Saturday, November 25, 2006
I decided to add some pages selling Snow Plow Trucks and Snow Blades that can be attached to the front of pickup trucks which I also have for sale albeit in Florida.
So maybe some of you snowbirds might want to take a vacation to pickup a pickup truck to take back with you to start your snow plowing business.
While your at it don't forget to check out the Snowmobiles for fun and recreation after you work tirelessy clearing your driveway with your handy dandy Snowblower which you could use on your neighbors driveway for a fee or put your teenager to work with.
Doesn't he need to get out from in front of the XBox anyways and make himself useful.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Now is a good time to buy heavy equipment for your business before the end of the year so you can use it as a tax deduction. Certain types of equipment can be completely deducted and some you may want to depreciate over a few years. The best thing to do would be to ask your accountant which would be better for you and tell him what types of heavy machinery you were wanting to buy and how much you expect them to cost.
I am always searching for things I can write off as a business expense as the end of the year draws near. Alot of people buy computers and office supplies this time of year in a big rush to get in as many business expenses as possible. So keep in mind if you are in any kind of business that requires used heavy equipment or machinery be sure to find out from your accountant how much of the cost you can use as a deduction this year.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
A dump trailer has a detacheable trailer that is completely separate from the truck that pulls it.
Dump trailers come in many different sizes and can be pulled by anything from a pickup truck all the way up to a semi.
Dump trucks on the other hand have the dump bed as part of the truck. You cannot separate the dump bed on a dump truck from the truck. The controls for lifting the dump bed of the dump truck are inside the cab of the truck whereas for dump trailer the controls are on the dump bed itself so the operator has to walk out to the trailer to dump the bed unless it is rigged so he can do it from inside the cab of his truck.
It's not that one is any better than the other it just depends on what you want to use it for.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
We have a large selection of used lowboys on our used heavy equipment website.
I noticed alot of people searching for logging equipment this time of year so I put up a page with logging trailers and log loaders on it. You may also see some wood hardvesting equipment appear on the same page.
Click on any listing below then click on REGISTER at the top of the listing (it's FREE)
to get more information about the Low Boy Trailers that you are interested in.
You can also enter the type of Lowboy Trailer you are looking for in the search box below.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Click on any listing below then click on REGISTER at the top of the listing (it's FREE)
to get more information about the DUMP TRUCK that you are interested in.
You can also Find a particular Type of Dump Trucks you are looking for by entering it into the Search Box Below.
Friday, September 22, 2006
If you are in the market for any type of used heavy equipment please visit Florida Earth Movers and see their large selection.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Brian Weseman, president of Towmaster Trailers Inc., in Litchfield, MN, recommends using an angle-iron beavertail to gain maximum traction while loading. “A wood beavertail tends to be more slippery,” he says. "Bulldozers, excavators, and rubber-tired backhoes will get far superior traction on an angle-iron beavertail than on a wood beavertail or ramp, but you need wood if you have a roller. A smooth roller won’t climb an angle-iron beavertail."Driving heavy construction equipment on and off a trailer can be a delicate operation, especially when the terrain isn’t level and flat. Sometimes a site is so uneven that an adjacent roadway must be commandeered for loading and unloading, despite the disruption of traffic.“When you’re loading and unloading, a major concern is to make sure you’re not doing it on a side hill,” cautions Weseman. “Try to minimize the side angle so the equipment doesn’t do the crappie flop---tip over sideways like a fish.”Loading and unloading in wet, muddy conditions causes other concerns. “The softer the ground, the farther into it your lowboy trailer is liable to sink,” Armstrong notes.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
If it seems like I am rambling it is because I sometimes have a hard time coming up with something interesting to say about antique machinery other than that is needs alot of sanding and painting, oiling and TLC but you can't beat the price.
We really need to get rid of these parts cars that are collecting dust out back so please if you know anyone that wants them we will cut them a really great deal.
There are also some really nice looking sports cars such as Used Corvettes.
