Buying a pre-owned horizontal directional drill can be a great option, whether you’re looking to add to your fleet or purchase your very first drill. It can save you tens, even hundreds, of thousands of dollars but there is a caution. As with all used equipment, it can be difficult knowing what you are getting when purchasing a pre-owned drill. That’s why a good inspection is key. Here are 5 things to inspect to help you make an informed decision.
Failure points on rod vary considerably so it’s best to consult someone with experience. Most consumers will compare the original pipe diameter specifications to the current sizing to calculate the wear. The next thing to inspect is the thread profile. Look at the pin end (male end of
Check the pressures of the hydraulic system to make sure they are within operating specification tolerances. This is a simple but often overlooked step. While the machine may seem to operate just fine with a basic functions test, low pressures can cause major problems
Rack & Pinion
The rack is the track on which the carriage/gearbox travels up and down the boom.
Makeup / Brake out system
Many drills have weak points on their frames and these vary by model. It is helpful to do your research on the model you’re looking at and consult an expert. You should examine the frame for cracks and look at the welds. Look for temporary or poor-quality spot welds, these may pose an issue to the overall integrity of the frame.
We hope this brief overview will point you in the right direction when purchasing a used drill. MTI Equipment has been sharing their vast knowledge and experience with customers for over 30 years. MTI created the RE-HDD process to provide peace of mind to contractors. Each RE-HDD certified drill goes through a meticulous 80-point inspection & refurbishing process by our