The more you know about what to look for before purchasing used excavators, the more likely you will find an excellent second-hand machine. Follow the guidelines below to guarantee you know what to look for when checking and acquiring a used excavator. In addition, they will assist you in avoiding unexpected repair and maintenance charges.
1. Take a ride in the excavator
Perform an operational check on the machine, listening for unusual noises and looking for unusual play or movement. Make sure that the lights, gauges, and horns all function. Check the door latches, glass for cracks, and wipers for operation if the equipment has an enclosed cab.
Examine all the connections, particularly those between the stick, boom, and bucket. Check for loose play in the bushings and pins. If the connection isn’t strong enough, your work may be inaccurate. Chains, sprockets, and rollers may add up rapidly when it comes to undercarriage replacement.
If you cannot inspect the excavator yourself, request a video of the equipment in action or arrange for an authorized fitter to do so.
2. Examine the condition of the excavators from the outside.
Keep an eye out for dings, cracks, and bending. A machine that has been heavily used may display warps and bends, necessitating the replacement of the part, which can be rather costly. In addition, misuse of the excavator could result in outside harm.
Examine the cleanliness of the engine and parts to see whether they are clogged with dirt or debris. Ensure no oil leaks, check all fluid levels, and inspect the oils and fluids for damage. When oils haven’t been changed recently, or not recently enough, discoloration happens.
3. Examine the excavator bucket teeth before purchasing used excavators
Examine your teeth for evidence of scalloping or moon shapes. You may need to replace the excavator bucket depending on the severity of the scalloping.
4. Purchase from a dealer and avoid private vendors at all costs.
Purchasing a used excavator entails some risk, which dramatically increases risk when purchasing privately. In most cases, private vendors will not provide a warranty on the equipment; what you see is what you get. However, when you buy from a dealer, you can rest assured that a skilled technician has thoroughly inspected the machine.