Monday, September 18, 2006
In the area I live in we leave at least a 10 ft. swath of land uncleared all around the edges of the property for privacy and try to spare as many trees as possible because the shade really makes a difference in Florida. I don't like rules anymore than the next person when it comes to land clearing but it is a sin to see acres of land completely decimated to build these mega subdivisions. Be a responsible land developer and promote better land clearing practices that save already grown trees.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I actually have 2 dump trucks on the website a 1988 Ford F150 pickup with dump body on it and I will soon be posting our larger dump truck on there.
We don't be needing it anymore and so it should be on there soon.
If you are interested in dump trucks please fill out the contact form on my used heavy equipment site and let me know.
Click on any listing below then click on REGISTER at the top of the listing (it's FREE)
to get more information about the SMALL DUMP TRUCKS you are interested in.
You can also enter the type of DUMP TRUCKS you are looking for in the search box below
Monday, August 28, 2006
We do need the rain and are just now starting to get some rain from it up here in the Daytona area but by Wednesday I am sure we are going to see alot more rain than we want.
I am looking forward to the rain as a welcome releif from the heat but along with that will come tornadoes and high winds that I am not looking forward to.
We are all ready here with plenty of water, gasoline, a generator and food set aside just in case its needed. It seems during this time of the year we are in a perpetual state of readiness anyways. We still have our dump truck and backhoe just in case we have to do some heavy duty cleanup. All the vehicles have been filled up with gas and soon we will be moving them away from the trees as an added precaution. Tarps on awnings will be taken down and stowed away, lawn furniture layed down or turned upside down so it's less likely to become a projectile. Hanging plants taken off the front porch. Sometimes it's not until the wind picks up that you realize you forgot something. So Good Luck and God Bless Florida and may all it's people be well prepared.
If you are looking for any used heavy equipment you can find it online at Florida Earth Movers. along with a whole bunch of neat stuff like sports cars, RV's, boats, antique machinery, etc.,.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
You should first do the same as when you prepare for a hurricane - you set aside food, medicines, gasoline, batteries, water, a generator, etc.,. but there is much more time to do more than just that.
You can get the heavy equipment you need to get things done now and for things that will need to be done in the future.
If you live in a low lying area you may want to think about purchasing a backhoe to dig trenches to drain off water or a dozer to build up earth around your homestead.
It's always a good idea to have plenty of ponds for your livestock which may need to be dug with an excavator. Post hole diggers are needed for putting up more fencing. Fuel tanks for storing fuel for your equipment which could become scarce as well as more expensive.
Fiberglass storm panels are a cheap but long lasting alternative to plywood for boarding up windows against a storm. A good old reliable dump truck is so handy on the family farm.
Farm Tractors are always needed for pulling the many farm implements to till your fields.
For heavy duty jobs a loader can be used for pushing away debris and piling it up for burning.
I hope this handy list of equipment will help you to think about what you need to think about getting-and soon.
Monday, July 31, 2006
How does one of the most puzzling and powerful pieces of literature ever written relate to the Middle East crisis? It describes bloody battles and fiery showdowns between good and evil. Some say that this ancient prophecy might be a blue print for what is happening in the world.
Whether you choose to beleive it is up to you. But I tend to err on the side of caution. Preparing just in case is a good idea. After all even if you never need the extra groceries you set aside-you can still eat them even in good times.
Good used heavy equipment is another type of insurance needed to prepare for hard times ahead. Think of all the things you can do with your homestead if you have the proper equipment. Will you need a dump truck for hauling debris in the aftermath of a hurricane of some other disaster of nature? Perhaps a good used dump trailer to haul behind your pickup truck will suffice. Better something than nothing. A backhoe is an all purpose tool for any farmer or land excavator. Dozers and bobcats are considered to be essential peices of equipment for any farm to push around, move and lift heavy objects. Think about getting the most needed heavy equipment first and work from there.
You will feel much better knowing you have what it takes to survive just about anything these uncertain times throw your way.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Is this not warning enough that our precious ozone later is being slowly burnt away as more and more carbon is released into the atmosphere by human kind creating a blanket of noxious gases that contribute to the warming of our atmosphere.
