How to Locate Hard-to-Find Machinery and Equipment

Trying to locate a piece of machinery or equipment that is hard-to-find can be a daunting task. You search all the stores in your area without avail and are feel like giving up. Before you throw in the towel, however, consider following the tips in this article on how to locate the machinery or equipment that is hard to find. 

Check Out Auctions

If there are machinery auctioneers in your area, you could come away with a goldmine of machinery at an extremely affordable price. With that said, however, you could be faced with others looking for the same thing as you, which could drive the price of the items to more than you want to pay. 

Look in the Classifieds

Nothing beats the age old tradition of grabbing a newspaper and checking out the classifieds for the piece of equipment you are seeking. Most newspapers, even small local ones, have a classified section where residents in that area post items for sale or giveaway. This method of locating an item has been around for decades for good reason; it actually works. 

Check Online

With the invention of the internet came a whole new way to look for items that you may have had a hard time finding before. The internet allows you to reach millions of people, and increase your chance of finding the machinery and equipment you are looking for. And since the internet is such a vast space, there are several online places you can look, such as online auctions, classifieds and even social media sites. You can even post ISO (In Search Of) ads listing the item you are looking for. You can even look around for online merchants to see if they sell the item new or lightly used. 

Ask Friends and Family Members

I know this might seem obvious but you would be surprised at what you can find by simply asking friends and family members if they have the item you are looking for. Even if they don’t, they may be able to help you locate or know where you can find the machinery or equipment.


Sometimes, you must think outside the box in order to locate hard-to-find items. This means trying methods that you consider unconventional in conjunction with traditional methods. The more methods you try, however, the higher the chance of finding the item you are looking for.