Using pre-owned farm equipment is a good way to save money on a farm, especially in tough economic times. While refurbished farm equipment may need some special care, by making the most of pre-owned farm equipment you can stretch your equipment budget considerably. Whether you purchase used farm tractors or other used agricultural equipment, the purchase price is sure to be considerably lower than if you were buying new.
Because farmers regularly find ways to stretch their budget, making the most of pre-owned farm equipment is not a difficult task. And because used farm equipment prices are often quite reasonable, it makes sense to look at used farm machinery for sale when it’s time to buy. Here are some good ways to save money:
1. Work with local dealers who know what type of used farm equipment you want and what you’re willing to pay for it.
2. Attend farm auctions to find out what used farm machinery prices are, as well as to purchase your own used farm equipment.
3. Search online for good used farm machinery for sale, but remember to factor in the price of shipping.
Practice safety with your used farm equipmentIf everyone knows how to properly handle the farm machinery, there's less likelihood of an accident that can not only cause personal injury but destroy property as well. Teach all employees how to properly care for each piece of farm equipment. By doing this, you can extend the life of your investment.
Virginia Cooperative Extension has information on farm equipment safety measures. Source Interlink Media offers safety tips for new and used farm equipment on its EquiSearch.com website.
Operate used farm equipment properlyOften an older piece of equipment doesn't have a manual. Luckily, you can often find replacement manuals. Extend the life of your used farm machinery by reading and following the instructions in the manual. These instructions have invaluable information for making the most of pre-owned farm equipment.
Choose used farm machinery manuals from Jensales Tractor Manuals. You can find manuals for used agricultural equipment at Farm Equipment Manual.com.
Buy used agriculture equipment for partsSometimes it's cheaper to buy a second piece of farm equipment to use for parts rather than to buy just the replacement parts. If you can find a similar piece of equipment, this is an excellent way to stretch your budget and extend the life of a piece of used farm machinery.
Look through the extensive listings of pre-owned farm equipment at TractorHouse.com. It has an extensive listing of used agriculture equipment by all the major manufacturers. AgDeal.com also lists many pieces of used farm equipment for sale on its website.
- Clean and store your used farm equipment inside whenever possible to protect it from the weather. Keep all belts, pulleys and other moving parts lubricated. If a piece of used agriculture equipment shows signs of rust, remove the rust and paint the piece of equipment to protect it from the elements.