Any business involved in the construction industry large or small at times need heavy equipment, from bulldozers, bobcats, front-end loaders to dump trucks, somewhere along the line the idea pops up about buying equipment instead of hiring out contractors. After looking at the pricing of new and the current budget, finding quality used equipment may be the answer.
Finding the used, second-hand or surplus construction equipment for sale is not difficult, but taking the time to make sure you are buying a reliable piece of equipment is important. The process is much like buying a used car, put on your safety eyewear and give the equipment a thorough review before signing on the dotted line or you could find yourself hanging a for sale sign on the rig.
In today’s world of business buying and selling, some companies may only show the equipment on their books for a short time. When a company buys another out they may sell off excess construction equipment or liquidate the older machinery. Some businesses may be going out of business and get rid of their equipment through an auction. If you keep on the look out for equipment that is in good shape and functional without lots of extras, good deals can be found. Look for heavy equipment sales and auctions in your area for some great buys.
Checking out Equipment before You Buy
Once you find a piece of what appears to be reliable used equipment that meets your needs, use a trusted source to check things out – a construction equipment mechanic. A mechanic can offer some basic insight about the equipment, but a trained heavy equipment mechanic understands how things work. Plus they can offer advice on future potential mechanical issues, defects or repairs that may be needed along with the associated cost all in an effort to help you come up with a fair purchase price.
They can make sure the motor is in good working order, the chassis and frame are straight and all moving parts, pulleys, and bearings are working well and without defect. Remember a good deal takes into account the whole cost including repairs to get the equipment on the job and transportation when purchasing construction equipment either new or used.
With a little homework your company can save a bundle on buying used equipment for your construction business or the next project.
Nathan Waterman certified in PPE use in industry writes for www.safety-glasses-n-goggles.com recently discussed fulmer helmet face shields .