How To Buy A Volumetric Mixer That Retains Value
We all want to buy equipment for our business that gives us the best value for our money and understanding what you are buying will help your volumetric mixer retain its value.
There are many variables that go into building a mixer that has a life expectancy of 10-15 years and can still retain a value. From the very beginning the selection of components, life expectancy of materials, grade of material and bolts, type and quality of welding gas and wire, preparation and application of paint and design all play a role in the life expectancy and value of the equipment at the end of 5, 10, 15 years. We all know that you can build a bullet proof tank but maintenance has a direct relationship on life expectancy.
The first area a potential buyer must evaluate is design. High quality components do not matter if the mixer is structurally deficient in the design. A description may say it has a sloped aggregate bin wall, cement metering and a mix auger but if you do not take the time to ask questions it is like buying shoes without trying them on to see how they fit and feel. Does the bin wall have the correctly sloped sides to allow materials to flow freely but at the proper angle so the center of gravity is low? And what is the selection process for locating the bin wall supports coming off the aggregate conveyor? Good design is critical for a quality product to perform year after year and retain its value.
Ask the hard questions of the manufacturer because quality is critical and without it you may be looking at additional costs for repair and maintenance, producing inferior concrete or even having to purchase a new volumetric mixer earlier than you had planned. The questions below will help assure you are getting the most for your money as well as a retained value at trade in time or resale in the market place.
- How is the water tank mounted? How does it fit into weight distribution and chassis stability when going down the highway?
- What gauge of steel is used in the conveyor and aggregate bins and how is it prepped, primed and painted?
- How were the locations identified for the aggregate bin supports and vibrators?
- How is cement metered and how is it proportioned in relationship to aggregate metering?
- What is the homogenizing mixing augers diameter, speed of rotation, design of paddle locations, wear blade chemistry, location of hydraulic motor and how is it coupled to the mixer?
When you purchase a superior design with high quality components and maintain it properly you have provided yourself the best potential retained value the market has to offer.
Three more talking points when looking at volumetric mixers:
- Is the company you are working with treating you as a Business Partner or do they just want a sale? Do they have a Performance Guarantee, emergency parts, training options, terms and details of their warranty and do they offer third party reports?
- What examples can they demonstrate for having service and parts specialists in place to provide technical support and service long after the sale? Ask for their names and talk to them pre-sale, this is the team you will deal with most post-sale.
- Did you invest in business and your future by visiting the volumetric mixer manufacturer? Yes, with today’s technology you can see so much via email and online but if you have a chance visit the factory, see the staff who would building your volumetric mixer, meet the service specialists in person and shake hands with your salesperson.
Contact Cemen Tech today or call 800.247.2464 for more information on buying a volumetric mixer for your business.