Some mining contractors and companies shy away from buying used heavy equipment despite of its great economic advantages and the variety of options. They fear that they might end up investing in a poor quality product. There is a list of things that you should consider before buying used Dredge, in which proper inspection tops the list. With some diligence in inspection, buyers can avoid the common pitfalls associated with used equipment.
Whether you are buying from an auction, through a dealer, or from online marketplaces, here are 5 tips for inspecting used heavy equipment which will ensure that you buy a quality product.
1. Visual Inspection
Before you start inspecting the engine or any other component, perform a visual inspection. Some buyers are experienced and know what things they should look for, in the machinery. However, if it’s your first time buying used heavy equipment, then just walking around it and search for any noticeable damages such as weld, corrosion, dents, bends, cracks, or any missing component. This indicates whether the equipment has been properly maintained or has been damaged in any way. After that, look underneath the machinery and inspect all the cylinders, valves, lines, and hoses.
2. Check the Fluids and Leakage
After performing the physical inspection, it is time to get your hands dirty. The first thing to check is the fluids, including the transmission fluid, coolant, engine oil, hydraulic fluid, and several others. Check if there is any leakage in the machinery. Check all arms, hoses, and hydraulic systems for leakage. Moreover, see the levels of the fluids because if they are low, this may indicate that the heavy equipment has not been maintained properly.
3. Inspect the Cutter Head And Pump
The next part to inspect is the cutter head and pump. Check to make sure its in good operating condition with no bends or breaks, and if possible, run the unit as long as you have access to a water supply. Moreover, see if there are gashes on the sidewalls or any other damage. Inspect the condition of the linings, pump, and control valves when checking out the dredge plant.
4. Test run the Attachments
Most heavy equipment has attachments like a fork, lifting arms, buckets, etc. When inspecting a loader backhoe or an excavator, check for signs of scalloping between the bucket teeth, as it tends to decrease the cutting force of the buckets. For forklifts, check for signs of wear in the fork heels, as they should match the upright fork shank’s thickness. For loader buckets, check the side panels’ thickness, wear and tear on the leading edge, quality of the welds, if any, and the condition of the bucket bottom.