Used Excavator Inspection

The checklist below will help you inspect used construction equipment for sale. The checklist is not a substitute for a professional inspection.  The checklist highlights items important to this specific type of equipment and is not comprehensive.  Never operate equipment without following applicable safety procedures. Do not operate equipment unless you are qualified to do so.  We welcome your feedback on our checklist.  Feel free to send us a note using the contact page.

  1. Bucket:  Make sure the bucket is the right size and type for your intended applications. Check for dents, damage, cracks or welds.
  2. Pins and Bushings:  On the dipper and bucket pins and bushings, look for signs of regular greasing.
  3. Boom and Stick:  Check for structural damage, cracks or welds on the boom and stick.
  4. Hydraulic Cylinders:  Hydraulic cylinders should be smooth and blemish- free. Presence of oil indicates a scratched cylinder or the need for new packing inside the cylinder housing.
  5. Pins and Bushings:  The boom arm pins and bushings should show evidence of regular greasing.
  6. Front Idler:  The front idler should have some room left to extend forward on the track frame.
  7. Roller and Pin Clearance:  Check clearance between the bottom of the guide rollers and the top of the track pins.
  8. Roller Frame:  Inspect roller frame for cracks or welds.
  9. Pins and Bushings:  Pins and bushings loosen up over time, causing the tracks to sag.
  10. Final Drive:  Inspect final drive and sprocket for wear or leaks.
  11. Ring gear and Turntable:  Check the ring gear and turntable for deflection.  Rotate the cab and boom arm to detect any hesitation or roughness.
  12. Engine:  Open the service access doors and inspect the engine, dipsticks and sight gauges. Check the hydraulic pump, hoses and valve bank for leaks.
  13. Cab:  Inspect the overall condition of the cab. Note any broken or cracked glass, dented sheet metal or structural rust.