Inspecting Used Compact/Mini Equipment
With compact machinery, it is easy to overlook small details. These details can lead to situations that can cost you. Buyers should make it a priority to monitor and inspect their equipment thoroughly to prevent your machine from wearing due to poor maintenance. Here are some things to look out for:
Hydraulic systems are crucial to compact machines as they perform big tasks. Oil is crucial to machines that are used extensively, such as mini-excavators, skid steers, etc. Which is why ensuring that your hydraulic system is functioning correctly is critical. Be on the lookout for leaks on your equipment (any oil residue found on your machine may be an indication that you have a leak.) You will also be able to spot unstable seals or a weak pump when operating a machine.
What do you call a trencher with a faulty bar and chain? Trouble. The same could be said for a compact excavator that rotates slowly on its base. Each part of a machine is important, so when one part isn't functioning properly, you may have a delay on your hands. Some components are easily replaced, major parts can lead to a headache. Ensuring that all aspects of your machine are in good shape is in your best interest.
When you rely on a machine to push (or even pull) you forward, you want to make sure that it stays on track. Track undercarriages can really make a difference in the efficiency of your machine. If the track undercarriages and other auxiliary pieces such as sprockets, the suspension system, or tensioners aren't in great shape, you may have a delay on your hands. Excessive wear on any one of these components will affect the overall quality of your machine, ensure that your machine has an excellent sound carriage.
Straight & True Arms
Could you imagine a compact excavator without their hinged booms? Trenchers without those rotating chains? Track loaders without the attachments at the end of their lift arms? Neither can we. All of these important appendages are subject to stress and wear. You should be able to determine visually and while operating whether the arms or booms are bent, cracked, or misaligned. It's important not to let these situations get out of hand.
Typically a new machine's electrical system is pretty reliable; however, there are few things to look for if you are experiencing difficulty. If you are noticing exposed core wires or frays, loose electrical fittings, corroded batteries, etc. your electrical system may require some attention. If neglected, they could lead to a defective electrical system which can depreciate the value of your machine.