The value of a used plough will relate as much to its suitability for its intended role as its overall condition.
New or used, the wrong plough will remain the wrong plough, no matter what it cost.
It is not difficult to assess the condition of a used plough. The trick is to choose the right specification and to know how much it will cost to renew worn metal.
As a rough guide, assume you will need to spend £200 per body in common wearing parts and allow £30 per body to pay for fitting them.
Also do your homework. Check the price of the used plough against a new one, and do not forget to factor in possible deals and finance packages.
Consider the value of any plough you may be trading in, this sometimes making it more economical to buy a used plough through a dealer than trying to source and sell a plough privately.
Avoid an impulse buy and remember a bargain buy is only that if it turns out to be a useful purchase.
As we said at the outset, the wrong plough will always be the wrong plough, regardless of what you paid for it.
With grateful thanks to Matt Grew and the team at Kuhn UK.
Farm Contractor & Large Scale Farmer
‘’It is all too easy to make a few general assumptions when considering buying a plough, be it new or used . …”
Taken from the June 2014 edition of FARM CONTRACTOR & LARGE SCALE FARMER