If you are involved in earthmoving processes in the construction and general commercial market, it is important to acquire an excavator for your projects. Purchase will minimise the long-term equipment rental costs, so it is an economical choice. On the other hand, the cost of a new excavator is considerably high, particularly for small and young businesses. Therefore, if you are concerned about the high expenses, consider acquiring a used alternative. Here is a brief description of the elements which you should inspect before acquisition for good prolonged performance.
Excavators are designed to perform earthmoving tasks using hydraulic power. Therefore, if the hydraulic system is not in good condition, you might experience premature failure of the pertinent components. Moreover, the cost of repairing and restoring the hydraulic system can be high. Check the condition of the hoses and lines designed to convey the fluid. Cracking and leakage indicate degeneration and even possible misuse. You should also assess the cylinder and its components for pitting, scoring and abrasive damage, and ensure that all parts are present and functional. Additionally, ensure that there are no signs of leakage around the hydraulic pump and the slew ring and swing bearing.
Bucket and Other Attachments
The excavator is an extremely versatile machine in earthmoving processes. However, its functionality and efficiency with regard to the specific tasks will depend on the quality and performance of the attachments. The primary implement attached to most excavators is the bucket. This is primarily used for excavation and trenching, so its performance is critical, regardless of the potential projects. You should examine the attachment and ensure that the teeth are present, straight and not worn down. Remember that this tool can be used with significant defects, but the efficiency will be compromised, necessitating replacement. If there are other included attachments, look for similar signs of wear.
The equipment tyres are important features because they provide contact with ground and support the weight of the excavator. In ideal circumstances, you can purchase the machinery and replace the tyres. Unfortunately, this undertaking would be extremely expensive because the tyres required are special and heavy-duty. Check the wear level of the tyre tread, and estimate the amount of work that they can still perform before requiring replacement. If the wear is considerable, negotiate for a lower purchase price so that you will be able to easily afford replacements. Additionally, you should avoid tyres with uneven wear because this indicates poor maintenance practices.