In the current context, there is no doubt that reusing, recycling, and therefore buying second-hand are popular. "This also applies to specific tools dedicated to agriculture or horticulture, whether for market gardening or ornamental purposes. When banks are less willing to grant loans for expensive new equipment, the option of buying used can be a welcome and cost-effective choice", Robbert Duijndam, one of the partners with Duijndam Machines, sees. The family-owned company has made trustworthy second-hand machinery available to many growers.
As a result of the cost-effectiveness of buying second-hand machinery, it is often small or medium-sized businesses that frequently change crops or undergo a shift in cultivation practices that opt for used equipment. However, larger organizations in transition are also increasingly interested in it. "They initially want to test their new business ideas and are more willing to take the leap by investing in used equipment in a controlled manner. Investing in a "like new" used machine, inspected by experts and professionally repaired with a warranty, is simply much less expensive: comparing it to new equipment, the savings are significant, ranging from 30 to 50%."
The importance of specialists
However, it is important to consult experts, Robbert adds. "Not only in terms of mechanics but also in terms of cultivation: they will understand your needs and address your specific situation."
Currently, there are many marketplaces where you can buy second-hand machinery, and they shoot up like mushrooms from the ground. "That's definitely good news for the available offer of those machines. However, the problem with marketplaces is that they often lack knowledge. The marketplaces are often not responsible for the machines themselves, they only facilitate the platform on which they can be sold. Therefore, there is often no party that thoroughly checks and inspects the machines before you buy them. Especially when you buy online from a distance, this can be a gamble."
Duijndam Machines was one party to acknowledge this problem early on. In the past years, Duijndam Machines has gradually established itself as a European expert in used horticultural equipment: field and greenhouse vegetables, cut flowers and potted plants, and fruit processing, to name a few specialties. In contradiction to the mentioned marketplaces, Duijndam Machines first buys the machines themselves, making them responsible for sold products. Therefore, they are keen to inspect the machines thoroughly before buying and do the necessary repairs where needed.
For the company's salespeople and technicians, horticulture holds no secrets. As former producers themselves, the emphasis is placed on understanding the principles, challenges, and developments in cultivation. The range of offerings is as broad as the diverse sectors, and it also stands out for its depth: at Duijndam Machines, you will find several options for leek planters, vegetable and fruit sorters, flow pack machines, as well as conveyors for various purposes and specifications. Advice, images, and examples are readily available.
The expert team of Duijndam Machines
Buying agri- and horticultural machines online
The recent health crisis has been a catalyst for digital transactions. As a result, remote purchasing, even for large items, has become more commonplace. Duijndam Machines is committed to informing and serving its customers remotely by utilizing tools such as photos, videos, and even video conferences to present and sell used machines. The equipment remains displayed and visible in the company's warehouses in Capelle a/d IJssel, the Netherlands, at all times.
Duijndam Machines in the United Kingdom
Recently, the United Kingdom seems to be a growing market for the company. Robbert Duijndam, one of the partners, explains: "We are buying and selling more and more equipment in the UK. I believe that obtaining loans has become more difficult, which benefits the used equipment market. As we position ourselves in a niche market, provide clear information and services, and have our own mechanics inspect and repair the machines before resale, we are seen as a reliable supplier in the used equipment field. The feedback has been positive: our website is up to date, so come and take a look!"