When earth and other materials need to be collected and manoeuvred effectively, an excavator is the best tool for the job. Built ruggedly to withstand the rigours of outdoor use in environments that are unlikely to feature tarmac, these vehicles can be small and quick or large and powerful, depending on what is required. And if you are going to buy an excavator second-hand, the condition that a model is in will be just as important as how and where you intend to use it. If you have an idea of the kinds of specifications you are after, then finding the right second-hand excavator truck will become much easier.
Irrespective of the type of excavator you pick, or indeed the age of the unit in question, one of the key things to check is the number of hours it has been used for, since mileage is essentially meaningless as a measure of how much use this kind of vehicle has seen. Tracks rather than wheels are another element which tend to be common across all excavators. And while there are no tyres to wear down as a result, you should still check the mechanisms and linkages to ensure that any damage is noted. Repairs can be expensive and require specialist skills and equipment, so it is better that you can avoid needing to carry them out for as long as possible by picking a used excavator that is in good shape.
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Plant Plant Hanix H75C
2007 | Excavators
2007 Hanix H75C excavator. Recent new tracks, piped, complete with 2 buckets. Good condition for year. £13,750+VAT. Call for further details-01384 424522.
Volvo Unknown ECR88 Plus Midi Excavator
2010 | Excavators
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Plant Plant Yanmar SV08
2008 | Excavators
2008 Yanmar SV08 micro digger. Expanding tracks, complete with 2 buckets. V.G.C all round. Call for further details-01384 424522. £5,950+VAT
Although excavators may primarily be used with a bucket attachment, many models offer cross-compatibility with other heads, such as hammers, grabbers and other alternatives. This can boost versatility and is not only a feature of large models but also the smaller counterparts. As with any parts that rely on hydraulic power to operate, checking for tears, leaks and seal corrosion is important if you are buying a used model. If additional buckets or features are included in the sale price, then these should also be examined thoroughly, as the amount of value they add will depend on the state of repair they are currently in. Quick-hitch models that allow for easy exchange of buckets could be advantageous, giving you a means to save time and improve the efficiency of working with an excavator in a range of real-world scenarios.
Excavators are typically used on building sites and in other parts of the construction world, so the interior of the cab is likely to receive a similar amount of punishing use as the exterior elements. With this in mind, you may be happy to overlook some minor aesthetic damage to things such as the upholstery as long as everything that impacts upon the functional aspects of the truck remains operational. The steel bodies are sturdy, but the glass and plastic used in the cabs are ultimately less resilient, so check for damage and ask about any replacement or repair work that may have been carried out on a used excavator so that you are aware of the full picture.
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