New Vs Used Cranes

One of the biggest questions on consumer’s minds when looking to buy a new item, object, gadget or piece of equipment is whether to go down the brand spanking new route, or the second-hand, and perhaps slightly riskier, used route. Websites like eBay have created a marketplace where people can find almost anything that they need at a moment’s notice, sometimes at a fraction of the cost. But which is the better route to go down when buying a crane? Below we have weighed up the options of new vs used cranes.

new vs used cranes

Websites and marketplaces like eBay have meant it’s easier than ever to buy a used crane. But is this a good thing?

Safety- New vs Used Cranes

Safety should be your primary concern when buying a crane, and should always come above the price. Of course, the cost is something that you’ll need to consider, but if you know that a particular crane is needed for a job, then you need to ensure the safety of that crane.

When buying a brand new crane, and after thoroughly inspecting it, you can be assured of its safety and reliability. You know that the crane has come fresh of the production line, and its quality has been assured by the manufacturer. If there were any faults, the manufacturer would also have to replace your crane.

If buying a used crane, you can’t be 100% certain where it’s come from or how it’s been used. If it is a test model of a manufacturer, then the chances are that the crane is fine. But if you are purchasing your crane from an independent supplier, then your crane could have had multiple users before you, and you can’t guarantee how well they have looked after it.


Now that we’ve discussed the most important aspect, safety, we can discuss the price too, as this will always be a big factor on your mind. As with any new piece of equipment, a new crane will cost you more than a used crane will, and we’re happy to be upfront about this.

Second-hand and used cranes offer you the chance to secure a great working crane at a much lower price. However, there’s a slight caveat. Should the crane not have been looked after in the best way as we have discussed above, then there is a chance that it may have faults or break quickly, leading to additional costs for you because of maintenance and repairs.

new vs used cranes

Here you can see some of the brand new shiny cranes that we stock here at Cranes Direct

Of course, many used cranes will come in a perfectly good working order, but if they don’t, you are unlikely to be covered by any guarantees or warranties if you have purchased a used crane through an independent third party supplier.

Where are you buying your crane from?

As we have touched on above, one of the most crucial points of buying a new or used crane is where you will be purchasing it from. If it is a reputable and well-known supplier, your risks are highly reduced.

If you buy a used crane, or even a new crane, from an independent person or re-selling website, your guarantees and protections are lowered. Perhaps the most important factor is that you can’t be assured of the fact that the seller knows exactly what they’re talking about. This is why it is always better to buy cranes, either used or new, from experts.

Cranes have lifting limits, inspection tests, necessary accessories and training to operate, and an expert and knowledgeable cranes supplier can provide you with all of this.

If you would like to discuss buying a crane with people who know what they’re talking about, or are unsure about new vs used cranes then we would love to help. You can get in contact with us here.



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