Looking for a new wheel loader to add to your construction fleet? While there are plenty of heavy-duty equipment manufacturers and brands that you can choose, there are only a few ones that people recommend and trust, and one of these is SDLG Construction Equipment.
A Brief History of SDLG Construction Equipment
SDLG, or Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., was founded in 1972. The company, promoting its core concept of “Reliability in Action,” is one of China’s most successful companies. It is even regularly listed on the “Top 100 China’s Enterprise in Mechanical Industry” list. Among the company’s leading products are excavators, road rollers, graders, and wheel loaders.
Back in 2006, SDLG signed an agreement with VOLVO regarding additional investment and cooperation. This led to SDLG’s improvement in terms of productivity; the Chinese company also learned a lot about running an international construction equipment company.
In this article, we will share with you a list of important tips that will help you find the best deal when acquiring used or new SDLG heavy-duty equipment. Here’s everything that you should know:
Find Out What You Need
The first thing that you should always consider when planning to buy heavy-duty equipment is to find out what kind of equipment your company needs. Generally, when assessing your company’s equipment needs, always take the time to check your ongoing or upcoming projects and see what machines are necessary for completing them. List down the machines you don’t have but are necessary for these projects. That’s when you start deciding what kind of equipment you should acquire.
The reason why it is important to assess first your company’s needs before buying a piece of equipment is that all construction equipment are priced expensively and you don’t want to waste your resources buying a machine that you don’t actually need.
Check Your Budget
After the first step, the next thing that you should do is to check your budget and find out if you can afford the equipment that you are planning to obtain. It is always advisable that you stick to your budget. Overspending can be very bad for your company, especially if you are still starting in the industry.
If your budget is not enough to acquire the equipment that you need, then consider checking other options (more of this later). Again, do not overspend.
Find a Reliable Dealer
Here in the Philippines, there are plenty of dealers of SDLG products, but of course, you still need to be cautious when choosing dealers; as much as possible ensure that you are transacting with a reputable one. Doing business with a reliable dealer means you get an assurance that the equipment you’ve acquired is in perfect condition; this is important if you are purchasing used SDLG equipment.
One of the best ways of knowing if a dealer is indeed reliable is through reading feedback given to them by their previous clients. You can also check online if they are recognized by SDLG as their dealer. If you are still quite unsure of the dealer, you can also dig into their public documents and find out everything that you can learn about them.
Inspect the Equipment
This step is absolutely important, especially if you are acquiring second-hand SDLG equipment. Inspect the equipment thoroughly and make sure they are in good working condition. Be extra meticulous in noting broken and worn-out parts, weird sounds, and leaks. Any visible dents and scratches should also be examined closely.
Before buying the equipment, see to it that you also ask the dealer to allow you to test drive it. This will certainly help you assess if the machine is in perfect working condition. It’s also a good idea to bring with you a skilled mechanic to help assess the overall condition of the equipment that you are planning to purchase.
Know Your Other Options
As what we’ve mentioned earlier, it is not a good idea to overspend your budget when it comes to acquiring heavy equipment. Instead of doing that, why not consider other options that are definitely way cheaper than purchasing the machine?
Apart from buying used equipment, renting or leasing the machine are also cheap methods that you can use to cut the cost and ensuring that you stay on your budget. Both renting and leasing have a lot of benefits, including free maintenance checkups for the equipment and lesser machine downtime.
And there you have it! All the important tips that you should know when planning to acquire SDLG equipment, or even any kind of construction equipment.