What are the drawbacks of using used freeze-drying equipment?


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Used freeze-drying equipment has many possible drawbacks, depending on the brand and the size of the machine. The principal drawback is buying a machine that is not protected by any sort of warranty, meaning that buying used might be an especially bad idea for someone without a good amount of technical know-how who is not willing to hire someone to fix the machine at some point.

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The possibility of breakdown and cost of repairs vary wildly for different types of freeze dryers. For freeze dryers appropriate for home use, the potential cost to the users to repair a breakdown shouldn't be astronomical. Most of these machines come with a warranty, so it is worthwhile to take the time to find out from the seller if it is still under warranty. If it is, buyers should inquire with the manufacturer about if that warranty is transferable or if it only applies to the original purchaser.

Commercial grade freeze driers are a different story. These machines require regular maintenance, and are usually sold with policies regarding regular check ups from trained technicians. If someone is selling the machine but cannot guarantee the transfer of these services, it is not advisable to buy it. To do so would be an extremely unwise investment, especially if the machine is for a small business venture that may not be able to bounce back from lost revenue due to an unexpected breakdown.

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