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It finally happened. Your excavator kicked the can and now you're looking for a new piece of equipment. But why buy new heavy equipment when you can seek out high quality used excavators for sale?

There's no need to worry about buying a used excavator for sale as long as you know what to look for. Fortunately for you, we're here to help. Keep reading to learn more about what to inspect when looking at used excavators.


When you're looking at used hydraulic excavators, it's important to actually get it moving before you make a purchase of any kind. A damaged slew rig can be extremely costly to repair or replace, so when you're moving the machine, check for any play or unusual movement here. As an added bonus to this part of the inspection, you'll be in the cab and able to check all of the operational controls. Take advantage of the opportunity!

Exterior Damage

IF you see any cracks, bends, or dents on the exterior of the excavator or at any key weld points, make sure you take care to inspect them carefully. Any crack at a welding point is a very bad sign. After all, your equipment is only good as long as it stays put together! Almost 35% of on-the-job injuries are a result of machine accidents every year, so it's important to make sure your equipment is safe as well as functional. Any significant cracks, dents, or bends are a likely sign that the machine's structural integrity has been compromised. That's not a machine you want in your fleet.


A hydraulic excavator isn't much use without its hydraulics, is it? To that end, it's vital that you closely inspect all of the machine's hydraulic functions. First, you should thoroughly inspect all cylinders, lines, and hoses. If they're free of leaks, you should move on to actually test the hydraulics themselves. However, any leaks you detect should be noted immediately. Even if they seem minor, they could have a devastating impact on your equipment and on your wallet.

If you're looking for a used excavator, make sure you're taking the time necessary to inspect all of these important elements. New or used, your heavy equipment should be durable and able to serve your business for many long years to come.

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