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Friday, October 24, 2014

Should I Purchase a Used Industrial Oven?

There are many questions involved in purchasing an industrial oven.  One question some consider is whether to buy new or used.  While used industrial ovens are usually less expensive than new ones, there are many pitfalls tied to used ovens, which can wind up making the overall price come close to or surpass the price of a new oven. 


Here are some things to consider before purchasing a used industrial oven:
  • End Use – A used industrial oven may not be equipped or may not have the options needed to support your process.  Adding options or retrofitting the oven to meet your needs may be required and can be costly.
  • Performance – With used ovens uniformity, ramp time, and airflow may be unknown, whereas a new oven is guaranteed to perform to manufacturer performance specifications.  
  • Safety Requirements – Older equipment may not comply with the most recent safety requirements.  Updating a used oven to meet current NFPA-86, NFPA-70, OSHA & UL requirements can be expensive. 
  • Missing Parts and Oven Condition – Used ovens may also be missing parts and actual oven condition can be difficult to determine.  Although an oven may be the right model number you’re looking for, many times changes have been made customizing the oven to its previous process.
  • Incompatible Power Source – It can be very costly to convert an incompatible power source between the used oven and the new facility. 
  • Warranty – Buying a used industrial oven can limit the support you receive from the manufacturer and may mean going without a warranty on your investment. 

Buying a used industrial oven is not always a good deal.  By the time the used oven is modified and updated, the cost is usually close to or has exceeded the purchase price of a new oven.  Already purchased a used oven?  Intech Services is proud to represent Precision Quincy Ovens who offers oven refurbishment which can rebuild the equipment eliminating the above issues.  Contact Precision Quincy for an evaluation today, call (302) 602-8738 or email  

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