Build ye a shelter against the coming of the days when the sky will burn like fire. You will need much construction equipment with which to build this shelter. Backhoes for digging into the ground to build a storm shelter. Payloaders will be needed to move the dirt and construction materials around such as cinder block and bags of cement for the walls of your shelter.
Wheel loaders for loading soil into used dump trailers to tranport it to where you need it most.
Keep thy mind upon the task at hand for it shall become most laborious as the heat becomes more fierce...toil away now as it will only get worse. Knowing you will soon have shade and shelter when others do not will keep you focused on the task at hand.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Your reap what you sow and if you are just sitting around on your doorstoop watching the world go by you will surely reap nothing when you will be needing it most.
You will need much heavy equipment to prepare your lowlands for the coming floods to dig drainage ditches and barriers against the coming of the rising waters.
Ponds can be dug with backhoes to provide dirt for higher ground to put your trailer on.
Store fuel for your used heavy equipment in large above ground fuel storage tanks for when diesel is harder to come by and prices are higher. Mend yer fences to protect your flock and to keep out unwanted predators. You may want to have set aside a dump trailer for a place to put debris after the coming storms and hurricanes. It may be that trash pickup will be put off so you may need a place to put your trash so you can take it to the dump yourself.
You may also want to install the tracks neccessary for hurricane storm panels in preparation so it will be easier to protect your windows when a storm approaches.
God helps those who help themselves and you will be happier for your efforts in the coming days.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
On the streets of New York, a spot in the shade competed with a parking space as a valuable commodity. Men and women made their way under narrow awnings, lounged under trees and took breaks beneath the umbrellas of hot dog stands.
Could this be the sign of the coming Apocalyse where the earth is burned mightily by fire?
Is this the beginning of the wrath of God! Will the seas reach their boiling point? as it says in revelations.
Be prepared country folk and wary ones and make way for His coming.
Used Heavy Equipment will be sorely needed in these trying times. Wells for water will need to be dug. Fuel tanks for storing up diesel fuel for your heavy machinery as you never know when there will be a run on the gas stations.
Backhoes will be needed to dig holes to plant more shade trees. Be sure to have a fishing boat set aside in case of flooding or the need to fish for your own food.
If you need to evacuate in case of a hurricane you may want to get an RV which also comes in handy in case your electricity goes out. You can run the generator in the RV to stay nice and cool.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
God Bless and hope you'all have a safe and happy summer.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Heavy construction generally refers to building playgrounds or parks and large buildings such as office complexes or shopping centers. Backhoes, bulldozers, and other earth moving equipment are frequently used to break ground, while cranes are often used to place large beams and framing elements. Agricultural interests include farming, which uses heavy equipment such as tractors, combines, harvesters, and balers. Landscaping may be included in both agricultural and forestry categories, utilizing heavy equipment such as log splitters, tillers, mowers, chippers, and stump pullers.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Is that enough warning for you?
How much more heads up do you need-get out the survival gear-we are in for a long hard storm season ahead.
Plan A: be prepared for the storm and
Plan B: be prepared for cleaning up after the storm.
One way to make cleanup easier is to get a used dump trailer. I can't emphasize enough how much easier it is to cleanup after a storm with one. It's great to have a place to throw all that storm debris and a way to haul it off for easy dumping. I think I've written enough about how to find the one that is right for you in previous articles so get started and find a used dump trailer now while the weather is fine.
You might also want to find a used backhoe or wheel loader to push debris around with and for easy loading into your used dump trailer.
You can find all different types of used heavy equipment for after disaster cleanup by going to Florida Earth Movers
Click on any listing below then click on REGISTER at the top of the listing (it's FREE)
to get more information about the Dump Trailer that you are interested in.
