Industrial equipment finance

Technological transformation, economic opportunity and changing buyer trends are driving many US organisations to expand, upgrade or replace their industrial equipment.

Chris Godfrey

Page written by Chris Godfrey. Last reviewed on July 19, 2024. Next review due October 1, 2025.

However, no matter if your business is constructing skyscrapers, packing canned goods, or building robots, buying industrial equipment out of cashflow does not make business sense. Instead, use industrial equipment finance to spread costs over time and avoid financial strain. Use the equipment as you pay for it to boost your bottom line.

What is industrial equipment?

Industrial equipment is used in many business sectors. It may take the shape of complicated production machinery that is typically used in manufacturing, or it could be large equipment, such as bulldozers or cranes, which are used in construction, mining, and fossil fuel production. However, not all industrial equipment is used in heavy industries – technological and many light industries also use industrial equipment and complex tools to produce the products and services they sell.

Differences between industrial equipment financing and equipment loans

There is often confusion when determining the difference between industrial equipment financing and industrial equipment loans, as the term ‘equipment financing’ can have a dual meaning:

  • Industrial equipment financing

Also known as ‘asset finance and refinance’, this is when a business uses the industrial equipment they already own – such as a drilling rig – as collateral for a new loan. The organization borrows against the value of the equipment to obtain cash that they can use for various business purposes. The equipment usually stays in the business’ possession and usage, but the lender takes a lien over its title to protect their loan. When the loan is paid back, the lien is dissolved. 

Key benefits: A fast way to raise cash for almost any business purpose. Still use the equipment even as it acts as collateral for the loan.

  • Industrial equipment loans

This is borrowing to buy new or pre-used industrial equipment. It allows the borrower to spread the cost over time. There are two basic types of industrial equipment loan: Equipment lease, or equipment financing – (which in this case refers to a loan to buy new equipment, not refinancing to obtain ready cash).

Key benefits: Secure new equipment without hurting cashflow. Use the equipment as you pay for it. Some or all of the payments may be tax deductible. 

Leasing vs. financing industrial equipment

Buying new industrial equipment can be expensive, but most US businesses secure the machines and tools they need with either an equipment finance loan, or an equipment lease. What’s the difference? See below.

  • Equipment financing

This is a loan that allows the borrower to pay for the equipment over time, spreading the cost across months or years. Typically, the borrower will pay the loan back, (plus interest and any fees), in fixed monthly instalments. At the end of the loan, the borrower owns the equipment outright. 

Key benefits: Ease the strain on cashflow as you buy the equipment you need to grow your business. Interest is usually tax-deductible. 

  • Equipment leasing

Similar to a loan, except the borrower (lessee) is not buying the equipment, they are renting it over an extended period. At the end of the contract, the equipment will either go back to the lessor (equipment provider), or the lessee may have the option to buy it for a pre-agreed sum, (sometimes as little as $1). Depending on the terms of the contract, the lessor may be responsible for maintenance of the equipment.

Key benefits: Usually comes with lower monthly payments than equipment financing, but with the same support to cashflow. Can be very quick to arrange. Does not appear on the company balance sheet. In most cases, the entire payments (not just the interest) can be written off as tax-deductible.

How to apply for industrial equipment finance and loans

Industrial equipment finance and loans are specialist areas with differing rules of application and requiring deep knowledge of the sector from the lender. US SMEs seeking funding may find themselves forever searching and making applications to lender after lender without success. The delays this can create could cause them to lose revenue and leave their business vulnerable to competition. Instead, working with a broker, who can access industrial equipment financing from a wide range of lenders is a better way to go. No more cold calls and endless demands for information, just tell us what you need and leave the rest to us. 

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Written by

Chris Godfrey

Chris is a freelance copywriter and content creator. He has been active in the marketing, advertising, and publishing industries for more than twenty-five years. Writing for Wells Fargo Bank, Visa, Experian, Ebay, Flywire, insurers and pension funds, his words have appeared online and in print to inform, entertain and explain the complex world of US consumer and business finance.

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