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Refurbishing machine components Answered

If you are in the maintenance and repair business job wise, then quite often comes the question:
Buy a new replacement or refurbish the broken part.

In many cases it simply makes so sense to refurbish as there is no time to do this sort of work.
However, once replaced you are left with a part that might only have a minor defect that is supposed to go in the bin.
Quite annoying if we talk about costs in excess of $400 for those parts.
When it comes to electronics it can be as simple as a blow fuse that is hidden inside a controller or a cheap varistor, relay or such.
For example, we had big issues with failing control panels.
The most used button simply did not make a contact anymore - $2000 a hit to replace.
With the faulty ones piling up I decided to have a look.
20 bucks later for some tiny push buttons and a bit of soldering all up $12.000 were saved for future panels.
Another good was a drive assembly for a valve.
Over $500 for one and it turned out the only thing that really failed was a $15 DC motor of the 555 type.
Well, and about a spoon full of grease to lube the gearbox again.

Back in my younger years there were lots of companies offering refurbished and tested spare parts for machines.
Now this seems to be reduced to car wreckers only and even there you often struggle now due to the recycling crisis.
Are we really already that far advanced that it is no longer financially viable to repair things in other ways then by replacing them?
All those costs cut the profits and with that either increase prices or reduce hours of work.
Recycling is reduced to exporting our waste or sending it all to landfill sites.
Is that really the future we want to leave for our kids?


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