You can also enter a search in the box below for a particular type of Dump Trailer
A dump trailer is a trailer used for transporting materials (usually gravel or some type of soil) for construction. A typical dump trailer is equipped with a hydraulically operated open-box bed hinged at the rear, the front of which can be lifted up to allow the contents to be deposited on the ground behind the truck at the site of delivery.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Although lessors may have different names for them, you'll find that there are basically two types of heavy equipment leasing: finance and true.
Some Finance companies do things called capital leases, conditional sales, or dollar buy out leases. Finance leases are best if you intend to keep the equipment at the end of the lease because they include the option to purchase the equipment for a nominal fee. Payment terms for heavy equipment leases tend to be around the expected useful life of the equipment.
True leases, also called tax leases, operating leases, or FMV (fair market value) leases, do not usually span the full expected life of the equipment. At the end of the lease, you can choose to walk away from the equipment or purchase it at fair market value. Payments on true leases generally tend to be lower than those on finance leases. This is because lessors have the opportunity to resell the heavy equipment when the lease ends.
Tax implications of heavy equipment financing:
One of the main benefits of financing equipment using true leases is that you may be able to fully claim lease payments for tax purposes. In contrast, the IRS considers finance leases little more than installment purchase plans. Make sure you discuss the tax implications of your financing plans with an accountant before signing any contract.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Driving heavy construction equipment on and off a trailer can be a delicate operation, especially when the terrain isn’t level and flat. Sometimes a site is so uneven that an adjacent roadway must be commandeered for loading and unloading, despite the disruption of traffic.
“When you’re loading and unloading, a major concern is to make sure you’re not doing it on a side hill,” cautions Weseman. “Try to minimize the side angle so the equipment doesn’t do the crappie flop---tip over sideways like a fish.”
Loading and unloading in wet, muddy conditions causes other concerns. “The softer the ground, the farther into it your lowboy trailer is liable to sink,” Armstrong notes.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Operators control used heavy equipment by moving levers or foot pedals, operating switches, or turning dials. The operation of much of this equipment is becoming more complex as a result of computerized controls. Global Positioning System (GPS) technology also is being used to help with grading and leveling activities. In addition to controlling the equipment, construction equipment operators also set up and inspect the heavy equipment, make adjustments, and perform some maintenance and minor repairs.
Used Construction equipment operators include: paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators; piledriver operators; and operating engineers and other construction equipment operators. Operating engineersand other construction equipment operators operate one or several types of power construction equipment. They may operate excavation and loading machines equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets that dig sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials and load it into trucks or onto conveyors. In addition to the familiar bulldozers, they operate trench excavators, road graders, and similar equipment. Sometimes, they may drive and control industrial trucks or tractors equipped with forklifts or booms for lifting materials or with hitches for pulling trailers. They also may operate and maintain air compressors, pumps, and other power equipment at construction sites. Construction equipment operators who are classified as operating engineers are capable of operating several different types of construction equipment.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Like a ship’s captain, the driver of a big rig for hauling heavy construction equipment must receive proper training and obtain a special license. Licensure demonstrates that the individual has met a government agency’s minimum standards of qualification to operate the semi—but a license alone is no substitute for experience.
“I’ve had just three drivers over the past 25 years for my low-bed trailer,” says Warren Gomes Jr., vice president of Warren E. Gomes Excavating Inc., in Rio Vista, CA. “You get surprises when you put guys into a low-bed who don’t regularly drive it. The more experienced they are, the fewer surprises there will be. They have an intuitive knowledge of weights and heights, how the truck pulls and how the tractor trailer reacts.”
Gomes emphasizes, though, that even an experienced driver can run into problems if he is driving an inappropriate rig. The truck and trailer must be right for each other.
Gomes has two low-bed trailers, an eighteen-wheeler from Kalyn Siebert of Gatesville, TX, a subsidiary of Heil Trailer International; and a 16-wheeler from Harley Murray Inc., in Stockton, CA, which does business as Murray Trailers and Murray Trucking. The firm initially built pads for natural-gas wells, but now digs trenches and installs storm-sewer and water pipes for housing developments. When Gomes began hauling a 75,000-pound excavator that exceeds the Siebert’s legal weight limit, he purchased the larger trailer.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Avoid compacting soil by staying out of wet fields and by reducing passes with heavy equipment. Extra tillage and extra power (and thus more fuel) are needed to break up compacted soil.
