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Buying used surveying equipment

Buying used surveying equipment

Posted by Hitechniques Team on 11th Jan 2021

There is a lot of measurement equipment available on the market for construction companies and surveyors. You can pick from hundreds of different models and, whatever your requirements, you'll always find one that will suit your needs perfectly. However, buying tools like GNSS Rovers or total stations is a big investment, especially for individuals and small companies.

When basing your budget on a lower scale, purchasing a second-hand unit from an authorised dealer can be a great option. You can save a lot of money and still get quality instruments that are fully serviced and certified. It usually comes with original packaging and with all the accessories included. Warranty is also something that most authorised dealers offer when selling used instruments. But before you take that leap of faith and buy pre-owned instrument, there are a few matters to think about.

5 things to consider before buying used surveying equipment

1. Cost

There is no doubt that you can save a lot of money buying used equipment and since survey equipment is considered business equipment you can write it off as an expense to your company.

2. Type of equipment you need

Consider all the features and functions that are necessary for your work. If you’re only starting in the business maybe less expensive, pre-owned units will be a better practice tool? Or maybe you just don’t really need the latest technology and don’t feel like paying extra for something you don’t have use for.

3. Frequency of use 

If you need the instrument on daily basis but can’t afford a new one, buying used is definitely worth considering. However, if surveying work is more one-off type work, it may be worthwhile hiring instead.

4. Warranty and support 

Always check what kind of warranty you will get, when buying second hand and if you’re entitled to the same support services as customers buying new tools.

5. Available payment options 

Some companies offer payment plans. If you don’t have the cash, it can be a great help, too. 

Buying pre-owned surveying equipment can be a great way to upgrade while saving money as long as you make a well educated decision. Don't be afraid to ask questions and check the instrument you want to buy before commiting. It's still a great investment and you want to make sure you get your money's worth.


If you’re considering buying used surveying or construction equipment, get in touch with us. Whatever your budget, we can help find the right instrument for you.We will help you choose the kit and software according to your experience and the type of projects you work on. And if needed, we also offer a training service to help you get familiar with the new instrument.

Give us a call at 01 257 2323 or email us at