Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top 3 Reasons to Purchase Used Unipress Equipment

Here’s a little known secret of dry cleaners across the United States -- If money is a bit tight but there is a need to upgrade equipment, then purchasing late model used Unipress Laundry or Dry Cleaning equipment is the ticket.  Here’s why:
  • Unipress produces high quality equipment with long lasting components
  • Unipress parts are readily available from both Unipress and industrial supply houses
  • With a little TLC and some fresh paint, they can be made to look like new
But be advised – used Unipress equipment may be hard to come by.  The used press market has been nearly tapped out with fewer cleaners going out of business and current cleaners postponing upgrading equipment because of economic uncertainty.  If there happens to be a Unipress piece on the market, it usually goes quickly.

There are two pieces that are nearly scarce because every dry cleaning plant needs them and few are turning them loose -- The Unipress 42X Dry Cleaning Utility and 46X Dry Cleaning Auto Legger.  Other items that are high in demand are WAZ Jean Press, DLZ Double Jean Press, as well as any used Unipress late model shirt unit like the NT, AP, or LS.  One additional note on the shirt units, even though Unipress added some features to the LS shirt unit, many operators like the quality the older NT provides and are unwilling to spend the money on the upgraded unit.

The bottom line is this – even though they may be hard to come by, all the models listed above are worth seeking out.  That’s why I’m sharing the secret with you.

Why should I go to The Clean Show?

It’s a question I get asked often, and then it is usually followed by a long list of reasons why they aren’t attending.  One of the more common reasons is ‘I don’t really need anything.’  I would disagree.

I will follow that up with these points.  First, while The Clean Show is full of the latest in technology, it is also attended by thousands of your peers.  Those folks come with a wealth of information and ideas to share.  Second, it gives you an opportunity to talk one-on-one with the companies that manufacture the equipment and products you use every day.  Finally, it gives you the chance to learn the latest methods and processes.

But let me tell you why I like attending The Clean Show; it allows me to spend hours talking and learning about something I simply love.  This year, I am particularly interested in seeing the Compass Control computer for the Electrolux and Wascomat Commercial Laundry Equipment line.  The computer is fully programmable and will be the same on both Electrolux washers and dryers.  I’m also really excited about seeing the newly introduced Unipress BAG Auto Bagger with a loader/unloader for a fully auto operation.

The Clean Show does showcase the latest and greatest in equipment.  Things I believe dry cleaners should look for this year – POS systems, bar coding, garment sorting and automation.  But it also gives you the opportunity to discuss your operations and our industry as a whole with other attendees to learn as much as you possibly can.  The Clean Show is really what you make of it.  But you won’t know if you don’t go.