Heavy equipment and machinery can be a large investment, and it’s never a good feeling to find out the new machinery needs to be fixed shortly after getting it up and running. On the other hand, heavy equipment that doesn’t work properly is costly to repair and can also be a safety risk. So it’s important to have any heavy machinery you’re looking to buy inspected, especially if you’re buying it used or on the aftermarket. Having it inspected before purchase could save you a lot of time and money with troubleshooting problems if the equipment is faulty.
Look It Over
Heavy equipment can be fairly complex, but there are a few key things to watch closely before going ahead with your purchase. The first thing you should do before even starting the machine is to perform a visual inspection. Take a walk around the machine and look for any cracks, dents, corrosion, rust, welds, or any missing hardware that might indicate an overworked machine or that the machine was in an accident or damaged physically. Also, check inside the cab to ensure everything is in good shape. You’ll also want to look under the machine at the fittings, wires, hoses, valves, and cylinders to make sure everything looks like it’s in working order. Finally, keep the age of the piece of equipment in mind while doing your visual inspection and see if the amount of wear and tear lines up with the age of the machine.
Check the Tires
Next, you should get a good look at the tires or rollers. If the machine uses tires, make sure they’re all the same size tire, and that there are no punctures or heavy wear on the treads. Next, check inside the wheel for any damage or leaking axle seals as well, and make sure the axle is oiled. Finally, inspect the brake systems, including the pads, rotors, and drums for any excess wear and tear or damage.
Check the Fluids
You’ll want to inspect the engine and lines inside the machine for leaks. If oil or coolant is leaking from somewhere, it could lead to engine troubles down the line. This could end up costing a lot more than you might have bargained for. Also, ensure that no coolant is leaking into the oil, as this could be a sign of either a faulty coolant system or a compromised engine.
You’ll want to ensure all safety features are working properly. First, ensure the seatbelts are in good condition, and all the alarms and warning systems are functional. Make a note of any warning lights that are on. Since there’s no way of knowing how long the piece of equipment has been running with a warning light (for example, a check engine light), the machine could be in worse shape than it appears. Lastly, check all of the brake systems. If the issue is simply just worn-down brake pads, it’s usually a quick and inexpensive fix. However, if there is more severe damage to the brake lines, the repairs could cost more than the machine’s price.
Give It a Test Run
Once your inspection is complete and everything looks like it’s in working order, test out the piece of heavy equipment. Run through all the different functions and ensure it performs what it is supposed to without any problems. Make sure the engine starts up quickly and cleanly. An engine that struggles to start or smokes while running is a major red flag that you could be in for costly repairs down the line.
What If It Breaks
If you have a piece of heavy equipment that breaks down or isn’t working as it should, or if you need to rent a piece equipment, you need to save yourself the expense, QuickLifts can help. Not only does QuickLifts offer affordable service and maintenance of construction equipment, but we also have a large variety of tools for rent to keep your project moving if you hit an unexpected snag due to faulty equipment. If you have a construction job in the Indianapolis area and need your equipment serviced, or if you just need a rental for a one-time job, give our professionals at QuickLifts a call today. We provide boom lift repair services as well.