Backhoe Rental or Buy a Used One? Used Backhoe Buying Tips – ConEquip Parts


That looks good! So you’re thinking
about buying a used backhoe. Well, my name’s Ben Krentz co-owner of ConEquip Parts and I’m here to help you out about looking at a used backhoe. Couple
pointers and some things that you might want to look for. Ok? We’ll start up front
here. First thing, there’s a lot of hydraulic cylinders on these machines
and with hydraulic cylinders there’s a couple things you want to look for just
solely on that. I’ll kind of go through these pretty quick, some might be basic
to some, some others might say hey you know what thanks for that and that’s
what we’re going for. So, hydraulic cylinders. First off, want to
make sure that the seals aren’t leaking all over the place so you’ll be able to
visually see it. Just a bunch of hydraulic fluid coming out underneath
the cylinders we got some other cylinders back here these would be the
lift cylinders. So these cylinders up here would be the bucket tilt cylinders
you want to see if there’s a lot of play in the pins and bushings inside the
hydraulic cylinders kind of a simple way to do it, see how loose she is here
you give it a little little (TUGGING) She’s got some play in her. It’s all right
it’s a used machine you chose to pay thousands of dollars less versus a new
one that’s a consideration. Pins and bushings we got them available you can
arrange them between a hundred some of the big excavators a couple
hundred dollars. Next thing up front here double-check the loader arms okay? You
got to really look at these. These things crack. A lot of stress gets put into
these things so please be vigilant on looking them over. They have some factory
welds that seems together, those are okay but typically up by the pins and the
connection here there’ll be some fractures you can see in it
likewise up in this area and down where the bucket connects as well. Next thing
on the front end here you have to decide what type of material and conditions am
I going to be using this machine for. Do I need a two-wheel-drive? Do I need a
four-wheel drive? Well, up front here this particular JCB backhoe is a four-wheel
drive unit. It can go through snow like we have here in Buffalo we get a couple
feet or so a year. It could go through some mud as long as
the tire tread is good just another thing to look for. With four-wheel drive
there’s some components up front because it has a front axle assembly so let’s
take a look at that again shall we? You got to get down and dirty!
Oh look, that’s a beauty! Yep, that’s a solid front axle assembly
center differential doesn’t look like it’s leaking too much. I’m also looking
at the swing, or the swivels. The swivels are good and there’s no cracks in the
swivels. Tie rod ends and steering cylinders look good. You got to check
that over that stuff can get expensive So it depends on what you’re looking for.
If you got a landscape yard you’re just gonna use the backhoe for loading mulch
and a couple odds and ends, two wheel drive might be okay for you that’ll save
you a few thousand dollars in initial cost up front but also thousands of
dollars down the road when you have to buy a rebuilt front axle assembly. So
four-wheel drive versus two-wheel drive. The next thing too would be the bucket
up in front. Some machines come like this one has a four in one bucket combination
bucket whatever you want to call it. You might not need it for your application
but these buckets are expensive and they also have hydraulic cylinders on them as
well. If you, again, maybe you’re at a landscape yard you need a bigger bucket
a one-yard bucket one-and-a-half yard buckets you can load customers
efficiently and quick that might be an option for you because a bucket alone
probably be about twelve hundred bucks good used. If we move on back center
part of the cab we actually have the cab depending on where you’re from Buffalo
New York I would want a cab that has glass and a thing called a heater! Yes we
need that very, very important for this area up in the Northeast. They do have
ones that have just open ROPS, we have to hold on for UPS here, yeah hey buddy!
Ain’t nothing wrong with UPS okay, they do a lot of shipping for us. Cab glass, if
you’re looking at one with the cab on it we can get cab glass fairly inexpensive
typically under two three hundred bucks a piece. The other thing to look for on a
cab itself is the floor of the cab and a button to even open the door. If you look
on the cab of the floor it could be completely rusted out. You know you think
about it up here in the Northeast again you guys that are running heavy boots
that got a lot of salt in them from the wintertime it’s just gonna rush the
floor out, okay? Out on the ocean side you got a lot of salt out there too it just
happens so you got to replace a cab now you’re talking four or five six grand
sometimes to get a cab replacement let alone the labor to do so. You got
hydraulic tanks one side typically the diesels on the other side. A side note,
when you’re doing it make sure your operators know how to read hydraulic
versus diesel, you don’t want to switch them, bad things happen. They get rusted
on the inside so it’s kind of hard to tell just on the outside you can’t open
the cap and look in and say, yeah it looks good, there’s fluid there, okay? Just
visually look at it on the outside maybe tap it maybe a little bit of tappy tap
sounds pretty solid this one’s good to go. Moving on to the rear part of the
machine we kind of mentioned the tire tread double check on that make sure
it’s pretty decent for what you’re going to be doing. We’ve got a rear axle
assembly again check in the final drive hub area making sure there’s no fluid
leaking out. The other part of the rear axle assemblies you got to get up
underneath there and you got to look under there at the differential section, okay? You’re like, well, how do you do that? Let me show you. You just do one of these. Oh, that looks good! I like it!
