Excavators For Sale By Owner

Buying a used excavator can often be the best way to go as there is certainly no shortage of second hand excavators on the market.  In general, most excavators are designed to be highly durable and reliable which, for a second hand purchaser, can be both a blessing and a curse depending on the circumstances.  Due to the reliability of the average excavator, used ones tend to hold their value very well.  This means that the discount for purchasing one will not be as significant as it would be, for example, when purchasing a used car.  On the plus side, it also means that should it only be required for a specific and relatively short period of time, it will retain its value and it should be possible to resell it at close to the original second hand purchase price.

Komatsu PC05 Mini Excavator Trackhoe Backhoe Dozer Yanmar Diesel Engine 395HRS
Komatsu PC05 Mini Excavator Trackhoe Backhoe Dozer Yanmar Diesel Engine 395HRS $7,975.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1h 43m
Kubota KX121 2 Mini Excavator
Kubota KX121 2 Mini Excavator $8,900.00
Time Remaining: 21d 7h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $8,900.00
2005 John Deere 160CLC Excavator for sale
2005 John Deere 160CLC Excavator for sale $42,100.00 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $69,000.00
Hitachi EX225 uslc excavator
Hitachi EX225 uslc excavator $25,100.00 (25 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 17m
Caterpillar 215 Hydraulic Excavator CAT
Caterpillar 215 Hydraulic Excavator CAT $9,995.00
Time Remaining: 1h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $9,995.00
CATERPILLAR 312B EXCAVATOR CAT 312
CATERPILLAR 312B EXCAVATOR  CAT 312 $27,990.00
Time Remaining: 1d 53m
Buy It Now for only: $36,500.00
KUBOTA K 008 3 MINI EXCAVATOR
KUBOTA K 008 3 MINI EXCAVATOR $9,000.00
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 26m
Nice Komatsu PC35 Mini Excavator W Angle Blade
Nice Komatsu PC35 Mini Excavator W Angle Blade $17,900.00
Time Remaining: 28d 6h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $17,900.00
2006 Komatsu PC18MR 2 mini excavator
2006 Komatsu PC18MR 2 mini excavator $7,200.00 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 21h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $10,900.00
EXCAVATOR NAGANO NS35 2
EXCAVATOR NAGANO NS35 2 $10,000.00
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $18,000.00
2007 Kubota U45
2007 Kubota U45 $32,500.00
Time Remaining: 2d 1h 9m
Bobcat 334D Mini Excavator
Bobcat 334D Mini Excavator $13,900.00
Time Remaining: 21d 19h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $13,900.00
Caterpillar 225 Excavator Low Hours
Caterpillar 225 Excavator Low Hours $9,500.00
Time Remaining: 2d 1h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $19,500.00
NICE JOHN DEERE 27C ZTS MINI EXCAVATOR
NICE JOHN DEERE 27C ZTS MINI EXCAVATOR $12,600.00 (39 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 5m
Cat E120B Farm tractor Excavator
Cat E120B Farm tractor Excavator $17,500.00
Time Remaining: 28d 22h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $17,500.00


Locating a suitable second excavator will not usually be much of an issue as given the versatility of most designs they are in constant use in almost every location in the world.  As a result there is almost certainly going to be a range of construction equipment traders nearby and it is always worthwhile, when contemplating the purchase of any kind of heavy construction equipment, to obtain local trade journals to look for details of any upcoming auctions or bank liquidation sales.  The construction industry is constantly evolving with new players entering the market and less successful ones going bankrupt or ceasing operations with potential cut price excavators coming on to the market for a quick sale.

There are many key aspects to consider when looking to purchase an excavator for sale by owner and in particular an accurate log of the number of hours it has been in operation will be a good indication, not only of the amount of care it has received, but also to check whether or not it has exceeded or is close to the normal operating life which is 10,000 hours of operation.  Any excavator that has accumulated close to that number of hours is more than likely going to need an expensive overhaul in the not too distant future.  It is also important to review all of the other accompanying paperwork to make sure it is all in order including confirming the ownership history and maintenance log.

When examining a potential excavator purchase it is important not just to consider the features available but also some of the other aspects such as operator comfort.  Many of the newer designs that have a zero tail swing design.  This means that the counter weight used to balance the excavator when in use is included as a part of the construction of the cab and is designed not to extend over the width of the tracks when the arm is rotating.  This can create a very cramped cab design making it uncomfortable for the operator to effectively control the excavator for any extended period of time.

While checking the excavator, pay close attention to the engine and hydraulics to ensure that everything looks clean and that there are no signs of soot in the engine which could indicate it is reaching the end of its useful life and for the hydraulics that there are no leaks as they can be very expensive to fix.  Talk to the owner about any issues not only with how the excavator performs given its age, but also how practical it is to operate under the circumstance that you may need it for.  Most owners will be more than happy to share their construction experience with that particular excavator.

When examining the excavator for wear and tear, don’t forget to check all the attachments that should be with that particular model.  One of the most important features of excavators is their versatility and most modern excavators have a variety of different attachments, many of which come as standard, which would be included in the list price.  If some are missing then the price offered may not represent as much of a discount as the seller is portraying.

Finally pay close attention to the state of the dozer blade as if the excavator has been in heavy use the edge of the dozer blade may have become dulled or damaged.  Most excavators use the dozer blade to assist in performing heavy lifting operations and to act as a stabilizer on certain types of surfaces.  A damaged dozer blade can seriously affect the overall performance of the excavator.

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