When you opt to purchase a second-hand crane, there are many sellers out there who can provide you with several options to choose from. And contrary to what some may believe, buying these used cranes does not necessarily mean a compromise on quality and specifications. As a matter of fact, there are many of these used ones that can meet your expectations and even exceed them. Even then, finding such can prove to be a daunting task at times. To help in this, a crane inspector can be a very reliable person in ensuring you get the best possible crane at a pocket-friendly price. Nonetheless, if you decide to do it yourself, the following can be useful advice to follow.
1. Locate a seller nearby.
First and foremost, you need to locate a suitable seller nearby who has used cranes for sale. There are very many of these across the UK with slightly varying prices. This you can do by searching them online or through referrals (friends, family or colleagues who know of a credible seller having bought before themselves).
2. Enquire on its history and age.
Having located a suitable seller and visited the place, the first important step to take is to find out how old the crane is as well as where and how it has been used before. This is to ensure that it hasn’t been overused and that it has been properly maintained and cared for. On the same note, check out for any signs of corrosion. And while still at it, examine its outriggers to see whether they are bent for this could be a clear indication of previous abuse
3. Carefully inspect the cables
If the cables have damaged strands or even flat spots, the operation of the cranes could prove hazardous. In this regard, ensure that the extent of wear is as minimal as possible to ensure a potentially lengthy lifespan for the crane upon acquisition.
4. The hydraulic system
For the crane to be reliable, ensure that the packing seals found around the cylinders are free of leaks. Additionally, inspect the hoses for any damage or wear.
5. Give it a test run
Conduct a test run on the machine to ascertain its smooth operation and its extent and manner to extend fully. If you discover any form of binding, it’s likely for this to have been caused by bending of its tube. Furthermore as you operate the crane, ensure that while it’s fully extended, there is tightness at the base pedestal during its rotation and movement.
6. Check for other indications of a possible bent tube.
Wear in the ladder rungs and the main tube as well as signs of wear in the first slider are possible signs of a tube that is bent.
7. Examine the base plate and the mountings
Another factor to carefully consider is whether the mounting bolts are firmly secured. Often times, the base plate can easily be damaged by any loose hardware. Having examined all the belts and bearings, you’re done with your test.
8. Evaluating a fair market price for the crane.
Having collected details of the crane at hand, you can then determine its fair price putting in consideration the repairs it may require as well as its general condition. And based on this information, you can negotiate its price to reach at an affordable price that fits your budget.
Additionally, hiring a crane appraiser can also be a suitable option to consider to help in determining the fair and correct value of the machine.
Hope these are helpful tips to help in finding used cranes for sale from any part of the UK that you may be.