Make Your Listing Stand Out

Thank you for using Bid on Equipment for your used equipment sales. We have more than 25 years of experience and would like to assist you in creating the best listing possible for your equipment.

Please see below for general guidelines in how best to list your equipment to reduce additional questions from interested Buyers and allow for higher offers and sale prices. These guidelines are not required to list your Item, but are suggestions in how best to interest Buyers. If you would like help organizing your information or for guidance, we will be happy to assist.

    • Make sure your Item is placed in the correct category. We will be happy to help if you do not know which category to choose.
    • Titles should include:
      • Brand name
      • Model number
      • Short description of dimensional or capacity details
        • Resina Model S-30 Capper set on 28mm caps
        • 150 Gallon Groen Model TA150 Double Motion Kettle
    • Full description which may include but is not limited to the following (where applicable)
      • Brand Name
      • Model Number
      • Serial Number
      • Year the unit was manufactured
      • Capacity such as:
        • Gallons
        • Minimum and maximum size limits
        • Chamber size
      • Power/electrical requirements
      • Speeds/production rate
      • Product the machine was running/used for.
      • Current working condition including descriptions of anything that has been refurbished or replaced and when.
      • When it was last in operation
      • Can you run this machine in its current condition and location for an on site inspection with an interested Buyer.
      • All size parts or add-on features that come with the machine
      • Any missing components required for operation.
      • Motor specifications including:
        • Phase
        • Cycle
        • Horsepower
        • Voltage
        • Amps
        • Type
      • If the unit is still installed and will require an additional fee for removal.
      • How many units do you have available and is the price for all or for each.
  • There is no limit to how many photos you can have on your listing. We recommend providing as many clearly detailed photos as possible including:
      • A photo from each corner of the machine making sure to show the entire machine in each photo
      • Photos from underneath the unit.
      • Photos of the inside and outside of the control panel (if applicable)
      • Close up photos of the operating parts of the machine
      • Close up photos of any valves or connections
      • Photos of the specification tags
      • Internal photos for items such as tanks or equipment with chambers
  • If possible, please include a video of the machine showing the parts moving and product running. Please make sure there is no identifying information in the video. If your video is on YouTube, you can include the link in your listing. Otherwise, please send your video file to listing@bidonequipment.comreferencing your Item# in the email.

  • Any available information from the manufacturer should be included. Specification sheets and the manual can be added to your listing by sending the files to referencing your Item# in the email.
  • If available, please provide the shipping information as soon as possible. This will allow us to provide shipping quotes for Buyers more quickly so they can place their offers.


  • Information in your description is best viewed if written in bullet points or short sentences. Large blocks of text can be difficult for the Buyer to find the information needed. 


  • Review your opening offer. Buyers will be unable to submit offers below that amount. Bid on Equipment recommends pricing your Item to allow for offers that stimulate negotiation. You are not obligated to accept any offer below your asking price and you will have the opportunity to present counter offers for the Buyer’s consideration. We highly recommend that you regularly review your asking price and opening offer, they can be changed at any time (unless there is a current valid offer on your Item).


  • Items you have multiples of that are the exact same can be listed in the same listing specifying how many units you have available. Items you have multiples of but are different in any way should be listed in separate listings (unless being sold as a lot).


  • Please advise us if you have listed units in separate listings but were used together as we can link the listings. For example: if you have a line of equipment but have listed the pieces separately, we can reference the other Items in each listing.


  • If you have a large quantity of items to list, please contact us for a bulk upload form to assist you in making the process easier. 


  • Changes in description, price and title can be submitted through your MyBidon portal at any time. Additional photos, videos or files can also be added at any time by sending them to referencing your Item# in the email.


We appreciate you listing your equipment with us and are looking forward to doing business with you. If you have any questions or would like assistance listing your machinery, please give us a call at 847-854-8577, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm CT Monday –Friday.

Industrial Tank Basics Buying Guide

Tanks are commonly used in many industries. No matter the type of tank whether it is for storage, cooking or processing, there are questions that need to be asked before purchasing a tank.

What size tank do you need?

Tanks are measured by the amount of product they can contain; in the US most tanks are measured by the number of gallons it holds (other countries may use liters, imperial gallons, and cubic feet). To determine the capacity of a tank, first measure the inside diameter of the vessel and the straight side (length of the cylinder).

