How To Inspect The Exterior Of A Used Excavator 05/03/2008

Exterior cab, boom, bucket- The inside of a cab can tell you volumes about the condition of the excavator. A well looked after cab means that the vehicle has generally been kept in good condition. Do look for welding patches but minor wear and tear comes with a used vehicle. The bucket can also tell you valuable information. If the underside of the bucket is damaged it means it was used to drive pilings, or hammer rocks which is over extending the use of an excavator and can mean hidden problems that will crop up in the future. The most important part of the boom to check is the pivot point between the boom and the body this is a major part to replace. Also check the boom is running straight and as not been damaged by using a dipper stick or measuring
Tracks and Undercarriage- These are the tracks that the excavator rolls on and can be a big issue if any of the links are broken or the metal plates are separated. If they do need to be replaced you should factor that in to the cost. You should also inspect the sprockets and rollers that connect the metal plates. When looking underneath the vehicle, check the oil level and cleanliness, look for leaks and rust. The roller metal frame should also be clean of repairs or cracks this will be shown by any welding done to the exterior.

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