Skid Steer Inspection Checklist

SaltLakeCityUT_Apr10_ auction day 4/22//10 Photo by Chris CovattaWhen you’re in the market for a used skid steer, it’s important you ask the right questions and do a complete walk-through before buying the equipment. Here’s an inspection checklist you can print off and take with you.

(To read about what to ask when inspecting a used skid steer, read our November How To article.)

General
Make/Model

Serial number

Engine serial number

Year of manufacturer

Number of hours

Previous owner

Bought new or used?

Application

Maintenance history available?

Major repairs/overhauls?

Walkaround
Any damage?

Cracks/welds?

Leaks?

Hydraulic hoses/cylinders

  • Leaks?
  • Hose abrasion?    

ROPS condition

Tires

Matching?

Percent of tread remaining

Evidence of over-the-tire track use?

Bucket/attachments

Yardage

Type (rock, general purpose, etc.

Visual inspection

Cutting edge condition

Other attachments?

Cab

Overall appearance

Glass condition

Gauges working?

Lights working?

Seat condition

Safety

  • Restraining seat bar
  • Seat belt
  • Operator’s manual

Operational checklist
Operate the machine through several cycles, noting any noises, hesitation, sluggishness or shimmying:

  • Drive in forward/reverse (Does the backup alarm sound?)
  • Move left/right
  • Cycle lift arms up/down
  • Tilt bucket

Engine

  • Noises?
  • Oil leaks?
  • Oil condition/level
  • Filters

Cooling system

  • Radiator condition
  • Coolant leaks?
  • Coolant level
  • Air filter condition          

Hydraulics/Electrical

  • Oil level
  • Condition
  • Condition of cables, battery

Note: This article is intended as a checklist of considerations when buying a used skid steer loader, not as an all-inclusive guide.

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