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4 Tips for a Successful Presale Implement Inspection

Machinery Insider 02/05/2014 @ 10:59am The Successful Farming/Agriculture.com Machinery Insider is your source for all the latest auction price data and analysis on the used farm machinery marketplace.

The challenge with buying tillage tools is that they often lack detailed usage information. With a motorized machine, you can check on engine hours to gauge its use. Implements demand a personal inspection to size up their condition.

 “Much can be discovered about an implement’s use by walking around and looking for indications of wear, tear, and lack of maintenance,” says Derek Wiemen of Wieman Auction.

Here are 4 key inspection points when evaluating tillage implements:

  • Scrutinize shovels, points, shears, and disks. “Sure, they’re going to be worn from use,” Wieman notes, “but if they are worn to the point of replacement, particularly disks and coulters, you are looking at spending considerable money to replace them.” Be sure to factor in the potential cost of sharpening disks and coulters.

  • Look for cracks in the frame, particularly at hinging points, “which offer clues to how many acres the implement has covered and how it was handled in use,” Wieman says. “Look the hitch over for damage.”

  • Check tire condition. “Cracked sidewalls and thin treads are sure signs you need a replacement. With some implement tires costing hundreds, this is no small cost,” adds Don Kubly of Gemplers. “Also, examine rims for damage.”

  • Examine the entire hydraulic system. “Hose, coupler, and cylinder condition reveal a great deal about the age and quality of implements,” says Tim Deans of Gates Corporation. Look for cracked, abraded, and kinked hoses, as well as damaged quick couplers and leaking cylinders.

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