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7 Things You Need To Know Before Purchasing Used Heavy Equipment

Date Added: June 15, 2008 06:14:18 PM
Category: Used

7 Things You Need To Know Before Purchasing Used Heavy Equipment
By Chad Egeland

1. What are your needs?

Sit down and establish a list of what your needs for the heavy equipment will be. Do you need a lot of pushing power? Equipment small enough to fit into tight places?

2. What type of equipment do you need?

Now that you know what your needs are you can narrow down your search to the specific type of equipment. If you need a lot of pushing power a crawler dozer may be what you need if you need small equipment a mini excavator may be more suited to your needs.

3. Do you need attachments with your machine?

With a specific machine in mind you will now need to figure out what else you may use the machine for. Do you also need to rip up the ground as well as pushing loads? You may want to enquire about an optional multi-shank or single shank ripper for you dozer.

4. What to look for in the machine?

When looking at the machine you need to be careful and look at several key points on the machine before purchasing it. If it is a crawler type of machine you need to look at the condition of the undercarriage, if it is a wheeled machine you need to pay attention to what type of condition the rubber is in. There are also things like cab condition, hydraulic condition, engine smoke, leaks, blade/bucket condition to be looked at. If you aren't careful to look for things like this your "cheap" purchase may cost you in the long run.

5. Finding a reputable equipment dealer

This could be one of the most important items you need to know in this entire list. A reputable dealer will support you through the entire buying process and into the future life of the machine. A reputable dealer will also have a knowledgeable sales staff that will be able to answer your questions about the machine and can make recommendations about other machines that may be better suited for your needs.

6. Does the dealer offer service and support for the equipment?

Does your heavy equipment dealer offer not only equipment sales but can also sell you the attachments, parts and can repair your machine in case something happens to it? Or does your dealer work from his truck and you don't see him again after the purchase? A full service heavy equipment dealer can save you money in the long run.

7. Shipping the equipment to you?

Heavy equipment is an expensive purchase and to add to the cost can be the price of shipping the equipment from the dealer to you. Shipping is typically not included into the price of the equipment and can easily run into the thousands of dollars. Make sure when purchasing the equipment from a reputable dealer that they shop the shipping around and get you the best shipping price possible as prices can vary from carrier to carrier.

Headwater Equipment specializes in used heavy equipment sales and our knowledgeable sales staff can answer all your questions regarding heavy equipment, parts and attachments.

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