Tips on what to look out for when buying a used tractor
When buying a used tractor, there are a lot of things that you need to think about. You want a tractor that can work just as well as a new tractor while not paying too much for it, and these two factors can be difficult to put together. In order to make sure you get the best tractor possible for your needs, while also making sure you don't have to pay an overprice for it, you need to know what to look out for when you're inspecting the tractor.
Knowing the model
If you're at an auction, or another event where many tractors are sold at the same time, such as a massey ferguson tractors sale, you have a chance to compare the tractor that you are thinking of buying with tractors of the same model. This way, you'll be able to determine if the tractor you're interested in has had any major changes done to it. If the tyres have been switched, for example, you should ask the owner to see their record of where the tyres were switched and the reason for it. It's possible the reason had something to do with the tractor itself and not the previous tyres, and in that case you will want to know about it before buying it. If you're only looking at one tractor, you should use the internet beforehand and find the model that you're going to inspect to have an idea of how it's supposed to look.
You should also examine the tractor you're thinking of buying for fire damages. If the tractor has been on fire, the internal parts might have suffered just as much as the external and will therefore shorten the life length of the tractor. Keep an eye out for if the paint looks like it has been put on by an amateur. Another sign that the tractor has been exposed to fire is that all seals and rubber parts on the tractor have been replaced, even if nothing else has.
Inspecting the engine
You should also inspect the engine. One of the simplest ways to do this is to just turn it on and watch the smoke coming from the exhaust pipe. If the smoke is black, this doesn't have to indicate an issue if it's a diesel tractor. However, if it doesn't clear up within a few minutes, something might be wrong. Examine the ventilation by putting a piece of white paper against the end of the pipe. If you get small drips of oil on the paper, this is an indication that the engine isn't working properly and you should avoid buying the tractor.