Checklist for potential buyers[edit | edit source]
The following is a summary of the main points to be considered when selecting the most suitable clay brick and tile production equipment:
- Available financial resources (budget restraints can limit the choice considerably).
- Required quality of bricks and tiles (single-storey low-cost houses do not need very high quality bricks, larger buildings and harsh climates may need stronger bricks and tiles).
- Required production rate (this depends on the expected market demand).
- Weight and mobility of equipment (these may have to be moved frequently from site to site).
- Available energy sources (not only the costs must be considered, but also the frequency of power failures and supply shortages of diesel, petrol, etc.).
- Availability of spares and skilled technicians for maintenance and repairs (machines with standardized parts create less problems).
- Versatility of equipment (machines with interchangeable moulds for a variety of items can bring about considerable savings).
- Operational safety (for this, several demonstrations of use, especially with unskilled workers, should be seen).
- References (contacts with equipment users should be sought whenever possible).
- Conditions of purchase (since machines with similar outputs are available, comparisons of prices, discounts for large orders, delivery time, etc. are urgently recommanded).
- After sales services (not only should the manufacturers be fair enough to rectify defects of their machines by providing technical assistance or supplying spare parts at minimum or no-cost; users should also take the trouble to send accounts of their experiences and suggestions for improvements to the manufacturers, for without this feedback no effective development is possible).