. The piano and violin blend seamlessly to create a rich and textured sound, mirroring the emotional depth of the lyrics. There is a sense of intimacy in the arrangement, as if the listener is sitting in a quiet corner of a dimly lit lounge, enveloped by the melancholic strains of the music.

The lyrics depict the life of a seasoned gambler, referred to as the “king of clubs,” who thrives on the adrenaline rush of gambling. His life is a series of solitary journeys from one gambling haven to another, with the casinos of Vegas, Reno, and Jean being his mainstays. Despite his successes and the reputation that precedes him, the gambler experiences profound loneliness, hinted at by his solitary drinking habit and the mention of fleeting romantic encounters. The recurring refrain, “He’s in paradise with a pair of dice,” encapsulates the gambler’s dual existence in moments of ecstasy and isolation.

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Through “The Vice,” Hunt masterfully explores the seductive and destructive nature of vices. She paints a vivid picture of a man consumed by his addiction, finding fleeting moments of euphoria in the midst of profound loneliness.

For those interested in exploring similar themes through music, Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” and Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” offer nuanced takes on life’s gambles, both literal and metaphorical. In literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Gambler” provides a profound psychological exploration of gambling addiction. Visually, the paintings of Paul Cézanne, particularly his card player series, capture the tension and concentration of gamblers in a different medium.

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Overall, “The Vice” is a poignant and introspective piece that showcases Hunt’s talent as a songwriter and storyteller. With its relatable themes and haunting melody, this song is sure to resonate with listeners and leave a lasting impression.

–Toby Jenkins

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