Choosing Used Lab Furniture: They’re a cost-effective and convenient alternative to high-priced options

With inflation running high, laboratory designers often look for ways to reduce cost without compromising safety, quality, or functionality. Used laboratory casework and lab cabinets are a great option for meeting all those requirements.

Used Flammable Cabinets

According to Michigan Technology University, “Most laboratory fires are caused by ignition of flammable liquid spills or vapors that have spread from open containers near ignition sources such as hot plates and burners.” Clearly, simply installing fire sprinklers or fire extinguishing equipment isn’t sufficient to protect your lab from fires.

To prevent fire hazards, a used flammable cabinet is a great addition to your laboratory fire-protection plan. They help to keep flammable contents safe, for a limited period, when a fire occurs. This gives more time for people to escape and for firefighters to stop the fire before it reaches the risky material. The cabinets have various safety features such as self-closing doors, shelving to separate various materials, and keyed locks to secure the contents inside. These cabinets also help improve efficiency, since you can store the dangerous materials where required, and you can store larger amounts of flammable and combustible liquids in certain areas.

When purchasing used flammable cabinets for a lab, there are five critical things to look for to ensure safety and compliance. The cabinets must be in good condition, with no signs of corrosion, damage, or leakage. Next, the cabinets should have self-closing doors that latch securely and automatically in case of a fire. Additionally, the cabinets should have adequate ventilation to prevent the buildup of vapors and gases that could ignite or explode. Finally, the cabinets should have enough capacity and space to store the flammable materials properly, without overcrowding or stacking.

Used Laboratory Casework

Used laboratory casework can be a cost-effective option for furnishing a new or renovated lab space, but it also requires diligence when buying them. Before buying used lab casework, you should consider the following factors:

  • The condition and quality of the casework. You should inspect the casework for any signs of damage, wear and tear, corrosion, contamination, or defects that could compromise its functionality or safety. You should also check the warranty and certification of the casework, if available, to ensure that it meets the standards and requirements of your lab.
  • The compatibility and adaptability of the casework. You should measure the dimensions and layout of your lab space and compare them with the casework you are interested in. You should also consider the type and amount of equipment, materials, and personnel that will use the casework, and whether it can accommodate them. You should look for casework that is modular, flexible, and customizable, so that you can adjust it to fit your needs and preferences.
  • The source and reputation of the seller. You should research the background and credibility of the seller, and ask for references or testimonials from previous customers. Avoid buying casework from unknown or unreliable sources, or from sellers who are unwilling or unable to provide clear and honest information.

Whether it’s a used flammable cabinet, or lab casework, at LEI Sales, our quality is next to none! And with our flexible payment plans, we make low-cost used lab furniture even more affordable!

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