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In the vast, technical world of construction equipment, the sustainability and reliability of Genuine versus Aftermarket parts is a regular topic of discussion. To give you an insight through an example, imagine that I have a Volvo excavator and that I am searching for Volvo CE Parts to repair my Volvo Equipment.

Even though

 I can see expensive but genuine Volvo CE parts, there many other salesmen offering Volvo Construction aftermarket parts to me at much more reasonable and affordable price. To decide whether I should go for the expensive genuine parts or just get the cheaper aftermarket ones, I must methodically categorize important factors determining the condition of my machine and the purpose of this repair as below:

1.  Machine Working Hours

First and foremost, I need to get an accurate estimate of the total working hours of my machine since machine working hours is one of the most important factors that affect the overall condition of the Volvo Equipment Machine.

All earth-moving machines, be they excavators, dozers, wheel loaders and other such heavy vehicles, have two economical life cycles. The first life starts when it is brand new and depending upon maintenance plane and operator experience, it lasts from about 14,000 to 18,000 hours.

During this period, a Volvo excavator usually has a good up-time ratio and is so productive at the same time, that I would recommend machine owners whose machines are still in their first life to use OEM or genuine parts; this will maintain machine productivity and even more importantly, machine up-time.

We all know that genuine parts are approved by the manufacturers themselves after they have passed all of the quality control procedures in a factory and hence, are extremely reliable.


However, if my Volvo excavator is in the late first life or after an overhaul process it has started its second life cycle, I will need to look for a different supplier to find high-quality Volvo aftermarket products. This will make the repair of my Volvo excavator cheaper while ensuring its sustainability as well.


2.  Machine Resale Value

Secondly, I will need to factor in the resale value of my machine before finalizing the right parts. A Volvo Equipment  loses its value quite rapidly after it passes its first four years. Hence, I should always be careful and meticulous in deciding how much should be spent on my Volvo excavator parts so that if I were to sell it, I would end up with a profitable deal. Because we all know that Construction Equipment is all about making money!

3.  Type of Parts:

It is important to figure out specifically what type of parts I need, whether it be an injector, a seal kit, pistons or a liner. Generally, when we talk about seals, o rings or other packing equipment, we are talking about leakage. Now, this might not seem like a big deal, but I can assure you that it certainly is a big headache.

I would need to spend a lot of time to change a simple hydraulic seal and if I settle for a low-quality product simply because of the cheaper rate, I would need to redo my job when it starts leaking again. Hence, I would lose a lot of money, not only because I would need to change the part again, but also due to the lack of uptime on my fleet.

Yet there are some parts like injectors and alternators manufactured by renowned companies like Bosch or Delphi, which can be both trusted for their reliability and also be bought for much more economical prices than genuine parts. Almost all manufacturers use these brands in their engine. Hence, you need to have a firm understanding of the technicalities of what you are going to buy.


Finally, after I have successfully and precisely estimated the situation, I need to determine which parts supplier I should go to. Since I have been in the heavy equipment business and even worked as a fleet owner for fifteen years, you can trust me when I tell you that based on my experience, there is always a middle solution that combines aftermarket and genuine parts. There are also several websites that let you search part numbers you need for genuine and aftermarket components. Therefore, as I always try to optimize my cost based on the application, I advise you to do the same.

If you spend time listening to others, you will only end up getting more confused. Just think carefully about all the factors mentioned above before buying a part to ensure that you don’t end up regretting your decision and losing your money. As according to the famous quote, “Think 100 times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man”.