Considerations When Buying a Used Robot

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The adoption of robotic automation is growing around the world. More manufacturers are using industrial robots for their productions and this trend is expected to continue through the next several years. Those looking to automate their operations are not just seeking new robots but used robots too. The used robot market has grown substantially over the years. Used robots provide the same automation benefits as new robots but at a more affordable price. A used FANUC Arcmate 100ic can cost between 40% to 60% less than a new robot, making it a much more affordable option. When looking to purchase a used robot there are some factors to consider ensuring you are getting the best value for your budget.

Where you are Purchasing the Robot

There are many different ways to purchase a used robot. Used six axis robots can be sold online, through auctions, or through used robot equipment companies to name a few. It is important when buying a used robot to purchase from a reputable seller, such as Robots Done Right. This way you can be assured the seller is upfront with you about the robot’s condition and history.

The Robot’s Condition

It is important to consider what condition the articulated robot is in when buying used. If it is like new, in good work condition, missing parts, or inoperable. The ideal situation is to purchase a like new or good condition robot, but other conditions may not necessarily be bad. Used robots that are missing parts can likely be purchased for a lower price and repaired with replacement parts. However, if considering a robot with missing parts it will be important to keep in mind additional costs will be incurred to repair it.

Operation Hours

When purchasing a used robot, the seller should list the operation hours of the robot. The amount of time a robot has been in use is good to know before buying. Robots with high operation hours should not be passed up, as this is not necessarily bad. Robots have long lifespans and can operate for several decades. The Motoman MA1400 is an older welding robot but is still widely used for welding automation.

Robot Brand/Model

The robot brand is important to consider as robots from the top robotic manufacturers tend to be of the highest quality and longer lasting making them more reliable as used robots. For those looking to integrate a used robot into a pre-existing robotic system the robot model is important to consider as well to ensure it will be compatible with the other equipment.

Additional Equipment

If a used robot is being sold with any additional equipment or a part of an entire robotic system that should also be considered. Used welding packages or used robotic workcells include everything needed for automation. This relieves the headache of searching for compatible power supplies, positioners, etc.


Lastly knowing your budget will be important. Used robots are much more cost-effective than new robots and will help you adhere to your budget. Buying a used FANUC Lr Mate 200ic can allow users to capture their ROI faster than if they had purchased a brand-new robot.

Robots Done Right is the place to start when it comes to used robots. Contact us if you are interested in buying or selling a used robot.