Renting plant machinery is not the only way that you can save money. Plant hire machinery is ideal for those who are looking for the occasional machine, those whose budgets are not big enough to accommodate the buying of the machinery, or who need to access a variety of machines. But if you only need one piece of plant hire machinery, you can always go the second hand route.
As with any second hand equipment, simply buying it is not enough. You need to give the equipment a complete once over to make sure that it is in perfect running order and that it is safe to use. To help you create a checklist for giving the equipment you are looking at a complete once over, this is what you need to be on the lookout for.
Cracks and dents
Excavators are seriously heavy machinery and naturally, over many years of use, they are bound to get a few bumps and scratches. Cracks and dents on the other hand, are a completely different story and can show that the machinery has been through some very stressful conditions which may have had a massive impact on the overall integrity of the machine. Cracks in particular are very worrisome indeed as they could easily lead to major problems down the line. Check the point welds in particular.
A smoking engine
It could be a sign that the machine simply hasn’t been given a thorough cleaning for a long time or it could be a sign of bigger issues. Both replacing and repairing an engine is possibly going to cost far more than buying a whole new machine. Before you make your purchase, make sure that you have tested all of the machines functions and checked at which point the machine begins to smoke.
Check and validate the hours meter
It’s immensely important that the hours are correctly logged and checked before the machine is sold. The hours will tell you just how much usage the machine has enjoyed, but sadly, this meter can be tampered with. This means that it is up to you to find out whether the hours are correct and untouched. It is also a good idea to check the control pedals, as these can give a pretty good indication about how much usage the vehicle as seen.
Finally, the last thing you have to think about is the price of the machine. If the price is way too low, you might want to think about why the price has been set this way. It could mean there is something wrong with the equipment, so instead of buying a bargain, you could be buying an expense. Excavators tend to hold their value quite well, which means the better quality second hand ones tend to be pricier.