Reduce the number of trips across the field by combining operations where possible. Consider modifying equipment so that you can perform multiple operations in one pass. Think about using a tractor with hitches on both the front and rear (several companies are selling hitches that can be mounted on the front of tractors) so that you can attach implements to both ends of the tractor.
Match the tractor to the load. Avoid using heavy, high-horsepower tractors for operations that don’t require much power.
If you have to use a high-horsepower tractor to pull a light load, gear up and throttle down. You can usually save quite a bit of fuel by running an under-loaded tractor in a higher gear but at a lower engine speed. Make sure, though, that you don’t overload the engine; if the engine speed doesn’t change quickly when you change the throttle setting, you should probably shift down a gear. Also, gearing up and throttling down might not work for PTO-powered implements since the PTO will operate at lower speed when the engine is run at less than rated speed.
Inflate tires to appropriate pressure. Inflation pressure is an important variable for traction efficiency, tire life, and ride comfort—especially for radial tires. Check your tractor owner’s manual and/or the tire distributor for suggestions on inflation pressure.
Add the appropriate amount of weight for the load. Tractor weight, or ballast, helps control the amount of drive wheel slippage. Drive tires should slip about 15% when the tractor is pulling a load in the field. Slip can be checked by comparing the distance traveled for a certain number of wheel revolutions when the tractor is pulling a load to the distance traveled when the tractor is not pulling a load. Higher levels of slip cause excessive tire wear and poor fuel efficiency. Lower levels of slip indicate that the tractor is carrying too much weight, which wastes fuel and puts an extra load on the axles and power train. Ideally, weights should be added or removed to match the load when tractors are used for different field operations.
If you can do so without causing excessive soil erosion, lay out fields to minimize the amount of time spent turning around and the amount of time needed to haul loads of harvested crop back to the road.
Try to minimize the amount of time spent driving tractors and other used heavy equipment on the road. Try to keep tractors and other equipment in the field and use faster, more fuel-efficient vehicles to service vehicles in the field and to haul harvested crops to storage.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The most important part of heavy construction that makes it successful is the equipment that is used. Heavy equipment is essential to the project, because without it, even the basic construction work could never be completed.
If you are a subcontractor bidding on a job on one of these big construction projects you will need lots of heavy equipment. There are many places to find new and used heavy equipment to do the job.
I highly recommend looking at Florida Earth Movers as a great place to locate all kinds of used heavy equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, payloaders, wheel loaders, dump trucks, dump trailers, etc.,.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Each piece of used heavy equipment plays an important role in the project. For instance, as far as groundwork is concerned, dozers are used. Bull dozers set up the project and create the base. They are then used to raise and drag tons of rock and dirt from the jobsite and into dump trucks.
The biggest problem that often occurs with heavy construction is the cost of building. Heavy equipment is quite expensive, and the people needed to work these machines and tools need to have the skill and experience in order to handle them. That being the case, many companies make the decision to rent or lease used heavy equipment, sometimes even with or without the equipment operators.
Monday, July 10, 2006
You'll learn how to use the construction equipment for land clearing, culverts and ponds, ditches for utilities, pipe laying, and road building -- including safety training.
If you’re looking for a quality school that offers the best in training on heavy equipment operation (bulldozer, backhoe, wheel loader, excavator, skid steer loader), you can’t do better than National Heavy Equipment Operator School.
I hope this information has helped you to find the type of training you need to operate Used Heavy Equipment.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Finding the right dump truck for the type of work you have in mind can be a mind boggling experience. Most people prefer the tandem axle kind thinking that a single axle will not hold up for heavier loads. This may be true for hauling heavy materials like rock and sand but for general trash hauling a single axle dumptruck will work just fine. I have even seen single axle dump trucks with lighter aluminum dump trailers hauling sand with no problem.
