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Research and Review Yields Best Heavy Equipment Buys

Aug 17, 2007
Buying heavy machinery isn't something that should be undertaken lightly. The machines are necessary for getting big jobs done. Smart purchases should last for years. Hasty ones can result in bad buys that might even be dangerous or at the very least not last as long as they should to be worth their price tag. Whether it's a dump truck that's needed or heavy excavating machinery, a purchase should be well researched.

When looking to buy heavy machinery, either new or used, such as excavation equipment, it more than pays to do some research first. Some machines and brands are better for certain types of work than others. Reviews, past reports from previous customers and item specifications should be carefully reviewed. Since the job will be relying on the quality of the equipment and employee safety will as well this step is not one to be taken lightly.

Before buying excavation equipment do the following things:

* Determine exactly what is needed. What to look for specification wise will depend a whole lot on the type of work being done. If heavy earthmoving is involved, excavation tools will need to be solid and built to last. If minor work is required, simple trench diggers might do the trick. Under buying, however, can produce results that jeopardize not only the job, but employee safety.

* Once equipment has been identified, make certain to review possible makes and models. Previous customers may report that one brand did particularly well in rocky conditions, or sandy ones, while another didn't perform as well. Compare your jobs' needs with the best makes and models for that type of work.

* Review safety reports on the machines. Heavy equipment work is dangerous business. Smart companies buy the best - either new or used - and make sure safety features are included.

* If machines that are needed are new to employees, look into training programs. It's never a good idea to put an inexperienced operator behind the controls of a piece of heavy equipment. Either hire those with the know how or train employees accordingly. Don't buy something that employees can be trained to use or don't already know how to handle safely and efficiently.

The previous steps should be considered whether machines that are desired are new or used. For the used market, however, a few extra steps may be required. Keep in mind that used purchases are generally solid, but an extra look could be in order to ensure a good buy.

When looking at excavation equipment such as diggers or haulers on the used market, shop around for the makes and models you're interested in and don't be drawn in by cost savings alone. Ask to see maintenance reports and have a good technician review the equipment before you buy if at all possible. Everything from the engine to any safety features should be in good or at least reasonable order for a great price to really be great.

Excavation equipment gets big jobs done. But to ensure the safety of employees and the expedience of the job, it's very important to make sure the best in equipment is being used.
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