People buy used vehicles and other equipment all the time. But, for composting operations, is it acceptable to purchase a used compost turner? The answer is yes, but only if you buy the right one from the right place. Here are some tips that can help you decide if buying used is right for your operation.

The benefits of buying a used compost turner

There are many reasons to buy used equipment. These include saving money, skipping out on initial depreciation, and avoiding pushy salespeople. You also won’t have to choose from the “latest and greatest” technologies, although you may have this option if you like. Depending on where you buy the compost turner, you could still be able to get maintenance and replacement parts, even though you didn’t buy the machine new.

Do some research first

You need to research your options before you make any decisions. Different brands will offer varying options, so you want to make sure you pick the right one for your needs. For example, some brands don’t offer the same cab features as others or even the same size machines.

Inspect the compost turner

Even if you are buying the machine from an online dealer, you still need to know about its features and condition. This information should be provided to you freely. If you don’t see everything you are looking for, send the seller a message or email to see if they will provide more info. It can be helpful to buy used compost turners from the manufacturers who produced them if you can. They will be the most trustworthy source for details and will make sure the equipment is in the best possible shape. No matter who you are buying from, here are some things to check first.
    1. Inner components: This includes the engine, drum, fluids, belts, and more.
    1. The cab: The cab should be comfortable enough for you to sit in for long periods. Just because a machine is used doesn’t mean it should be in bad shape.
    1. The tires: Tires aren’t cheap for any vehicle. Check to see if they are in good enough condition to last you a while.
    1. Mileage: Looking at this will tell you how much the compost turner has been used and how much life it still has.

Consider service history

Even if a machine looks to be in good shape, you should still ask for service records. If the hours don’t match up with the way the turner looks, this can be a good indication that you need to read the logs. When buying a used compost turner, the most important things will be how well it works and how long it will last you.

Find a dealer or seller with a good reputation

Whether you start by searching for a dealer or a compost turner, make sure to buy from someone who has a solid reputation. Buying heavy equipment is an investment. You will need to be able to trust the person you purchase from to know you got a good deal. Check for reviews and references online and read about each dealer or product website before you choose.

Check to make sure replacement parts are available

Equipment doesn’t last forever, but you can keep your compost turner going by ensuring the availability of replacement parts. These can come from the original manufacturer or dealers. If you find a used compost turner you are interested in, find out where you can get parts for it if something breaks down. It can help to choose a more popular model or brand, especially if you are looking to get an older machine.

Used compost turners for sale

If you are looking to buy a compost turner, SCARAB International may have what you are searching for. We offer New, Used, and Refurbished equipment, as well as Leasing Options, to make sure your composting operation has what it needs. You can reach us at (806) 883-7621 or Send us an Email for more information.