By Lesa Rose


If you are looking for an industrial machine and you do not have the cash to buy a new one, there are many dealers of second-hand equipment you could buy from. However, most people are resistant to such options because they may have had a bad experience in the past. Well, that is not exceptional, and you should be really cautious. Below are some tips that could help you out when seeking mobile cranes for sale.

Check the hours of operation the vehicle has covered. Many people look at the year of manufacture when buying second-hand equipment. This could be misleading because the machine could be relatively new but it has been used carelessly and maintained poorly. Instead, check its operating hours which will indicate how much it has been used.

Check the history of the equipment. Just like buying a car, the history of the crane will determine whether it is worth your money. Ask for the maintenance records so that you can see what repairs it has undergone over the years. If the machine has been seized before, then it is an indication that it could have been poorly maintained by the last owner.

Check the seller history. If you are buying from a dealer, ensure that you check the credibility of the company. If the seller has a history of dishonesty, then you are likely to find a problem with the equipment they will sell to you. You can check online reviews or ask previous buyers about the reputation of the seller before entering into a transaction.

Inspect the machine personally. Do not believe everything the seller tells you. Remember that he/she is looking to dispose of the equipment you intend to buy and they may not be honest completely. Check the engine for residual stains as this could indicate recent engine problems. Check other hidden areas as well as they could hide problems that are not easily visible.

Check for signs of recent repairs. Welding marks are an indication of repairs and if not done properly, could cause subsequent problems. Heavy machines such as cranes require to be welded properly and professionally. Manual welds are not the best when it comes to industrial machines.

Pay close attention to engine sounds. Every machine that operates using an engine has a particular sound and you can simply tell that seething is wrong if this sound changes. If there is a problem, you should know its nature and if it is serious.

Test the breaks. The test drive is what will tell you the most about the crane you intend to buy. You should test it under optimal and maximum speeds as you study how it reacts to different conditions. Concentrate on the moving parts for weird noises as these are normally indicative of mechanical problems.

The last thing on your list should be the price. Definitely, you need to have a price range even before going to the market. There is no need viewing and testing a machine that is way out if your budget. If it is close to what you are willing to give, then you can bargain.




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