If your company relies on off-highway trucks to get materials to their final destination, you know all too well that getting a used one and having it riddled with issues is relatively common, except when you’re working with Evans Equipment for your used & rebuilt off-highway trucks. Not only do they service Caterpillar off-highway trucks, but they also do some of the most intensive rebuilds available.
Additionally, buying used can save your company tens of thousands of dollars in new equipment costs. However, there are countless people in the construction industry that simply don’t understand the benefits of buying rebuilt. We’re going to look at what the rebuild process is, exactly, and how it happens to used & rebuilt off-highway trucks.
Used & rebuilt off-highway trucks are off-highway trucks like dump trucks and others that have simply been owned by one or more previous owners. These trucks come to Evans Equipment in a variety of life stages, from the young and spry, to the old and faithful, but they can’t all be rebuilt, however. Some will just not have the maintenance records or other information that the department will need to decide if it will be a prudent investment, and some will simply be in too bad of shape to be useful.
Our process may seem similar to the rebuild process for other companies, but we believe this is one of the best methods to keep off-highway trucks from coming back after our rebuilds. Our rebuild process targets every single piece and part of the truck, and we produce one that is nearly identical to one off of the production line.
The first thing our technicians will do is to establish the approximate hours on the frame, as well as when they were last maintained. This can tell our crew a lot about what they can expect during the rebuild. The rebuild needs for a truck that has 30,000 operating hours on it will often be far different than a truck that has more than 150,000 hours on it.
Once the maintenance checklists are created, we will begin breaking the truck to just the bare frame. The frame will be inspected for cracks or other damage and will be repaired immediately if needed. All of the basic parts and hardware components will be sandblasted to clean them before the inspection.
When off-highway trucks are rebuilt, all components are paid special attention to, but this includes the bed and the wear that the bed has sustained, as well as the doves and the channel iron. The bed will also be given a bed liner to help protect it going forward. The engine will be inspected and either rebuilt or replaced, and the transmission will be rebuilt as well. Just as with any piece of equipment, the hydraulic system is also inspected, including the cylinders, the line, fittings, and valves.
Following the inspection, any parts that are deemed worn are replaced. And if there are any questions about usability, the part is replaced entirely. The final reassembly is performed to factory specs, so you get a truck that is nearly identical to the new one.
The biggest benefit of buying rebuilt is the cost. In both cases, the truck is essentially the same, but when you buy a rebuild, it’s only going to cost you a portion of the expense of the new one.
If you are in need of used & rebuilt off-highway trucks, reach out today and talk to the experts at Evans Equipment Group.
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