When purchasing a tank, make sure you buy something a little bit larger than the actual number of gallons you intend to use. Keep in mind, if you are going to use a mixer you may have to account for vortexes and splash. Hopefully your business will grow and buying a larger tank will give you some time before you need to upgrade.

(When looking at purchasing a tank you will have to ship double check the circumference. Anything at 102 inches or below can be shipped standard.  If it is above that you may need special permits or routing. )

What kind of composition should the tank have?

Stainless steel is most often used for holding product that has to be kept in sanitary environments. It has a smooth finish, so as not to allow product to accumulate in its walls. Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion and is quite durable.  Most often used in the food, pharmaceutical & chemical industries stainless steel is extremely versatile. Stainless steel will most often be from the 300 series.  304 or 316 are the most common. Because of the chemical makeup of 316, it can be used in more corrosive environments. To learn more about the different types of steel Click Here

Steel is considered Carbon Steel if it contains less than 2.1% carbon and has low alloy. Over time carbon steel will corrode. Carbon steel can be pitted so product can become trapped in the tank.  Carbon steel tanks are usually not considered sanitary and will primarily be used for chemicals or waste water.

Note: Tanks made of either stainless steel or carbon steel are measured by their gauge. The smaller the gauge the thicker it is.  This chart refers to the thickness in inches and weight of the gauge. If your product will require a higher pressure or even the ability to handle internal reactions, the wall thickness will require a heavier gauge.

Plastic and Fiberglass tanks are used for corrosive material such as gasoline or vinegar.

What are your process requirements?

If your product needs to be heated or cooled you may need to consider a jacketed tank. Jacketed tanks possess an outer shell from the inside of the tank that allows steam, hot water, or hot oil to circulate in order to heat the product inside of the tank. Cooling tanks are also jacketed and use mediums such as glycol or other forms of coolant to ensure the contained product remains at a cooler temperature.

If you need to prevent the temperature from rising or dropping too fast, an insulated tank is often used.  If a tank contains a product that is hot in temperature, the insulation will prevent a person from burning themselves. Insulated tanks are usually cheaper and if you don’t need to heat or cool your product but need to minimize temperature changes this may be a good alternative.

For reactions, using a glass lined tank is often times the best choice. A glass lined tank will have the entire interior lined with glass. Glass lined tanks are exceptionally strong and are often used as reactors in chemical and pharmaceutical processes.

There are times when a product may need to be mixed inside of a tank and an agitated tank will provide this ability. Mixers come in all shapes and sizes from a simple propeller type mixer to a large, heavy duty, sweep agitated mixer with single, double or even triple motion agitation.

  • Propeller Type Mixers are usually driven by an electric or air powered motor that is connected to a stainless steel shaft with a three blade rounded propeller clamped to the other end.
  • A Turbine agitator is similar in that it has a motor at the top and a shaft but there are usually four rectangular blades connected to the other end.
  • Single Motion Agitators always spin in one direction and usually run along the bottom of the tank and often have arm extensions up the side walls sometimes with scraper blades attached.
  • Double Motion Agitators are similar to the single motion but they have two shafts that counter rotate causing a much more volatile mixing of the product.  More agitation can be added to make a triple motion agitation by simply adding a third blade running at a different RPM.

Covers on tanks are typically either a dome top or a flat top. The cover can be welded on or remain open top with hinges or flip up. If they are welded they might have a manway on the top. A manway is a hole between 18-20 inches so that a person can get inside the tank to clean. A cover may also have a site glass, a port(for things like mixers, or an infeed for product to enter.

After you have finished storing or mixing your product, you will need to drain the tank.  Tank bottoms can be cone, dish, flat, convex or a slant and usually have an outlet either in the bottom or in the side near the bottom.   A tank with a cone bottom will have much more positive flow while a tank with a flat bottom may not drain completely.

At the bottom of the tank there will be an outlet for drainage.  Outlets require a fitting in order to attach a valve.  If you need to keep things sanitary, make sure to ask about the valve because not all valves are considered sanitary.  If your product requires a sanitary valve, you will need either a Tri-Clamp Fitting or Sani-Thread Fitting to connect the valve to the outlet.  If you do not require the outlet to be sanitary then you can also use a non-sanitary threaded fitting.  Valves are what allow the product to either stay in the tank or flow from the outlet at the bottom.  Ball Valves, Butterfly Valves and Gate Valves are three styles that can be used to allow product to flow after it is ready to move on to the next part of your manufacturing process.