Used Heavy Equipment

Buying used construction equipment can be a smart move financially, as it requires less capital outlay; used heavy equipment is widely available for a fraction of the cost of brand-new equipment. The age of the Internet has also made the procurement of used heavy equipment much easier than it used to be.

Construction and Heavy Equipment Overview

The "industrial equipment" heading includes a broad range of merchandise, from extremely heavy equipment to lighter and more portable products. Heavy equipment is used for a variety of jobs, from construction and road repair to landscaping and small engineering jobs. Many pieces of construction equipment have multiple uses; a backhoe loader, for example, has a tractor with a shovel in the front and a backhoe in the back. Buying combination equipment is typically much more cost-effective than purchasing two separate machines.

Used Construction Equipment Buying Basics

The market for used construction equipment is large, as this type of equipment tends to last for many years and a lot of businesses are looking for it. The first thing to do when buying used equipment is to determine your needs. Examine the job to be done and come up with a list of heavy equipment that can be used to complete it. Making careful estimations can help you save money; for instance, you might determine that used mini excavators can get the job done just fine, which can save you thousands of dollars off the cost of full-sized used excavators.

The more common a piece of equipment is, the more options you'll have available to you. For example, you'll find a huge number of used backhoes for sale at any given time, as these machines are widely used. Similarly, you will find many used wheel loaders for sale, as wheel loaders are critical to just about every construction job.

When shopping for a used piece of construction equipment, there are many good manufacturers from which to choose. If the used equipment is not very old, it may still be under the original warranty; ask the seller about this, and be sure to verify by checking the manufacturer's manuals or website. Some of the higher-quality manufacturers of industrial equipment include:

  • Caterpillar
  • John Deere
  • Case
  • Komatsu
  • Bobcat
  • Hitachi
  • Volvo
  • JCB
  • New Holland
  • Grove
  • Terex

Since used heavy equipment is a substantial purchase, take some time to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any outstanding problems with the seller.

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