used skid steer attachment

If you’re in the market for skid steer attachments, saving a bundle on a used attachment can be tempting. And let’s be honest - who doesn’t love to save money? We love to save, too, but sometimes a bargain can cost you in the long run. Here are some ways to ensure your savings pay off when buying used.

Here are some things we’ve learned by taking calls from frustrated buyers. These people ran into issues after buying used attachments “as is” from sources that were either unwilling or unable to ensure that all components were in working order. Buyers run their attachments for just a few hours and break down with no recourse.

The internet can be a great place to buy, and having pictures of the individual attachment is handy, but buying from private parties still needs improvement.

A great place to start is to purchase your used attachment from a reputable dealer. When you buy a used attachment from a dealer who offers brand-new attachments, you’re likely getting items used by professionals in demos to prospective customers and cared for properly. Another bonus of buying through reputable companies or dealers is that after being in the field and before being offered to you, the attachments are gone over, repaired or refurbished, and tested to ensure they’re in tip-top condition. Many times, dealers or the factory will also offer a warranty. The warranty is a huge bonus if you put the attachment to work immediately since defects or problems caused by previous use or abuse will surface quickly once you put the attachment.

The internet can be a great place to buy, and having pictures of the individual attachment is
If you’re willing to run the risk of purchasing used attachments from private sellers that offer no warranty, there are some obvious things you can check for.
Check that there are no dents, warps, or bends that will impede the operation of the attachment, and don’t forget to check the mounting plate on the backside of the attachment, too. Chipped paint is to be expected and isn’t an issue, but deep dents or bends can cause trouble.
  • If the attachment runs on hydraulics, check the hoses and fittings to ensure they’re healthy.
  • Check any cylinders to see if they’re leaking fluid.
  • If blades are in the system, ensure they’re all intact.
  • Your best bet is still to buy from a reputable source; know the attachment has been checked over by professionals and is accompanied by a warranty.
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