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Question about low hour machines.

Discussion in 'Wheel Loaders' started by Jim D, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. Jim D

    Jim D Senior Member

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    Looking at machines for sale, there are a few with very low operating hours compared to the age of the machine; a hundred or fewer operating hours per year of machine age. It's very attractive to see a machine with only a little obvious wear.

    So my question is; are there any common problems that can happen to a Deere or Caterpillar wheel loader from sitting unused. (I know that rubber hoses and tires decay) But are there any hidden and expensive problems caused from a machine sitting unused that buyer should be looking for, when considering a very low hour machine? (1995 to 2000 model years with one to two thousand hours)
     
  2. John C.

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    Biggest problem in a machine like that is for some reason the hour meter seems to look a lot newer than the rest of the machine.

    Nobody spends that kind of money just to let it sit.
     
  3. Oxbow

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    I agree with John C. for the most part. Possible exceptions are military use and municipality/state/government use. There are sometimes government returns that are very low hour in relation to age.

    I suppose leaking seals, and perhaps cracked belts would be among the problems likely to show themselves for a machine that has been sitting. Condensation in the fluids could happen as well.
     
  4. Jim D

    Jim D Senior Member

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    Point well made...