Top tips for buying used earth moving equipment part 1

When buying heavy machinery and used earth moving equipment, there are many factors to consider before making a final decision. We’ve put together some key pointers to keep in mind during the buying process to ensure you make the perfect choice.

Know your own gear

Before looking for used machinery it’s recommended to brush up on the exact capabilities of your current equipment. By knowing all the details of your current gear, particularly with regards to power and fuel consumption, you can make more informed decisions about equipment that will meet your needs. Have a look at your existing earth moving equipment fleet and take note of these:

  • What are the specs on your current machines?
  • What abilities do you need to add to your fleet?
  • What abilities might your fleet need in the future?

Talk to a specialist

This is the most important part of the used earth moving equipment purchasing process. Learn everything you can about the models available and how they compare to each other. There’s a lot to know when it comes to earth moving equipment, so ensure you talk to a specialist who can answer all the questions you need answers for.

Caterpillar D9R

A few key questions you should be asking are:

  • Is it the right piece of machinery for the right job?
  • What price should you expect to pay?
  • What’s the average fuel consumption you can expect?

Inspect critical machine elements

Once you’ve narrowed down a machine to buy, check it out in person. When it comes to heavy earth moving machinery there are additional areas that you should remember to check, here’s a few key things to look for:

  • Check the exterior for any damage
  • Check the exterior for any areas that have been repainted
  • Get into the engine bay to check for any oil leaks or other engine-related problems
  • Check the condition of any tools or parts used to break ground and any points of wear
  • Ask about the machine’s history