When does it make sense to inspect a used crane? Who can inspect a crane?
It makes a lot of sense to inspect a second-hand crane before buying it. An expert should take a close look at the condition and write a report about it. This allows you to avoid risks when buying from unknown dealers.
It also makes sense to have a crane inspected before and after long-term rental agreements. You can use it to carry out a before-and-after analysis and talk to the tenant if the crane is not in working order after the end of the rental period.
If a crane is on a long-term lease, it may make sense to periodically inspect the crane. This way you can avoid receiving a crane back in very poor condition at the end of the leasing period. In the worst case scenario, the tenant will not be able to pay and will not be able to pay for the repairs to this crane.
Where does Mevas-UK carry out crane surveys?
We have crane inspectors available in the UK, Northern Ireland, Ireland and almost all European countries. Our specialists inspect mobile cranes, all-terrain cranes (ATT), lattice boom cranes, crawler cranbes and even cranes in workshops.
We inspect Liebherr, Manitowoc, Grove, Terex, Demag, Krupp, PPM, Tadano-Faun and any other brand.
Who can examine and evaluate used heavy equipment?
Smart investments start with thorough inspections. Before buying used heavy machinery, it is essential to inspect it in advance. But where do you start and what should you definitely not forget?
The easiest way is to entrust this task to technicians who are familiar with it. We at Mevas have specialised in the inspection of used heavy machinery and are very familiar with the functions and weak points of the individual machines.
Depending on the machine type, we have created an individualised inspection form, which the technician checks step by step and tests the machine.
Sample inspection reports
To give you an idea of our inspections, we have published some sample reports on our international website www.mevas.net. This will give you an impression of our service and help you decide whether you would like to commission us with an inspection. The team of Mevas would be happy to help you.
Free inspection checklists for heavy machinery
Are you looking for free test documents for construction machinery and commercial vehicles? Welcome to our website. Here you will find information about checklists for construction machinery such as excavators, wheel loaders, crushers, cranes and bulldozers. Now to the second question: are there free checklists for used construction machinery? Unfortunately no. At some point, someone has created such checklists with a lot of effort and time. So why should these be distributed for free? You are cordially invited to take a look at our linked test documents for used construction machinery. You can design your own forms using our checklists, that’s no problem at all. Please note that you are not allowed to simply copy our machine test documents. This would be a violation of our copyright. However, the easiest way is to order a construction machinery inspection from us. You will then receive a completed checklist from the inspector.
Is it a good idea to search internationally for used heavy machinery or should I stay national?
Searching internationally for used heavy machinery can be a good idea in certain circumstances, but it also comes with its own set of challenges and considerations. Whether you should look internationally or stay within your own country depends on various factors:
Availability and Demand: The availability of specific types of heavy machinery and their demand can vary from one region to another. If you’re looking for a particular piece of equipment that is more commonly available or in better condition in another country, it might make sense to explore international options. On www.used-equipment.de you will find a nice selection of used machinery portals.
Cost: International purchases can sometimes offer cost advantages, especially if you’re buying from a region with lower equipment prices. However, you must also factor in additional costs such as shipping, import duties, taxes, and currency exchange rates, which can significantly impact the overall cost.
Quality and Inspection: Inspecting and verifying the condition of used machinery can be more challenging when buying internationally. You may need to rely on third-party inspection services or trust the seller’s documentation. This can be a risk, so it’s essential to do thorough research on the seller’s reputation and the condition of the equipment.
Regulations and Standards: Different countries have varying regulations and standards for heavy machinery. Make sure the equipment you’re considering complies with your country’s safety and emissions regulations, or be prepared for potential modifications and compliance costs.
Support and Maintenance: Consider the availability of spare parts and local service and maintenance providers for the machinery you plan to purchase. If you buy internationally, ensure you have access to the necessary support infrastructure.
Language and Communication: Effective communication with sellers, negotiation, and understanding the terms and conditions can be more challenging when dealing with international sellers. Language barriers and time zone differences can complicate the process. The team of Mevas could help with this issue internationally.
Transportation and Logistics: Shipping heavy machinery internationally can be complex and expensive. You’ll need to arrange for transportation, deal with customs clearance, and factor in shipping time, which can delay your project.
Payment and Currency: Be aware of currency exchange rates and payment methods when dealing with international sellers. Ensure secure payment methods and consider currency fluctuations.
Warranty and Returns: Understand the warranty and return policies of the seller. International purchases may make it more challenging to exercise warranty rights or return equipment if necessary. By the way, used heavy machinery is in most cases sold without any warranty.
Trade Agreements: Check if your country has trade agreements or tariffs in place with the country you plan to purchase from, as this can impact the import costs.
Safety advise: Carefully check all related info about the seller. Be sure, equipment and trader are real and not a scam.
Wheel Excavator InspectionUsed Skidsteer LoaderBulldozer for Export
In summary, whether it’s a good idea to search internationally for used heavy machinery depends on your specific needs, budget, and risk tolerance. Conduct thorough research, consider all associated costs, and work with reputable sellers and intermediaries who can help navigate the complexities of international trade. Additionally, consider consulting with experts in international trade or logistics to ensure a smooth and cost-effective purchasing process.
Rental unit damaged? How expensive is the repair and what is really damaged?
When a construction machine or a hire plant is damaged, the question often arises: How did it happen? Who is to blame? What will the repair cost? This often leads to a dispute between the parties involved. The hirer of a construction machine does not like to take responsibility and sees the fault with the construction machine rental company, the condition or the equipment of the machine. The lessor is of the opinion that he has delivered a perfectly functioning machine to the lessee. In such cases, only an external expert opinion can clarify the fronts.
Who can provide the expert opinion?
