Used Graders For Sale
When you need to prepare roads, flatten gravel or dirt roads, or prepare the dirt for a concrete foundation, you are going to need to use a grader. Unless your construction company, or farm has been in operation for quite a few years, you are going to want to avoid spending a large amount of money on a new grader, and instead consider finding used graders for sale. You can find quite a few used graders for sale by going through the auction site eBay.
eBay helps connect you with various sellers in your local area, and across the country that are selling off their slightly used graders at a much lower cost than what you would be paying for a brand new machine. Once you receive the machinery you are going to want to do a few things to make sure that it stays in excellent condition, and that you are not going to need to replace the blade more often than was is required under normal use circumstances. The most common part to fail on the grader is the blade, especially when you do not take care of it properly.
Preventative Maintenace Method #1: Make sure that the blade is attached firmly each time you use the machine. If the blade is loose while you are using the equipment you run the risk of not only damaging it, but also the parts of the machine that it attaches to. Before you start each job you are going to want to apply pressure to the blade and make sure that there is no play between it and the arms that attach it to the tractor.
Preventative Maintenace Method #2: Use heavy carbide parts to secure the blade to the tractor. While the blades are usually going to contain hard carbide ends, you will also want to try to use the same carbide materials to hold the blade onto the arms of the tractor. Carbide is incredibly durable, and will resist warping, buckling, and cracking when the blade is under load.
Preventative Maintenace Method #3: Use the right blade for the specific job you’re performing. There are different types of blades that work better under certain conditions. For instance, you are not going to want to use a smooth edged blade, that is designed for soft snow, when you are trying to uproot gravel and plane a tough rock or gravel road. Likewise a toothed blade, designed for uprooting gravel and rock, is not going to perform well in the snow and you could eventually break off the teeth, requiring an expensive replacement of the blade.
Preventative Maintenace Method #4: Use only enough power necessary to complete the job. When you are operating the grader you are going to want to avoid being a speed demon, even if you want to get the job completed quickly. Applying more of the engine’s power than is necessary to get the job done is a quick way to break down the edge on the blade, or break the teeth of the blade. Start the work slowly, and then gradually speed up until you find the sweet spot for what the materials that you are working with requires to make sure that you are not going to cause unneeded damage.
As long as you keep these preventative maintenance methods in mind, you will have a much easier time getting the work done that needs to be completed, while also making sure that you are not going to be damaging the blade as you’re working. These blades can be expensive to replace, and even more expensive if the problem could have been prevented because you may end up going through the same things again later on.
Remember that when you are looking at different auctions on eBay, you want to make sure that you can contact the seller and ask them questions about the grader that you are going to be bidding on. You want to make sure that the blade is already in good condition, that the motor has been maintained properly, as well as the drivetrain, and that any creature comforts are indeed working to help make sure that you are not going to need to spend more money after you receive the machine.