Many large and small companies with experience know buying used equipment can bring many advantages. Used equipment has lower upfront costs and does not depreciate as quickly, making it a great value. There are a variety of other benefits that make used motor graders an excellent investment:
With all the advantages of purchasing a used motor grader, you'll likely want to know what to look for when considering this piece of equipment. Below you can find out more about what to look for when buying a used motor grader:
The first step to purchasing a motor grader is knowing the types of projects you're planning to use it to complete. This can help you determine the exact specifications you need from your motor grader before putting down the money to invest in it.
After all, you don't want to purchase a motor grader that doesn't have enough power to handle your hardest job, or that's going to be too small to make it through your project in an efficient manner. Consider past projects or the types of projects you hope to take on in the future to narrow down your selection to the most appropriate options.
Size is one of the most important qualities of motor graders. The size of a motor grader directly relates to the capacity and maneuverability of your equipment. For instance, if you're working in a tighter area, you need a smaller motor grader that can easily navigate the space and make it around corners. In larger areas, smaller motor graders aren't ideal since they have smaller blades that may require you to take longer to complete jobs.
Larger motor graders are ideal for projects where you have to cover lots of ground. Since they have larger blades, they're very efficient at completing bigger jobs at a faster pace.
One of the things to look for when buying a used motor grader is the types of attachments it can use. You want to anticipate the attachments you'll need for your projects and ensure the motor grader you choose will be compatible. Some motor graders may come packaged with the attachments, so it's a good idea to know what you want to get the best deal.
Through inspections and reviewing the motor grader's maintenance history, you should try to get a sense of what your future maintenance costs are going to be. Motor graders have to handle tough jobs daily, so they'll need to be maintained, no matter how good a condition you find them in. By knowing if they've been damaged and reviewing their maintenance history, you can get a sense of your future maintenance costs and see if they fit your budget.
Besides looking at more general criteria to evaluate motor graders, you should inspect specific areas of the motor graders. Conducting a detailed inspection can help you make sure the motor grader is worth purchasing and won't end up costing you more money in immediate maintenance costs.
Below you can find the top tips for buying a used motor grader, helping you know what to inspect before you invest. There are seven things to check before buying a used motor grader.
You'll find moldboard mounted around the motor grader's circle. When a motor grader operator moves the circle's position or angle, the moldboard's angle and tilt will adjust as well. If the circle hasn't been maintained properly, it'll be much more difficult to complete fine grading tasks. Since the circle is so crucial to your moldboards and your motor grader's ability to complete fine grading tasks, you must inspect it carefully.
Start by looking at the surface to see if it has any places where there's uneven wear. If uneven wear is present, the circle may be improperly aligned, leading to damage to the pinion gear teeth. Shims can sometimes be used to ensure the circle remains properly aligned, especially if the circle has some areas that are worn down. If you notice shims, you can start the motor grader and see if its circle can go through its full range motion without play.
One of the easiest checks you can do is to inspect the frame of the motor grader before you purchase it. Look for any cracks or other signs of damage. Additionally, be on the lookout for fishplates, which are metal reinforcements installed on one side or another of a crack to help repair it. While fishplates aren't necessarily a bad sign, ensure an experienced and professional welder installed them.
You should inspect the cutting edge of a moldboard to ensure it's still on straight. This section should be bolted across the bottom and along the sides of the moldboard. Inspect the moldboard's cutting edge to see if its center has cupped due to soil or rock wearing it down.
It's important to always replace the cutting edge on time, as it's much more expensive to replace a moldboard than it is a cutting edge.
When you find a motor grader from your Cat® dealer, you can know you're getting high-quality equipment. Our dealers offer reputable customer service, detailed service records and a large inventory of used construction equipment. Your purchase from a Cat dealer offers a variety of advantages, including:
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