Buying a used digger is a big investment to make for anyone. Even if you’re using MSMPlatforms for used diggers, which are a reputable platform, it doesn’t mean you should blindly buy the first thing you see. Read through this article to find out which diggers you should purchase used and which you should stay away from.
It Doesn’t Matter
That’s right; there are no models you absolutely shouldn’t buy used. On an economic level, new diggers are expensive enough to make used diggers an ideal option for anyone. On a performance level, there’s no type of digger which doesn’t work after just a few uses. It’s all about looking at each digger individually and judging it on its own merits.
Here are some things you should look at when purchasing used diggers.
Carefully inspect the buckets provided. Obviously, they shouldn’t have any holes in them or signs of rusting. If the digger’s bucket doesn’t work it’s practically useless. The most important thing you must look at is the bucket size to digger ratio.
A smaller bucket means you lose productivity and spend more time on the job. It increases your fuel consumption and makes owning and operating a digger more expensive than it should be.
Bigger buckets have even larger problems. If it’s larger, it makes the digger more unstable. In extreme cases, it can cause the digger to tip over, which causes permanent damage to the rest of the vehicle.
Never buy any used digger if you don’t have a full history of the vehicle. MSMPlatforms for used diggers will always have the previous owner displayed. Even so, it’s best to have a full history of the machine from the first owner to the last.
Ideally, you should also obtain a servicing history. This can reveal clues to any hidden or persistent problems. If it consistently has problems with the tread, you might decide this isn’t the right digger for you.
Speaking of treads, any used digger should have stable treads. If possible, see the digger in action and watch how the wheels work. The treads shouldn’t show any signs of breaking apart or straining. Used diggers are notorious for having treads which are out of alignment or falling off the vehicle.
The hydraulic pump can tell you more about the engine’s condition than actually looking at the engine itself. Leakage from the hydraulic pump indicates engine problems. This will result in higher maintenance costs in the short-term.
The only diggers you shouldn’t buy are those with higher maintenance costs. You must add the costs of these repairs onto the price you originally paid. This reflects the true price of owning a used digger. In short, it probably isn’t worth it and you should opt for something else.
Match this up against your project. There’s little point in buying a bigger digger to maintain a small garden. Doing so would pile on the fuel costs and make it unsustainable to run consistently.
When Tim Matthews is in the market for a digger he turns to MSMPlatforms for used diggers.