3 Things To Watch Out For When Buying Used Construction Equipment

If you are in need of some new construction equipment, and you are planning on purchasing some used equipment, you need to make sure that inspect the equipment closely to ensure that it high quality and meets your needs. Here are a few things that you need to watch out carefully for.

#1 Look Out For Welds

The first thing you should do is inspect the outside of any equipment that you are interested in purchasing. As you inspect the equipment, keep an eye out for any welding lines. If you see any welding lines, inspect them closely. Welds are often done on construction equipment that has been broken; the weld is done to try and fix the issue at hand. Oftentimes, equipment that has welds may not be as strong or as in as good of shape as another piece of used equipment that doesn't have any welds. This is especially true if you are purchased a used bucket, loader arm or backhoe.

#2 Check For Leaking Fluids

Second, you need to check and make sure that the piece of equipment is not leaking any fluids. Open up the engine and take a good look at it. Make sure that you don't see any frayed lines or fluids that are visible under the hood.

Then, get down and look under the equipment. Look and see if you can see any pools of fluids under the equipment or if you can see any fluids actively leaking out of the equipment. Any leaking fluids is a sign that the equipment needs to be repaired. If you are still interested in the equipment, make sure that you can afford the necessary repairs that the equipment needs to be in ideal operating condition.

#3 Run The Engine

You should also turn on and run an equipment that you are serious about buying. Turing on the engine can give you important information. If the engine does not start, that is a clear sign that something is wrong with the equipment. If the equipment is hard to start up or if it produces a lot of smoke, that is another clear sign that something is wrong with the engine.

Make sure that the engine starts up and that you are able to smoothly steer and use all equipment that is attached. This will help you identify any issues with the equipment and allow you to make a more informed purchasing decision.  

Before you purchase any used equipment, be sure to look at it closely. Be aware of any money that you need to invest in fixing up the equipment to determine if the purchase if worth it, both financial and time-wise. For more information about used equipment, contact companies like Cooke Rentals.