Something Old: The Rewards of Buying Older Test Equipment

You want top-tier technology, but not top-tier pricing. You’re look for a deal, but you’re also looking for reliability. With these two thoughts repeating in your mind, you debate whether or not you should buy aged test equipment.

While there are risks for used equipment, they are completely dwindled by the rewards of purchasing older equipment.


The endless literature available, such as that in our resource library (/resources-library/) or on product pages themselves, can provide anyone from test equipment novices to professionals with the proper uses for everything from oscilloscopes and signal analyzers to anechoic chambers and probes.

Sometimes a good way to think of some older test equipment is by comparing it to wine – age is not necessarily a bad thing. As time goes by, more knowledge on the use of certain test applications emerges, so you will be able to get the most out of your equipment the longer it has been out.

Community Support

Another great advantage older models have over newer models is that other users like yourself are well-versed in the ins-and-outs of the product. Specialized forums (such as this Tektronix one) give everyone the opportunity to solve problems, to chat with test equipment professionals and manufacturer reps, and to really get a better understanding of their product.

The longer a product has been out, the more in-depth the forum discussion will be. Consequently, you’ll be able to get started on your product faster and with less trouble. Buying tried and true equipment in some cases will give you the knowledge base to use your equipment’s full potential right off the bat, while new equipment will have a learning curve. Tips and tricks will be at your fingertips, while brand new products can have slight tweaks and upgrades that take time for other users to work on to yield the best results from their machine.

So what are your thoughts/experiences with using older equipment? Comment below and let us know what you think! And remember to share this blog with your followers using our social sidebar on the left as well!

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