Used Autoclaves - What To Look For
In today's economy, it just makes sense to buy a used autoclave instead of a new one. You will easily save thousands of dollars, no matter which autoclave you are looking for.
If you are thinking about purchasing a used autoclave, here are some basic guidelines to help you in your pursuit of just the right unit.
Keep in mind, price is not indicative of quality and there are bargains to be had.....if you are careful and know what to look for.
Know who the seller is. If you are looking at an auction site like ebay, the seller is made known, or there are ways you can find out who they are. If the seller is someone who repairs/refurbishes autoclaves, they should put some kind of a guarantee/warranty on the unit.
Always use email to ask you questions and get your replies. This way you have in writing what the seller is telling you about the autoclave, and written proof if you have been mislead in anyway.
One more caveat: Stay away from government surplus sales!
Makes & Models
Look for Brand Names You Know & Trust, like ....
It is best to make sure there are parts available for the unit you contemplating. Autoclaves are mechanical beasts and there will be problems from time to time. If parts are not available when you need them, your autoclave will be unrepairable and will have to be replaced when problems do occur.
Keep in mind, the more extra options there are, the more costly a repair (or replacement parts) will be. The features the options offer are a must have for some, and of no importance to others. Decide how important certain features are to you. As a general rule of thumb, the more basic the unit, the cheaper the repairs and the less to go wrong.
There are a few models which use chemicals instead of distilled water for the sterilization process. You can generally identify these units by their name. Somewhere the word Chemical or Chem is included, like "Chemiclave"
These are generally pretty good units. If this is what you are looking at, make sure the chemicals are available to you in your area (shipping costs are through the roof) and the pricing.
For most of our clients, a "dry heat" autoclave is not something that will meet your needs.
Questions to Ask The Seller
Here are the Top Twelve Questions you should be asking the seller on any used autoclave you are thinking about purchasing:
No matter where you are looking, if you would like our opinion as to the viability and value of the autoclave you are looking at, feel free to contact us. You will find us to be unbiased, truthful, and straight-forward....no matter who the seller is. And we rarely if ever put one on ebay for sale (we have a long waiting list for our units). But should you be looking at one of ours, we will reveal our ownership to you.....up front
What's in it for us? We want to earn your business somewhere down the line........when you are in the market for replacement and maintenance parts for your autoclave
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