Buyers Guide

What to look for during a Machinery Inspection


USE OF THE GUIDE

The check-list of specifications which follows has been prepared only for the most commonly traded machines, and is intended as a guide to securing the maximum amount of information on a particular machine that might be needed by a buyer or seller.

Certain information is BASIC TO ALL MACHINES and will not be repeated!
This basic information is as follows:

A. Machine Type Example: Rotary Surface Grinder
B. Builder Example: Heald
C. Model No. /Size Example: 25A 16"
D. Serial No Example: 17623
E. Year Built Example: 1944

Certain other information is SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION FOR ALL MACHINES and will not be repeated!
This information is as follows:

  • Complete description of electrical system showing horsepower, voltage & speed of motors -
        whether AC, DC, Variable speed; control panels, safety controls, switches, etc.
  • Overall machine dimensions (floor space occupied)
  • Weight, basic per catalog, or actual from shipping papers
  • If special or unusual machine, explanation of its operation and application
  • Brief history of use - type of plant where used - production or maintenance - heavy or light use, etc.
  • Condition of machine: AS IS, RECONDITIONED, REBUILT, ETC. Can it be seen under power?
       Is machine assembled for inspection?
  • Location, and if sold loaded (F.O.B. Truck or Car).
        If customer pays loading charges, indicate approximate costs, etc.
  • Terms of sale and guarantee
  • Photograph of machine, if available
  • Any mechanical or electrical safety devices
  • Any attachments or accessories not shown in particular category

Select a Machine type

For tips on what to look for during machine inspection:
AUTOMATIC SCREW MACHINES & CHUCKERS
HAND SCREW MACHINES
BALANCING MACHINES, DYNETRIC OR STATIC
BORING, JIG (See Jig Borers)
BORING MACHINES (Also Horiz. Drilling Machines)Video Available!
BORING MILLS, HORIZ. Video Available!
BORING MILLS, VERTICAL (Incl. Vert. Turret Lathes)Video Available!
BRAKES, PRESSVideo Available!
BROACHES (Horizontal or Vertical)
CHUCKERS (See Auto, Screw Machines)
COMPARATORS (Bench or Pedestal)
DRILLS, MULTIPLE SPINDLE
DRILLING MACHINES, FLOOR AND UPRIGHTVideo Available!
DRILLS, RADIALVideo Available!
GEAR CHECKERS (See Gear Lappers & Testers)
GEAR FINISHERS (See Gear Shapers)
GEAR HOBBERS
GEAR LAPPERS OR SHAVERS
GEAR SHAPERS
GRINDERS, CENTERLESSVideo Available!
GRINDERS, CYLINDRICAL (Plain or Universal)Video Available!
GRINDERS, DISC DOUBLE SPINDLE (Opposed)Video Available!
GRINDERS, DISC (Single End or Double End)Video Available!
GRINDERS, INTERNALVideo Available!
GRINDERS, SURFACE (Horizontal & Vertical Reciprocating)
GRINDERS, SURFACE (Rotary)Video Available!
GRINDERS, THREADVideo Available!
GRINDERS, TOOL & CUTTERVideo Available!
HEADERS, COLD
HONING MACHINESVideo Available!
IRONWORKERSVideo Available!
JIB BORERS
KEYSEATERS
LATHES, AUTO. PRODUCTIONVideo Available!
LATHES, ENGINE OR TOOLROOMVideo Available!
LATHES, TURRETVideo Available!
MILLING MACHINES, HORIZONTAL (Knee Type)Video Available!
MILLING MACHINES, PROD-HORIZ-DUPLEXVideo Available!
MILLERS, THREADVideo Available!
MILLING MACHINES, VERTICALVideo Available!
MULT-AU-MATIC PRODUCTION CHUCKING & TURNING MACHINE
PLANERS, DOUBLE HOUSING OR OPENSIDE
PRESSES, DIEING - HIGH SPEEDVideo Available!
PRESSES, STRAIGHT SIDEVideo Available!
PRESSES, HYDRAULICVideo Available!
PRESSES, O.B.I.Video Available!
PRESSES, PUNCHVideo Available!
PRESSES, TOGGLE DRAWING OR ECCENTRICK SHAFT
PROFILER & MILLER, VERT.
PUNCHES & SHEARS, POWER Video Available!
ROLL FORMING MACHINESVideo Available!
ROLLS, PLATE BENDINGVideo Available!
SAWS, BAND OR HACK Video Available!
SCREW MACHINES, HAND (See Automatics)
SHAPERS, HORIZ. & VERT.(Including Slotters)
SHEARS, POWER SQUARINGVideo Available!
SHEARS, ROTARYVideo Available!
TAPPING MACHINES
THREADING MACHINES, BOLT & PIPE
THREAD ROLLERS
TURRET LATHES, VERT (See Boring Mills, Vert)
UPSETTING OR FORGING MACHINES
WELDERS, SPOTVideo Available!
WIRE STRAIGHTENING & CUTTING MACHINES