Finding a committed buyer for a surplus or used electrical transformer is challenging and requires a fair bit of planning and thought. The transformer market is extremely hot right now with plenty of money to be made, but it’s important to find the best avenue on how to market your transformer and ensure you get the biggest bang for your buck when selling a transformer online.
With this guide, we’ll answer common questions and provide tips and on where to sell your transformer online and how to get the most money for it.
What Should I do Before Selling a Transformer?
If you have multiple transformers for sale, make sure you inventory each one and have a copy of the specs for each one as well. Make sure you take note of the type of transformer, such as three phase or single-phase transformers. Is it a Padmount, Substation, Oil Filled, Polemount etc. These are all key things you should be writing down when you are taking inventory of your used or surplus transformers for sale.
Even if you are ready to ship out your transformer to the sales yard, staying on top of general maintenance until the machine leaves your hands is of great importance. By continuing this practice you’re not only going to maintain/improve upon the value of your equipment, but you’ll also guarantee a smooth sales process by eliminating potential complaints regarding the quality of the press from your interested buyers.
Repair and Test Before Selling
Make sure your Transformer is in working condition as many buyers of transformers will not be interested in trying to repair it themselves. If you want to sell a broken transformer, Surplus Record would recommend making a post on our bulletin board to see if a Transformer dealer who has the expertise and staff to repair transformers would be interested in buying it from you in order to flip it for a profit. If you have any quality testing reports, ensure you save those and are able to present them.
What Key Specs Should I Know for Transformers?
Some of the most important specifications you need to find in order to let buyers find your transformer online is the following:
- KVA – Kilovolt-Ampere and is the rating normally used to rate a transformer. The size of a transformer is determined by the kVA of the load
- Primary Voltage – The primary voltage is the input voltage, normally 120, 208, 240 or 460 volts
- Secondary Voltage – Secondary Voltage is the voltage level at facilities where electricity is taken or delivered, typically between 120 volts and 480 volts, but never more than 2 kV.
- Manufacturer – GE, Westinghouse, SquareD are very popular Transformer manufacturers
- Type of Transformer – Three Phase or Single Phase. Step-Up or Step-Down Transformers. Then determine if its Padmount, Oil filled, substation, polemount, are some of the most popular types of transformers out there
- 60 Hz or 60 Hz
Professionalism, speed, and simplicity – these are what Surplus Record guarantees when you sell your transformer with us. We have over 100 years of experience with selling used, new and surplus industrial equipment and machinery, and we would be more than happy to help with any inquiries you have regarding what is the best option for you to use on our platform as a means to sell your transformer. Some of our transformer sales options can be reviewed below.
Listing your Transformer on Surplus Record
A seller can personally list their used machinery/equipment on Surplus Record in a few easy steps. To begin, start by hovering over the “Sell with Us” link found in the black navigation bar at the top of the Surplus Record website. Here you will find a “Sell Your Equipment” option, click on it and you will be taken to a new page where you’ll find all the options available to you.
Tips and Hints for Selling your Transformer:
- Take full and quality photos. Especially of the model plate on the transformer where it has all the electrical voltage details!
- Provide the key specs for the transformer. Such as KVA, Primary/Secondary Voltage, Mfr, and Transformer Type. Any extra details are always helpful too.
- Be available to communicate. If you don’t make time to talk with potential buyers and answer questions, don’t expect to sell your transformer.
Review active listings for reference. Have a look at the transformers already for sale on our listings to further your understanding of current value, availability and more.
If you are someone who is selling multiple transformers, you can request more information about our auction options by visiting our contact page, selecting “Auctions” as your reason for contact, and providing us with your business information. Our knowledgeable customer service professionals will be more than happy to provide you with all the information you need.
Why Should I Sell My Transformer with Surplus Record?
- High Exposure: Your used machinery & equipment for sale will be viewable to over 100,000 active buyers every month.
- Zero Fees: When you sell something with Surplus Record, you pay $0 in commissions.
- Reliability: Sell your used inventory quickly on Surplus Record. We don’t hide any of your contact information behind a paywall, and end users can call you directly when looking at one of your listings.
- Exclusivity: Receive personal access to the SR private bulletin board where over 100+ General machinery leads are posted each day from people looking to buy industrial equipment, including transformers.
- Experience: With 100 years of practice, Surplus Record offers users some of the most professional used machinery and equipment knowledge to be found worldwide. We help you with your photos, listing title, description, et. We can tell you the best way to market your transformer to get you the most inquiries.
If you have used equipment or machinery to sell, simply follow the easy step by step sales process in the “Sell Your Equipment” section of our platform. If you’re not sure if your machine is popular and would be a good candidate to scrap vs sell, you can always contact us for advice and we’ll point you in the right direction!