Used Farm Equipment: Assessing Quality, Safety, and Economics (NRAES 25)
Garthe, James W.; Murphy, Dennis J.; Waters, William K.
Buying used farm machinery can be a productive, money-saving experience. A buyer who knows what to look for in regard to quality, safety, and economy will be able to build a collection of dependable, long-lasting farm equipment. Become a knowledgeable buyer by following the plans in this guide for logical, methodical inspection of farm machinery. First, learn how to evaluate the quality and serviceability of components in relation to the entire machine. Second, know the key safety features which reduce accidents and damage to farm equipment and its users. Contemporary safety features may not be found on used equipment, and there are several known weaknesses in the designs of yesteryear. Lastly, study the tips on how to economically justify the purchase of certain pieces of used equipment. Consider all costs of owning and operating a machine, including its contemplated purchase price.
This 34 page publication (NRAES-25) was originally published by the Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES, later known as the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service), a multi-university program in the Northeast US disbanded in 2011. Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (PALS) was subsequently formed to manage the NRAES catalog. Ceasing operations in 2018, PALS was a program of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. PALS assisted university faculty in publishing, marketing and distributing books for small farmers, gardeners, land owners, workshops, college courses, and consumers.
Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES)
Used Farm Equipment; Farm Equipment
Previously Published As
Garthe, J. W., Murphy, D. J., & Waters, W. K. (1987). Used farm equipment: assessing quality, safety, and economics. Ithaca, NY: Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service.