Also why get a huge dump truck when a small one will do...if it's a one time job just for yourself you can get by with a small one. If you are in the business of hauling for others then you need something that can haul as much as possible and that can handle as much weight as possible...this way you aren't limited to what you can haul and there will be more opportunities for work. You can find a list of used dump trucks here.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Those big tractor tires brand new start at $250 and that does not include mounting so when looking at used heavy equipment and tractor trailers be sure to notice the condition of the tires and point out to the seller what it is going to cost you to replace them. If they are in good condition the seller may also point out to you how much he spent on them and expects you to take that into consideration when you make him an offer. We sell used tractor tires on our website but good used ones are hard to find and after many years of trucking we have come to the conclusion we would of been better off to buy new. There is nothing worse than blowing a tire in the middle of a job or while on the road. I know we have stretched out the use of our old backhoes tires to the point where they were cracking all over and after many repairs we finally decided to give up and buy new. That doesn't mean of course we didn't buy a few used ones over the years-but dry rot happens pretty fast in this hot Florida climate so don't expect your used tires to last long. And changing a tractor tire in this heat can give you a heart attack.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
If you need help finding financing for a peice of used equipment you are thinking of buying wether it is a payloader, dozer or tractor trailer - please feel free to ask me even if it is for equipment that is not on my site.
I will be more than happy to refer you to a good company to get heavy equipment financing thru.
Thanks for visiting my heavy equipment blog - Ann Menke
Saturday, July 01, 2006
If you're not that adventurous you may also find it easier to peruse the classifieds under Tools and Equipment. I sometimes find bargains in the local penneysaver and free classifieds online. Last but not least I will look at traderonline and ebay. They are good when you are trying to find out what different types of used heavy equipment is worth. Also keep in mind just because someone is asking a certain price that isn't neccessarily what they are going to get for it. The best proof I have found for what something actually sold for is to look at the completed listings on ebay. You have to register with ebay first to do this, then do a search for the equipment you are looking for and check off the completed listings box on the left to see those that have already sold. Last but not least please be sure to check out my used heavy equipment as well as cars, boats, motorcycles and RV's at Florida Earth Movers
Friday, June 30, 2006
Craigslist.com - the best thing to do after going there is pick the city closest to where the equipment is and then post the ad in the appropriate category. Next do a search for your state free classifieds and a whole list of free places to advertise comes up. Be sure to post in the same state the equipment is in and into a category most closely related to what you are selling. Most all of these free classifieds even allow a few pictures and I always add my website address in the body of the ad to help my site get more traffic.
If you are needing more traffic to your used heavy equipment site then be sure to visit my page about how to Improve your Websites Performance on the Search Engines. It gives you a list of steps you should take to help your heavy equipment site do better and if you need help you can always contact me.
Thanks for visiting my heavy equipment blog - Ann Menke
Thursday, June 29, 2006
The first thing we bought was a Case backhoe that we found on the internet for only $500. It was in peices and was someone elses restoration project that we got for very little - site unseen. Then we went down to get it with a low boy trailer. Luckily the farmer that had it for sale had another backhoe to place the parts onto the truck.
It was a big restoration project but years later that backhoe is still doing it's job. Many hours were spent sanding and scraping rust off, then it was primered and painted. All the rubber hydraulic hoses had to be replaced and a rebuilt engine was found to replace the one that came with it.The drivers seat was replaced and now that backhoe is very much in demand in this neck of the woods. The next peice of equipment we really needed was a dump truck which I will talk about on my next post.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Advertise your Used Semi Trucks here.
I also sometimes list a cheap peice of heavy machinery on ebay and put my website address in the ebay ad to help the site get more hits.
Sometimes I will get a "list till it sells" ad in traderonline and put a link in it going to my website to get more hits...this can give you up to a year of advertising for your website for very little money.
