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Inspecting Used Machinery: What You Need To Look Out For

Mar 21

Used equipment CT Buyers are often faced with difficulty finding the right machinery in good working order. If the buyer isn't experienced or does not know what to look for when assessing a used piece of heavy machinery, the process becomes more complex.

It's based on the previous use of the equipment and maintenance history. the way it was maintained could impact the quality of a piece of used construction equipment. Importing old equipment from abroad into Nigeria and then paying huge repairs or replacement charges due to the machine's flaws that are not known will not be accepted by any purchaser.

If you're in the market for a second-hand piece of heavy equipment, keep these five suggestions in your mind. These tips can help you detect any potential problems in used equipment CT so you can make an informed decision when purchasing.


What's The Reason Behind Conducting An Inspection And Checking Of Machines Prior To, During, And After They Are Used?

Structures That Are Easily Visible

Starting a visual assessment of a piece of used equipment CT from the ground is a usual method. Look at the machine's wheels or substructure. Then, examine the frame and attachments of your machine.


While on the move, be aware of the following:

  • Are the machines' structures damaged or cracked in any way?

  • What can you see on the machine's surface as a result of welding or fishplates?

  • Do the hydraulic cylinder, engine panel, or machine underneath have oil leaks?

  • Is the wheel or the substructure in good condition?

  • What condition is the attachment on your machine?


Before acquiring and moving used construction equipment, it's necessary to do an extensive analysis of the structural integrity of the machine to be examined.


  • In and around the frame, there could be bends, cracks, or other damage.

  • Oil leakage can occur in hydraulic cylinders

  • This section includes the fishplates, welding marks, and repair of the frame with metal.

  • Main hydraulic pumps are prone to leaks, dents, and scratches.

  • It's particularly dangerous to wear down the undercarriage (trackpads, sprocket rollers, idlers, and wheel/axle axles) because it could cause massive failure.

  • A loose slew-ring and an articulation.

  • Hydraulic hoses that are ruptured

  • Attachment surfaces and teeth with a C curve (buckets or diggers).

  • The interior of a car should not be considered beauty or aesthetics when looking at it. It's actually the heavy machine's steering, navigational control, steering and backup systems.


Include switches for the dashboard of your equipment gauges, indicators, and switches in your list of items.


  • All controls including the joystick, and pedals for the foot, and fingers must function correctly.

  • Belt, seat, the mirror/window's condition.

  • Rollover protection structure (EROPS) either in the cab, both

  • Be aware of the air conditioning or heating system.

  • To determine if any cabin parts need to be changed or adjusted You can refer to the checklist.


Measurement of Time

When analyzing the log working hours of an item of second-hand construction equipment, it is important to take into consideration the equipment's age. A wheel loader from the past with 25000 hours on the hour's counter should be able to reveal some information about the longevity of the item. You may need to replace some worn components when you purchase the machine.

A machine's capacity to be reused is measured by how long it's been used. A piece of heavy machinery will be more efficient if it was maintained regularly for a period of 500 hours.


Check that the hour meter functions in a safe manner as a last step. It can be difficult for customers to notice any unusual shifts in the hour meter if they don't have technical knowledge. You'll need help from a specialist in this situation. Equipment buyers can request hours meter data on used machines from the supplier of equipment at BAS Machinery.


A Noise-Cleaning

Examine any indications you missed while looking at the exterior of a piece of machinery in the course of an inspection.

If the machine is in operation make sure you look out for the following indicators:

  • A sound that resembles a cough could mean that the engine is in desperate need of repair.

  • There could be an ear-clicking sound due to loose connections or worn-out components.

  • The connections of heavy machinery may also need lubricating if they make unusual noises.

  • While driving, listen for the standard engine noises and not for any unusual ones.


What to Look for When Buying Used Equipment

Make Sure You Check The Engine And Hydraulics

The most vital components of every machine are its hydraulics and engine. Check for signs of fluid leaks, breaks, scratches, or dents on the various hydraulic cylinders in your collection. Check that all hoses have been properly sealed and connected. Check for visible indicators of leaks, loose belts, and dirty filters inside the engine and on the panel, too.


Although the asking price of the machine is extremely affordable, it's worthwhile to consider the cost of parts replacement should the machine is bought.


Here are some suggestions to assist you in inspecting heavy machinery before you buy it. The inspection must however be conducted by certified professionals or equipment providers for your benefit. Ask for technical reports (TA-1 and TA-2) from our workshop department prior to purchasing secondhand equipment from BAS Machinery or equipment suppliers. For secondhand construction equipment, look up the condition of used equipment CT.


We could offer the most affordable cost for used construction equipment that can meet Nigeria's demands. To guarantee our clients get the most price for their money, we help them make the right purchase decision. When you are planning your next construction project, are you considering purchasing construction machinery that is used by a supplier of equipment? We'd be happy to assist you.

DLTC Equipment

214 Central Ave Bridgeport, CT 06607

(203) 502-7009