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New and Used Conveyor Systems
Transport materials and products to your employees, increasing quality control and safety. New and used conveyor systems eliminate inefficiency and wasted time by moving products and inventory to the appropriate location.
A great way to save on costs is to buy used conveyor. Compared to new, buying used can save 30%-40% on gravity and flex, and as much as 40%-50% for power conveyors. With used conveyor in good working condition, there is little to distinguish new products from used. While it can be a great way to save on costs, make sure you know all the details about the used product you’re purchasing. Some tips for purchasing used conveyors include: always inspect a used product in person when possible. If you can’t inspect the product, ask for photos, research the company’s reliability (WH1 is well known for the quality of our used conveyor), and always ask questions until you feel confident in what you’re purchasing. Our knowledgeable staff is capable of answering any question you can throw at them.
Q. How do I choose the right conveyor system?
A. This answer depends upon many variables in your application such as transporting product, order fulfillment, distance to be covered, etc. Unfortunately, there is not a blanket answer. Every company’s goals and purposes are unique and our in-house design experts can help you make these tough decisions.
Q. How wide should my conveyor be?
A. The ideal width of a conveyor is based on the maximum width of the product being conveyed. Assuming the material is evenly balanced, it is generally acceptable to have 2” - 3” overhang on either side of the conveyor.
Q. What are the electrical requirements for a power conveyor?
A. The majority of power conveyors operate on 3 phase electricity with a voltage anywhere from 208-230-460-480. It’s also possible to install a frequency drive controller, which allows 120 volt single phase input and 3 phase output.
Q. How do I know what roller diameter to choose for gravity conveyor?
A. A typical 1 3/8” diameter roller has a capacity of 120 lbs. per roller. A 1.9” diameter roller will have an approximate capacity of 250 lbs. per roller. With rollers set on 3” centers, there are 4 rollers per foot, so the 1 3/8” rollers would typically carry 480 lbs. per foot. The 1.9” roller would handle approximately 1,040 lbs. per foot. This capacity rating can also vary based on how the section is supported.
Q. Do I want a belted or live roller power conveyor?
A. This answer depends on the application, the type of product being transported, and the purpose. Live roller conveyor is ideal for longer distances, accumulation of product, and lighter loads. Belted conveyors are suited for conveying materials with uneven bottom surfaces, heavier weight products, and where straight transportation is required with no pushing or pulling product on to or off of the conveyor; or needing to start and stop sections of the conveyor.