What Should I Look For When Buying A Used Truck For A Mobile Mixer?
Below are five items to keep in mind when buying a used truck chassis for your volumetric mobile mixer. The first step is to determine a list of must-have items. This usually helps narrow down the search, as it may be overwhelming in the beginning. It’s also a good idea to take the serial number of the product you’re interested in buying to the dealer. This lets you confirm the basic specs. You then need to determine if the truck meets or has the capability to meet all chassis requirements to fit the desired mixer body.
Most of the time, an automatic or automated transmission is the choice for nearly every application. It provides many benefits, including maintenance items, safety, and attracting new operators. Yet, a different transmission set-up than what a specific truck has in certain situations. An example is with the need to roll and pour concrete on a job. Regardless, it’s best to drive the truck and ensure the shifting is smooth and not grinding or missing shifts.
Make sure you’re choosing the right amount of horsepower and torque to handle the job. Operating terrain is also an important factor for determining the engine specs. Also, look closely under the hood for signs of leakage or seepage on the engine. Look for anything that does not seem right and listen for knocking. If you hear knocking, investigate further to determine the problem. For trucks produced in model year 2008 or newer, it’s important to ensure all emission components are present and working.
3. Axle Set-up & Capacity
Look at carrying weights to make sure you have the correct capacity to handle the load. Also, confirm with your state and federal laws to determine the axle set-up for the unit. This should prevent any future trouble, as well as extending the chassis life.
4. Cab Condition
Be sure to inspect the inside and outside of the cab. Check the overall wear on the seats and dash. It’s always good to see if the air conditioner cools and the heater warms. Check for rust on the cab and frame.
5. Miles & Brakes
Look at the amount of miles on the truck, but more importantly, confirm the amount of hours. A general rule of thumb: for every hour logged, multiply by 45 to determine the true miles of the unit. It’s imperative to check the brakes. Brakes are a fairly inexpensive item to replace, but safety for you and your team is most important.
More times than not, you’ll have a good or bad feeling about the unit you are purchasing. Be sure to do all proper checks and don’t cut any corners. As long as you do this, you’ll find a truck that makes money – not cost money!
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