Sometimes it is better to rehabilitate older equipment than to purchase new. Economics is one consideration, as the savings are usually 30-70% depending on how much you can do yourself. This money which can be put to updates to the equipment like rubberizing. The environment is another, as you can't just put your old equipment out in the Blue Box. And often times you and your team partner have an affinity or familiarity with the equipment that would be tough to lose.
If you are planning to invest in your equipment, plan to make the upgrades and changes that would make it better.
Finally, consider whether you have the time, energy and resources to perform the work yourself, or do you need help with part or all of it. Stripping the equipment of old wood is fairly straightforward, as is refreshing the metal parts with Tremclad. Adding casters, folding legs, additional bracing or other metalworking might need the services of someone who can weld.
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