New vs. Used GSE: Pros and Cons
When considering ground support equipment (GSE) acquisition, you may wonder whether to opt for new or used equipment. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages.
New GSE benefits include a manufacturer's warranty and minimal initial maintenance requirements. When you buy, rent, or lease new GSE from Xcēd, you'll receive the manufacturer's warranty. That's why many customers choose to lease new GSE from us. However, the downside of new GSE is the potentially lengthy lead times, which can range from 6 to 9 months.
If you can't afford to wait for new GSE, Xcēd has you covered. Our Indianapolis facility stocks new GSE, which we thoroughly inspect to ensure it runs correctly before arriving at your location.
Used GSE is typically more affordable than brand-new equipment. However, it may have higher hours, potential issues, and concerns about meeting EPA standards. At Xcēd, most of our used GSE fleet consists of low-hour equipment that we carefully inspect. Since our fleet is relatively new, it's unlikely that the engines will fail to meet EPA standards.
Depending on your situation, refurbished ground support equipment might be the ideal choice for your operation. Purchasing used GSE can save you money and may be a suitable option for short-term needs. When considering used GSE, it's essential to ensure the necessary maintenance checks and repairs have been completed. Our trained GSE technicians thoroughly inspect and perform preventative maintenance on each unit in our used GSE fleet.
Zero-Time Tugs: What to Know
If you've been in the ground support industry for some time, you might have heard of zero-time tugs. This term generally means that the used GSE has a new engine and transmission. However, not all zero-time tugs are equal. Make sure to inquire about the replaced parts before purchasing, as these units are usually more expensive than used but less than new.
Electric Tugs: Embracing the Future
If you're interested in electric tugs, you've come to the right place. Xcēd offers electric equipment alongside internal combustion GSE. As airlines and ground handlers increasingly move toward electrifying their fleets, we're here to support them with the same leasing and rental options as internal combustion GSE.
Different Types of GSE: Variety for Your Needs
There are various types of GSE, and Xcēd offers many options. We maintain relationships with all GSE manufacturers and stock numerous makes and models. You can view our GSE inventory on our website and request quotes directly.
Some operators may use the term "aircraft tug" to refer to all types of equipment. However, a pushback tractor is a large tractor that pushes the aircraft away from the gate, while a belt loader is a driveable conveyor belt that helps operators load bags into the airplane's belly. "Tug" generally refers to a baggage tractor in the industry, and yes, Xcēd does offer aircraft tugs for sale. Just be sure to check our baggage tractor inventory when looking for an aircraft tug to purchase.
Lease, Rent, or Purchase: Flexible GSE Options
Airports require more than planes to serve travelers; ground support equipment is equally essential. Xcēd offers a wide assortment of new, refurbished, and used GSE to help airlines, airports, and ground handlers accomplish their tasks. Our GSE inventory includes airport buses, baggage carts, cargo loaders, pushbacks, and aircraft stairs. If you're in the market for used or refurbished GSE, check our continually-updated inventory.
Discover the Xcēd Advantage
At Xcēd, we pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive range of GSE services, including rentals, leasing, and sales. Whether you're searching for a super tug, aircraft tug, pushback tractor, or any other type of airport equipment, you've come to the right place. Our extensive inventory features high-quality units from some of the industry's most reputable manufacturers.
When you choose Xcēd for your ground support equipment needs, you get more than just top-quality machinery; you also benefit from our highly skilled and experienced team. Our technicians possess in-depth knowledge of GSE, ensuring that any questions or concerns about the equipment you buy, rent, or lease from us are promptly addressed. Since we specialize exclusively in GSE, we have a deep understanding of both the equipment and your operational requirements.
To experience the Xcēd difference for yourself, explore our available units on our website. Once you find the perfect equipment for your needs, contact us to request a quote, and let us help you enhance your airport operations.