Used Parts and the Parts Broker
Getting parts from a salvaged machine may be your only option if the part is discontinued. In that situation it is important to have a relationship with a trustworthy parts supplier or parts broker.
"You definitely need to be diligent to avoid those fly-by-night junk yards," says ConEquip owner Al Alexander.
Getting verbal assurance from a salvage company that the used part is "like new" isn’t enough, especially when the part shows ups and there is a tree growing out of it.
"We have an extensive database of salvage yards and over the years we have weeded out the ones we don't trust."
A lot of the risk is reduced or completely eliminated when working with a parts broker as they will assume the responsibility when problems arise with the used parts they secure.
"We do what we can to satisfy the customer we have a good used part for them, send photos when possible, have the part inspected, and then offer a warranty. If there’s a problem with the part, we don’t hesitate getting it back, replacing it, or giving our customer their money back," says Anthony Murty a Sales Specialist at ConEquip Parts.
If the part you are looking for isn’t discontinued, you really need to consider other options like rebuilt or aftermarket before buying a used part.
Though you may be able to save significant money in the short term, you need to think about your operation expenses down the road. The used final drive might last a couple years but if it goes out in six months, was it really worth the 40% you saved?
Another option could be aftermarket. The difference in price between used OEM and new aftermarket could be significant. New aftermarket parts often cost less than a used OEM part.
For instance, the OEM list price for a Case CX225SR final drive part number KBA10060 is $17,594. An aftermarket final drive from a reputable company sells for about $9,000.
The cost for that same final drive in used condition would cost between $7,000 to $12,000.
One of our parts specialists can help you that used part today.