Before you purchase any machine you should always check its condition. Verifying the condition of a machine will greatly help you determine the value and whether or not the machine is “work ready.”
Inspection along with Operation – The best way to recognize the current condition of the machine is by physically checking it. You can physically inspect a machine or you can request detail photos and video to determine the condition. Below are important factors that are VERY important to review:
- a. Undercarriage – evaluate the rear sprockets and the track links, pins and bushings
- b. Hour Meter – this is not a reliable indicator so always check the condition of the machine
- c. Hydraulics – lower the boom, put the bucket on the ground and push down in order to raise the body of the machine
- d. Controls
- e. Electronics
- f. Bucket – check for spillage, check to see if there are any patches and if the teeth are in good condition
- g. Booms – check for any cracks or welds
- h. Walking Motors – move the machine forward and backwards. You can check them individually by swinging the boom to one side. Lower the boom and raise the machine up. You can then test the tracks forward and backward individually.
- i. Turn Table: check for movement
Buying a used excavator can be an excellent and inexpensive purchase compared to buying a new one. However, make sure you look over the machine’s condition extensively before you hand over your money.