Motor graders are highly complex and low-tolerance machines that require intense precision, and while buying them new if your company needs them can be incredibly costly, used & rebuilt motor graders can be a viable alternative. While rebuilt motor graders are a possibility, far too few people actually capitalize on them, and more still are completely in the dark that used & rebuilt motor graders of almost-new quality can be found relatively easily. Let’s take a look at what goes into the motor grader rebuild process at Evans Equipment Group, and why buying a rebuild will almost always be better than a new one.
Used motor graders are simply units that have been used either privately or commercially to some extent before being sold. A rebuilt motor grader is a used one that has been sold to a company like Evans that will commit to rebuilding them back to factory specifications.
When a motor grader is rebuilt, it isn’t just a standard tune-up and scrub-down, it’s a massive undertaking. Every piece and part of the machine is removed and individually examined or inspected. Anything broken or worn is replaced and then it’s all put back together to the original factory specifications. Our process goes even further.
The process at Evans Equipment Group is different from the process you may see at other shops, and we pride ourselves on that process. We believe the thorough degree with which our inspections and rebuilds take place is the reason we’ve been in business for more than 50 years.
The first thing we do when a new motor grader comes in to be rebuilt is look at the usage or the hour clock to see what types of defects or repair needs we should expect. Engines and frames that only have had 20,000 hours put on them will require a much different inspection than those with 100,000. This helps us create a checklist of things to look for after the breakdown.
To best inspect every part, the entire grader is taken apart down to the bare frame. All of the components and hardware are sandblasted clean, and the frame is completely and thoroughly inspected for any damage such as cracks that would need to be repaired.
Once everything has been taken apart, each component and fastener is inspected. From the tandems and chains to rebuilding the transmission. We’ll look at the engine, and decide to do either a rebuild or a replacement. Finally, we’ll make sure that the entire hydraulic system from front to back has been inspected, piece by piece. You’ll have the confidence of knowing that the cylinders, valves, fittings, and more have all been individually inspected.
Finally, everything is put back together. The only exception is any part or component that had excessive wear or any indications of damage, which are automatically replaced. Everything is reinstalled to factory specifications.
The biggest reason that people choose to buy rebuilt over new is that while you get essentially the same equipment in both cases, the rebuild can cost half as much or even less. The potential savings on asset acquisition alone can make it worth it.
If you have been considering getting a new motor grader, you may find that looking into used & rebuilt motor graders can save you considerable amounts of money in the short term. Reach out today for more information and to get started.
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