10 Questions For Buying A Volumetric Mixer That Retains Long-Term 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.
Key Variables Linked To Mobile Concrete Mixer Value
There are many variables that go into building a mixer with a life expectancy of at least 10 years to 15 years and can still retain value. From the very beginning, these common variables play a crucial role in the equipment life expectancy and value at 5-year intervals:
- Component selection;
- Materials’ life expectancy;
- The grade of bolts and materials used;
- The quality and type of welding gas and wire; and
- The preparation and application of paint and design.
Yet, keep in mind that owning a high-quality volumetric mixer that retains value doesn’t negate the need for periodic and annual maintenance.
Quality Design Is Critical To Performance
The first area to evaluate is design. High-quality components don’t matter if the mixer is structurally deficient from a design standpoint. A description may list a sloped aggregate bin wall, cement metering, and a mix auger. But, if you don’t take time to ask questions, it’s like buying shoes without checking for 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 product to perform year after year and retain value.
5 Essential Questions To Ask The Manufacturer
Ask the hard questions of the manufacturer because the quality is critical. Without it you may be looking at extra maintenance and repair costs, producing inferior concrete, or even having to purchase a new volumetric mixer earlier than planned. These questions can help assure you’re receiving the most initial value along with retained value at trade-in or resale in the marketplace.
- 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?
Purchasing equipment with superior design backed by high-quality components and regular maintenance means you’re developing the best potential retained value the market has to offer.
Extra Considerations For Buying A Volumetric Mixer That Retains Value
How Does The Company Treat You During The Buying Process?
Is the company you’re working with treating you as a business partner or simply 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?
Can The Company Demonstrate Post-Sale Service & Technical Support?
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’ll work with post-sale.
Invest In Your Future By Visiting The Manufacturer
Did you invest in your business and future by visiting the volumetric mixer manufacturer? Yes, with today’s technology you can see so much with email and websites, but if you have a chance, visit the factory. There you can meet the people who build the mixers, meet 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.