The reality is, is that when an individual takes out new membership at a gym they are using equipment that has been heavily utilized.
I personally don’t see the issue. Having worked in corporate wellness, I know that periodically the technicians come in to service the equipment.
If I were to purchase the equipment, I would want to see the service records to be sure that the equipment was serviced and calibrated regularly.
Donated Equipment should be thoroughly inspected and serviced by a certified or munufacturer repair technician. Make sure cables, pins, seat adjustments, belts and electronics are safe. Get any service performed on your donated equipment in writing.
Saving money with donated equipment is a plus if your’e on a budget. Make sure its safe and most of all if the equipment is designed for instituional use and not home gym equipment.