It is no surprise that with the global shortages that continue into 2022, finding quality hydraulics with optimal lead times can be challenging. When sourcing hydraulic repair shops or simply ordering parts, buyers want to find vendors that offer a one-stop shop for all their needs. We have listed three key ways to vet potential vendors to ensure that they meet every need.

1. Research the Vendors

Research vendors in the area to find vendors with the bulk of products needed to cut down on the number of orders placed and therefore the number of lead times and orders to track.

Also, look into a vendor’s warranties and policies. If you can find a hydraulic machine shop that sells high-quality hydraulics with extended warranties that can service those parts if and when needed, you can greatly cut down on spending while not sacrificing quality.

2. Know the Difference Between an OEM and a Parts Distributor

An Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) builds an entire machine. They are more than likely only fixing and selling those parts related to the hydraulic systems of the machines they manufacture.

A Parts Distributor is an authorized reseller of pieces and parts for many different machines. Distributors sell the components – pumps, motors, valves, hoses, seals – for all makes rather than just one specialty brand or product.

Sometimes hydraulic parts are purchased from these companies, but if you lack the ability to perform the labor, finding a Parts Distributor with a hydraulic machine shop can be beneficial since they are full service and specialize in hydraulics.

3. What is Considered a Better than Average Lead Time?

The million-dollar question as global shortages continue is how long is the lead time? Even when finding quality hydraulics, ensuring they will be delivered on time is equally important.

One to two weeks is an impressive turnaround time for products in hydraulic sales to arrive. To minimize tight timelines and wrong lead times, ordering as early as possible is always the best bet. Because of global shortages, some lead times are up to 42 weeks.

Ask potential vendors prior to purchasing what their lead time is for any given project. Make sure that you understand fully how long a part will take to arrive and therefore how any delays could impact your project. It may be just the thing needed to help choose between two potential vendors as well.

When purchasing hydraulic parts, buyers need a company that makes the process as seamless as possible. From ordering to servicing, that is what Yarbrough Industries specializes in. Yarbrough’s expertise allows them to provide quality hydraulics with an experienced service team so that a one-stop-shop can be obtainable.

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