A Guide For Buying Used Compost Turners

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
a white scarab compost turner on green grass

Large construction/farming equipment is known to last a long time, and compost turners are no different. These machines are typically durable and reliable. This means that if you are in the market for one, you likely won’t have to buy a brand new piece of equipment.

Why buying used can be better than buying new

If you aren’t yet decided on buying a used compost turner, there are many great reasons why you should. The most notable, of course, is the fact that you will pay less. Another benefit is that you won’t have to deal with the initial depreciation. Most heavy equipment will lose a significant portion of its value within the first year of use. After that, the value goes down in smaller increments per year. Here are some other reasons to buy used compost turners.

  1. Less training: If you buy a similar model to the one you had (or the same one), you won’t have to spend as much time learning how to use it.
  2. You won’t overspend: When you buy something new, there is a chance you could overspend on features that are unnecessary. Older equipment usually allows you to pick something simpler.
  3. You may have more options: If you look online, you are likely to see a large variety of used compost turners. You can find them on various listing websites as well as from the original manufacturers.

Tips for buying a used compost turner

Before you buy a used piece of equipment, it is important to be prepared. The first thing you should do is research what is available. Next, you can look into market prices for the turners you are interested in. Here are some other things to keep in mind.

  • Only look at compost turners with a good use history. You won’t want anything that has been mistreated.
  • Look at maintenance history too. The more regular maintenance and service checks you see, the better.
  • Inspect the compost turner. If you cannot do this personally, find out if an expert can in your place. Tip: Choose to buy used or refurbished directly from the manufacturer of the turner to ensure everything is in good working order.
  • Look at the age of the equipment. You should also look into the use hours of compost turners as well. Both of these factors should greatly affect what you decide to buy.
  • Only pick a compost turner from a reputable manufacturer. Trustworthy brands will produce machines that run well both used and new.
  • See if you can get replacement parts directly from the manufacturer. If you can’t, check if they are available somewhere nearby.
  • Look out for specific warning signs! These include trouble starting the turner, oil or other fluid leaks, major structural damage, and any loose parts.

Used compost turners from SCARAB International

If your composting operation is looking for a used compost turner, check out our available Products! We offer a variety of turners that are Used, New, and Refurbished. You can reach us at (806) 883-7621 or Contact Us by email to learn more.