The checklist below will help you inspect used construction equipment for sale. The checklist is not a substitute for a professional inspection. The checklist highlights items important to this specific type of equipment and is not comprehensive. Never operate equipment without following applicable safety procedures. Do not operate equipment unless you are qualified to do so. We welcome your feedback on our checklist. Feel free to send us a note using the contact page.
- Engine: Inspect all engine fluid levels and note condition of each type of fluid. Note any visible oil or coolant leaks. Examine exhaust and air intake system for leaks and damage. Check condition of radiator and front grille; examine bumper for damage.
- Battery: Inspect battery compartment. Make sure batteries are in good condition and the right size. Check any sight glasses or dipsticks in this area. Make sure fuel tank and hydraulic fluid tank are in good condition and leak-free.
- Cab: Examine cab interior for overall condition. Make sure all safety systems are present and working. Cab and instrument glass should be unbroken. No drill holes should be present in ROPS. While in cab, engage pan in ground and watch linkage for extra play.
- Articulation: Inspect gooseneck and articulation joints for excessive wear, damage and play. All hydraulic cylinders should be in good condition with no extra play in their range of motion. Examine all visible rod sections for damage. Make sure all hydraulic lines and connections are in good condition and no leaks are present. Also, note any welds or plating on the neck or draft arms.
- Cutting Edge: Examine cutting edge, pan and bowl for damaged areas and missing bolts.
- Chain: Check the chain closely for any broken bars or links, or missing pins. Make sure the elevator rollers turn freely. Check the bowl lift cylinders for leaks and to make sure they’re not scratched or damaged in any other way. Inspect the flights for serious damage and to see if they need to be regrousered. Make sure there are no weld cracks present or bolts missing from the mounting brackets, and that the brackets are undamaged.
- Speed Reducer: Examine speed reducer for hydraulic leaks, damage and overall condition. Keep an eye out for any paint cracks in the weld lines in this area on both sides of the scraper.
- Tires: Inspect the tread depth of all four tires. Note overall tread condition and confirm all tires match. Look for tears and other excessive damage to sidewalls and treads. Inspect brake systems. Note leakage and overall condition of rotors, drums, pads and linings.
- Stinger Structure: Check the stinger structure extending outward from the bowl for excessive push/pull damage. Pay special attention to the weld lines in this area for paint cracks and other signs of overstressing.