Used Skid Steers For Sale
Skid steers have found their way into the construction industry long ago. Their rigid frame and lift arms help keep workers from having to perform extensive manual labor. If you are running a construction company, or having farming jobs that need to be performed but do not want to break your back trying to get the work done you will want to try to find used skid steers for sale. There are quite a few different ways to save money on the next skid steer that you purchase, but one of the best ways is to use eBay’s website. eBay helps connect you with a large amount of construction companies that are selling off equipment to help recoup some of their expenses of operating in a downturned economy.
Before you start bidding on auctions for a used skid steer, though, you are going to want to make sure that you know how to examine the equipment, even over the internet, to make sure that you are not going to purchase a lemon. With the amount of moving parts on these machines it is easy for you to end up having to pay more money than the initial cost of the skid steer to replace or repair the machines working systems. If it was used under heavy duty and not maintained well, there could be problems that exist that you may not be aware of while you’re bidding on it.
First, you are going to want to ask the seller detailed questions about what type of work was performed with the machine. You want to make sure that the equipment has been maintained properly. If the previous owner has taken good care of the machine they should have extensive paperwork containing when the tractor was in for service and what all service was performed on it. There should also be paperwork documenting when any large repairs were completed on the machine. If the owner does not have these papers you will want to try contacting a mechanic in the owners local area to examine the tractor if you are going to bid on it.
Next, you are going to want to make sure that you receive detailed photos of the equipment, preferably before you start bidding on it, to give you a rough idea of what condition the tractor is in. Sellers will sometimes overstate the condition of their tractors in hopes of getting a higher amount for it during the auction. You should be able to get in contact with the seller while you are bidding on the auction to ask them to take photos of certain areas of the tractor.
You need to also find out the condition of the four wheel drive systems. It can get fairly expensive to replace either the tires, or the inner workings of the four wheel drive system if you do not take the time to examine it before you make your final bids. You can request a video from the seller that shows the tractor in operation if they have a digital camera with recording capabilities. If they do not, and you are located close enough, you may be able to setup a time where you can come out to their property to test drive the equipment.
Lastly, you will need to find out what attachments are included on the tractor, and make sure that they are going to work well with the type of work that you are wanting to perform. If you have to replace the attachments after you receive the tractor you are going to have to keep the extra costs in mind while you are bidding. If the tractor is in excellent condition with a low enough price it may be worth it for you to bid on it and plan to purchase new attachments once you win the auction.
As long as you ask the seller the right questions, and either have a mechanic inspect the machine locally, or make an appointment to test drive the machine if you are located close enough, you should have a fairly easy time bidding on, and winning the auction for your next used skid steer.