Top five tips on buying a used seed drill
Are you looking at buying a used seeder? There's often a great bargain to be had if buying new is outside your budget.
How serviceable is it?
You want to know if the machine you’re looking to buy has what you need. See if you can easily identify whether the undercarriage has tyne or disc openers, what the undercarriage spacings are and if it’s a single or dual box.
Check how easy it is to service the machine. This can be as simple as checking to see if the parts manual is available online. It’s also worth researching if there’s a nearby distributor who can provide parts and service support.
Check the plastics
Most plastics have a lifespan in excess of 10 years, but this can vary greatly depending on the machine’s servicing history.
Check seed rollers for wear, if the roller gates are intact and if roller housings are cracking.
Also look for broken seed cup tabs on roller housings. Agrowdrill housings can be easily repaired using our cup and housing repair clip.
Check the verandahs and other metals for rust
Check metalwork around the box bottom and everything under the box for rust. Agrowdrill machines have stainless steel verandahs that are resistant to rust. However, the corrosive nature of fertilisers means some rusting will always happen. Some rust spots are to be expected and can be dealt with easily with rust paint. Years of abuse, however, will mean widespread rust patches on the verandahs and other metalwork.
Ask for unique calibration info
Ask about special calibration knowledge. It’s common for seed drills to develop some variation from the standard calibration factors. The current owner should know, for example, if their machine sows light or the calibration chart is more accurate when sowing over 100kg per hectare.
Getting a few tips from someone who already knows the machine may save wasted seed and time while you tinker about.
Look for custom modifications
Has the current owner added any of their own modifications to the seed drill? Many farmers customise their implements to suit specific needs and conditions. When customisations are not available directly from a manufacturer, farmers develop their own solutions.
While this isn’t itself a problem, you should know what these custom solutions are and how they may impact on your requirements. Some modifications will impact a machine’s drawbar requirements, sowing actions, serviceability and warranty terms.