Before committing to a purchase a Mass Spectrometer (MS), whether new or used, be sure to ask yourself the following questions to ensure you’re selecting a machine that meets your lab’s specific needs.
What important factors will influence the type of MS you plan to buy?
Factors such as throughput, sensitivity, robustness, ease of use, and ease of maintenance are all very important to take into consideration, as different models meet these criteria differently.
What differentiates MS vendors from one another?
It’s inevitable that eventually you may need to upgrade, update, or replace your mass spectrometer. Does one vendor making it easier than another to upgrade your equipment? What type of warranties, if any, do they offer? Do they have a reputation for providing stellar service? While one vendor may be offering a lower price for a comparable product, an affordable extended warranty offered by a different vendor may ultimately lower the cost of ownership of the MS.
What price range fits your budget?
The price for a mass spectrometer can range from several thousands to over $100,000. The amount of money you are able to spend will not only narrow down the variety of machines available to purchase, it will also help you determine what specifications are most important to you.