Replacing the final drive in a mini excavator or another piece of heavy equipment inevitably leads to questions. How much will it cost? How long will it take to get back up and running? Should I think about buying used or new? Let’s explore these important considerations in getting your equipment back up and running normally.
Final Drive Replacements: New vs. Used
A new final drive can come from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or another aftermarket manufacturer (and still be compatible with your equipment). A used final drive can be from the same brand as your equipment or provided by another compatible manufacturer. A used final drive can also come from a variety of sources, including an older machine that was separated into parts.
What Are the Advantages of Buying a New Final Drive?
There are a number of reasons why a person might decide to buy a brand-new final drive. These include:
Whether it’s an OEM replacement or new compatible aftermarket component, a new final drive motor will include a warranty. Should problems arise during the warranty period, there will usually be only a limited or nonexistent out-of-pocket expense for a replacement.
Lack of Surprises
A new replacement final drive has no history to be concerned about. You are not buying something that might have been poorly maintained or misused. In the case of an OEM motor, you know that an original part will have a direct fit with your mini excavator—installation should be quick and easy. You’ll get an installation owner’s manual, too, which can be helpful.
What Are the Advantages of Buying a Used Final Drive?
There are several reasons to consider buying a used final drive. These include:
A used final drive motor may cost less than a new OEM component, especially for larger machines. There’s no exact formula for the price difference, but it will depend on your equipment and how difficult it is to locate a compatible replacement final drive motor. Determine what your threshold is for buying used over new. For example, is a 10% cost savings worth it? Only you can answer this question.
A used final drive motor may be the quickest replacement solution if you have a spare parts machine nearby. A hard-to-find OEM or compatible new component may extend the machine’s downtime.
Disadvantages of Buying a Used Final Drive
In most cases, buying something used involves an amount of mystery. With a final drive motor, the potential cost savings of a used replacement can be outweighed by uncertainty.
Without knowing the history of a travel motor, you won’t know if the gear oil was regularly changed or was subjected to extreme pressure. Will a used motor fail somewhere down the road and cause you to need to purchase another replacement? In some cases, a used replacement will actually wind up costing you much more in the long run.
Getting Help with a Replacement Final Drive Motor
There’s a lot to think about when purchasing a replacement final drive, especially if a broken-down piece of equipment is affecting your business operations and costing you money. Seek the guidance of a reputable final drive motor dealer that can help you with your Bobcat, Hitachi, John Deere, Komatsu, Kubota, Takeuchi, or other brand of heavy equipment.
Each situation is unique and an experienced shop can help you to determine the best new and used final drive options for your specific circumstances.
Are You Ready to Buy a Final Drive Motor?
Whether you have an immediate need for a new final drive or want to research replacement options, having some information ready can be helpful.
- Identify the make, model, and serial number of your machine and/or the part number of your final drive.
- Determine if the final drive is a one- or two-speed configuration.
With this information in hand, consider the following:
- New versus used final drive motor options
- Availability of a warranty for the replacement drive
- Ease of fit and resources for installation help
- In-stock status and lead times for ordering and shipping
- After-purchase support
Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons of buying new versus used, you’ll be ready to make your purchase.
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