Buying A Tractor With Questionable Hydraulic Cylinders? Why It May Still Be A Good Deal
As a farmer, you always have to be mindful of the cost of your farm equipment. At the same time, you also have to have the equipment you need to get the work done. Sometimes that means buying used equipment and taking a risk with parts that may need repair or restoration. If you are buying or have recently bought a tractor that has questionable hydraulic cylinders, it may still be a really good deal, and here is why.
Repairing and Restoring the Cylinders Is Not Expensive
Repairing and restoring hydraulic cylinders is not that expensive. In fact, the thousands of dollars you saved buying this piece of equipment with its potentially problematic cylinders is far more money than is really necessary to rebuild or replace the cylinders! Maybe you will spend a few hundred dollars more on the cylinders, but in the long run, you still come out ahead on the price of the tractor.
Repairing, Rebuilding, and/or Restoring Cylinders Is Easier Than You Think (and Costs a Lot Less)
You say, "hydraulic cylinders," and a lot of other people shrink at the idea, believing this to be a difficult repair. It really is not. Even if you take the cylinders apart, clean the parts, lubricate the parts well, put the parts back together, and adequately attach them to the air compression hoses that create the necessary vacuums in the hydraulic tubes, it is still a very straightforward, step-by-step process. It is no more difficult than taking apart the engines of most farm vehicles, and you already do that from time to time. Because you are doing the repairs, you are also saving a ton of money, too.
If You DIY the Cylinder Work, You Get a Machine for Less That Will Carry You a Long Time
It is similar to rebuilding a classic car. If you do all the work yourself, you save thousands. The car itself was probably salvaged, like the used tractor, making the project really cheap. If you complete all of the cylinder repair work on the tractor, and the rest of the tractor works quite well, you got a really cheap piece of farm equipment that should carry you for a couple of years, at the very least. With regular maintenance (as is common on any farm), the tractor may last a decade or more, too. Compared to the cost of a brand-new tractor, you will make out like a bandit on this deal.
For more information, contact your local hydraulic cylinder repair service.