Inspection Tips When Buying Second Hand Construction Equipment

April 15, 2022

If you run a construction company, purchasing heavy duty-construction equipment can be a costly investment. It's better to consider how that amount spent on your equipment will financially affect your business before making the final decision. Not every business can afford to invest in ultra-modern construction equipment. And if you are one of them, you should consider getting second-hand construction equipment from the USA to keep your business expenses in check for other operations.

Purchasing second-hand construction equipment from the USA is a practical option for many construction companies in UAE.

There are many benefits of purchasing used construction machines and parts for any contractor, and some of them are:

·       Reduced overall costs: Buying second-hand equipment is both practical and affordable for small and medium-sized contractors. It simply reduces the overall costs of purchasing types of machinery to operate a construction business.

·       Remain on the modern and cutting-edge technology: To stay relevant and competitive in the industry, you must keep up with the most advanced and cutting-edge technologies, and buying second-hand equipment can help you do so.

·       Better flexibility: If you decide to purchase used construction equipment, you can stock up on various types of parts and equipment to diversify your workload for handling a variety of projects. It helps you move quickly between projects to grow your foot hold in the market. With so many different machines and equipment required for different construction jobs, it can be difficult and expensive to purchase everything you may require to expand your portfolio.

So, looking at these benefits, it is quite clear that investing in used construction equipment is a wise decision for any contractor. However, it is not going to be an easy job as purchasing used equipment requires various levels of inspections and verification before making a final decision. It's good to purchase comparable less-used equipment for long-term benefits and returns.

Purchasing used machines and parts that have been properly maintained means you will not have to spend additional money on repairs and replacement parts. It will also save your time and effort on unnecessary repairs and maintenance to make them deliverable. Keeping these things in mind, you should prepare an inspection plan to check its usability and functionality. It's always a good idea to hire a qualified mechanic and operator if you do not have knowledge and understanding of equipment inspection.

Here's a quick guide on how to properly inspect used construction equipment before the purchase:

Visual inspection

Visual inspection is the first thing you should plan with the seller to get a look at the machines and parts you are about to purchase. Don’t jump to any conclusion based on images listed on some websites or sent to you directly. Conduct a thorough physical inspection to look out for the following things:

1.     Cracks and dents: Some wear and tear are okay with used equipment, but when the signs of cracks, dents, or corrosion are in critical parts and connection points, it's a major red flag. Make sure that any crack or dent can be easily repaired and maintained after the purchase. It's better to ask the seller to do it before finalizing the deal.

2.     Leaks in hydraulics: If the equipment you are purchasing has hydraulic parts, make sure there are no leaks in the cylinder, hoses, hydraulic lines, and pump compartment. Any oil see page from hydraulic parts is a red flag as it can be very risky. Any leaks should be identified and repaired as soon as possible to ensure safety on the construction site.

3.     Perform fluid checks: Fluids and lubricants are critical to the proper operation of heavy-duty equipment. As a result, it is critical to perform fluid checks on:

§  Transmission fluid

§  Coolant

§  engine oil

§  hydraulic fluid

Contaminated fluids can be an indication of poor machinery maintenance, and you should think twice before investing.

4      Inspection of tracks and tires: Tracks and tires should be thoroughly inspected because they move a lot and may be exposed to critical working conditions. 

Operational testing and checks

After completing the visual inspection, it's time for operational checks to determine the working condition and load capacity of the equipment. There are a few operational checks that you can conduct yourself to ensure if it is worth an investment. Test the followings before making your decision:

1.     Engine performance: Ignite the engine and check for engine sound, the time it takes to start, and smoke coming from the engine to get an idea about the current state and condition of the engine. Clear all the doubts appearing in your mind immediately to ensure that the engine is performing at its 100% capacity.

2.     Movement testing: You can run some movement tests depending on the type of equipment you are purchasing. It helps you to simulate how it works and performs in normal working conditions. If you notice any issues in the movement that is interfering with the smooth operation, it is a red flag and you should stay out of the deal.

3.     Hours meter: The Hours meter records and logs the time the equipment is in use. Check that the number of operational hours is not too close to the recommended upper limit for your equipment. Be careful of any sign of tampering with the logged hours.

Ask for maintenance records

Most owners keep detailed records of all maintenance and repair tasks done in the past. Ask for maintenance records from the previous owners and carefully go through them to look for potential issues that could arise in the future.

It is a quick inspection guide of used construction equipment before making any purchasing decision. It is always recommended to purchase second-hand equipment from a trusted dealer and supplier in your region. Royal Global is a reputed dealer of second-hand construction equipment from the USA and can help you get the machinery you are looking for easily and quickly. Contact for any sales-related inquiry.

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