While it might be the ordinary route to purchase new equipment when it is time to retire the old, but new construction equipment prices have been climbing in recent years. In order to put the extra money to good use elsewhere in the company, many have been opting for used construction equipment instead.
Used construction equipment is a great way to get the quality equipment you need for your jobs to run smoothly, without breaking the bank. While this great alternative is a lifesaving option for some, you should always proceed with caution when purchasing any equipment. Here are some tips for safely and smartly purchasing used construction equipment.
The first thing you must go over when purchasing used heavy equipment is what you need. Take a look at the plans for your job and find out the exact size equipment you need to get the job done well the safe way. This should lead you to discover the make and model you require. You should also consider whether or not you will need attachments for the equipment before you start your search. There really is a wide variety of used construction equipment on the market, so shop based on what you need—don’t base what you need on what you can easily find.
You should make sure the equipment has been properly maintained. One way to do so is by checking the fluids. Take a look at the transmission fluid, the engine oil, the hydraulic fluid, the coolant, and any other fluids you might find of importance. The fluids can act as a window into the condition of the machine. If the fluids seem low or dirty, the machine has likely been poorly maintained. When examining the fluids, make sure you keep an eye out for signs of serious damage like water in the oil.
Take a look at the hours of operation for the equipment. This is not always the most accurate way to judge the condition of equipment, but you should shy away from purchasing equipment that has over 10,000 working hours. This method of inspection does have its limitations, however, because equipment that has been well-maintained with 10,000 hours might be the same quality as equipment with 1,000 that has been poorly maintained. Make sure you consider all factors when making your decision.
Always check construction equipment for significant damage. If you see hairline cracks and rust, you probably should not purchase the machine. Small signs of wear like this could indicate major issues on down the line. If the heavy equipment you plan on purchasing has any scales, you should check their accuracy before you make a purchase.
If you are interested in purchasing high quality used construction equipment from a trustworthy company, NLEQ will be your go-to. We sell equipment that has been repaired by trustworthy mechanics. For more information or to make an inquiry, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.