Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Used Welding Equipment

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Used Welding Equipment

Are you looking for welding gear in St. Louis? Used welding equipment is worth considering — it can save you a lot of money on vs. new equivalents, and in many cases will do the job just as well. If you’re careful about what you buy, you might also find that used equipment can last a long time too. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re buying used equipment.

Used vs. Refurbished

Something to look out for as you look for equipment in St. Louis, used welding equipment can come in two forms, “used,” or “refurbished.” Used equipment is the cheapest option. It doesn’t mean low quality or damaged, just that the owner has probably upgraded to new gear or isn’t working on jobs that require it anymore. Refurbished equipment is used gear that has been inspected, painted, and repaired where necessary. It won’t be good as new, but it should have a better lifespan than used gear. It will cost you a bit more though.


There are two things to keep in mind here. Firstly, try to find out the manufacturing date of the equipment. The newer, the better. Secondly, how much has the equipment been used during that time? If it’s several years old but has only been used a handful of times, that may be preferable to one that’s one year old but has been used weekly. Carefully inspect the unit for defects or damage too — even seemingly small defects can be costly to repair.


There are many outlets selling top name brands in St. Louis. Used welding equipment has, of course, experienced a bit of wear and tear, so big name brands that produce reliable equipment are your best bet. Naturally, some people have bad experiences with all brands, but on average Lincoln, Miller, ESAB, Thermal Arc, and Hobart are the names you should look out for.

CC Machine Tools has 25 years’ experience buying and selling equipment. CMTSE certified, CC Machine Tools buy and sell a range of equipment and can also conduct appraisals, liquidations, and auctions. They are based in Wauconda, IL.

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