A Guide To Buying A Used Excavator

September 10, 2019 Auto No Comments

If you’re looking to purchase a used excavator for your company, you need this article. Because we’ll be discussing everything you should look for before you spend your money. If interested, read ahead.

What’s Its Machine Hours

Before you spend your money on an excavator, you need to figure out its machine hours. This will give you an idea of how long the excavator has been around for. As you can imagine, this is very important.

Because you can assess the condition of the vehicle and see if it lines up with how old it looks.

This will help you from getting scammed. The newer the vehicle is, the more you can make from it. So, the seller may list it like 5 years when it’s actually over 10.

You can check its machine hours by taking a look at its analog meters.

What’s  Its Service History?

The excavator needs to be in great condition before you buy it. You can evaluate how well the seller has maintained the vehicle by going through its service history.

If its service history isn’t the best, you’re best not buying the excavator as it won’t last you a long time.

How’re Its Hydraulic Functions

You need to assess how smooth its hydraulic functions are. Because it will contribute to how easily you can do your work.

To test it, you’ll have to try out the vehicle yourself. Of course, you may not be able to excavate something. So, get in the excavator and try out all the excavating movements.

Is It Comfortable?

The excavator needs to be as comfortable as possible. If it’s not, your workers would have a hard time driving it as their backs would constantly hurt.

However, this isn’t the big of a deal as you can easily get seats replaced and upholstered. Services let you swap out not so good parts for more premium sears seat parts. Of course, the seat needs to be intact to go through the upholstering and adjustment process.

Is It Safe?

Excavators are heavy duty machines. That’s why you need to be very experienced to  be able to drive one. However, the excavator in question may not comply with your company’s safety compliances. This means your workers won’t be able to drive it.

Who Are You Buying From?

When buying a second-hand vehicle, you need to research the seller as much as possible. This is especially the case with large vehicles like excavators as individual people aren’t selling them, instead specialty stores.

If you don’t check them out, you may be dealing with someone who’s not the best. Ultimately, getting yourself ripped off as you may spend more than what you’d like.

Look Underneath

You need to assess the excavator’s undercarriage before you make a decision. You may think it’s not important but you must. Because the undercarriage is what needs the most maintaince. So, you may ignore it, not noticing that the excavator you’ve got a hold of would need immediate repairs for its undercarriage.

As you can see, there are multiple things to consider when buying a used excavator. So, make note of the above points.

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