Surplus Supplies Provide Savings for Companies


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These are unprecedented times we face as humans, let alone as businesses. We have more knowledge and technology available than ever, but our economy has been crippled by a widespread virus. Finding new ways to keep your business going while keeping cost low has never been more important than right now. Surplus supplies provide savings for companies HGR is an essential suppler of surplus supplies and used machinery to do just that.

What Do You Mean Surplus?
As manufacturers become more fluid and changing in what they produce, they may have left over supplies form a previous run. Ideally they would like to recoup any cost possible from this. I don’t mean a few half-empty cans of paint. I am talking pallets of obsolete media, or truckloads of equipment that no longer serve their purpose. A lot of cost may have been recovered in production, so that means whatever leftovers that are sitting in your warehouse become profit. Instead of paying to have someone remove it, a company like HGR will come, inspect it, and make an offer. This includes removal.

HGR Building, Euclid, Ohio

What Does HGR Do With The Surplus?
After purchasing, HGR has it brought into their warehouse in Euclid, Ohio where they inventory it, take pictures, and post it to their website. That is when the customers can browse online to view the inventory, or come into the 12-acre showroom to inspect the items themselves. This is where the savings come in. HGR resells all of that surplus to you at pennies on the dollar. Leftover supplies from one company, could be the thing that pushes another company into profit on a job. It could be something like nitrile safety gloves, safety glasses, or other MRO. Why pay the high prices for new, when HGR may have new, in-the-box items that simply were no longer needed, for prices that can’t be beat.

Does the Machinery Run?
HGR also sells used machinery that was purchased from companies similar to surplus. One of the questions we always get is, “Does it run?” And the answer is, we don’t know. One of the reasons HGR is able to offer such great prices, is the unknown running condition. There is a 30-day return policy if it doesn’t, although HGR does not cover shipping for obvious reasons. You may get a machine for a percentage of the costs and it runs great. Winner winner chicken dinner for you, bud. But what if it doesn’t? Even with the cost of repair, you may most likely still be significantly under the cost of a certified used machine, yet alone a new one. Not testing the machinery allows HGR to keep the cost to our customers as low as possible.

How Can I See What HGR Has?
Easy! Just visit us online at and browse through the categories. If you have any questions, please use our live chat option in the top left of the screen. If you would like to purchase an item, submit a purchase request to one of our sales staff and they will contact you for shipping and payment info. HGR does not accept payment online. Cash, Check, Credit over the phone, or Wire Transfer (not Western Union) are all methods of payment that are acceptable. Surplus Supplies Provide Savings for Companies.

COVID-19 Respiratory Masks Being 3D Printed

3D printed 3d printed respiratory mask to help fight COVID-19 spreadCOVID-19 Respiratory masks are being 3D printed to help meet the current demand. 3D printing is a rising field of additive manufacturing that  has opened the doors for creative minds to find creative solutions. The Chilean-based team over at Copper3D has a global initiative in place called Hack the Pandemic. They use a nano-copper additive in the production of it. This nano copper helps work as an antimicrobial agent, as well as blocking out 95% of small particles. 

3D printed respirator

Who is Copper3D?

A startup company from Chile that specializes in antimicrobial nano-composites that are used to “hack” the materials and eliminate microorganisms. One of their first products was called PLACTIVE, a high quality PLA polymer. They also created a medical-grade material called NANOCLEAN, a PETG polymer with additive concentration of 1% aimed at more specific purposes in medical devices. PLACTIVE was also clinically tested in 3D printed prosthetics for U.S. war veterans and currently is tested by NASA for 3D printed applications in long term space missions. Now COVID-19 Respiratory masks are being 3D printed

What is 3D Printing?

The term additive manufacturing is currently buzzing around and it pertains to 3D printing different materials. The history of 3D printing is fairly recent, with the earliest record of it being used was in 1981. Hideo Kodoma was a Japanese inventor credited with creating a product that used ultraviolet lights to harden polymers and create solid objects. This is a stepping stone to stereolithography (SLA). From there the story leads us to today’s important use in the creation of devices like N95 respirators to help battle the outbreak of COVID-19 or the coronavirus.

Who can use 3D Printers?

Anyone with the right computer and software can purchase a 3D printer and use it for multiple applications. There are smaller consumer-aimed models and large scale manufacturing models that make airline parts. A few popular companies using 3D printers are General Electric, Boeing, Ford, Nike, and many others. While GE makes airplane fuel nozzles for Leap jet engines, Nile was making 3D printers cleats for the 2014 Super Bowl to help get exposure for this rising technology. They also released a line with 3D printed uppers. 

