When it comes to replacing parts on a lift there are three options available to you:
- OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
- TPM (Third Party Manufacturer)
OEM parts are those that originate directly with the manufacturer of your lift or part and are identical to the parts you are replacing. OEM parts are new and manufactured with the same materials and consideration as the original parts.
The alternatives you have are Third Part Manufacturer or refurbished parts. These are parts that are intended to serve a similar function; however, it can be difficult to ensure that you are going to get the same kind of quality or functionality as the original and there lies the inherent advantage of selecting OEM parts over other alternatives.
Choosing OEM Parts
The most popular reason to choose a Third Party Manufacturer or refurbished part over an OEM has to do with cost. As a general rule, Third Party Manufacturer or refurbished parts are usually less expensive, which seems like a great way of keeping your costs low. However, a problems arise with the lack of a guarantee for quality, fit or function.
OEM parts match what is being replaced and therefore guarantee function and quality. You’ll be getting the same performance you expect and need from your lift with an OEM replacement part because it is designed and tested under the same strict manufacturer standards. OEM products guarantee dimensions and specifications compatibility and are high quality.
Re-evaluating the cost of a OEM part with its third party manufacturer or refurbished equivalent, you can see that although you may pay more initially, you are investing in a part that has the potential to last considerably longer.
Durability has another important advantage of OEM parts and not just for the part itself, but the other lift equipment as well.
OEM parts are designed to perform and fit factory specifications which can increase the operational life of your lift simply because the replacement part is identical to the original, so there is no undue wear-and-tear which might arise from the use of an alternative.
The notion of OEM parts being an investment is owed to the inherent durability of the products, meaning you may go through one or more alternative replacements in the lifespan of your lift and therefore costing you more over time.
With OEM, you have less worry about the parts failing and in need of replacing.