Since the advent of the trencher attachment part, the laborious task of digging a trench has been transformed and has become quite easy. If trenching is a significant part of your business, then it’s important for you to understand the benefits of using a trencher. Trenchers come in numerous specifications allowing each unit to be customized to suit your working requirements and machine specifications. Trenchers are designed for cutting narrow and straight trenches.
A quality, low-hour used trencher machine has definite advantages over the cost of a new model. A used trencher can have plenty of useful life even if it doesn’t look brand new. Honestly, there are many used trenchers working very effectively in the fields with dings, dents, scratches and bad paint. Just like how a car required proper maintenance, when attachment parts of heavy duty equipment are properly maintained, their engines remain smooth, full-functional and strong.
Nevertheless, when buying a used trencher, various precautions should be taken to ensure the machine you purchase has sufficient life to last well into the future.
Prepare A Checklist:
The checklist can certainly be long when it comes to detecting a machine. There are many items that needs to be inspected when buying a used trencher attachment part. It’s always wise to start at the tip of the trencher boom and work through to the engine. Looking at the boom tip, it’s important to move the end idler from side to side to assess any wear on the bearings. If you’re unable to tighten the end idler, it’s time to replace the bearings.
Check the main part of the boom. Take a look at the wear strips on both ends. Many wear strips are reversible, depending on the size of the trencher. If the wear strips show significant wear, they will have to be replaced. If they are worn out and not replaced, there will be bigger problems in the future.
Check the boom thoroughly. The entire boom assembly could be bent, if there is significant wear on one side of the boom or the other. This usually happens when operators engage in a tight radial turn while digging in hard material at shallow depths. A trencher that has not been properly maintained can cause the head shaft pivot to wear out when digging into rocky ground or frost. Inspect the bushing in the pivot. If the bushing has worn through, it will lead to greater problems with the pivot area in the future.
Check The Chain And Teeth:
Inspect the digging chain. Also, don’t forget to inspect the digging chain. Depending on the usage, the digging teeth needs to be replaced from time to time. To run the digging chain, it takes horsepower. If you work with worn teeth, they will reduce production and may not prove to be cost effective.
Do not move the chain from front to back, but make sure you move it from side to side and watch for snaking in the chain. If the chain sags significantly even when the boom is at maximum chain adjustment, replacement will be required.
A good indicator of the wear on a chain can be found by Inspecting the condition of the rollers on the chain and any wear to the side bars of the chain. The rollers should be round and cylindrical. If they show wear like a hour glass, then it’s only a matter of time before the chain fails.
Check The Engine And Hydrostatic System:
Inspecting the engine and hydrostatic system is a must. They are the most expensive parts of any trencher, therefore they should be carefully inspected. When starting the engine, listen and pay attention to how it sounds. If the engine is not finely tuned, you’ll be able to hear various little things. Check the engine oil for the proper amount, and see if moisture exists. Thoroughly check the air filter as well, for telltale signs of abuse or neglect. Remove the air filter and inspect down the inlet to see if there is a dust trail.
A used trencher can be cost-effective only if you buy the one which is meticulously maintained and properly taken care of. There’s no point buying a used trencher just to save money. The used trencher should operate effectively and efficiently. If the used trencher requires you to replace most parts of the machine, then it’s better off you buy a new trencher instead. If you’re wanting to buy a used trencher that is well-maintained and operates smoothly, get in touch with our professionals at Heavy Duty Direct today.