Where Can I Get One? 

The answer depends on what type you are looking for and the uses. HGR Industrial Surplus is your number one source for used machinery and currently have different makes and models available for purchase at a discounted rate. Click here to see a few of them. Quantity may vary so please reach out to sales staff for inquires. Currently there are multiple Envisiontec available if needed, so please inquire. Smaller, new consumer models can be purchased in person at places like Microcenter or online with sources like Amazon.  

Be sure to check out our online options if you’re a business that uses these to help with crisis management, like respirators or parts, please reach out to HGR and see if we have anything in stock to help in this time of need. There may be some other categories you find useful on our site as well like; Chemical Processing, Plastics, Packaging, Ultrasonic Welders, or our home page for more options. 


Ultrasonic Welding In The Spotlight For Medical Necessities

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Branson ultrasonic welder at HGR

Most people don’t think about the craft of welding in everyday life. The fact of the matter is, no matter where you are in the developed world, you are always within 50 feet of something that has been welded together. This expanse of welded objects includes items like sewer pipes, street lights, electrical transformers, ductwork etc… puts it simply when they point out, “Did you know that welding is done everywhere ranging from the bottom of the ocean to outer space and everywhere in between!” Lincoln Electric, with its headquarters down the street from HGR, is a fantastic example of a company that puts tremendous focus on welding.

There are a few different categories of welding that use different techniques. Among these different types is Ultrasonic Welding which was popularized in the 1960s. Wikipedia notes that, “Ultrasonic welding is an industrial technique whereby high-frequency ultrasonic acoustic vibrations are locally applied to workpieces being held together under pressure to create a solid-state weld. It is commonly used for plastics and metals, and especially for joining dissimilar materials.” The applications for ultrasonic welding are vast and include uses in many industries. Computer and electrical industries, for example, use ultrasonic welding to help create semiconductor devices, transistors and diodes. Tiny microcircuits can be bonded together with thin aluminum wires using this specialized type of welding. Working on such a small scale requires extreme precision and sensitivity that can be provided by ultrasonic welding technology.

Coincidentally, another major sector that benefits from the use of ultrasonic welding is in the medical industry. The major benefit for the medical industry is that ultrasonic welding does not produce contaminants like traditional welding machines do. An environment that needs to be sterile, such as an operating room, cannot risk having contaminating particles floating around. A traditional welding machine that uses heat is almost guaranteed to release unwanted particulates that will create an unsafe hospital environment. Ultrasonic welding is commonly used in the production of medical items like dialysis tubes, blood filters and IV catheters. One medical item that is in particular demand right now, the facemask, is another commodity that can be safely manufactured with ultrasonic welding.

HGR is fortunate to have a wide array of ultrasonic welding machines in our general inventory here. Check our website for new item arrivals every day.

3D Printer At HGR from EnvisionTEC

What can you do with a 3D printer? An engineer will probably answer: Almost anything you can possibly imagine. While it may seem like a stretch, it’s actually true to say that when you have the right technical blueprints, you can print anything from carbon atoms to galaxies. The era of 3D printing is still relatively new although the roots of this technology date back to 1983. The 3Dinsider website explains, “Stereolithography (SLA), commonly known as 3D printing, has been around since the 1980s. Those early pioneers called it Rapid Prototyping (RP) technologies. That’s a bit of a mouthful for most of us—hence the term 3D printing was born.” Read the full article here. During the 1990s it was common for most households to have a paper printer. Eventually, 3D printers will be ubiquitous in the same way.

3D printing enables you to produce complicated objects (with or without moving parts) using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. To help understand the capabilities of an industrial 3D printer, image a scaled down operation that includes massive fabrication equipment. HGR is proud to carry some 3D printers among our vast inventory of machines. Recently, we acquired this EnvisionTEC DSP 3 SXGA Printer in our inventory of printing machines. In less than 24 hours we were delighted, but not very surprised, to get purchase offers for this unique item.

EnvisionTEC is a leader in 3D printing technology. Wikipedia notes that, “EnvisionTEC is a privately held global company that develops, manufactures and sells more than 40 configurations of desktop and production 3D printers based on seven several distinct process technologies that build objects from digital design files.” Check out the full wikipedia page for more info on EnvisionTEC and 3D printing technologies.

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a system of creating three dimensional solid objects from a digitally-coded blueprint file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes where the architect creates successive layers of material until the object is complete. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal plane of the eventual object. 3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out / hollowing out a piece of metal or plastic with, for instance, a milling machine.

