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10-Points to Consider when Buying Material Handling Equipment

March 30, 2015

Survey says:

  1. Buy a standard brand that has been time tested and from a company with an excellent reputation.
  2. When comparing products, expect that the latest model with a higher price should have more and better features and benefits.
  3. Prefer to buy on sale whenever possible.
  4. They want to do business with companies that have a good reputation and are consistent with their services and high product quality.


Additional Concerns:

  1. In order to make the decision as to value of the latest product model, function, features, and benefits should be reviewed and compared to earlier models.
  2. In addition, care must be taken to choose a product that is not damaged. Repairing a damaged product will increase your purchase cost.
  3. Want to buy a product that provides good value during its life cycle before having to be replaced.
  4. Will spend too much for some features not needed when buying new.
  5. The frequency of product use must be included in your decision.
  6. How to plan for product replacement if purchasing new or used?


American Surplus sells Standard brand quality used storage and material handling equipment. Our products are purchased in most cases from large corporations that are either changing their distribution strategies or moving to a new location. ASI keeps its prices low by buying in very high volumes.

Most of the material handling industry products are made of steel that if properly maintained have a very long, useful life cycle. Speak with one of our knowledgeable sales technicians who can speak to you about the value you can expect from both new and used products.

Typically, customers call us when they have a storage and/or a material handling problem. We do not expect or plan on our customers knowing all the benefits and features of the various systems available. It is our job to provide you the solutions, if needed, and sell you quality standard brand products at 45-65% of the price of new. Our company policies and our reputation over the last 23 years are the reasons we have so many repeat customers.

  • An industry “Lowest Price Guarantee”,
  • 30 day guarantee for a select group of equipment,
  • and a promise that you will be satisfied.

We encourage our customers to visit our headquarters and warehouses to review our inventory, see products demonstrated, and speak with our sales technicians. And, of course, all our services including CAD drawings are free of charge. Call (800-876-3736).