Ag equipment advice from the farming gear experts.
When inspecting a used high clearance sprayer for sale at one of Ritchie Bros.' many onsite auctions or online through IronPlanet, we have a process which may help you decide on what type, make, and model of you would like to purchase.
1. Check the serial number and odometer
The first process is verifying the serial number on the unit you are inspecting. Once you have obtained the proper serial number, you will be able to verify year, make, and model. After you know this is the right type of equipment for you, we may be able to provide the number of acres it was used for. These details are very important to know when buying used.
2. Examine the high clearance sprayer's overall appearance
Start the piece you are inquiring about and drive it forward and backwards to make sure the transmission operates smoothly. Take a walk around the unit and pay close attention to sounds from the engine, the paint, damage or leaks you may see. Any sounds/signs you may come across will tell you if this was a well taken care of sprayer.
3. Note the engine compartment
As with all pieces of equipment, lift the hood, let it run and check for any signs of leaks from the engine, hoses or hydraulics. Check for any cracked or worn hydraulic, coolant or fuel lines. Find the engine plate and check for horsepower and make sure that the engine meets emission standards for your jurisdiction.
Use a mechanic's stethoscope, though we've seen some buyers use a screwdriver, and hold it up to the engine block. Listen for any knocking or scratching sounds coming from the engine cylinders.
When the machine is off, remove the air filter. Air filters should be replaced every 100-200 hours, 300-400 hours for in cab filters. Check the operator's manual for the manufacturer's recommendation. If regularly replaced, the air filter should not appear dirty.
4. Check sprayer's cab
When going through the cab the first thing you will notice is the condition. If it is a well-maintained unit the cabs will generally be clean with no to little damage inside. In a sprayer, there will be many options inside of the cab you need to check, displays, rate controls, activations etc. Make sure displays work and everything you require for your farm is examined - these accessories could be costly to replace.
5. View high clearance sprayer's body details
On the outside of the of the sprayer you will be able to check for other components such as the tank, size and whether it is poly or stainless steel. Chemical mix tanks and rinse tanks are other options they may also have. Check for any cracks or damage to these tanks.
6. Check side body attachment
The booms on a sprayer vary in size and options. Make sure the overall width is what you are looking for. Check for quantity and type of nozzle bodies, boom sensors, and control valves as these are very expensive options. Look for any bends, rust, or cracked welds when inspecting the booms.
7. Inspect undercarriage and suspension
The first step when checking the tires is to verify the size and make. These tires often cost up to $15,000. Check if they are weathered, cracked and the percentage of tread left on them. Once you have done this check the suspension and planetary for leaks or damage. Being under the sprayer will also give you a good look at the engine. This will allow you to check for any leaks as well.
8. Maintenance log and supporting documentation
We encourage sellers to supply maintenance logs, inspection lists, work orders and other supporting documents. Make sure to ask at the auction site for these documents. They provide valuable insight into how often and what types repairs were performed.
In most cases we will be able to give you the owners information to allow you to contact them and get more details if needed.
If you're interested in buying high clearance sprayers being sold in upcoming Ritchie Bros. auctions, visit the auction site to test, inspect and compare different models before you bid. Or see what's available for sale on IronPlanet, including a large selection with IronClad Assurance Equipment Condition Certification.
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