How To Inspect A Used Wheel Loader – Part 1

People involved in the construction industry are in need of powerful and effective wheel loaders for completing various construction tasks. But new wheel loaders can be quite expensive. Luckily, there is a wide range of available second-hand wheel loaders for sale in Australia at down-to-earth prices. The most obvious benefit you can get from buying a second-hand wheel loader is saving money. And with a proper wheel loaders inspection before purchase, you have high chances of getting an efficient piece of equipment. Here’s how to properly inspect a used wheel loader.


Appearance – Checking the appearance of a wheel loader is one of the most important steps during the inspection process. Walk around the loader and look for any unusual things. While checking the appearance, you can also take notes of any visible damages or made repairs. See if there is any sign of oil leak, a damage to the rims, doors, windows, bucket, battery, tires, radiator, transmission, loader frame, etc. Take your time and conduct a detailed inspection, because these things can make a big difference in the overall performance of the machine.

Tires –Tires of wheel loaders are very important and they need to be checked properly. When inspecting the condition of the tires, the loader needs to be on a flat surface and all four tires should be inflated at the same air pressure. Check if all tires are of same size and inspect for wear, blisters and cuts. Don’t forget to check the inside of tires as well. Estimate the wear and tear of the tires to know exactly how long you can use the loader with the same set of tires.

Brakes – If the wheel loader you are planning to purchase has outboard braking discs, inspect their pads, callipers, hydraulic lines and discs. Estimate when the loader will need a replacement of the discs, because they are quite expensive spare parts. If the wheel loader comes with inboard discs, they can be inspected during the test drive.

Linkage – There are several pin areas to pay close attention to. Inspect boom pins, tilt rod end pins, boom cylinder pins and tilt cylinder pins. During the inspection of the pin areas, it is recommended to seek an assistance and help from experienced wheel loader mechanic.

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