Whether you own a factory or a construction company, by virtue of reading this article you use heavy-duty machinery. Unfortunately though obtaining machinery of this kind can be very difficult. Internet searches tend not to provide supplier information.
Usually, intermediaries come up. When you are searching for machinery it’s essential that you find the suppliers themselves and not intermediaries who’re charging commissions on top of their sourcing fees. Once you have the contact information of machine suppliers, you can reach out and arrange a purchase with them, saving you money.
Something that is even more difficult than finding whole machines is finding suppliers of machinery components. Components can be extremely difficult to get hold of. If you are the owner of a business that’s all good as far as machines go, this post has you covered.
In it, you will find out how you can get your hands on machinery components, which you can then use to make repairs or perform routine maintenance.
Without having components for your machines yourself, you will have to hire a contractor with them to come in and make repairs, which can be expensive.
Identifying needed components
If you are looking for components, first you need to identify which ones you are looking for. You can find literally thousands of components for sale once you have located a dealer. If you do not know which components your machines need though, you are not going to be able to strike up any meaningful business arrangement.
Wholesalers sell everything from rubber track pads, judging on the information available at everpads.com/catalog/undercarriage-system/rubber-track-pads, to wheels used to move large items of machinery around warehouse and factory floors. Identifying the components you need is in and of itself quite a complex task and requires you to do some digging and research.
For you to identify the necessary components, you’ll need to get in touch with the manufacturer of the machines you are using. While you do not need to buy their official components you do need to make sure that the purchased components conform to their predetermined standards.
Obviously, some machines need very specific components in terms of measurements and material. If you do not buy the right components, you may actually cause serious damage to your machines. Using the wrong internal components can lead to mechanical failure and breakdown. Mechanical failure or breakdown can cost you a lot of money.
Remember that the machines you were using as part of your business’s daily operations are expensive. No industrial machine is cheap by any means. Because of how much money goes into investing in these machines, you need to make sure the parts you were using a perfect for them.
Anything less than perfect is unacceptable. Sourcing parts for your machines can indeed be extremely difficult but the remainder of this article will explain how you can get hold of them. It does also need to be noted, you can get in touch with the manufacturer of the machines you are using and ask them for their official components.
That being said, official components tend to be more expensive than ones produced by independent companies.
Simple internet searches
If you are looking for suppliers to work with, consider conducting a simple internet search. While in this post it was mentioned that internet searches tend only to yield the contact information of intermediaries, sometimes you can find genuine suppliers.
You usually have to go several pages back before you can find their websites when you are using Google, as more often than not part suppliers are heritage companies, meaning they are established in their niche and tend not to worry about things like SEO.
Make sure that when you find a company you want to work with, you read their reviews. A supplier’s reviews can tell you a lot about them and help you to decide whether working with them is a sensible idea or not. Beyond reviews, you should also take some time to check out a website or manufacturer’s star rating. Star ratings can tell you just as much about a website as its reviews can.
Utilizing specific keywords
When you are conducting internet searches, use specific keywords. Using keywords can help you to narrow down your searches. It can be hard to know which keywords to use, however.
For your search, consider using ones that are very obvious, i.e., ‘machinery parts’ or ‘parts for machines.’ You may want to tweak these search terms to make them more relevant. For example, if you are looking for parts for conveyer belts, search ‘parts for conveyer belts.’ If you are unsure which search terms to be using then you can use a specialized SEO service like Semrush to get an idea of what search terms are trending in a specific niche.
In addition to using specific keywords, on an unrelated note, consider getting in touch with businesses in the same niche as you (or in relevant niches). Getting in touch with businesses of this kind will help you to figure out which manufacturers are worth working with. As long as you are not in direct competition with the businesses you are reaching out to, they should be more than happy to assist you in finding suppliers of machinery parts. Be polite when asking for help and remember they have nothing to gain by assisting you.
Understanding the risks
Before you rush out and start working with suppliers you have never heard of or done business with before, make sure that you do your research. You need to understand the risks of working with large-scale suppliers.
Sometimes, the products that they offer are not as good as you might think they are. Many suppliers have no refund policy also which makes it very difficult if you do end up buying something that is substandard.
The only real way to tell whether or not the supplier is indeed worth working with is to read their reviews. However, some heritage suppliers do not have reviews because the clients that they work with know who they are and they have long-term, established relationships.
If you are intending on working with a company that does not have any reviews because they are a heritage one or for any other reason, you need to at least reach out to people who have done business with them in the past and find out what it is like to work with them.
Going in blind, meaning working with a supplier without first conducting research and learning about them, is one of the worst things you can do in business. As many suppliers only supply large amounts of products, it is likely you will have to buy a lot of components at once or for each order.
Because of the amount of money involved in such purchases you need to be confident that the company you are working with can be trusted.
Speaking to manufacturers
going back to manufacturers again, if you are looking for parts for machines that you aren't, it might be worth getting in touch with the manufacturers of the machines you are using so that you can find out if there are any brands that they would recommend working with.
More often than not the companies who sell machinery also sell components for their machines. If you want to play it safe then you can just buy directly from the manufacturer. Manufacturers tend to charge a lot more money for their products than independent companies do though.
When you are getting in touch with manufacturers and are asking them for their advice or support in buying products, make sure that you are clear that you do not want to spend a lot of money. If they try and offer you expensive products, clarify your budget with them. Alternatively, you can try and haggle, which is something that will be covered next.
Negotiating yourself discounts
Haggling is something that a lot of people struggle with. After all, it’s not easy to argue down the price of a product or service that you are planning on buying. Negotiating a discount requires a lot of confidence.
We live in a society today where people suffer from anxiety more than ever. It’s normal today for folks to be unsure of themselves. If you suffer from anxiety or a similar condition, first take some time to learn about why you feel this way, so that you can more effectively negotiate with people.
When it comes to negotiating discounts, you need to be bold. Do not feel hesitant or reluctant or even shy. It’s normal for people to negotiate. As you are working with wholesalers, it’s expected even. If you are going to haggle then remember there is a limit under which if you go, you will be considered rude.
Do not try to push the person with whom you are negotiating too low, otherwise, they will likely refuse any further offers you make to them.
Conclusion: Discover the top sources for heavy-duty machinery components
Buying parts for machinery can be difficult. Finding them is not easy, after all. If you are planning on buying parts for your machinery, follow this post’s guidance and you should be able to locate suppliers.
Bear in mind that when looking for suppliers, you need to find ones with good reviews and strong reputations.