Questions to ask to find the right equipment



Questions to ask to find the right equipment

As a construction business owner, you know that buying new heavy machinery and heavy construction equipment is important to keep your business updated. Without new equipment, you might find yourself having trouble completing projects on time and the safety of your workers could be compromised. But it can be tricky to know exactly how to choose the right equipment for your needs.

If you are looking for construction equipment to replace the old models you have, there are some questions you can ask dealers in the construction industry. For example, you can ask about the wear and tear of the tyres on dump trucks or the power level of a hydraulic excavator.

But, if you need some generalised answers such as whether or not a piece of equipment is made for heavy-duty work, read on for some helpful information.


Has the machinery been inspected and who inspected it?

A personal inspection of heavy equipment before you purchase it is crucial when buying machinery for your next project. This will show you if there are any issues with the equipment before you purchase it.

And it is equally important that the dealer you are purchasing from has had the equipment inspected before you purchase it. An important question to ask is whether or not the machinery has been inspected and who has inspected it. Be sure the inspection was carried out by a professional mechanic and that you are able to see a certificate or document listing any issues. If the dealer has not inspected the equipment, ask them to do so before the final sale.


Are there service records for the equipment?

Once the equipment has been inspected, you will need to ask for the service records for it. This will tell you how recently it has been serviced and if there were any problems found by the mechanic. If any major parts have been replaced, the service records will let you know.

If the dealer does not have concise records, you could ask to speak to the previous owner of the equipment. They will likely have clear and up-to-date service history records for you to look at. For brand new equipment, the service history will be empty as a new machine will not have been serviced. It will then fall onto you to keep accurate, clear and up-to-date records of all services.


What are the warranty options?

As a business owner, a warranty on a piece of equipment can be a huge money saver. This is because a warranty will cover any repairs and services while the vehicle is still under warranty, saving you time, effort and money.

Used machinery might not have any warranty left, so it is important to check with the dealer what options they are offering for you to purchase. It is best to opt for a full-service warranty, making sure to read all of the terms and conditions before signing anything. If you cannot afford a full warranty, look into finance options that will help with this. Some dealerships might offer it as part of your total amount while others might sell it separately.


How old is the machinery?

Knowing how old the equipment is is an important part of the buying process. Older machinery might be outdated and unable to handle heavy loads and strenuous projects. And because we are in a technological age, you will need new equipment that has the most up-to-date technology to make the projects more efficient and easy to handle.

If the machinery is older than five years, it might not be viable to purchase it for your next project. This is because of the amount of wear and tear that might have taken place over those years. Look for something that is around the three-year mark, as this means it will have the latest technology and will not have suffered the same wear and tear from use. You can speak to the previous owner about how it was used during the time they owned it too.


Does the equipment meet safety standards?

It is vital that your equipment meets safety standards. Ask the dealer if it has passed all of the tests necessary to pass the safety standards laid out by the construction industry, and for an explanation if it did not pass. It is always good to have a mechanic with you during this line of questioning to help you understand the terminology.

If the vehicle has not recently been checked to meet safety standards, you should do this as part of the inspection before you purchase it. This way you will know exactly how well the machinery has been kept and if it needs repairs or replacements. You can find the safety standards for construction online or ask the manufacturers for their guidelines. Having safe equipment is crucial to the success of any construction job.