What To Look Out For in Used Spray Foam Insulation Equipment

By Kevin Malone

Usedspray foam insulation equipment offers contractorssignificant savings. However, this benefit can easily become an added expenseif you buy faulty equipment that breaks down frequently or requires constantmaintenance. If you plan on buying used spray foam insulation equipment from a private seller,there are many factors to consider to ensure you are getting the best possible deal.

However, it is a better idea to acquire used spray foam insulation equipment from an authorizeddistributor with a good reputation in the industry. When you buy used equipmentfrom a supplier like Intech Equipment and Supply, you can rest assured that youare getting the best possible quality because we check all usedspray foam insulation equipment for functionality and verify maintenancehistory. We never list anything we would not use ourselves. To demonstrate whyit is better to work with an authorized distributor, these are some of the manythings you need to check when you buy used equipment on your own from a privateseller.

1: Check for hardened materials.

The number one problem with a used spray foam insulation equipment is it may have been sitting idlelong enough for materials to harden. This is why it is important to check allcomponents for hardened isocyanate materials. This includes hoses, spray foam guns,and all other parts of a rig. The longer the rig has been idle, the higher thechance that the A-side materials could develop moisture and crystallize, whichcan lock up the system. Check the hoses from the transfer pump to the machine.If you hear any kind of cracking or popping when you bend them, there arehardened materials inside the hose.

2: Check the generator and aircompressor for compatibility.

The air compressor and energy source, such asthe generator, must have enough capacity to handle the equipment within therig. If the used rig has been set up with other equipment that was suitable forthese capacities, this is not a problem. However, if you plan on buying a newmachine to put in the used rig, it is especially important to check the specsof these components.

Be sure the generator is powerful enough torun your equipment. This can be challenging if you have a more advanced unit.For this reason, Intech experts are happy to recommend power sources that aresuitable for your spray foam machine.

3: Check used sprayfoam insulation equipment for sale.

The spray foam machine is the major driverbehind your entire operation. So you need to be sure it is working efficiently.Here are a few things to look out for when inspecting used sprayfoam insulation equipment for sale. Please note that all parts may notapply to the model in question.

  • Check the bearings on theconnecting rod and gearbox on the A and B side to rule out wear and tear.
  • Check the pump loop system to be sureit is not gummed up or clogged with hardened material.
  • Bend the return lines that go fromthe machine to the drums to ensure there is no cracking or popping. If you hearany of these sounds, they need to be replaced.

4: Check the spray hose forbuildup.

The spray hose sends insulation materials tothe gun and needs to be in optimal condition for best results. Check the scuffjacket for wear and tear, the condition of the hose, and any of the heatingwires within the hose for functionality. The hose on the A-side has a highchance of being locked up with isocyanate if it has been sitting idle for toolong. Ask the owner when the rig was used last and if the hose was flushed withsolvent after use.

5: Check the spray foam gun.

The condition of the spray foam gun is alsoimportant. If you can, take the gun apart and look at all the components. Checkto see if the inside of the gun has been damaged--especially if it has beensitting idle. Ask the owner how often it has been cleaned and if it has been ona regular maintenance schedule. If you have any doubt, it is better to get anew spray foam gun.

6: Give the equipment a test run.

When it comes to used sprayfoam insulation equipment for sale, there is no shame in asking to try before you buy. Youcan schedule a live chat with the owner and watch them operate the rig to proveits functionality or schedule an on-site appointment to verify that the equipmentworks. A true test will last longer than just a few minutes. In fact, a goodtest run can last around four hours. This gives you enough time to verify ifthere is any buildup in the spray gun's screen and if there is buildup in thehoses.

Used Spray FoamEquipment for Sale At Intech Equipment & Supply

When you buy used equipment from IntechEquipment and Supply, you will not need to worry about going through these steps.We do all the checking and functionality tests to guarantee the equipment works.

If you are interested inusedspray foam insulation equipment for sale, speak with our customersupport team today. Take advantage of our convenient financing options. Formore information, check out our financing calculator.

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About Kevin Malone
Kevin Malone is a leading expert in the spray foam insulation industry with 34 years of experience in spray foam fluid handling and a passion for innovation. He currently offers his extensive knowledge to Intech Equipment and Supply customers by supporting them in selecting quality spray foam equipment to optimize their business. Learn more about Kevin here.


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