Tips on How to Buy Used Farm Equipment

By: TDS Author | Jun 25, 2014 4:37:00 PM

In a lot of ways, large pieces of farming equipment are like trucks, tools or appliances – sometimes it just makes sense to buy used. In most cases, buying used farm equipment allows you to save money, avoid a big-time depreciation hit and still land a reliable piece of machinery. Still, there are some important steps to take and things to consider before you fork over your hard-earned money on something like a used tractor or combine.

The farm auction isn’t your only option

Experienced shoppers know that farm auctions tend to fetch the highest prices when it comes to used farm equipment. So consider other outlets like consignment sales – even online auctions if you feel comfortable logging on to make your bid. If you’re unsure that what you’re bidding on is what you need, it may be best to let it go. There are plenty of examples out there worthy of your attention.

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When buying used piece of farm equipment – especially something as large as a tractor or combine – be sure you get all of the necessary information. This might require a little bit of digging, but most will tell you it’s well worth the trouble in the end. Missing details in a seller’s description, maintenance logs, warranties that may or may not be transferable – these are things you’ll want to be filled in on before you buy.

Bring your magnifying glass

Since this is farm equipment we’re talking about, there’s no excuse for not having larger pieces of machinery checked out before you sign on the dotted line. Of course, the majority of used farming equipment is going to come with some wear and tear – it is used for hard work, after all. What you need to ensure is that while the equipment may be used, it wasn’t abused. If you don’t feel qualified to look over your potential purchase yourself, enlist the help of a mechanic who works on the same type of equipment on a regular basis. In a world where most of what you’ll be looking at comes without a money-back guarantee, hiring the sharp eye of a qualified technician is well worth it.

If you’re buying a used combine, don’t overpay for four-wheel drive

In most parts of the United States, used combines equipped with four-wheel drive demand a much higher price than their front-wheel drive counterparts. Still, four-wheel drive capability offers a wide range of benefits beyond just wet weather advantages.

Considering this fact, it makes sense to think about hunting down a front-wheel drive combine and outfitting it with an aftermarket rear-wheel drive system, such as a Mud Hog. You’ll end up with a combine that can harvest faster, is more efficient and easier on your entire drivetrain without having to spend significantly more on a used combine equipped with factory four-wheel drive.

About Mud Hog

The first and only technology of its kind, Mud Hog hydraulic rear-wheel drive systems are engineered to provide your front-wheel drive combines, cotton pickers and more with uncompromising four-wheel drive capability for increased agricultural production. By improving combine performance in all climate conditions – wet or dry – a Mud Hog can help you harvest faster, with less fuel, less compaction and less wear on your engine.