Contact us with details of your claim point in a short phone call we can explain what we can do for you. Our technician can inspect the machine on site. Together with you, we discuss the possible cause of the fault and check whether the machine was in a safe working condition. With this data, our management can provide a clear analysis and a written expert opinion.
Repair cost estimation for a damaged digger
Rising spare parts prices combined with reduced availability and a shortage of labour are shaking up the price structure in many sectors of the economy. The same is true in the construction machinery sector. That is why it is essential to independently check prices offered for repairs. The owner or the injured party will always try to set the price as high as possible in the event of damage to the construction machine. The insurance company on the other hand, or the user of the construction machine, are naturally interested in investing as little as possible in the claims settlement. They will therefore assess the damage as low as possible. Hire an independent expert to determine the amount of damage.
For which types and brands do we offer this service?
The list is far longer than what you read here. However, there are some brands we inspect, evaluate and appraise:
Heavy Equipment Auctions – A place to find reasonable machinery?
Yes, heavy equipment auctions can be a great place to find reasonable heavy machinery, including cranes. Heavy equipment auctions bring together buyers and sellers in a competitive bidding environment, which can often result in lower prices compared to buying from a dealer or private seller.
Get your on-site equipment inspector for a fair fee
We have technicians available for all relevant auctions in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. At auctions it makes sense to work with shortened inspections at a more favourable price. You can eliminate the worst risks such as broken frames, worn engines or hydraulic systems without performance. Ask us for a quote. We will endeavour to support you.
Mevas can have inspectors available to all those auctions and areas. On some we are on site anyway. To some we travel by request. For auction inspections we offer a specific type of inspection for lower cost. Ask today for your independent inspector.
Here are some key points to consider about heavy equipment auctions:
1. Competitive Bidding: Auctions create a competitive atmosphere where multiple buyers are vying for the same equipment. This competition can drive prices down, potentially offering you an opportunity to get machinery at a reasonable price.
2. Wide Selection: Auctions often feature a wide range of heavy equipment, including cranes of different types and sizes. You may find mobile cranes, crawler cranes, tower cranes, and other variations available for bidding. This variety gives you a better chance of finding the specific machinery you need.
3. Condition and Inspection: It’s important to carefully inspect the equipment before bidding. Most auctions provide an opportunity for potential buyers to inspect the machinery before the auction day. Take advantage of this and bring along a knowledgeable mechanic or operator to assess the condition of the lots you’re interested in. Understanding the equipment’s condition will help you determine its value and set your bidding limit accordingly.
4. Auction Formats: Auctions can be conducted in different formats, such as live on-site auctions or online auctions. Online auctions have become increasingly popular, offering the convenience of bidding from anywhere. Be sure to understand the auction format, bidding process, and any associated fees or buyer’s premiums before participating.
5. Research and Preparation: Before attending an auction, research the cranes or machines you are interested in to understand their market value, typical auction prices, and any specific details or features you require. This knowledge will help you make informed decisions during the bidding process and avoid overpaying.
Remember that while heavy equipment auctions can offer reasonable prices, it’s essential to do your due diligence, thoroughly inspect the machinery or send a reputable inspection company 😉 , and set a budget for bidding.
Equipment Sourcing and Procurement: Providing assistance in equipment sourcing and procurement can be beneficial for clients who are looking to purchase specific heavy machinery. Mevas can leverage its industry knowledge and contacts to help clients find suitable equipment, negotiate purchases, and ensure compliance with relevant regulations. By the way, a first step for searching and finding used equipment can be to set a bookmark to used-equipment.de
Equipment Disposal and Remarketing
Mevas-UK can assist clients with the proper disposal and remarketing of their used heavy machinery. This can involve managing the entire process, including de-commissioning, asset valuation, marketing, and finding potential buyers for the equipment. We know the international and UK market of heavy construction machinery very well. We can advise if it it a reasonable moment to sell or buy machines on auctions. And of course we can valuate machines before you sell them.
Risk Assessment and Safety Consulting
Providing risk assessment and safety consulting services can help clients identify potential hazards, assess risks associated with heavy machinery operation, and develop appropriate safety protocols and measures. This can help clients maintain compliance with safety regulations, minimize accidents, and ensure a safe working environment.
Last but not least, we can help you understand whether a machine offer on the Internet is genuine or a scam. On our pages “Safety instructions when buying construction machinery on the Internet” you will find information on what to look out for.
What is the best way to get rid of surplus heavy machinery and equipment?
Sell It: If the machinery and equipment are in good condition and still have value, consider selling them. You can use online platforms such as eBay, Craigslist, or specialized machinery marketplaces to reach potential buyers. Alternatively, you can work with industrial equipment dealers or auction houses to sell them at market value.
Trade-In: Some equipment dealers may accept trade-ins when you’re purchasing new machinery or equipment. This can help offset the cost of the new purchase while getting rid of the old equipment.
Online Auctions: Participate in online auctions dedicated to industrial equipment. Websites like IronPlanet or Machinery Trader host auctions where you can sell your excess machinery to interested buyers worldwide.
Consignment: You can also consider consigning your machinery and equipment with a reputable dealer who will sell it on your behalf for a commission.
Scrap or Recycling: If the machinery is no longer functional or too outdated to sell, consider selling it for scrap metal or recycling. You might not get as much money as you would by selling it as usable equipment, but it’s a way to recoup some value and dispose of the machinery responsibly.
Donation: In some cases, donating excess machinery to vocational schools, training centers, or non-profit organizations might be a viable option. They may be able to use the equipment for training purposes or repurpose it for other projects.
Hire a Removal Service: If you’re unable to sell or donate the machinery, you might need to hire a professional removal service to handle the dismantling and disposal of the equipment. Make sure to choose a licensed and insured company to ensure proper disposal and compliance with environmental regulations.
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