4 things to keep in mind before purchasing a used bulldozer

Posted on: 14 January 2020

Used construction machines are an excellent way of saving money during your project. By purchasing used equipment that's still in good condition, you can still enjoy high performance without compromising on quality. Furthermore, many earthmoving machines have a long lifespan and can be used by multiple owners before they become obsolete.

If you're in the market for a used bulldozer, there are several things to keep in mind before finalising a purchase. Bulldozers are high-capital machines that can either make or break your project. This is why carefully examining your investment can pay off in the long run.

1.    Understand the quirks that each make and model has

Purchasing a used machine requires knowledge of what you're looking for. Take time to understand the needs of your project, budget and timelines, as these variables will influence the type of bulldozer that you finally purchase. For example, you may need a large bulldozer to handle heavy waste and large amounts of earth. If you're only working on a small project, smaller-tier bulldozers may be good enough for the job.

You should also have an understanding of the operational variables for your bulldozer. If the bulldozer in the make and model you're looking for has been known to develop transmission issues, engine complications or hydraulic inefficiency, you may wish to have the machine inspected before finalising your purchase. You may also opt for models that are durable and less likely to require repairs over time.

2.    Understand market value trends

Buying used equipment is all about saving as much as you can without significantly compromising on quality. To achieve this goal, you should understand the market value trends for your equipment. The market price will guide you in choosing a quality machine without emptying your wallet. You may also be able to tell the condition of a machine by how much the seller is asking in exchange for a purchase.

3.    Understand how to assess quality

Speaking of condition, you should also be able to determine the quality of a bulldozer on sale. You can have a general idea of the bulldozer's condition by checking the engine, cab, transmission, undercarriage and ripper. If these components are in good condition, the machine is likely of good quality.

4.    Have the machine evaluated by an independent repair service

If you wish to have a detailed picture of your bulldozer before purchase, consider taking it to an independent repair service. A repair contractor can inspect the most important components of your machine and provide a report of what needs attention.

To learn more about earthmoving equipment, contact a contractor. 

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