Things to Consider when Buying Used Equipment


Most often people are very nervous when buying used products, and rightly so because they might not be optimal condition. When you are buying machinery that has previously been used by other people there are a few things that you have to look into to make sure that you are making the right choice.

Choosing wisely will keep you from regretting your decision later on, and in order to make the right choice you need to know exactly what it is you are looking for in the machine. You need to have a few priorities set straight away and on the top should be having a well-maintained equipment.

Other things that you need to consider include having all the details down to the model number and year that you need for your job.


The most essential element to consider when you are making a purchase of any used piece of equipment is the inspection. Whatever equipment you are purchasing you need to make sure that it is in good condition with all the working parts in order.

When you are inspecting the equipment make sure to look at all the essential parts of the machine, see that the engine compartment, the body and cab are all in proper condition. See that the engine compartment, the body and cab are all in proper condition and well maintained. Other things that you need to inspect are the tires, and the hydraulic power of the machine.

What to Look Out for While Inspecting

When you are checking the equipment there are a few things that if you witness you should think of as immediate red flags.


When you are checking the engine compartment of the machine keep an eye out for any signs of a leak, if you come across anything like that or see any signs of worn out fuel lines consider it as a bad sign and look elsewhere for the machine.

Air Filters

Another thing that you need to look out for when you are inspecting a used piece of equipment is the air filters of the machine. Those need to be changed frequently, and if they are dirty it means that they weren’t replaced as often as they ought to have been. Such things indicate that the previous owners were callous with how they made use of the machine and as such there might be more underlying problems with the equipment.

Strange Noises

Before making a purchase it’s important to check the engine and make sure that it runs smoothly. In order to do that you should turn on the engine and see that it doesn’t make any weird sounds. Strange knocking or scratching metal sounds indicate other problems in the engine cylinders.

Hydraulic Power

While inspecting the machine see that the hydraulic tank isn’t damaged in any way. Check to see if there any seals that have been broken or if there are any leaks in the hydraulic outlets.

Machine Specific Inspection

While we have covered all the basic things that you should inspect when you are buying equipment, there are other aspects of the particular machine you are buying that may need to be inspected. For instance if you are looking at a crawler loader for sale you will need to inspect the loader or if you are looking into buying a tractor you will need to check the articulation point. So depending on the specific equipment you will need to check any attachments or other parts of the machine to be on the safe side. Otherwise the aforementioned inspection tips should be able to help you out in choosing the right equipment for the job.