Industrial filters are used in everything from assembly lines to shipping plants, so it should come as no surprise that they’re a popular item among industrial workers of all kinds. But what if you’ve never purchased them before? How can you be sure that you’re looking at the right brands and making the right decisions about prices? Here are just a few shopping tips if you’re in the market for filters.
1. Figure Out Your Finances
Filters can range from “dirt cheap” to “hideously expensive,” so you’ll want to do some research before you start shopping in earnest. First, figure out the price range of the kinds of filters that you want. Then look at your budget to see where your own spending maximum might be. Once you have these figures in your head, you’ll be much more prepared to go shopping.
2. Know Your Brands
There’s more to making the right purchase than buying the biggest brand. However, they can serve as a useful starting point. For example, if everyone in your processing plant is raving about Donaldson filtration systems, it might be worth your time to look them up. A popular brand is usually a sign of a decent manufacturer.
3. Read Reviews and Ratings
Speaking of looking things up, it’s always a good idea to stick the filter name into a search engine before you commit to buying it. If it has good reviews, you can move forward with confidence; if it has bad reviews, you can read a bit more and figure out if the reported drawbacks will be an issue for you. Don’t assume that poor ratings will always be a deal-breaker! You might be able to live with a minor product issue if the price is right.
4. Get a Guarantee
Never buy a filter without a warranty. If something goes wrong with the delivery or if something breaks down after only a few weeks of use, you might want your money back. Just know that not all warranties are automatically included with your purchase; you might have to pay a little extra for product insurance.
These are just a few things to keep in mind as you shop for industrial filters. At the end of the day, no one can open your checkbook but you, so be confident in your purchase decisions before committing to any one brand or product in particular.