JCB Mini CX 4x4

Tips for Buying a Used Tractor

There are dozens of reasons to purchase used equipment. Some common ones we hear are:

  • Used equipment comes at much lower initial cost than new.
  • Used equipment holds its value when well-maintained.
  • There’s no depreciation when you drive (or haul) it off the lot.
  • Used equipment can come with protection plans just like a new machine.

The key to getting the most out of a used tractor is to know what you’re looking for. We’d like to share a few guidelines for purchasing a used tractor to help you get the most bang for your buck. Follow these tips and you’ll be an expert in no time.

  1. Decide what you want the tractor for – Just as when purchasing new, you need to have an idea of what specific uses you are planning for the tractor. A tractor used on an estate is much different from one on the farm or one out in the construction field. There are quite a few categories of tractors, and if you need help sorting through them, the experienced team at Eagle Power Turf & Tractor can guide you in the right direction.
  2. Research, research, research – It takes time to find the perfect tractor for your job at the right price. Familiarize yourself with all the capabilities of the tractor, making sure these align with what you need. Once you are focused on a specific machine, find out how many hours are on it, determine what sort of wear and tear it has been through, and try to get a history of maintenance and repairs.
  3. Inspect it – A visual inspection is one of your best tools for deciding whether a used tractor will be a great addition to your fleet, or a money pit that leaves you without a functioning machine. Be sure to check these items thoroughly:
  • How’s the overall appearance? Does it look beat up or well cared-for?
  • Are there any signs of leaks from the engine transmission, wheel bearings or hydraulics?
  • Is the wiring frayed or damaged?
  • How do the tires look?
  1. Give it a test drive – A test drive can reveal issues that need attention. Do the hydraulic and electrical systems function properly? How is the handling and steering? Does the engine start easily and run smoothly with minimal smoke? How smoothly does the transmission shift?

Once you’ve run through all these items, there may still be a few issues to work out with your dealer. Be sure you ask about financing options, options for transporting the tractor to your location, what happens when you need parts or service, and what sort of warranty is being offered.

If you’re in the market for a used tractor, we encourage you to talk with the team here at Eagle Power Turf and Tractor. We list most of our used equipment inventory on the website, but even if you don’t see what you’re looking for, call us at 215-348-9041 or stop by our Doylestown location to see if we can match you with the perfect machine.