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 – 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:
- Hour Meter – this is not a reliable indicator so always check the condition of the machine
- Tires- inspect tread and look for gashes on the sidewall.
- Loader Bucket, Bucket Cutting Edge – pay close attention to the leading edges, thickness of bucket side panels, and integrity of bucket welds.
- Bucket Teeth- check for any missing, loose or worn teeth, or for missing bolts.
- Loader Arms- check for any cracks, re-welds or bends.
- Boom and Stick – check for spillage, re-welds, or dents.
- Hydraulic System – check hoses for any breaks or scratches and check cylinders for leaks or damage.
- Pins and Bushings- make sure for a good fit and no movement or abnormal wear.
- Stabilizers- check for any signs of leaks, pads are flat and not damaged, and stabilizer arms for any cracks or dents.
Buying a used backhoe can be an excellent and inexpensive purchase compared to buying a new one. However, make sure you inspect the machine’s condition extensively before you hand over your money.