Should You Repair, Rebuild or Replace Your Hydraulic Equipment?

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There is no time to waste when your hydraulic equipment fails. You have to get it working as soon as possible. There are always three options when it come to hydraulic equipment – repair, replace or rebuild. How do you know which one to choose?

All three options can be good, but more and more companies are opting to rebuild hydraulic equipment rather than purchasing new components or repairing the existing components. What is a rebuild, and when should you choose that option over repairing or replacing a component? It’s important to make an informed decision the next time you face a hydraulic equipment failure, so lets look at the options.

What’s The Difference Between Equipment Repair and A Full Rebuild?Definitions of a rebuild can vary based on the shop you visit, but typically a rebuild is a piece of equipment that has been used previously and completely reconditioned for further use. Our expert rebuilders at Yarbrough Industries can not only restore a piece of equipment to OEM specifications, they can often exceed the quality of a brand-new machine.

A proper hydraulic equipment rebuild means that it is completely disassembled and every piece is inspected individually. The parts are evaluated for wear, damage, and effect on the overall life of the component. Replacement and reconditioning of parts is performed as needed, the component is reassembled, and then it undergoes thorough quality and performance testing.

A repair is a process focusing on fixing the individual parts involved in failure, rather than the overall equipment.

There is also some confusion about the similarity to purchasing used hydraulic equipment. However, used equipment has not generally been refurbished or reconditioned and as an older piece of equipment, may be closer to a failure.

Pricing Your Choice:

Rebuilds are increasing in popularity every year because they tend to cost less over time.

A rebuild typically costs about half of the price of a new piece of equipment, and this includes components like hydraulic motors and pumps.

While repairs may initially be cheaper, it’s only a matter of time before the equipment fails and repairs are once again needed.

In the long run, rebuilds usually end up being cheaper than repairs and are certainly less expensive than purchasing new replacement parts.

Consider Your Lead Time

Choosing to rebuild hydraulic equipment over purchasing new equipment is often the decision when time is of the essence. A certified rebuild usually involves a much shorter lead time, typically because there is significant time that is spent waiting for replacement parts to possibly be manufactured and then delivered. The longer the wait for replacement parts, the longer machines are down, which creates production cost issues and downtime for employees.

When these issues are factored in, rebuilds often become the most economical option. A rebuilt component, such as a cylinder or motor, can be refurbished immediately, minimizing the downtime of the equipment and staff involved.

Let The Experts Make The Decision Easy

At Yarbrough Industries, we can help you, whether its a replacement, repair or rebuild. We are committed to providing your equipment the quality and lifespan you need at a price that you can afford. We evaluate and work quickly so that your company is back in business in no time. We also offer rebuild and repair services for cylinders, pumps, gears, motors, valves and other hydraulic components. We work on motor brands including Eaton, Char-Lynn and numerous others.

Here at Yarbrough, our skilled technicians can troubleshoot, rebuild, repair, install, and maintain your equipment on a preventative maintenance schedule.

We offer mobile services, and our trucks are loaded with the parts and tools needed to keep your equipment running at peak performance. Give us a call today! 

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