Get all up underneath there, okay? All up under there! Checking those seals, looking
at the axles on the inside! We’re checking the swivel joints! No cracks!
That looks good! After you’re done doing that, I don’t care if it’s humiliating,
you know what’s humiliating? Is when you’ve got to call us for a rear axle
assembly and you just said you know what I should have done what new video said I
didn’t get all up underneath there! Stabilize your cylinders, again double
check the fluid leaking. Important when it comes to the swing frame. We do get a lot
of calls for swing frames and well again a lot of stress, a lot of pressure going
on back here. Got to make sure it’s not cracked. Make sure, it’s kind of hard to
tell when the machine’s just stationary, that you want to check the play in these
pins up here so the way to do it is you’ve got to have somebody run the
machine and just move the hoe part back and forth slightly and you’ll be
able to see the play in the pins back here. Backhoe, we’re checking the pins
and bushings all through here like we said in the front loader part, we got to
check this to make sure there’s no cracks in the dip or in the the dipper
part and or in the boom cylinder or boom section. Now make sure to boom section is
good no cracks make sure the dippers in good shape no
cracks on that again a lot of the trigger points are
gonna be where the pins are where all the stress is at. Make sure there ain’t
no cracks. The other thing especially on these making sure that where the pins go
through that this it’s all circular and it’s not oblong and so forth like an egg.
That’d be a real bad shape. The other thing you got to be thinking
about is what type of hoe do you need? How deep a dig depth do you have to go?
This particular model has an extend-a-hoe option which allows it to go down
about another two to four feet so you have to decide on that. It is another
expense, it’s another hydraulic cylinder inside. It’s some more moving components
that could go wrong but hey you do that or you got to rent an excavator
all those times you need to dig a little bit more so it’s an option you got to
think about as an extend-a-hoe or not to extend-a-hoe. I think that came out right.
Stabilizers! If you’re gonna be on the streets these steel ones are going to
ruin the street. It’s alright, you get a fine for it you just pay it and move on
or you buy some street pads that we can sell we have occasionally aftermarket
ones are available. Sometimes you just got to buy it right from the OEM dealer
but call us first of course we’ll certainly beat the dealer’s price get it
shipped right to your door. The next option would be how many buckets and
what sizes buckets are coming with this backhoe I might buy? Are you gonna be
digging ditches out with this? Maybe, maybe not, you should buy a ditching
bucket or see if it comes with it. Maybe you’re just doing some backyard drainage
you want a 12 inch 14 inch bucket. So, a lot of things come into play anytime you
see pins, bushings you just got to wiggle it around a little bit. (WIGGLES) It’s got a little
play in there. Feel that? Little play. It’s a used backhoe. It’s the things that you
look for in to use backhoe it’s gonna happen pins and bushings aren’t too, too
bad but overall just depends on how much money you want to spend versus how much
money you want to put into it. Are you mechanically inclined enough to
change out pins and bushings or is this all stuff that’s just gonna get
bought and then sent to a dealer. The very first thing that you should do
however, if I can point this out, as soon as you get to somebody’s yards that
you’re gonna be buying a machine at, the first thing you should do, one, check
the oil. Two, check the radiator fluid. Things are good there?
Check the hydraulic tank right on the side, we talked about that earlier. If all
the fluids are good, start the machine. You got to start some machine you want
it to run for at least 45 minutes, an hour. The heat has to get through a
complete cycle a couple of times for the engine. The diesel engine’s got to warm up
they take a while. It’s not like a gas car where it takes 15 minutes, 45 here in
Buffalo when it’s snowing. But, you want to get that engine running. It’s got to
get running it’s got to get hot because when it gets hot then the seals start
expanding and then it exposes some leaks that you might have. Obviously moving the
machine through all the gears of the transmission all the reverse gears in
the transmission has to all get run and I mean hey if you’re gonna buy it you
might as well use and abuse it in their yard before you start forking out the
money. Okay, so, we’re here to help out anything else you need give us a call
888-983-7847. ConEquip Parts, used, rebuilt, aftermarket parts, ready for you when you buy your used backhoe. I’m
Ben Krentz, co-owner of ConEquip Parts, until next time, thank you!

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