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EnvisionTEC 3D Printer at HGR

Surplus to sell? HGR is here to buy!

Do you have any machinery that is no longer useful or needed? Chances are you will be able to sell it for scrap metal – and only get scraps in return. HGR has a much better plan for you to help recoup costs and clear up floor space: sell your surplus machinery to us! HGR buys over 4,000 truckloads of surplus a year from companies like yours. Whether you are trying to sell one item or an entire warehouse of items, HGR is eager to work with you. Watch this video for more details. If you need to reach one of our buyers to sell your surplus, please fill out the form on our website here, and we will get back to you a fast as possible.

The buying process at HGR is simple, quick and efficient. It takes about 30 seconds to fill out the inquiry form and get in touch with one of our regional buyers across the country. Within our serviced regions, we can have a buyer at your door for items both large and small. Once we are connected, we will plan an inspection date to view your surplus inventory and construct a bid offer. After you accept our bid offer, a check will be cut and sent overnight to your preferred address. It does not matter if you need your surplus moved immediately or shipped at a later date – HGR can help accommodate your needs. We have over 20 years of experience buying thousands upon thousands of surplus items from companies each year.

So before you think about paying to have any old units disposed of, invest a little time into researching the value of letting HGR purchase your surplus. When you sell your old equipment, the money you receive will boost your bottom line or help pay for an upgrade. Furthermore, we help give big machines and equipment a second lease on life to help other companies thrive as well. The net benefits are great for saving money and creating a better environment, literally and figuratively, for our planet. Head over to HGR’s website and see how easy the process of selling your surplus really is.

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Sell Your Surplus

Actions at HGR to help combat COVID-19

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HGR Response to COVID-19

You may have noticed some changes around HGR lately. We have been closely watching the global outbreak of COVID-19 and we are very serious about helping to stop this pandemic. Our highest priority is to ensure the health and safety of our customers, staff and families.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus, protect ourselves and help prevent the spread throughout the community. To that end, and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, we are implementing a number of actions intended to slow the spread of the virus.

One of our actions, unfortunately, is temporarily suspending Free Lunch Wednesday. We will definitely let you know when we’re back on for lunch! We will have to suspend our coffee and pastry offerings for the time being. We are also asking to avoid shaking hands between customers and employees at this time. HGR is encouraging you to wash your hands when you arrive and when you leave – we are providing hand sanitizer for your convenience. HGR’s common areas are routinely cleaned.

Customers who have traveled on a Cruise Ship, UK and Ireland, Europe, China, Iran and South Korea within the last 21 days will not be permitted in the building at this time. For our customers shopping we recommend shopping online as an alternative, specifically when you are ill and whenever else it is feasible. When you visit please utilize our hand sanitizing stations. For those customers our Buyers will be visiting, please note that our Buy Team is also following the above protocols, and are open to working with you in any way possible.  This includes the use of technology in replacement of a personal visit if necessary.

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CDC Info On COVID-19

Used Machine Tools at HGR

Machine Tools at HGR

HGR has high quality used machine tools that you can easily purchase with substantial savings. Machine tools are components for cutting and shaping metal – this may include grinding machines, milling machines, lathes, shearing equipment and more. These machines are absolutely vital in manufacturing and fabrication – it’s no surprise that major corporations like Amada, Haas, Komatsu and Mori Seiki are all deeply invested in creating machine tool equipment. The machine tool industry shows no sign of slowing down as the necessity for metal cutting, precision machining and mass production of goods for global commerce is steadily increasing year over year.

Lathe machines, for example, are a specific type of machine tool used mostly for shaping metal or other source materials. While the lathe category is vast and popular, there are other machine tool items that are also in wide circulation. Milling machines, hobbing machines and gear shapers are also basic types of machine tools you will find in shops. All of these machine tools, and more, can be found at HGR’s public showroom. HGR receives used machines by the truckload every week – a good portion of these items fall into the category of machine tools. Within this category, HGR splits up the used machine tools among grinders, lathes, mills and electrical discharge machining items. Shaping metal with a used machine from HGR has never been easier or more affordable.

What kind of tools do you use on a daily basis? If you regularly need to shape metal or ceramics, then you will absolutely need certain cutting tools like the ones described here. Encyclopedia Britannica’s website notes, “Hundreds of varieties of metal machine tools, ranging in size from small machines mounted on workbenches to huge production machines weighing several hundred tons, are used in modern industry.” In other words, modern industry is rather dependent on the use and maintenance of these machines tools. HGR is proud to be the conduit for giving machines a second life and saving resources for our customers.

