Used John Deere Equipment For Sale
John Deere has been around the construction and farming industries for a very long time. When you want reliability, durability, and an extremely competitive price, it is easy to see why you are looking for used John Deere equipment for sale. Before you start looking around for used pieces of equipment though, you are going to want to think about a few things that can help you save some time on locating the perfect machine, money, and even some frustration by helping you avoid purchasing a machine that may not be as healthy as the sellers are describing.
Does the seller have a list of all maintenance performed? If you are purchasing the machine in used condition you will want to make sure that the previous owner has taken excellent care of it. One of the ways that you can determine this is by asking for a list of all of the maintenance that has been performed on it since it was purchased brand new. The list of maintenance will help you determine how much money has gone into the machine, as well as any commonly occuring problems that could cost you more money after you make the purchase.
Do they have documentation on any major repairs that have been done? If there have been major repairs done, to the hydraulics systems or frame for instance, you are going to want to make sure that you know about it and that the owner has documentation showing when, where, and why the work was performed. This documentation could alert you to possible harsh conditions that the machine was operated under.
Does the seller include any spare parts? If the machine is in brand new condition you may not be able to find any replacement parts being included in the price. However, if the machine is much older it is quite possible that the previous owner has collected a stash of replacement parts to help them fix the machine quickly and get it back to doing work.
How old is the machine that you’re looking at? As a general rule, the older the machine is, the less it is going to cost you to purchase it. However, older machines are going to require more money to maintain the vehicle than if you were to purchase a brand new machine. You need to weigh the costs associated with keeping the machine running, compared to buying a brand new model.
How many hours are on the engine? Maintenance is supposed to be performed when the engine reaches a certain number of hours. Even though maintenance may have been done, as the engines climb up in the hours worked, it is going to be harder and more costly to fix them should they break down. Extremely high hour engines may even need to be replaced.
What make and model are you dealing with? If you are purchasing used, you may not be aware of the subtle differences in models produced by John Deere. When you’re looking at the machine, take note of the model and look up the specifications for it on the internet to ensure that it is going to be heavy-duty enough to work on your farm or job site.
Is the cabin in good condition, with all working accessories? If there is a cabin on the machine, what condition is it in? You will want to take a look at the accessories that are included as creature comforts to make sure that they are all in good working condition. Poor condition accessories can give you an indication of how the rest of the machine was cared for when it was being used.
Is the machine 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive? Depending on what you are going to need the machine for, you may have a need for 4 wheel drive. 4 wheel drive machines typically cost more than a 2 wheel drive but provide much more accessibility in tough conditions. You should know that they are also more expensive to repair if you should damage the transmission or transfer case.
Are you going to be financing the machine? If you are going to be financing the machine through a bank, you may not be able to get models that are too old. Most banks will not finance equipment that is more than 10 years old because of the risks of having it completely fail, and causing a loss to the finance company. If this is the case, you may want to think about spending the extra money on a newer model, that is also going to be cheaper for you to fix.