How to Purchase Used Agricultural Equipment

05 Oct 2020, Posted by McPherson Oil in Industry Information

An increase in the cost of machinery used for farming purposes is said to be one of the factors that affect the production of food. Growers are usually unable to purchase the right tools that can help them plow their lands and produce their desired crops due to the tight competition in the industry and decreased profits from their harvest. With such a scenario, opting for used agricultural equipment could be of help. However, this can come with risks. It is important then that this decision be acted upon with the right knowledge.

Besides the typical tractors, there are other mechanical pieces, cultivators, harvesters, mole plows, mowers, plows, seed drills, sprayers, toppers, and transplanting devices among others.  Purchasing machines for planting and harvesting is a form of investment. This shows that every purchase must be preceded by a thorough evaluation of your farming needs. With this, you will be able to choose the appropriate device that can make profits come your way.

To ensure that you will be able to utilize the devices of your choice for many years, you need to be keen in observing a reliable guide for your purchase. First, select a second-hand device that comes with a well-respected brand. Breakdowns and repairs are inevitable. Farming devices of reputable brands come with quality and so they are expected to stand the test of time. Should there be a need for a change of spare parts, it would be easy to purchase replacements as many are available in shops across countries. In fact, used agricultural equipment may function just like the new ones provided that they are well looked after. Another good thing about branded machines is that their value does not depreciate quickly. This provides a great opportunity for you not to lose much money when it is your turn to sell it.

After checking on the brand, scrutinize the bottom of the equipment for oil leaks. Some second-hand machines suffer from oil drips – a primary reason why they were sold. This can give you extra expenses than savings if you have it repaired. Next, scrutinize the roof of the cab for scrapes and holes. This is especially true for farm tractors that get damaged by low tree branches. If your prospect machine looks good, it is time for you to feel the machine for smooth operations.

As you start the ignition to the equipment, observe whether it can start with minimal engine turns. Try to hear the engine for weird noises when working the equipment as it can signal hydraulic oil leaks. Afterward, go for a test drive to check the efficiency of the clutch gears and the brakes. Check on its additional features like outside lights and air-conditioning systems, if applicable.

If it passes your overall evaluation, it is good to be purchased then.

Need to know if it’s time to trade-in or upgrade your equipment?  Contact us today!  We can perform oil analysis, gear inspections, and more to determine if your equipment is running properly.  Let us know how we can help you!