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Buying Bobcat Parts: The Questions That You Should Ask Ahead Of Time

final drive motor for a bobcatBobcat machines are not small investments. These are heavy-duty pieces of equipment, and often require a good bit of long-term maintenance. The fact is that the construction equipment industry is growing. From 2016 to 2026, the industry is expected to grow around 12%, and with good reason. Not only is there a growing need for construction machines -- 2017 alone projected the sale of about 809,000 globally -- these machines also require a good amount of maintenance. Construction equipment naturally experiences a good deal of wear and tear, but that doesn't mean that "broken" machines need to be thrown away or trashed. For that matter, many older machines can be sold as unusable pieces of equipment -- only requiring a bit of work and some new parts to be completely workable again! If you're looking for a final drive motor for a Bobcat, however, you don't have to search too far. Final drive motors, travel motors, and many other pieces of equipment are available to buy separately from the machines themselves. However, you don't necessarily want to buy the first motor you encounter. Let's look into some of the questions you should be asking when you're choosing a final drive motor for a Bobcat.

Who's Selling It?

When you search for a final drive motor for a bobcat on the web, you may be surprised by how many options are available. However, the fact is that when there are that many people offering the same product, some are bound to be offering something a bit too good to be true. This is not always because people are out to scam you -- though this can certainly be the case. Some people sell motors online without really knowing what they're offering. If you yourself aren't an expert on the subject, and you buy from a secondhand seller or another type of private individual, you may very well end up with a product that doesn't suit your needs, or is lower in quality than you expected. A final drive motor for a Bobcat is no small investment, and you should keep that in mind as you choose the seller that you buy from. Working with a company rather than single person also tends to protect you more -- companies offering return and refund policies. You can research a company's credibility, and know what you're buying and that it will get to you in time with much more confidence than you would have otherwise.

Am I Buying Used Or New Parts?

One of the reasons why you need to work with a credible seller is that there is a huge market for used bobcat parts. While used parts are not necessarily bad -- many of them are taken from machines that were scrapped for unrelated reasons -- they do need to be properly tested before they're sold. It's not as if you can test a motor before buying it. While there are definitely advantages to buying a product brand new -- you'll be more sure about what you're getting and you'll get a long warranty -- a used product is often less expensive, and offers the same or similar results, but carries more risk especially if there is little to no warranty.

Does The Machine Need The Part That I'm Buying?

When repairing or refurbishing a used Bobcat machine, there may be the temptation to attempt to upgrade the machine, or for that matter buy a part somewhat haphazardly. If you're working with an experienced seller, don't be afraid to ask questions to ensure that you're buying the part that the machine really needs. Ultimately, you'll be far more regretful about not asking enough questions, versus asking too many. A Bobcat is an investment -- make sure that you're investing efficiently!