Before you purchase any machine you should always do your due diligence. Due diligence begins with the following steps to ensure you minimize the risk of purchasing a used backhoe.
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 wears.
- Stabilizers- check for any signs of leaks, pads are flat and not damaged, and stabilizer arms for any cracks or dents.
LEGAL STATUS CHECKS: Because registration is not required for construction or agricultural equipment, theft is a serious problme. We are one of the only resellers that has created a partnership with law enforcement to provide our customers with the added value of cross referencing each piece of equipment we buy against the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.
MARKET PRICING: We’re one of the only companies that implement a policy of transparency by providing market data that validates fair market values on equipment and vehicles.
MARKET RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL POSTS: We offer extensive information through our blog posts that will help educate both buyers and sellers.
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