Used Farm Equipment: Assessing Quality, Safety, and Economics
Length: 34 pages
This publication was awarded a blue ribbon in the 1988 ASAE Educational Aids Competition.
This handbook shows the buyer how to inspect machinery for the reliability of its components and the quality of its safety features. The economics of owning and operating used machinery are covered, and methods of acquiring equipment are discussed. Several farm safety tips are highlighted in the publication, which also features 90 detailed illustrations. (1987)
Buying used farm equipment can save money and result in a dependable, long-lasting line of machinery for any operator. Used Farm Equipment: Assessing Quality, Safety, and Economics, NRAES-25, teaches the potential purchaser how to inspect the machinery for the reliability of its components and the quality of its safety features, and how to estimate the economic soundness of the proposed acquisition. This manual offers guidelines to evaluate the machinery's mechanical condition by looking for clues to past complications, upkeep, and operation. Several farm safety tips are highlighted in the booklet, which contains over 80 detailed illustrations.
Before looking at any machinery, buyers must consider their specific needs in terms of the equipment's affordability, dependability, and compatibility. Used equipment can be purchased from dealers, friends, or neighbors, or at farm auctions, dispersal sales, or commercial auctions; but it is the responsibility of the buyer to judge the overall quality of the item for sale.
A quick visual inspection is an essential factor in detecting cover-ups; it is an important step in looking for clues to possible problems with the equipment. Used Farm Equipment: Assessing Quality, Safety, and Economics, NRAES-25, provides instructions on how to check for signs of improper repair jobs or machine maintenance. Included in the booklet are detailed sections on assessing the condition of welds, lubricants, hydraulic systems, and power transmission components, including chains and sprockets, gearboxes and chaincases, sheaves and belts, augers, and belt drives.
Tractors receive special consideration in this informative publication. Tractor design and safety, coolant systems, brakes and clutches, power steering, power take-off (PTO) guards, roll-over protective structures (ROPS), and other specifications are carefully described so buyers can choose the used tractor that is best for their operations and safest for the users of the vehicle.
Used Farm Equipment: Assessing Quality, Safety, and Economics, NRAES-25, offers helpful insights on how to estimate the economic liabilities of purchasing equipment by citing the acronym CROSS, which stands for condition, reliability, options, service, and size. Costs of owning and operating a new or used machine are compared in easy-to-understand diagrams and tables. Purchasing previously-owned farm machinery can be a rewarding investment, especially for the small-scale operator who does not have the resources to acquire new equipment.
Used Farm Equipment: Assessing Quality, Safety, and Economics, NRAES-25, was written by James W. Garthe, extension agricultural engineer at The Pennsylvania State University; Dennis W. Murphy, extension safety specialist at The Pennsylvania State University; and William K. Waters, area farm management agent in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
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