Our 12 acre public showroom in Euclid, Ohio is brimming with all kinds of machine tools for sale. With several truckloads of used machines coming in every week, you never know what kind of special deal may be available. Check out HGR’s website for new arrivals, markdowns and last chance closeout items in the wide world of machine tools.

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Used Vertical Mill Machines at HGR

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Vertical Mill

HGR is prone to receive hundreds of new items every day. Luckily for our customers, it’s all grist for the mill. In other words, HGR can make any item useful for somebody. One item that consistently stays in high demand is vertical mill machines. Milling is the process of cutting or shaping metal using a rotating tool. Vertical milling is a popular type of machine in this class. With these mills, the spindle is oriented vertically so it can easily move up and done while rotating. You will also find horizontal mills that work by moving the spindle from side to side on the alternate axis. These are predominantly used to create larger items with high precision parts such as a manufacturing jig. There are many different tools used with a milling machine to create the type of shape you are going for. There is a large description of milling machine varieties and uses on the dedicated Wikipedia page for milling.

HGR is proud to offer a wide selection of used vertical mill machines. We carry machines from top line brand names like Bridgeport, Sharp, Cincinnati, Southwestern Industries and many more. A machining center operation is not quite complete without a dependable milling machines. The term “machining center” describes a wide array of CNC milling and drilling machines that include an automatic tool changer and a table that clamps the workpiece in place. CNC Mills are able to quicken production and set up time. With a CNC mill you can program your job well in advance – the control memory saves the information for later use; this helps reduce the possibility for operator error.

Milling machines are quite versatile and can be used in several different applications. While they are normally used to create smooth surfaces, they can also produce oddly shaped surfaces with patterns, grooves or specialized curves. A vertical mill can also be used to drill, cut gears, produce slots or create interlocking components that provide structural support to larger items. Machined parts can be found in many common household items today, including dryers, toasters and ovens. You can find a lot of cool items that milling machines create on Pinterest to get a sense of their output capacity. Vertical mills are perfect for technical vocation schools, small parts production, shop classes, and maintenance crews. The only potential downside is the cost of a new vertical mill – they can be rather expensive depending on the model. Luckily, we are here to offer a reasonably priced solution for a used vertical mill. Head over to HGR’s website to view our vast inventory of used machines, including some spectacular vertical mills. You can also find some great vertical mill projects on Pinterest here.


Grappling With Unique Items at HGR

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ResQMax Line Thrower

Batman isn’t the only superhero who uses a grappling hook. First responders, firefighters and police departments across the world also need them from time to time. Our modern day heroes aren’t the first people to use grappling hooks – the need for line throwing equipment goes back thousands of years. According to Wikipedia, the earliest example of a grappling hook can be found in ancient Roman times. Soldiers would use hooks to latch onto ships and then wrangle them with rope. Evidence of these grappling hooks can also be found in ancient China. The use of line throwing would continue to evolve from crude humble beginnings into high powered pneumatic technology today. One amazing innovation is called the gravity hook – a type of retractable grappling hook that can open and close to pick up heavy items in hard to reach places. Today, grappling hooks are commonplace and can be found all over pop culture in areas like video games and comic books.

Traditionally, most people think about a grappling hook as a tool to help scale a wall. Rock climbing, mountain climbing and tree climbing are other activities that may require a grappling hook. However there are several additional uses for a grappling hook that may not seem obvious at first. For example, the coast guard has been known to use a grappling hook in order to hold and contain a speedboat fleeing into open waters. The grappling hook can also be used below the water’s surface in rescue operations. Other branches of the military have used grappling hooks to assist with mountain warfare and urban building entry. Navy Seals, especially, have been known to use this technology as Wired Magazine points out in this article about grappling hook technologies.

Line throwing equipment, and especially grappling hooks, aren’t always readily available to purchase at your local hardware store. That is why HGR is excited to offer a new selection of line thrower grappling hooks at our warehouse in Cleveland. These particular throwers are made by ResQmax, a company that makes line deployment and water rescue equipment in Portland, Oregon. The ResQMax website points out that, “The Tactical ResQmax is a pneumatic line thrower specifically designed to deploy a line only, a grappling hook and climbing line, or a grappling hook and ascending ladder to an otherwise inaccessible point in both land-based and maritime environments without putting the operator at risk.” Operator safety is paramount and you will be safer by using a product that relies on air compression power rather than on pyrotechnic firepower to function. Head over to the ResQmax website to get more details on this item and other products.

Head over to the HGR Website to browse our line throwing equipment. We have a few ResQmax throwers in stock but they won’t last very long. Happy Hooking!