November 7th 2023

What to Consider When Buying an Excavator

What to Consider When Buying an Excavator

November 7th 2023

What to Consider When Buying an Excavator

Due to their size and significance, excavators are by far the most recognisable heavy construction equipment found on any job site. Used for a wide range of earthworks, from grading soil and digging trenches, holes, and foundations, to transporting and carrying materials, excavators are an extremely versatile form of earth moving equipment. Investing in an excavator can reap long-term rewards. But should you be looking for a new or used excavator for sale?

What to consider when buying an excavator

  1. How often will the excavator be used?

When it comes to deciding whether to buy a new or used excavator, the first thing to consider is how much time you will be using the machine. For businesses with infrequent need and small-scale projects, a used excavator may be the more suitable option. However, for companies with more regular earthmoving requirements, it can prove more beneficial to buy a new excavator than a used one. 

Although there is a greater upfront cost when buying a new excavator, newer models are often easier to operate and will be able to work all day consistently, meaning you won’t have to deal with unexpected costly delays caused by machine downtime. This is important as reliable heavy equipment is crucial to the successful and timely completion of any project. Maintenance and repair fees will also be less for a new excavator compared to an older unit. The longevity of your machine is also a factor: the more hours accrued on an excavator, the shorter the timespan you’ll be able to use it before it will need to be replaced. 

  1. What are the key features to look for?

If you are looking for the latest safety features and performance enhancing technology you will need to buy a new excavator, over a used one. This is because older excavators can be void of imperative safety features. Buying a new unit ensures that your excavator is up to code and fitted with all the necessary safety features.  

New excavators also come with the added benefits of greater fuel efficiency and enhanced comfort for the operator compared to older models. 

  1. Are you looking for dealer support?

Purchasing a new excavator from a dealer comes with the advantage of ongoing customer support as well as warranty coverage, both of which offer peace of mind. Ongoing customer support means that you have access to expert guidance when you need it, and warranty coverage protects your investment should anything unexpected occur with your machine. 

  1. Will you be wanting to sell it after use?

Investing in a new excavator will reap higher returns than a used unit when it comes to re-sale value. This is important if you intend to sell your excavator after you’ve made use of it.  

Final thoughts

Excavators are versatile and valuable machines to have on any job site and investing in one can reap long-term benefits. While there are reduced upfront costs associated with buying a used excavator, there are many benefits to buying a new unit. A new excavator is more reliable, comes with dealer support and warranty, has a higher re-sale value, requires less servicing and maintenance, and is fitted with the latest safety features and technology. 

We have a wide range of top-quality excavators specially designed and manufactured to ensure they’re durable and able to perform all your construction tasks efficiently. To learn more about our excavators, contact your local dealer.

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