A Quick Guide On Purchasing Used Agricultural Equipment
Increase in the cost of machinery used for farming purposes is said to be one of the factors that affect good production of food. Growers are usually unable to purchase the right tools that can help them plow their lands and produce their desired crops due to the tight competition in the industry and decreased profits from their harvest. With such a scenario, opting for used agricultural equipment could be of help. However, this can come with risks. It is important then that this decision be acted upon with the right knowledge.
Purchasing machines for planting and harvesting is a form of investment. This shows that every purchase must be preceded by a thorough evaluation of your farming needs. With this, you will be able to choose the appropriate device that can make profits come your way. Besides the typical tractors, there are other mechanical pieces which help farmers nowadays in so many ways. These are cultivators, harvesters,mole ploughs, mowers, plows, seed drills, sprayers, toppers and transplanting devices among others.
Brands or product labels must also be considered when buying used farm machinery. Most of the respected names in the industry are manufacturers from agriculturally and technologically advanced countries in Asia. These manufacturers have wide range of small devices like mini diggers and harvest carts and huge devices like tractors.
To ensure that you will be able to utilize the devices of your choice for many years, you need to be keen in observing a reliable guide for your purchase. Firstly, select a second-hand device that comes with a well-respected brand. Breakdowns and repairs are inevitable. Farming devices of reputable brands come with quality and so they are expected to stand the test of time. Should there be a need for change of spare parts, it would be easy to purchase replacements as many are available in shops across countries. In fact,used agricultural equipment may function just like the new ones provided that they are well looked after. Another good thing about branded machines is that their value does not depreciate quickly. This provides a great opportunity for you not to lose much money when it is your turn to sell it.
After checking on the brand, scrutinize the bottom of the equipment for oil leaks. Some second-hand machines suffer form oil drips - a primary reason why they were sold. This can give you extra expenses than savings if you have it repaired. Next, scrutinize the roof of the cab for scrapes and holes. This is especially true for farm tractors that get damaged by low tree branches. If your prospect machine looks good, it is time for you to feel the machine for smooth operations.
As you start a used agricultural equipment, observe whether it can start with minimal engine turns. Try to hear the engine for weird noises when getting controlled as it can signal hydraulic oil leaks. Afterwards, go for a test drive to check the efficiency of the clutch gears and the brakes. Check on its additional features like outside lights and air-conditioning system. If it passes your overall evaluation, it is good to be purchased then.
Buy All Your Farm Supplies Over the Internet - Yes, It"s Possible!
The Craigslist "For Sale" section consists of various subdivisions one of which is the Farm and Garden. Here is a list of what you are likely to find there.
Cattle and Farm animals
Farmers who wish to buy goats, horses, cows, ducks, chicken, and even rabbits, can use the Craigslist search to find both pets and farm animals for sale. Craigslist is the best place to buy even cats, dogs and fish.
Farming Guides and Camps
Many farmers proffer summer camps, farming guidance, local trips and tours to children to give them an idea about farming life. Such shows are usually advertised and using the Craigslist search program, the details such as entry fee, venue, schedule, and duration can be gathered.
Farm Tools Sale
Using the Craigslist finder you can purchase good farm tools, machines and vehicles for a reasonable price. Since farmers regularly sell their older equipments on Craigslist to buy new ones, this is a great place to start looking.
Farm Tools for Rent
Many farmers also put up some of their rarely used equipments for rent or borrowing. Such equipments which are used only seasonally can be found on Craigslist for rent.
In Craigslist you can buy or borrow any equipment or tools that are useful for daily gardening or seasonal farming. Farm animals, tools, bigger machines, other equipments like drillers, and vehicles like tractors, can be found for sale in the website. To search around a wider area, the search tool can be downloaded which helps in reducing search time and provide additional wider range search options.
Keep Your Equipment Yours
I can recall when I was young boy living in rural Kentucky, my family leaving the house and never locking doors, the car sitting in the driveway was often left all day and night with keys in the ignition and our barn and utility buildings were secured to keep out the four legged varmints, while the two legged variety where seldom a consideration. Our tractor didn"t even use a key! We were thankful we didn"t live in town where all the world"s problems thrived.
I no longer enjoy that sense of security; no more can my wife and I leave our small farm for a trip to town with the same feeling and confidence that all will be well. Nor do I personally know anyone else that feels that way.
Yes, the "sin of the city" has found its way to the back roads, fields and pastures of rural America. It"s always been there of course and our sense of security was false and I now know that we were mostly lucky. I say mostly because things were indeed somewhat different. Neighbors looked out for one another and the "bad guys" knew it. Television, movies, books didn"t glorify the type of character required to take from someone just because they could and laws were usually on the side of the victim.
Many thieves today see rural areas as easy pickings. Why? Because they are!
Pick up any small town newspaper and you will see report after report of someone who has lost equipment to thieves. Millions of dollars in equipment, livestock and tools is lost to thieves each year, never to be recovered and returned to the owner.
