We all consider a number of things and features before buying any new heavy equipment or truck. Although all the parts of the equipment or truck may be new, we still inspect the machine thoroughly and even take a test drive to be fully assured. So when it comes to the used heavy equipment for sale, we need to be even more careful while checking to ensure the machine is functioning properly. A lot more than visual inspections and test drives needs to be done before buying used heavy equipment. Below is a list of parts and features of any used heavy equipment on sale that you must examine before buying.
Make sure you look at the fluid levels in the used heavy equipment you are planning to buy. Some fluid level to look at include engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, hydraulic fluid, etc. Low or dirty fluids could be a warning flag for poor maintenance. Leakages could be another reason for low fluid levels. Make sure you visually inspect the machine and check if there are any fluid leaks from the bed of the equipment.
Signs of Wear
Understand that every used heavy equipment on sale will have some dents, scratches, peeling paint, cracks, corroded parts, and other signs of wear. During your inspection, see the number and graveness of these damages. If there are too many or too serious damages, look for another machine. You never know when these damages can render the machine useless in the future.
Number of Welds
No matter how well it is done, a weld is never as strong as the original metal. Too many welds in the backhoe, shovel, bucket, and loader arm can signal that the machine might have experienced a lot of wear-and-tear. There are chances that the wear-and-tear may have caused other trouble that you won’t notice at first glance. Opt for equipment with the least number of welds.
It is necessary to understand how many times and how often the machine underwent repairs and maintenance. The frequency of maintenance done will tell you two things. The first thing is how often does this particular equipment require maintenance, and the second thing is if the machine has been adequately maintained in the past.
Make sure that all the tires are of the same size and aren’t punctured.
Check that the seat and seat belt are in good working condition.
Check all lights, indicator lights and horn are properly functioning.
Take a test drive and see if the steering and brakes are working smoothly.
See to it that the hitch attached to the equipment is also in good working condition and secured.
Now that you know of all the possible defects that can be in a used heavy equipment on sale, you can be a smart buyer. Consider using Heavy Duty Direct, a trusted name in Canada, to search for your next piece of heavy duty equipment.