Should You Buy a New Slow-Speed Mobile Shredder or Rent One Instead?

Jan 24th 2023

Should You Buy a New Slow-Speed Mobile Shredder or Rent One Instead?

The decision of whether to buy or rent a slow-speed mobile shredder will depend on several factors, including the frequency and volume of shredding applications, budget, and available storage space.

If you have high-volume and frequent shredding requirements, it may be more cost-effective to purchase a shredder. Owning an industrial shredder can also provide a greater level of convenience, as you can use it whenever you need to. Additionally, if you have the necessary storage space, buying a shredder can be a good option.

On the other hand, if you have occasional or low-volume shredding requirements, renting a slow-speed shredder can be a more cost-effective solution. It also eliminates the need to purchase and maintain a shredder, which can save you money in the long run. Additionally, renting a shredder allows you to choose the type of shredder that best suits your specifications and only pay for it when you need it.

Ultimately, the decision to buy or rent a shredder will depend on your specific requirements and budget. It is recommended that you evaluate your specific situation and carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before making a decision.

What are the Benefits of Renting a Slow-Speed Mobile Shredder?

Renting a slow-speed mobile shredder can be beneficial for several reasons. One is that it allows for on-site shredding of materials, reducing the need for transportation, and potentially increasing security. A slow-speed mobile shredder also has the ability to handle a wide range of materials, including paper, cardboard, and plastics, making it a versatile option for different types of projects or events. Additionally, renting a shredder can be a cost-effective solution for temporary or occasional shredding needs, as it eliminates the need to purchase and maintain a shredder.

By renting a slow-speed mobile shredder, you can experience several benefits, including:

Cost-effectiveness: Renting a shredder can be a cost-effective solution for temporary or occasional shredding requirements as it eliminates the need to purchase and maintain a shredder. It’s ideal for when your company experiences increased volume and you need an extra machine to pick up the slack. It’s also helpful in case one of your machines suddenly falls out of commission.

Flexibility: Renting a shredder allows you to choose the type of shredder that best suits your requirements and only pay for it when you need it. You don’t need to make a full commitment to a new piece of machinery.

Saving space: A slow-speed mobile shredder is a huge machine. They are typically about 29’ x 8’ x 13’, which makes storing them a hassle if you don’t have any room in your warehouse. Renting a shredder is a great solution for those who don't have enough space to store a shredder.

High-volume shredding: Renting an industrial shredder is a good solution for high-volume shredding requirements. Some companies tend to experience higher than usual demands, especially during off seasons. Having a temporary backup mobile shredder can help keep the workflow moving smoothly when you need it.

Up-to-date technology: Renting a slow-speed shredder allows you to have access to the latest technology and equipment without having to invest in purchasing them. Most rentable shredders are outfitted with the same components and tech that newly manufactured shredders are equipped with, providing you with a good-as-new shredder at a much lower cost.

Would Buying a New Slow-Speed Mobile Shredder be a Better Option?

Whether you should buy a new slow-speed mobile shredder depends on your specific requirements and budget. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to buy new or stick with a rental:

Cost: A new slow-speed shredder will be more expensive than a rental, but it also comes with a warranty and may have more advanced features. It is an honest question of budget and how much you are willing to invest.

Condition: A used or rental shredder may have wear and tear, which could affect its performance and lifespan. A new shredder, on the other hand, will be in pristine condition. New industrial shredders will likely require less maintenance and repairs than a used one. It may be a greater investment upfront, but you may experience a significant increase in savings when you don’t have to worry about maintenance and parts.

Features: New mobile shredders may have more advanced features and technology that can improve efficiency and productivity. They often come with customizable user programs so that you can configure the industrial shredder to suit your requirements.

Warranty: New slow-speed shredders often come with a warranty, which can give you peace of mind and protect your investment. Some used shredders may also still have the warranty, but that is never a guarantee. It all depends on the seller.

Before buying a new shredder, you should also consider your company’s production capacity. The volume of material that needs to be shredded plays an important role in deciding if you want a permanent addition to your fleet. A rental is great for sudden spikes in volume, but those don’t last forever. However, if you are constantly struggling to keep up with demand, then you should seriously consider turning that temporary solution into a permanent one.

What About Investing in a Used Slow-Speed Mobile Shredder?

Maybe you would like to combine the lower cost of a rental shredder with the security of permanently adding one to your fleet. If that’s the case, then you may want to consider investing in a used, pre-owned slow-speed mobile shredder. Many companies provide resources to sell or buy a used shredder from a third party. These shredders are typically in good, serviceable condition and come at a lower cost than if you were to purchase a brand new industrial shredder. There are several factors to consider before committing to such a purchase, however.

Cost: Buying a used shredder can be significantly less expensive than buying a new one. This can be a good option for those on a tight budget. However, you must consider the fact that a used machine may require maintenance sooner than later. You need to take the cost of potential repairs and replacement parts into account when working out your budget. Downtime is also something to consider as it will take time to fix the machine. If you believe that you have the budget to handle a few repairs, then a used industrial shredder would be the more cost-effective option.

Proven reliability: If you are considering buying a used slow-speed shredder, you should make sure you are buying from a reputable seller who can provide information on the machine’s history and past performance. A machine that has been well-maintained and has a history of working well is a good choice. Make sure that you request a thorough, in-person inspection of the shredder machine before committing to a purchase. If an in-person inspection isn’t in the cards, then request a video call with the seller in which they give a full and thorough tour of the shredder.

Less depreciation: A new slow-speed shredder will depreciate in value as soon as it is used, so buying an already used machine means you will not have to bear the cost of this depreciation. It will make reselling the used shredder more difficult, so make sure that you are fully committed to this investment before going through with the sale.

Customization: Used shredders can often be (or already are) customized to suit your company’s specific requirements. When looking for a used shredder, we recommend that you try to find a seller with a similar business to yours. For example, if you mainly deal with tires, then you should look for a seller that also deals with tires and other types of rubber products. Their machine will already be used to handling that kind of job, which minimizes the amount of customization you would have to do.

It’s important to thoroughly inspect any used shredder before buying and to make sure it is in good working condition and has been well-maintained. Additionally, it's a good idea to compare the cost of a used shredder to the cost of a new one, including the cost of repairs and maintenance, to determine which option is the most cost-effective for your company’s requirements.

Contact 3R-Machinery Today for Information on Our Slow-Speed Mobile Shredders

If you are looking to rent a slow-speed mobile shredder for your business or you have any questions and would like some more information, you can easily get in touch with 3R-Machinery today. Our team is staffed by high-quality shredding experts that will more than gladly help you find the right solution that suits your company’s specifications and requirements. You can also check out our line of heavy-duty Pronar slow-speed mobile shredders that deliver exceptional quality and shredding efficiency. Our dealer support network is available to ensure that Pronar machines across North America remain serviceable and functional all year long.

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