While stolen agricultural property is often recovered, much is not returned due to lack of proper and effective identification of the equipment. In some cases, the suspected thief is not convicted because there is no proof that the items found in his possession are stolen and not actually his property.
Let"s face it my fellow country folk and homesteaders, these types of crimes is no longer just an urban problem. With an increase in the theft of tools and equipment from farms and ranches, it is time for us change our way of thinking on certain issues. Many people consider only big ticket items as being targeted, but the American Sheriff"s Association reports that items stolen include chain saws, grinders, automotive tools, compressors, equestrian related items, sheds; fencing, irrigation and sprinkler heads from fields; and batteries and radios tractors, combines, or other farm vehicles. Actually it is usually items that are light and easy to carry and can be sold quickly are targeted. Additionally, many thefts go unreported for a variety of reasons. One reason often cited is the owner does not know exactly when the theft took place and wrongly assumes that nothing can be done about it. This is faulty thinking. As soon as you know you are a victim of theft...REPORT IT!
We all know tools and equipment is expensive. Chances are that you came into possession of the equipment because you needed it. If you needed it once, you are likely to need it again and replacing those items cost money. If you paid $400.00 for a chainsaw to cut wood for the winter and it is stolen, if it is not recovered and you are forced to replace it with the same type or similar saw, your wood cutting expenses just doubled for the next season"s cutting. Statistics show that you are more likely to have stolen property returned if it is properly marked than if it is not and all you have is a description. But if the stolen property is not reported, then you have zero chance of getting it back.
Things you can do.
We should all discourage theft by effectively marking all equipment. Some say that while marking equipment may increase the likelihood of it being returned if stolen, it does little to prevent it from being taken in the first place. At first glance, this may seem accurate, but another measure should be simple signage. By placing only a few signs on your property that clearly states your property is being watched and that all of your equipment is marked does indeed discourage theft. Have you ever approached someone"s house where a sign was posted that stated "Beware of Dog?" I am betting that you took a good look around before you entered the yard! It"s the same reasoning. It causes thieves to think twice by increasing their sense of risk while at the same time reducing their sense of reward.
To effectively mark your equipment you should use a metal engraver and clearly mark your equipment with a permanent identification number such as your SSN, the serial number, driver"s license number, your last name with the last four numbers of your social security number. Some people even use a simple symbol such as a mushroom, crescent moon or other logo. I will forewarn you though; if you have never used an engraver, "drawing" with one is not as easy as one might think and your symbol may turn out nothing like you intended.
Metal stamping kits are another great way to mark your equipment and once set up with a number or number/name combination the task of marking numerous items is considerably faster.
Both of these items can often be borrowed from your local sheriff"s office, police department or CO-OP and even some insurance companies loan them out because they know the value of properly marking property.
Each time you purchase or acquire a new piece of equipment, you should make a habit of marking it. Speaking from experience, we often buy used equipment which will require us to perform these tasks ourselves, but if you buy a new tool from a dealer, you may even be able to get them to professionally mark it as a condition of sale. It would be considerably more useful than the standard key fob, coffee mug or ink pen with their logo that is usually given away with a sale.
Now that you have properly marked all of the tools and equipment that you can"t live without what do you do?
In addition to the marking process, you need to maintain a written inventory of the items marked, the date they were purchased or acquired, a description and the number, name or symbol with which they were marked. For added identification and recovery purposes, include a photograph. Photos are especially helpful for the unusual or larger and big ticket items. When you take the picture, try to include some permanent aspect of your farm, ranch or property in the background such as house, barn or outbuilding. This simply adds validation to your claim for insurance purposes and can increase the chance of conviction should the thief be captured and tried.
Remember that some types of equipment may have several components each with its own serial number. You need to ensure that each of these are marked and recorded separately.
Marking the equipment
All items should be marked twice in two separate locations. One marking should be located somewhere so that it is easy for law enforcement to find it should it be stolen and recovered. Also, using the same markings, stamp or engrave the item in an area that is not so obvious and preferably known only to you.
Thieves may be aware of I.D. markings and attempt to cover, sand or grind the marking making them unreadable.
Below are some tips to properly and effectively mark your equipment:
- Using a welder on large equipment and when possible to mark I.D. is extremely effective because it requires a lot of effort to attempt to grind it out and almost no amount of paint can effectively cover it even from casual observation.
- Pitted or painted surfaces should be sanded to ensure a mark
- If you make a mistake or the number is blurred, DO NOT SAND OR GRIND IT OUT. Simply mark directly under the blurred imprint.
Selling or trading marked equipment
If you sell or trade any of your marked equipment, be sure to inform the new owner so that they can either record the marking in their own records or re-mark it so that it is consistent with their other marked equipment.
All of this may seem like a lot of work...and depending on how much equipment you have, it can be indeed. But you only need to mark each item and then maintain your records when you add more equipment. If you have some reliable help in the form of a bored teenager, recruit him/her to perform this task after careful instruction...or effective coercion!
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