Buying used is a great way to save money while still getting great equipment. If you know what to look for in purchasing a used tractor, then you can get a great deal on older year models without compromising quality or production. Eis removes much of that guesswork by keeping a supply of quality used tractors for sale near Green Bay, WI. It’s still important to know what to look for in a used tractor, though.
One of the biggest things to consider when buying a used tractor near Green Bay is making sure that it’s been properly maintained in cold weather. Proper fuel additives, water filters in the fuel system and battery maintenance can all have a huge impact on the running time of a cold-weather diesel engine. While it’s impossible to know everything that a tractor has been through, having access to service records can give you an idea of what kind of preventative maintenance and repairs were done and can give you an idea of how well the tractor was maintained.
Another factor to consider is total run time. The number of hours on a tractor won’t tell you everything, but it can give you an idea of how long and hard a tractor has been run. Noting any run times above or below average can give you an indication of how hard the previous owner leaned on a certain tractor. However, total hours only tell a small part of the story and must be taken in context with the rest of the tractor. A high hour count with complete service records and a meticulous maintenance history will likely be in better shape than a lower-hour machine with spotty or nonexistent records.
Giving the tractor a visual inspection can also tell you a lot about what kind of shape it’s in. Well maintained and cared for tractors, much like cars, tend to reflect that in their visual presentation. Something as innocuous as the paint job can tell you a great deal. Paint is the tractor’s first defense against the elements, and whether the paint job is well maintained or allowed to fade and chip can give you a clue about the rest of the tractor. Again, this won’t tell you the whole story, but it can be useful when viewed in context.
Finally, and perhaps most obviously, you should always take the tractor for a short test drive. More than just tooling around in your dealer's parking lot, you should also hook up some implements and check the hydraulics. Raise a loader and leave it there to help find any leaks in the hydraulics or see if power drops off somewhere through the range. Hook up the PTO and listen for any screeches or hiccups in operation.
Being prudent about your tractor purchase is important, and Eis Implement is proud to offer you a selection of used tractors for sale near Green Bay, WI that you can trust to be in great shape. Our inventory is constantly changing, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, check back frequently. If you do see what you’re looking for, let us know! We’d be happy to help you through the buying process.