Posts Tagged ‘used electrical equipment’

Top 10 Reasons Buying Used Electrical Equipment Is Cool

February 26th, 2010 Comments off

10. Buying used bends the time/space continuum in your favor – you can trust us on this.

9.   Buying used extends one’s longevity, since you don’t have to worry about whether the

used piece of equipment will arrive on time.

8.   Buying used decreases the planets carbon footprint (go green) as the piece of equipment has already been made and is simply being put back into service.

7.   Buying used strengthens your marriage since now you will have more money to take your

spouse out to dinner more often.

6.   Here at MIDWEST Switchgear, special equipment needs are engineered to fit the customer’s

special applications.

5.   Only the used reconditioned equipment market can fill the need for existing equipment no longer


4.   Quality. Used equipment at MIDWEST is reconditioned and tested before it is shipped. Test results, be they megger, contact resistance, overcurrent, winding resistance, hypotential, or MIDWEST’s live load tests, must meet national specifications before equipment goes out the door.

3.   Warranty. Depending on the specific type of equipment purchased, a typical warranty on used reconditioned equipment is one year. The same time as the manufacturer’s warranty on new equipment.

2.   Availability. Manufacturers do not keep inventories of many types of new equipment. Lead times for new equipment orders can stretch from weeks to months. Used reconditioned equipment can be in your hands as fast as shipping and preparation allow. The operative word here at MIDWEST Switchgear is fast. Our goal is to get the equipment to the customer as fast as time permits.

1.   And the number one reason to buy used − On average you can expect to save up to 75% of the

cost of new equipment.






Does MIDWEST sell old, used, or obsolete circuit breakers, bus plugs, or transformers “As Is?”

February 1st, 2010 Comments off

Three answers, NO and NO and NO.  This is a big deal for us. MIDWEST does not sell old, used, or obsolete circuit breakers, bus plugs, transformers or other electrical equipment to an end user, ie the consumer, unless it has been properly serviced, reconditioned, tested, and passed Quality Controls.  We strongly recommend no one buys old electrical equipment “as is.”  That could be very dangerous. There are many “listing” companies and auction type sites that sell “as is.”  For example, eBay does not warranty the used and old electrical equipment sold through their service.  They provide a great service, but they do not provide a warranty on the specific used electrical equipment sold on eBay.  The same may be true with services that just list equipment.  The only people MIDWEST will sell electrical equipment “as it,” are other qualified electrical dealers that have proper Quality Controls.  Old, used, or obsolete circuit breakers, bus plugs, transformers, and switchgear have too many dangerous failure modes to be sold without proper testing.  MIDWEST does not just process orders.  Anybody can do that.  And many do.  We actually have a name for that.  We call it TC, Trained Chimpanzee, work.  You could train a chimpanzee to put old circuit breakers into a box. 


We add value.  Our staff of engineers and technicians service, repair, recondition, and test electrical equipment for a living.  We’ve done it for over 30 years.  That is what we do day after day. And it is what we think others should do if they are going to sell something.  “As Is” is just scary.  When electrical equipment gets unhappy, it can fail with a boom and a flash.  And that can hurt.