You may also want to try listing for free by posting an ad in a city local to you on http://www.craigslist.org
Craigslist ads will usually give you exposure for about a week when the ad is first entered but become stale after that.
The truckpaper will let you put in 2 free ads when you first start an account with them and these can have links in them going to your website to help it get more traffic. If you have a heavy equipment website that needs more hits I know many other way to Improve Your Websites Performance.
Hope this information is helpful to everyone that is trying to sell their used heavy equipement.
Thanks for visiting - Ann Menke
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Ebay and traderonline to check on prices of heavy equipment before I buy.
This also helps me to see what other people are asking for their equipment-which is usually more than they actually sell it for but it gives me something to go by. I make notes that I can refer to later when I get ready to sell something so that I know I will be asking a competitive price. I have seen too often my own customers that advertise heavy equipment on my site start off too high and then end up losing customers because of it. To me it is a waste of time and advertising space to put an item up for sale at too high of a price just because you think someone would be stupid enough to pay that much. Get real and post a realistic starting price or that person will go somewhere else and buy and never come back again. Better to make a sale at a lower price than not make a sale at all because time is money and the longer your money sits there in that machine is not helping you at all. The whole idea is to keep your money working for you by buying, fixing and selling in order to buy some more. That's what it's all about. Set some goals for yourself by making alist of the types of Heavy Machinery you would like to get for yourself and those that you seem to get a lot of requests for. Keep this list next to your computer so you will always have in mind what type of heavy equuipment to keep an eye out for. I hope this helps you to get that machine of your dreams.
Thanks for reading My Heavy Equipment blog - Ann Menke
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
On that same page are some before and after pictures of rustholes and bodywork that were done.
You can work on more than one restoration project at a time so you don't get bored working on the same thing all the time such as a antique car and a peice of heavy equipment. It seems we always have quite a few restoration projects all going on at the same time. This way after all the sanding is done-the primer can be sprayed on everything at the same time and then the paint after that. Of course I recommend getting all the diesel engine work done first since it creates such a mess of oil and grease.
I find mechanical and engine parts online and have a list of places I call when looking for parts.
We also have places here locally that make hydraulic hoses which seem to need replacing on all old machines since the rubber rots and breaks when they have been sitting a long time.
Before starting on any type of vehicle restoration project if you are planning to sell it for a profit be sure the amount of time and effort involved in restoration will be made up for. I have heard many times of people feeling they were not getting back what they put in-in labor when selling a peice that they worked so hard to restore. Be sure it is really worth restoring first.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Restoration does increase the value of some types of equipment but you have to ask yourself if all the effort will really make it worthwhile in the end.
There are many times we have restored something thinking it would fetch more because it looked brand new but then were disappointed to find out it didn't.
The reason being that most people go by the year of the vehicle first as a way to compare it to other vehicles when shopping around.
I always check traderonline first before buying a peice of equipment or any type of vehicle to see what other people are asking for it and then I also check the completed listings on ebay to see what it actually sold for.
Many times what something sells for is a far cry from what someone is asking.
If you are able to get a peice of heavy equipment cheap enough and see that it could sell for much more after it is restored than by all means do fix it up. But do alot of research first before putting in all that effort.
I will go into more detail about the different steps in vehicle restoration tommorrow.
Thanks for reading my blog - Ann
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Of course those are the ones that did work for private businesses that were in a hurry to get back up and running and also private individuals. There were alot of losers that came and went over there because they signed up for government contracts only to find out it takes 90 days to get paid. So if you don't have deep pockets you don't want to go that route. That is why you will see alot of used dump trailers sitting around for sale in New Orleans...the owners just went broke. They went over there with everything they had financially thinking they were going to make the big bucks but couldn't last the 90 days it takes to get paid. It's hard to run a dump truck on fumes so next time they need to try to find work thru another bigger contractor with deeper pockets or from a private business owner. And there will always be a next time-so take heed all you dump truck and dump trailer drivers-next time you set out to do disaster cleanup-be careful who you sign on with. And don't forget to take into account the cost of getting their and back and staying where the action is.