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There are a host of benefits to buying used farm machinery when it comes to agricultural machinery. First the cost is usually significantly lower than purchasing a brand-new machine, but it could also cost you a lot of money if you end up with a dud machine or a machine that is nearing the end if its useful life. That’s why it is important to buy from a trusted machinery dealer who will offer you some sort of warranty / guarantee should something go wrong, also you can be assured that it has been properly serviced and checked over in the workshop.

Used agricultural machines are likely to hold their value well, if maintained appropriately. And, you’ll avoid the initial depreciation that brand-new equipment suffers from, so if you’re looking to invest, used may be a more viable option.

With all of its benefits, it is vital that you understand what to look out for when purchasing used farm machinery. We’ve pulled together this handy guide with 5 of the main points we recommend paying attention to during any purchase.

Do your research

Expect to do some research when buying a used machine, just as you would with a new machine. You will need to have an idea about currently available models, what features they have and how much they cost. You can’t know if you are getting a good deal on a used mower if you don’t know what you can get new for a similar price. Try and find reviews and/or ask your dealers for what they know about the quality of the machines.


We all have history, and that is no different for agricultural machinery whether it is a Tractor or Trailer. Although there is no way to know the equipment’s entire history unless you buy it new, you should make an effort to learn as much as you can about a used machine’s past. Request service records and instruction manuals. Take a look at all available information to learn about any recurring problems or to verify that routine maintenance was performed.

Appearances are everything

There is a difference between a muck spreader that has been used often and one that has been used hard. Wear marks and a bit of flaking paint are not cause for concern, but large scratches, dents and rust may indicate rough handling and a lack of good care. Rotting tires, cracking belts, leaking fluid and frayed wiring all indicate that the machine will require attention soon. Look at everything:

• Check the tyres

• Check the Engine

• Check Fluid Levels

• Inspect all moving parts i.e. blades, tines etc.

Give it a try

You would never buy a car without test driving it first, and a tractor or farm implement should be the same. This is also ideal opportunity to check the safety features of the machine work.

The 5 most important things to consider when purchasing second hand machines are:

  1. Price
  2. Engine
  3. Maintenance History
  4. Condition
  5. Who the seller is

Above all, take your time and use the knowledge from your local dealer.

At Pigneys we welcome all enquires and are happy. With nearly 200 years experience in this industry we are confident we have sales, service and parts knowledge to help you make an informed decision.

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