What Do I Need To Know About Buying Second-Hand Equipment?

What Do I Need To Know About Buying Second-Hand Equipment?

Purchasing the used, or second-hand equipment, is something that is in vogue from the beginning of the human interaction. People use to buy and sell the things that are not in their use anymore to earn money by selling the equipments that are no longer in use for them and the other people buy the second hand item because of the various reasons such as: buying the original equipment is so costlier that they do not want to invest into it as it is uneconomical for them, the original things are no longer been made because of the company has stopped manufacturing due to any reason, due to the large supply demand gap they are not easily accessible to everyone , or the person needing it needs it immediately and has no extra time to rush towards the market, bargain and get the original manufactured equipment from the manufactures  .

Purchasing the second-hand and used items is a process that is continued since the ages, but it is certainly more popular nowadays, because of the considerable factors such as considering the current condition of the economy and that frugality is now more common. People are usually quite proud of themselves when they score a good deal on a used tool. And buying second-hand is considered green because the item is given new life.

You should definitely be aware of the fact that second-hand equipment you bought or you are intending to buy some good quality equipments for your daily use or monthly, that any second-hand equipment bought for use at work might not be safe. You should be aware of the intended use of the equipment and get the operator’s manual or handbook, especially for the working of the complex machines such as potato harvesters, telescopic handlers and tractors.

But how do you find a good quality, second-hand item that is pristine and working efficiently? How to know that you are not being overcharged for the item that you are thinking to purchase? How to know that the second-hand equipment you are intending to buy will prove to be lucrative for you and will not be a cause of distress for you? Buying the wretched second-hand equipments is of no use and are just the waste of the time and money. They are only source of perturbation for you which you might regret later buying the second hand equipments. Here is a checklist of what to look for when buying the industrial parts. With the help of the below given checklist, you should be able to identify any of the common defects on agricultural machines and avoid buying the wrong second-hand equipments for you

Are there any defective or missing guards for the dangerous parts such as chopping mechanisms, cutters, pulleys, belts, rotating shafts or sprockets?

  • Are there defective or missing stand-off guards for tines, pick-ups or blades?
  • Are the guard fastenings unsuitable or poorly maintained especially those covering power transmission parts such as PTO shafts?
  • Are the safety devices such as emergency stops damaged or working poorly?
  • Are the controls and their functions poorly labelled?
  • Is there lack of proper access to the operator’s position?
  • Are the instructions, decals and warning signs hard to read or poorly translated in foreign languages?

Some of the health and safety concerns on agricultural machinery include the following. 

  • Tractors with damaged/missing cabs or those lacking rollover protective structures
  • Potato harvesters with poorly guarded haulm and cleaning rollers
  • Power harrows with damaged, inadequate or missing stand-off guards
  • Sprayers lacking chemical induction systems, protective clothing lockers or emergency clean water containers

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